Planning Board Meeting

The Planning Board may green-light 563 New Scotland on 8/27/19

  On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Planning Board will be meeting to discuss and possibly make a final decision on whether to green-light the development for 563 new Scotland Avenue. There are two actions you can take to be sure that development ultimately serves the community, rather than exploiting it:
1. Email  a letter to the Planning Board before August 27. Information on how to do this is immediately below. 
2. Attend the Planning Board meeting on 8/27/19. You'll find details on when and where  at the end of  this email.
To send the email, you can copy and paste the following into an email. (Obviously, you are welcome to edit in any way you see fit). Send the email to Zach Powell at eh Albany Planning Board. His email is:  Please forward this email on to others in your network who want 563 done right!

To The Members of the Albany Planning Board

I am writing to you as a resident of Albany to express my support for conducting an Environmental Impact Statement prior to any proposed demolition, construction or building at 563 New Scotland Avenue.  I am also writing to you to ask that you take NO ACTION regarding the proposed development at 563 New Scotland Avenue at the Planning Board Meeting on August 27, 2019 due to the fact that the Albany Common Council has just approved a measure to take the Environmental Impact Statement Resolution out of committee and vote on it at their next meeting.  The Albany Common Council members have been elected by the residents of Albany to discuss matters and take action on our behalf, and it is their responsibility to make the decision regarding the Environmental Impact Statement Resolution for 563 New Scotland Avenue.

The proposed over-sized development and resulting demolition and construction at 563 New Scotland Avenue will impact every resident and commercial space in that area, including St. Peter’s hospital, its staff and patients, a local daycare center and senior center and every surrounding neighborhood.  Over 100 Albany residents who live immediately surrounding the proposed development and in the near vicinity have signed a petition asking the Albany Common Council for an Environmental Impact Statement of the project.  Please allow the vote to take place on this Resolution at the Albany Common Council’s next meeting.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


It will be very important to have residents at the Planning Board meeting itself to represent our point of view. Please try to attend and to bring family and friends along. We want the the Planning Board to understand how strongly we feel about this!

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 27th, at 200 Henry Johnson Blvd in the ACDA Community Room. it starts at 5:45. 

Thanks for your support - please spread the word!

8/19/2019 Common Council Meeting Info

Thanks for joining us at the August 19th, 2019 Common Council Meeting!

Albany Common Council meeting, Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.

We are hoping to make a particularly strong impact at the Albany Common Council meeting on Monday, August 19th, 2019. Please attend if you possibly can, and bring friends and family to let the Common Council know how strongly we feel about the development taking place in our neighborhoods.

The Common Council will be meeting on Monday, August 5, at City Hall (24 Eagle Street), in the Council Chambers, second floor, at 7 p.m. You can demonstrate outside before the meeting, or just attend the meeting. If you  choose to speak at the meeting, you must sign up ahead of time. You can go to the chambers to sign up after 6:30 p.m., or call the Clerk ahead of time to get a spot, at (518) 434-5090.If you plan to speak, it would be helpful to bring at least one copy of your remarks to give to the Common Council so it can be entered in the record. The agenda of the Common Council meeting is attached below. 


         1. Be clear about what we DO want: We want smart development that builds our tax base, supports 

             stable and diverse neighborhoods, and is environmentally sound. 

         2. Support for Tom Hoey/Joe Igo/Jack Flynn resolution 56.72.19R. This gist of this is that the 

             water/sewage system in Albany is  interconnected in complex ways, so that large development in   

             one location impacts water/sewage management in other locations, among

             other critical impacts. For that reason, a full SEQRA should be done for all large developments in 



        3. Thank Members Hoey/Igo/Flynn for their foresight in putting this resolution forward. 


        4. Support for Tom Hoey’s proposed legislation that would (1) eliminate the USDO section that gives the 

            Planning Board the ability to override anything that is in the USDO; and (2) not allow demolition or 

            building permits to be issued until any directives by city departments and state and federal       

            departments and agencies are completed. The text of that legislation is attached. 

        5. A full Environmental Impact Statement for 563 New Scotland is essential in order to avoid potentially 

            burdening Albany taxpayers with costs created by problems the developer failed to foresee.

            An EIS  will ensure that development is in the best interests of taxpayers. 


      1. Those who want to carpool can meet in the church parking lot at 5:30. 

      2. You can also meet in  front of City Hall at 6:00. We will have signs, and you can also bring your own. 

           We have a leaflet, too, which is attached below.

      3. Again, if you plan to speak, it would be helpful to bring at least one copy of your remarks to give to the 

          Common Council so it can be entered in the record. 

Thanks from all of us!!


