Dominick enjoys serving the residents of the First Ward in the South End of Albany, New York and working on ways to make Albany a more desirable place in which to live.
Regional Administrator of Region 2
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
May 9, 2015
Dear Ms. Enck:
I believe that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) approval of both Global Partners' and Buckeye's crude oil expansion at the Port of Albany was done in violation of the Clean Air Act and our State's own procedures for a SEQR and a full environmental impact study relative to an Environmental Justice (EJ) community, namely, Albany's South End - specifically - the Ezra Prentice Homes.
I would like you, in your position as the Region 2 Administrator, as well as the EPA itself, to review the DEC's negative declaration and approval of the expansion of the amount of crude oil allowed to be transported through Albany's South End - an expansion that allows up to 1.8 billion gallons of crude oil-by-rail to come into Albany. Please note, in Global's and - Read more
It is time for you and Commissioner Martens to take drastic action and ban crude oil-carrying trains from traveling through New York State.
There was another derailment today in North Dakota and the whole town had to be evacuated.
There is no way to evacuate the whole city of Albany and the additional 70,000 daily workers who commute to our capital City should one of these trains derail and catch fire in downtown Albany.
Stop hiding behind the federal government and use your sworn-to power to phold the Constitution of NYS which requires you to protect the health, safety, welfare and property of NYS residents.
Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town
| May 6, 2015 | Updated: May 6, 2015 10:05am
HEIMDAL, N.D. (AP) — A town of about three dozen people in central North Dakota has been evacuated after an oil train derailed and caught - Read more
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
February 16, 2015
In light of the two most recent crude oil-by-rail derailments this week, it is NOW time for you to use your powers to protect the health and safety of NYS residents and ORDER AN IMMEDIATE END TO CRUDE OIL-BY-RAIL SHIPMENTS IN NEW YORK STATE! We can not wait until Albany or Syracuse or Lake Champlain is destroyed by a train derailment and subsequent explosion and oil leakage before the State takes action. My area of Albany, the South End, could be destroyed by a similar event as is happening in West Virginia right now.
No more delays, no more excuses, no more hiding behind the federal government. Issue an order to STOP crude oil-by-rail transport in New York State immediately. If the feds don't like it, let them take us to court and explain - Read more
Published on 9/18/2014 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
The redevelopment of Park South will be buoyed by two property tax breaks totaling more than $30 million.
The Albany Industrial Development Agency gave its final approval to both deals Thursday -— the largest of the two an estimated $26.5 million tax break over 22 years to Park South Partners, an offshoot of Tri City Rentals building 268 new market-rate apartments on Morris Street and Dana Avenue.
The vote was 4-2, with board members Dominick Calsolaro and Lee Eck opposing it as boosters hailed what they called a pivotal moment in the overdue revitalization of the neighborhood.
Calsolaro said the tax break is just too rich in the latter years of the pact.
"It's a lot for Albany taxpayers to have to bear," Calsolaro said. "I understand it's a transformational project. ... I think it's a precedent we're setting here."
Eck, who represents organized - Read more
We, the residents of Albany, especially the South End, have been asking you for such a study. We now demand that the DEC conduct a similar study in our neighborhoods. We deserve more of a study than just the six one-hour air collections done over six weeks that DEC has conducted to date.
As stated in the article pasted below, while "air quality for particulate matter in the areas monitored are below federal standards, DEC will expand on its effort..."
The residents of Albany's South End were also told at the August 14, 2014 meeting at Ezra Prentice, that after that very miniscule air quality study undertaken in May of this year, that our air contaminant levels were "acceptable". This seems to be the same result for the Peace Bridge neighborhood in Buffalo, yet DEC is going to expand the study in Buffalo to make it a - Read more
States says its tests showed no short-term risk to neighbors of oil trains
Published on 8/14/2014 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
Updated 10:56 pm, Thursday, August 14, 2014
The levels of potentially dangerous oil-related chemicals found in the air around the South End in recent months were "well below" the state's short-term exposure guidelines, state officials revealed Thursday.
But that news — delivered during a two-hour community meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes beside the Kenwood rail yard — hardly comforted fearful and frustrated residents searching for explanations for ailments they say have plagued them and their neighbors.
"The bottom line is that we didn't find anything that would be considered a health concern with these concentrations that we measured," Randi Walker, a research scientist with the Department of Environmental Conservation, told the crowd of about 60 at the South Pearl Street public housing complex.
