Councilman Owusu Anane has made a substantial impact on the everyday lives of the people in his neighborhood in the City of Albany, by passing legislation which waives civil service exam fees for military service veterans and recent high school graduates, encouraging and assisting entrepreneurs setting up local businesses, facilitated the rehabilitation and sale of properties which have been vacant for over 10 years, and securing a dozen bicycle racks for his district.
In addition to these accomplishments, Councilman Anane has spearheaded a conversation about developing a citywide municipal internet service to address Albany’s digital divide, and has called on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Fuller Road Management Corporation, a large tax exempt entity, to fulfill their promise to provide voluntary contributions to the city.
More recently, Councilman Anane has been increasing his accessibility to his constituents by organizing a series of community meetings around the Pine Hills neighborhood known as “Council on the Corner” on Saturdays throughout the Summer. Councilman Anane has been instrumental in promoting efforts to save taxpayer money, helping small businesses, repairing neighborhood infrastructure and improving local parks.
Elected in 2017 to the Albany Common Council to represent the 10th Ward, which includes the Pine Hills Neighborhood, Councilman Anane is known by his constituents and other city leaders as an independent voice representing and advocating for his constituents and the community. He works hard and is often seen at several community events each week, having coffee with concerned constituents, meeting with a local business owner, or playing bingo or sharing ice cream at senior centers.
He is the youngest council member and the city’s first African-American to represent a ward which is not primarily minority, and serves on several key Common Council committees, including: Law, Building & Codes and Parks & Recreation.
He is an elementary school teacher and basketball coach at Woodland Hill Montessori School in Rensselaer, and is a former head football coach of the Albany High School modified team and an assistant varsity coach. Owusu is also a Proud member of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, a member of the Elks Lodge Fraternity, a Minister of Hospitality for St. Vincent de Paul Church and he is a graduate of the University at Albany.