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.
Published on 11/18/2013 by the Times Union written by Scott Waldman
ALBANY—The Albany city council will take up a resolution that expresses concern about the amount of North Dakota oil flowing through the city every day by train.
The resolution, which will be voted on Monday night, would declare that the city will investigate and discuss safety issues regarding the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, and will also assess the city's capability of responding to worst-case scenarios of spills or explosions involving crude oil, ethanol or chlorine. The resolution also calls for legal measures that would require the Port of Albany and owners of the tanker cars to pay for fire and emergency protection costs.
Councilman Dominick Calsolaro said Albany is bearing costs of preparing for an influx of rail cars bearing hazardous materials that the city, and its fire department, can't afford.
“We don't have enough materials to fight the fire,” he said.Read more
Amid multi-million dollar expansion, protesters push for transit-centric answers
Published on 11/4/2013 by the Times Union written by Alysia Santo
A handful of protesters gathered Monday to encourage Albany Medical Center Hospital to improve public transit access for its employees and patients.
Most gathered on the public sidewalk, but 76-year-old Lucile Brewer, founder of advocacy group Citizens for Public Transit, opted to sit in her wheelchair directly outside the hospital's main entrance.
A spokesman for Albany Medical Center, Jeffrey Gordon, said they called police on Brewer after she refused to move off the hospital's property or put down her sign. When police arrived, she put the sign down and was allowed to continue sitting on the property, said Gordon, but soon after she got into a cab.
Other protesters included Albany County Legislator Douglas A. Bullock. Brewer said she took a cab to the Albany police station to ask why she could not protest on the property.
In recent months, there have been a number of public hearings - Read more
Ninety-two CSX employees and their family members planted 100 trees Sept. 21 at Hoffman Park in Albany, N.Y.
Their efforts were part of CSX’s commitment to plant one tree for each mile of track in its 23-state service network by 2014.
“We travel through many Eastern communities,” said John Gaylord, Albany Division manager. “We want to make these communities safer, healthier and greener, and this is one way to do that.”
The jeffersred maples, Redmond American lindens, eastern redbuds, thornless cockspur hawthorns, Turkish hazels, Japanese zelkovas and common hackberries are expected to play an integral role in the health of the community, its residents and commuters.
“This means a lot to our city,” said Dominick Calsolaro, Albany Common councilman. “These trees will replace trees we’ve lost as a result of age, invasive species and devastating storms.”
Each day, 60,000 commuters enter Albany on Interstate 787 and Route 9W - Read more
Published on 9/5/2013 by Metroland written by The Staff
Albany Mayor: Kathy Sheehan
The best reason to vote for Kathy Sheehan is her performance as treasurer. We wish she had been more forthcoming in the campaign with her ideas for fixing a city that has, in our opinion, been headed in the wrong direction for years; however, her competence is undeniable. Corey Ellis is a worthy candidate, but we think Sheehan is the right candidate for mayor.
Albany City Treasurer: Darius Shahinfar
This race, which pits Darius Shahinfar against longtime County Legislator Gary Domalewicz for the second most powerful office in city government, is a no-brainer. We believe Shahinfar will continue the high professional and nonpartisan standards Kathy Sheehan established as treasurer. We do not have the same confidence in Mr. Domalewicz.
Albany Common Council Ward 1: Dorcey L. Applyrs
This seat has been held by three-term incumbent Dominick Calsolaro. He - Read more
Backers of scaled-down version hopeful about pending appointments
Published on 7/26/2013 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
Albany - As the new scaled-back downtown convention center plan met cautious praise Thursday even from some longtime critics, Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided boosters of the long-stalled project perhaps the most compelling reason for hope.
Along with the revamped vision for an 80,000-square-foot facility off Eagle Street, the Albany Convention Center Authority announced that Cuomo plans to fill two long-vacant appointments on the authority's board.
More than ministerial, the continued presence of the vacancies for more than two years were interpreted by some as evidence of Cuomo's substantial ambivalence, or worse, about the then-$220 million project.
Neither the authority nor Cuomo's office disclosed whom the governor will tap. Cuomo's office did not return a call for comment.
Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, the authority's newest member as the appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, called the development positive.