The tests for volatile organic compounds associated with petroleum products — like cancer-causing benzene — yielded results in line with state averages, which led DEC officials to conclude no further monitoring is - Read more
Capital Resource Corp. panel also lowers its fee for financing project
Published on 7/18/2014 by the Times Union written by Brian Nearing
Albany - A city panel moved forward Thursday with up to $191 million in financing for the new ZEN building at the burgeoning SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
The finance committee of Capital Resource Corp. also set the stage at the last minute to lop a half-million dollars off its financing fee to be charged on the project, from $1.9 million to $1.4 million. That is on top of a $2.3 million mortgage recording tax break for the project that was already on the table.
That had city Industrial Development Agency member Dominick Calsolaro raising doubts about such generosity, but IDA Chairwoman Tracy Metzger said the proposed fee changes would only apply to projects of $100 million or more, which are rare. She said lowering fees for such projects would make the agency more competitive in attracting large-scale development.
The IDA and the CRC are - Read more
Albany will miss out on project fees as college turns to bank financing
Published on 7/18/2014 by the Times Union written by JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST Staff Writer
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Friday abruptly yanked a request to the city for access to $186 million in bonds to finance its latest expansion, with a spokesman blaming "disgusting politics" that have enveloped the project.
The deal's collapse will cost the city as much as $1.9 million in project fees it hoped to reap by allowing the NanoCollege to tap low-interest credit for its new Zero Energy Nanotechnology building, which is already rising at Fuller Road and Washington Avenue.
City officials had earlier described the ZEN pact as a coup that would allow Albany to extract a hefty fee as a middle man between the college and bond buyers without any financial risk of its own.
The about-face came just a day after a city economic development panel gave its preliminary blessing to the plan, including a $2.3 million mortgage tax break that - Read more
Published on 6/30/2014 written by Dominick Calsolaro
Dominick Calsolaro Representatives from Elected Officials to Protect New York, a group of more than 800 local elected officials from across the state, spoke out Tuesday in favor of extending the state's moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Council Member Calsolaro introduced the following:
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
June 30, 2014
Karen M. Gaidasz
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, New York 12306
Re: Global Companies LLC – Albany Terminal, 50 Church Street – Port of Albany, Albany, New York 12202
Dear Ms. Gaidasz:
In this letter, my fifth one (Dec. 26, 2013; January 8, 2014; February 17, 2014; March 2, 2014) commenting on Global’s proposed heating facility and their request for a modification to their Title V Air Permit, I will concentrate on the 100 gallon oil spill at the Port of Albany on June 29, 2014.
According to the report in today’s Times Union (“100 gallons of oil spilled from rail car at Port of Albany”),
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/100-gallons-of-oil-spills-from-Port - Read more
"I think time is on our side," said Julie Huntsman, Otsego Town councilwoman and group coordinator. "As time goes by more and more negative impacts of fracking come to light."
High-volume hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking or hydrofracking, is a process where water and chemical additives are pumped into a geologic formation at high pressure via a well. The pressure fractures the rock making it possible to gain access to oil and natural gas trapped in the rock bed.
Proponents of hydrofracking say drilling in New York will promote economic activity and job growth. Fracking in other states, such as Pennsylvania, has created business opportunities for drilling companies, engineering firms and other - Read more
Ordinance Number 1.11.09
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART 3 (DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY) OF CHAPTER 42 (DEPARTMENTS AND COMMISSIONS) OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF ALBANY TO REPEAL ARTICLE XI-A ENTITLED “GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE” AND TO ADD A NEW ARTICLE XI-A ENTITLED “GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION IMPLEMENTATION TEAM.”
Representatives from Elected Officials to Protect New York, a group of more than 800 local elected officials from across the state, spoke out Tuesday in favor of extending the state's moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
Council Member Calsolaro introduced the following:
|Albany Common Council Members Barbara Smith and Dominick Calsolaro|
Albany council members call for Justice Department review of FBI prosecutions of Muslims
Published on 4/30/2010 by the Times Union written by KATIE BRANDENBURG, Hearst Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- Two Albany Common Council members on Thursday urged the Department of Justice to review terrorism cases that they say unfairly targeted Muslims.
|(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.|
In an effort to connect with the students of the Capital Region on a more personal level, Albany City Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro, along with County Legislators Wanda Willingham and Norma Chapman met with Faith Takes, President of Mildred Elley/Austin School of Spa Technology. The campus, located on 855 Central Avenue in Albany is shared by the two colleges and is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, clinics and student service areas for the Austin School of Spa Technology and newly renovated space designed specifically for Mildred Elley. It allows for the staff and faculty to fuse their expertise and experiences together to share them with the students in a more efficient and effective manner. Continue reading . . .