Monday, December 21, 2009

Save the dates for 2010!

Upcoming Speakers

January 13, 2010
Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings

February 10, 2010
Consumer Housing Attorney Kirsten Keefe

March 10, 2010
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

April 14, 2010
Albany Convention Center Authority Chair Gavin Donohue

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kevin O'Connor to speak on TUESDAY, Nov. 10

CEO of Tech Valley Communications will discuss voice, data and wi-fi innovations

ALBANY, NY – October 29, 2009 – Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Tech Valley Communications, will address the Albany Roundtable at a special TUESDAY luncheon on November 10. (The luncheon will be held on Tuesday due to the Veterans’ Day parade slated for November 11.)

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are now held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

Tech Valley Communications is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier located in downtown Albany, providing telecommunications services to businesses and residents throughout the Tech Valley region of New York State. Mr. O’Connor, a co-founder of Tech Valley Communications, joined the company as the CEO in July 2000.

Headquartered in Albany, Tech Valley Communications (TVC) is the region’s preeminent provider of voice, data and related services over its advanced FirstLight® fiber optic and high speed wireless networks. TVC owns and operates over 425 route miles of fiber optic cable connecting some 340 office buildings in upstate New York. Tech Valley Communications employs approximately 70 people in downtown Albany and has received the NYS Public Service Commission’s Commendation for Excellent Service each of the past four years. TVC, in partnership with the City of Albany, is also proud to provide “Albany FreeNet,” a free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet service, to a growing number of locations throughout the City.

From 1992 to 2000, Mr. O’Connor served as the President of the Center for Economic Growth, a business and government supported economic development organization providing managerial and technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to that Mr. O’Connor worked in New York State Government in various capacities from 1980 to 1992, which included regulatory and staff assignments in the Department of Health, Division of Budget, Governor’s Office and the Department of Economic Development. Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Reservations for the November 10 luncheon are required by Friday, November 6 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com . The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com or www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com .

Friday, September 25, 2009

Good Patroon Award to be Presented to Maria and Roger Markovics

Housing, social justice advocates will be honored on October 14

ALBANY, NY – September 25, 2009 – The Albany Roundtable has selected community organizers Maria and Roger Markovics to receive its prestigious Good Patroon Award for their efforts to ensure that Albany residents have access to decent and livable housing – regardless of their income. This annual award was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals.

“United Tenants of Albany knows, better than most, that Albany is a city of many neighborhoods,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “From well-kept, tree-lined streets to blocks where every other building is dilapidated or vacant, these neighborhoods are both the key – and an obstacle – to this city’s success. By working for equity and justice in housing, Maria and Roger have in fact become staunch champions for a revitalized and sustainable city. Through more than a third of a century of upswings and downturns, the continued success of United Tenants of Albany is the tangible result of their unwavering leadership, and we are delighted to honor them with the Good Patroon Award.”

Susan Cotner, Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Partnership of the Capital Region will present the Award at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 31st season on Wednesday, October 14th. The luncheon’s featured speaker is Kirby White, a founder of the Capital District Community Loan Fund and author of two mystery novels set in upstate New York.

“We moved to Albany in 1970 and began working in a small storefront crisis intervention program called Providence House in Albany’s South End,” said Roger, whose efforts with his wife Maria brought together a group of low-income tenants that eventually became the United Tenants of Albany (UTA). “Now, almost 40 years later, we maintain a similar job sharing arrangement, now with Catholic Charities, to continue working on housing and welfare issues.”

Maria and Roger’s leadership at UTA encouraged staff and volunteers to create several other community-based regional organizations addressing the socio-economic roots of housing problems, including the Capital District Community Loan Fund, the Albany Community Land Trust, the Affordable Housing Partnership, and Albany Area Housing Opportunities. As these organizations have grown they have formed an informal network connected with UTA to both develop and preserve affordable housing with an expanding grass roots leadership.

At UTA, Maria currently coordinates a Homeless Intervention Program and manages administrative and fund raising affairs. Roger concentrates on reinvestment work with the Capital District Community Loan Fund, the Albany Community Land Trust, and the Affordable Housing Partnership, including related efforts with an anti-predatory lending campaign (HomeSave), the Capital District Regional Homeownership Collaborative, and the Capital District Labor Religion Coalition.