"It's a sign that they are committed - Read more
Nine-year-old accidentally shoots self in hand with gun he found in lot
Published on 7/23/2013 by the Times Union written by Matthew Hamilton and Cameron Castan
Albany: The outcome could have been tragic for a 9-year-old boy injured Saturday when he shot himself in the hand with a gun he found in a vacant lot. Published on 7/19/2013 by the The Daily Star (Oneonta) written by Denise Richardson Lynne Jackson of Albany is walking to tell a story and fight for justice. Protesters gather at the Capitol against not-guilty verdict Published on 7/16/2013 by the Times Union written by Bryan Fitzgerald Albany - Young, old, black, white, many with hoodies draped over their heads, a disappointed but determined crowd gathered on the steps of the Capitol Monday morning to join others across the country in condemning the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Common Council renames Riverfront Park in time for concert Published on 7/15/2013 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist Albany - Someone update the Foursquare check-in for Riverfront Park. It's now officially Jennings Landing. Albany convention center lands again in tax dispute Published on 5/21/2013 by the Times Union written by by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist strong>Albany:
Instead, Anthony Chaney Jr. was treated for a minor wound and released and is "doing fine," his grandmother said Monday afternoon.
How the young boy came across the weapon was unclear. But the incident rekindled an old community concern about community guns, which are hidden and shared by a small group of people who use them when needed and then return them to a secret spot.
"Community guns are a problem. I remember back in the late '90s people were stashing guns all over the place. Some people were even renting them out for $50," said Albany Councilman Dominick Calsolaro, who pushed for creation of the city's Gun Violence Task Force.
"I think it is a problem maybe - Read more
On Thursday, she stopped in Oneonta during her “Journey for Justice,” a walk and larger effort to collect petition signatures supporting an appeal in the case of Yassin Aref, a Muslim convicted in a federal terrorism case who is serving a 15-year sentence in a prison in Indiana.
Aref, a leader at an Albany mosque, was unjustly convicted after being set up in a FBI sting, said Jackson, co-founder of Project SALAM, which stands for “Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims.” On Friday, Jackson started a 133-mile walk between Albany and Binghamton, where she plans to submit the petitions to the federal judge who presided in the case.
Aref’s story was the focus of Jackson’s presentation at the Quakers-Butternuts Friends Meeting at the First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta on Thursday. Some - Read more
While not on the massive scale of some of the post-trial protests from Los Angeles to Times Square, the group of about 60 demonstrators in Albany sang, held an extended moment of silence and spoke passionately about how the not-guilty verdict in the shooting of the unarmed Florida teenager has touched them from more than a thousand miles away.
"I wanted to teach my 12-year-old son how to walk to the store by himself this summer or let him play outside by himself," said Winell Jones, of Albany. Tears streamed across Jones' cheeks as she told the crowd that her son - Read more
City lawmakers voted Monday to formally to give a roughly five-acre section of the city's Corning Preserve Riverfront Park a new mayoral moniker in honor of outgoing Mayor Jerry Jennings, a five-term Democrat and North Albany native who is not seeking re-election this year.
Monday's vote came just in time for a special extended Alive at Five concert scheduled for Thursday to mark Jennings' 20-year tenure in office. That show, headlined by Starship, will also feature Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, one of the bands that played the city's free summer concert series in 1994, Jennings' first year in office.
Thursday's show will last until 9 p.m., an hour longer than usual, and be followed by a 15-minute fireworks show shot from Rensselaer, said Bob Van Amburgh, the mayor's - Read more
The resolution, which echoes one passed in 2010 and ignored, is nonbinding on the state-created construction authority. But it may signal increasing impatience by the Common Council with the loss of the tax revenue on 50-some parcels as the project idles.
Mayor Jerry Jennings said work continues to draft a scaled-down plan, seemingly focused around State Street below the Capitol, incorporating existing meeting space in the county-owned Times Union Center arena and Empire State Plaza.
That leaves open what will become of the nearly six acres off Broadway targeted — and largely acquired — by the authority for a much - Read more
Published on 7/19/2013 by the The Daily Star (Oneonta) written by Denise Richardson
Lynne Jackson of Albany is walking to tell a story and fight for justice.
Protesters gather at the Capitol against not-guilty verdict
Published on 7/16/2013 by the Times Union written by Bryan Fitzgerald
Albany - Young, old, black, white, many with hoodies draped over their heads, a disappointed but determined crowd gathered on the steps of the Capitol Monday morning to join others across the country in condemning the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Common Council renames Riverfront Park in time for concert
Published on 7/15/2013 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
Albany - Someone update the Foursquare check-in for Riverfront Park. It's now officially Jennings Landing.
Albany convention center lands again in tax dispute
Published on 5/21/2013 by the Times Union written by by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
strong>Albany:City lawmakers on Monday again voted to push the Albany Convention Center Authority to pay the city, county and schools in lieu of nearly $500,000 in lost taxes on the land earmarked for a downtown convention center that appears increasingly less likely to be built.
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.”
|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 . . .