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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.

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South End air samples cleared

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

Albany

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

City votes ZEN funds

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

Nano financing deal with Albany unravels

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

Albany

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

Re: Global Companies LLC – Albany Terminal, 50 Church Street – Port of Albany, Albany, New York 12202

Published on 6/30/2014 written by Dominick Calsolaro

Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
(518) 859-5219
Email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com

June 30, 2014

Karen M. Gaidasz
NYSDEC
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

New York municipalities call for extended fracking moratorium

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.

"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

Attached is a letter regarding Global Partners proposed heating facility and modification to its Title V Air Permit.

Published on 3/2/2014 written by Dominick Calsolaro

Ms Gaidasz:

Attached is a letter regarding Global Partners proposed heating facility and modification to its Title V Air Permit. Please include this in the public record for this proposed project. Thank you.

Dominick Calsolaro


Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
(518) 859-5219
Email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com

March 2, 2014

Karen M. Gaidasz
NYSDEC
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:

I attended the DEC’s February 12, 2014 public meeting at Giffen Elementary School. I spoke at the meeting and asked DEC to consider doing three things: 1) Rescind its Negative Declaration and declare a Positive Declaration for the proposed project. 2) Require Global to undertake all necessary actions related to an Environmental Justice community. 3) Put off any decision on the project until the federal government (U.S - Read more

RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL APPOINTING DOMINICK CALSOLARO AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF ALBANY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND THE CAPITAL RESOURCE CORPORATION

Published on 2/25/2014 written by Albany Common Council

Council Member Fahey introduced the following, which was approved:

Resolution Number 23.23.14R(MC)

RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL APPOINTING DOMINICK CALSOLARO AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF ALBANY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND THE CAPITAL RESOURCE CORPORATION

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 856 and 903-a of the General Municipal Law the Common Council of the City of Albany has the authority to appoint members of the Industrial Development Agency and the Capital Resource Corporation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council of the City of Albany, duly convened does hereby appoint Dominick Calsolaro as a member of the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency and the Capital Resource Corporation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution shall take effect immediately.

Resolution Number 23.23.14R (MC) was Co-Sponsored by Council Members Applyrs, Conti, Golby, Kimbrough, O’Brien and Robinson.

Passed by the following vote of all the Council - Read more

Heat rising on oil plan

Public airs safety concerns over Port of Albany plan to heat, ship crude oil

Published on 2/13/2014 by the Times Union written by Brian Nearing

Albany: For more than three hours Wednesday, voices in the auditorium of Giffen Elementary School on South Pearl Street echoed what is a growing national debate over safety concerns brought on by a rising tide of crude oil being shipped across the county in rail cars.

Several hundred people jammed the auditorium at a hearing called by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to address growing concerns over plans by an oil terminal at the Port of Albany to begin heating the crude arriving in massive "oil trains" from the Midwest.

The hearing was meant to focus on a request by Global Companies LLC, based in Waltham, Mass., which is seeking DEC permission to build boilers at its rail yard to heat crude-laden tank cars to thin oil and make it easier to pump into storage tanks and then onto barges headed south down the Hudson River to refineries - Read more

After heated meeting, Albany County expected to move ahead with land bank

Published on 2/10/2014 by the Times Union written by Alysia Santo

img src="http://blog.timesunion.com/albany/files/2014/02/land-bank.jpg" alt="Dominick Calsolaro" width="350" height="275">

Dominick Calsolaro, a former Albany Common Council member, talks about problems he has with new legislation during a discussion by Albany County lawmakers on legislation to create a land bank, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in Albany, NY. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

A bill that would form a land bank to combat neighborhood blight will go up for public comment and a vote during Monday night’s meeting in the Albany County Legislature.

The plan to create the Albany County Land Bank Corporation, a state-sanctioned not-for-profit that acquires properties for development from the county’s foreclosure list, was announced at a press conference Monday morning.

The intention of that event was to hold a question-and-answer session but it became a loud and emotional meeting as some community leaders expressed - Read more

State taking comment on Albany port oil heating project

Public comment being sought on facility designed to keep steady flow of crude at facility

Published on 1/21/2014 by the Times Union written by Brian Nearing

Albany: A public comment period on plans by an oil company at the Port of Albany to add a facility to heat crude oil to ease shipping during cold months will run though Jan. 31.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is still taking public comments on plans by Global Companies, a unit of Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., to build a 2,600-square-foot facility with up to seven massive boilers at the port's rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped out of rail cars and into storage tanks. Oil is then shipped out on barges headed downriver toward refineries on the east coast.

Global's application does not specify what kind oil would be heated, but some critics of the proposal worry it could be tar sands oil from Canada. Global already has DEC permission to ship up to 1.8 billion gallons of crude oil of any - Read more

Council Member Calsolaro introduced the following:

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.”

 

(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.
Albany Common Council Members Barbara Smith and Dominick Calsolaro

Terror Case Bias Alleged

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.

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(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.
(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.

CALSOLARO LEADS TOUR OF REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL CAREER COLLEGE FACILITY

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 . . .