Demonstration/meeting dates

563 New Scotland Demonstration: July 24, 2019 4:30 p.m.

Building on the success of our July 8 demonstration, we plan to meet outside 563 New Scotland Avenue to spread information about that project's potential detrimental effects on the neighborhood. A surprisingly large number of people seem to be unaware of many of the recent developments proposed by the City, and by going out into the neighborhoods we have an opportunity to provide people with information on what they may be facing.

Signs will be available, both for StoptheStories and with slogans summarizing projected problems in the neighborhood.

We will also have flyers available to hand out to drivers stopped at the lights, and also to pedestrians. The flyers will summarize the details of the project and the potential resulting issues for the neighborhood.

July 1, 2019 Common Council meeting - Thanks for turning out!

A good number of people have been attending these meetings.  Some chose to speak and let the Council members know how we feel about the way the development process has been carried out, and the many issues that have arisen.  Others chose to simply be a supportive presence. If you do speak at future meetings, we are encouraging people to ask that all major developments in the City of Albany are required to have an Environmental Impact Statement. This makes environmental, safety, and financial sense, and is in keeping with the USDO's stated goal, which is to incentivize quality development that balances the interests of our community with protecting our natural environment. 

We have had positive feedback from some of the Council members, and  repeat visits from residents at future meetings would help to consolidate our position. If  you want to speak,you must sign up ahead of time. The Council caucuses at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. You can go to the chambers to sign up after 6:30 p.m., or call the Clerk ahead of time to get a spot at (518) 434-5090. 

Sign Ideas for July 8th, 2019

  • Just bring your "Stop the Stories" lawn sign along!
  •  If you think traffic is bad now...wait 'til construction starts!
  • Density for density's sake is NOT environmental!
  • Sewage does not belong in our basements!
  • 1211 does NOT "protect and preserve" our neighborhoods.
  • What's the sewage plan??
  • How come residents don't get a say?
  • There is nothing walkable or green about 1211!
  • All these extra cars are going WHERE?
  • GSX will make a fortune - what about us
  • Is the USDO working for us...Or are we working for the USDO? 
  • We want SMART growth!

Connect with our Common Council

The Albany Common Council is meets regularly at City Hall (24 Eagle Street), in the Council Chambers, second floor.

The public is allowed to speak at the meeting, but you must sign up ahead of time. The Council caucuses at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. You can go to the chambers to sign up after 6:30 p.m., or call the Clerk ahead of time to get a spot (518) 434-5090. The more people talking, the better our opportunity to spread information about the negative effects of high density buildings on our infrastructure (sewers, storm water drainage), parking, traffic, services (fire, police, EMS), air and light.

Numbers matter!


Get on our mailing list!

Sign up under "Join Us" on the home page.

Put up a sign!


We have lawn signs available for you to display. Please send an email under the "drop us a line" link on the home page to get one. The suggested donation is $5 per sign. 

Attend Common Council Meetings!

The meetings are at City Hall. Click the link below for more information.

Contact your Common Council Ward Leader


Click the link below to find out who your Ward Leader is and how to reach him or her. You don't need to be an expert to express concerns about the types of developments that are going up!

Come to meetings!

If you are interested in being more actively involved, please join us! 

We meet weekly on Thursdays, 

at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 916 Western Avenue. 

from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Use your networks!

Feel free to copy and paste any of the information you see on our website  and pass it along!

Forward to all your friends!

Monday's 1211 Protest was very successful!

We had lots of people right in front of 1211 Western Avenue!  There were lots of "happy honkers" as well as cheers and thumbs up from many who drove by. Others expressed  their  support verbally and on Nextdoor. The Business Review had a reporter there as well. 

Statement to the Albany Common Council

Statement to the Common Council on July 1, 2019

Good Evening Common Council members.


My Name is Max Hoey and I live at 19 Vine Street in Albany, a part of the City that does not have sidewalks. Our roads so bad that I cannot ride my bike safely.

I attended and just graduated from Eagle Point Elementary School where I was the Student Body Vice President.

I was Born in Albany and I hope to live my life here but I am very concerned about decisions that are being made today that my generation will have to deal with 20 and 30 years from now.

I plan on being an architect and I have seen the plans for some of these huge apartment houses that are made out of wood cheaply, they can only last 30 years and I am upset that you are allowing this to happen.  It will be my generation that will have to take down these buildings and handle the toxic materials that they are constructed of and we won’t have a dump to put them in!  

My friends in school have told me about their toilets backing up and filling their house with sewage and I see water main breaks all over my neighborhood. Why isn’t the city fixing what we have before putting up new buildings?

OH, I hope you pass the Hen legislation tonight, I like playing with hens and will enjoy having fresh eggs.

Thank You

Great response to our 7/24/19 demo at 563 New Scotland Ave!

We got loads of positive responses - thumbs  up, honking and cheers - it was encouraging! When traffic was stopped and it was safe to do so, we also handed out a flyer. Click below to take a look.