The October 14 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held in a new location this year – the historic University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15, which may be paid at the door. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations are required by Monday, October 12 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art; Parsons Child and Family Center and its Executive Director Raymond Schimmer; Capital Repertory Theater and its Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill; and the Albany Housing Authority and its Executive Director Stephen Longo.

“When he died in 1839, Stephen Van Rensselaer III was remembered as ‘The Good Patroon’ for his benevolent attitude toward the residents of Rensselaerswyck,” said Ryan. “The Good Patroon Award is the Albany Roundtable’s primary means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Maria and Roger with this award.”


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Albany Roundtable Elects New Members, Officers

The Albany Roundtable is pleased to welcome four new members to its board of directors:
  • Robert F. Bristol, FASLA
    Chair, CEO and President, Senior Principal, Saratoga Associates
  • Judith Johnson
    Director of the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, City of Albany
  • Ed Parker
    Partner, Integral One Network Solutions
  • Jerry Shaye
    Director, International Trade Development, Empire State Development

The following members of the board were elected to an additional term in their respective offices: Colleen Ryan, President; James Dennehey, Vice President; Lori Harris, Secretary; and Mark Patten, Treasurer.

Committee chairs are: Al DeSalvo, Good Patroon Committee; Elizabeth Griffin, Friends Committee; and Justin Priddle, Nominating Committee.

Returning board members include: Paul Bray (Founding President), Guy Alonge, Chris Betts, Nancy Burton, James Carr, Mary Darcy, Mark Eagan, Christopher Hawver, Catherine Hedgeman, Paul Larrabee, Marcus Pryor, Daniel Sanders, Jeff Sherrin, and Ruth Walters.

The Albany Roundtable is an all-volunteer not-for-profit corporation founded in 1979. Their civic luncheon series is open to the public and presents speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects relating to the region.

Reservations for the October 14 luncheon featuring Kirby White are required by Monday, October 12 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at
albanyroundtable@yahoo.com. The luncheon will be held at the University Club of Albany and the cost is $15. Lunch will be served from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Talk about Albany is still on the table, 30 years later

By PAUL GRONDAHL, Times Union Staff writer
First published in print: Thursday, May 28, 2009

ALBANY-- The Albany Roundtable will celebrate its 30th anniversary in much the same way it began in 1979, with a provocative talk on urban planning, followed by a lively discussion about how to make the capital city more livable.

"The Albany Roundtable was talking about New Urbanism before there was a New Urbanism," said the group's president, Colleen Ryan, who is communications director of the Preservation League of New York State.

She took over the reins of the civic group last year from founder Paul Bray, a writer on urban planning issues who is an associate counsel at the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"When we started, the concept was called managed growth and there have been other flavors of the months over the past 30 years," Bray said. "Often, it's a matter of two steps forward and one step back. There's still a lot of work to be done in Albany."

The 30th anniversary event will be held tonight at the University Club in Albany. The speaker is Jaime Correa, an architect and professor at the University of Miami. About 120 people have signed up. The group has a paid membership of 60 and its monthly luncheons are open to the public.

Bray was the catalyst for an organization that started in the same decade as Historic Albany Foundation, Urban Cultural Parks and other preservation-minded groups. Banker Mark Patten and attorney James Dennehey were also founders and are still actively involved. The group has hosted more than 200 speakers, including politicians, academics and business leaders.

"We call it networking now, but when we started it was just a forum for leaders and people who were active in the community to come together to discuss issues," Bray said.

Ryan has attracted younger attendees through a Web site, blog and Facebook page.

"We're using social media to strengthen the mix," Ryan said. "We feel that positive things happen when people from different walks of life and backgrounds sit down together to talk about what's going on in their city and their neighborhood."

The group's durability stems from keeping events open to all.

"We're not a club and you don't have to belong in order to come share your opinions and hear what other people have to say," Ryan said.

Paul Grondahl can be reached at 454-5623 or by e-mail at pgrondahl@timesunion.com.

To learn more, visit their Web site at http://www.albanyroundtable.com/

Saturday, May 16, 2009

RSVP deadline Friday 5/22 for 30th Anniversary Event!

"Jaime has been on the front lines and is regarded as one of the leading New Urbanist architects in the western hemisphere," said former Albany Roundtable visiting speaker James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and most recently, the novel, World Made by Hand.

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet -- nearly 100 of you already have -- please act now to join the Albany Roundtable on Thursday, May 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at The University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, as we celebrate 30 years of civic discourse with visiting speaker Jaime Correa!

