I hope this email finds you well. Can you believe it’s December already and that we’re less than a month away from 2019? I can hardly believe it.With all that has happened in the 10th Ward and the City of Albany this year, I’m happy to report that our community and our city continues to progress and move forward. As your Councilman, I will work to continue that momentum.
Here’s a recap of some of the positive developments in our community and city:
- Legislation I sponsored to waive civil service exam fees for our city’s veterans, was approved by the Albany Civil Service Commission and passed by the Common Council.
- I voted to pass legislation that revised our city’s policies to better address the issue of vacant buildings throughout Albany.
- I joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones in announcing new playground equipment to be installed in the Madison Avenue Park, thanks to an $100,000 donation from KOMPAN, a playground equipment manufacturer. (You can read more about this exciting development here: https://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2018/09/15/UN08632)
- I initiated the “Council on the Corner” series of meetings in the summer as a way to provide a new option to reach out to 10th Ward constituents directly.
- I voted to pass a city-wide ban on the inhumane practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in Albany. Conversion therapy has been proven to have lasting psychological harm on LGBTQ individuals subjected to it.
- I oversaw the rehabilitation and repair of sidewalks on Morris Street and South Lake Avenue.
- I gladly co-sponsored a number of events in our community including the last September’s “Meet, Munch & More” gathering at Madison Park, and the summer outdoor movie series “Movies Under the Stars”.
- I introduced a resolution supporting Assemblymember John McDonald’s bill to cut the vacant building time frame down.
- I hosted our first annual July fourth picnic at three senior homes in the ward.
- I welcomed new restaurants in the 10th ward – Kismet Mediterranean Restaurant, Cuckoo’s Nest, and, last week, Moliendo Cafe .
While I am proud of the progress in the 10th Ward and the City of Albany, we still have have work to do. From now and into the new year, I look forward to working with my Common Council colleagues and the Mayor’s office to:
- Waive civil service exam fees for recent high school graduates in the City of Albany.
- Continue efforts to invest in our city’s parks and infrastructure.
- Work to secure additional bike racks for our ward’s Midtown Neighborhood, which includes Madison Ave, Quail St., Western Ave., and Ontario St.
- Finalize the purchase of our city’s streetlights from National Grid and instal new LED street lighting with smart node capabilities that will allow our city to develop a municipal internet service.
- Pass legislation to implement an equity agenda for the City of Albany.
- Work with the city to get sidewalks on Woodlawn to protect neighbors and children who enjoy walking to Little League games.
- Establish the 10th Ward’s first ever “Restaurant Week” to highlight the great restaurants in our area.
My vision for the 10th Ward is to ensure the 10th Ward remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family. That means making sure our streets are maintained and designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle owners alike; promoting economic development in our community; proactively addressing quality of life issues in our community; and ensuring that our children have every opportunity to learn, grow, and flourish in our neighborhood.
Internships –If your son or daughter is looking for an internship, or needs a letter of recommendation please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and look forward to working with you all to continue making the Pine Hills neighborhood the pride and joy of the City of Albany. Moving forward in the coming months, I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday.
To address your concerns, discuss any issues, or if you need assistance, feel free to contact me via email at Anane4Albany@gmail.com or by cell phone at (518) 763-7083.
Local Community Events in or around the 10th Ward:
- Pine Hills Elementary in conjunction with the New Albany Neighborhood Association, Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, and Police Station, is hosting an evening of caroling on Friday, December 14th. From 6:15-7:00 we will have refreshments in the cafeteria, as well as student readings of their own seasonsonal writing pieces and student artwork on display. At 7:00 we will all walk to the police station together to enjoy the Tree Lighting and caroling until 7:30. We invite the community to please join us!
*Save the Date* Join Councilman Owusu Anane‘s friends and family for a Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 22nd at 5:00pm at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall at 375 Ontario Street, Albany NY 12208. A relaxed evening of fun and connecting! Free of charge.Light refreshments will served
Phone: 518-763-7083 Email: Anane4Albany@gmail.com
- Quality of Life concerns — Use “See, Click Fix” to report quality of life concerns including unshoveled sidewalks, illegal trash, issues with buildings (issues with buildings will be directed to the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance — the direct number to that department is 518 -434-5995), and more. You can also call DGS directly at 518 434-CITY to report quality of life issues.
- Loud student parties on your block? Reach out to Luke Rumsey at UAlbany’s Neighborhood Life. Luke’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Committee on University and Community Relations Off-Campus hotline: 518 442-5888.
- 10th ward beat cops:
- If you live in the 10th ward on Partridge Street or west, your beat cop is Joe Acquaviva. His email address is: email@example.com If you live in the 10th ward between Partridge St and S Lake, your beat cops are Sheila Couch (days) and Nate Ensel (nights). Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- If you live in the 10th ward east of S Lake (e.g. the Thurlow Terrace building), your beat cop is Joe Lynch — his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Animal Control — (518) 462-7107. Reach out to animal control to report issues like dead squirrels or skunks in the road or issues with domestic animals.
Working hard to represent you.