An urban planner, architect, and professor at the University of Miami, Correa is the author of Seven Recipes for the New Urbanism, published January, 2009, and SELF-SUFFICIENT URBANISM: A Vision of Contraction for the Non-Distant Future.

Your ticket will allow you to enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and delicious appetizers from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. with people who – like you – are active in business, the arts, not-for-profits, governments, neighborhoods and urban activities. A thought-provoking and insightful presentation from Jaime Correa follows a brief program commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Albany Roundtable, wrapping up at about 8:00 p.m.

The University Club will offer a cash bar from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. for guests of the Albany Roundtable who wish to continue networking and socializing after the program.

Please make your reservations for this historic event by close of business on Friday, May 22. Download an RSVP form (link at right under photo) and send it in with your check to show us that you value the Albany Roundtable, and the role that it plays in engaging a wide variety of people in the business of envisioning our future!

Hope to see you on May 28!

Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Print it before we mail it!

Review, download or print the invitation for the 30th Anniversary Reception on Thursday, 5/28/09.

Invitations were mailed on April 27, but you can still print an RSVP card and mail it to The Albany Roundtable at PO Box 7101, Albany, NY 12224.

Invitation Final Final

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Celebrate the Roundtable's 30th Anniversary!


WHAT: 30th Anniversary of the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series

WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: The University Club of Albany
141 Washington Avenue, Albany

Jaime Correa, urban planner, architect, and professor at the University of Miami, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Albany Roundtable's 30th Anniversary Reception.

Correa is a respected authority in the fields of architecture, town design, and sustainable development. He is the editor of THE CORREA REPORT, a newsletter developing a new consciousness of traditional sustainability and the author of Seven Recipes for the New Urbanism, published January 2009 and SELF-SUFFICIENT URBANISM: A Vision of Contraction for the Non-Distant Future.

Tickets to the 30th Anniversary cocktail reception start at $30. Honorary Committee and Corporate Sponsorships are also available. For more information e-mail albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

The Albany Roundtable’s previous visiting speakers have included: Stan Eckstut (NYC architect, Battery City Project); Tony Hiss (Project for Public Spaces); Robert McNulty (Partners for Livable Places); Paul Pritchard (National Parks and Conservation Association); Richard Bradley (proponent of Downtown business districts); Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place); James Howard Kunstler (author and new urbanist); Jane Holtz Kay (architecture critic, author of Asphalt Nation); Joseph P. Riley (Mayor, Charleston, South Carolina); Richard Reinhart (Buffalo Place); and others.

The Albany Roundtable, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) corporation, provides a vital forum for civic discourse by hosting luncheons and presenting speakers with diverse points of view on timely subjects. The Albany Roundtable’s civic luncheons are open to the public and typically attract wide range of people active in business, the arts, not-for-profits, governments, neighborhoods and other urban activities.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RSVP deadline Monday for Congressman Tonko at Roundtable

Dear Friend of the Roundtable --

If you have not already done so, please reserve your seat for next week’s Albany Roundtable Luncheon - Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - featuring Congressman Paul Tonko.

Congressman Tonko represents New York’s 21st Congressional District, which includes the cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Amsterdam, among others. Paul has over two decades of administrative, legislative and policy experience having served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007, and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2007-2008.

Congressman Tonko is a nationally recognized expert on energy issues. An engineer by training, Paul served as chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy prior to leaving the Assembly to join NYSERDA. As chairman, Paul fought to protect consumers, fought against utility deregulation and worked to upgrade our aging energy infrastructure. While at NYSERDA, Paul worked to advance an aggressive green agenda for businesses and residents throughout New York State.

Congressman Tonko has been a strong voice for responsible energy policy, job growth in Upstate New York, unionized labor and affordable and accessible healthcare for all. In Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and serves on the subcommittees for Higher Education and Healthy Families and Communities. Congressman Tonko is also a member of the Committee on Science and Technology, which merges his energy expertise with his environmental agenda. Serving on subcommittees for Energy and Environment, Research and Science Education and Technology and Innovation, Paul is a strong advocate for a “green economy” and “green-collar jobs.”

Tech Valley Communications is sponsoring this luncheon. Tech Valley Communications (TVC), headquartered in Albany NY, is the region’s preeminent provider of voice, data and related services over its advanced FirstLight® fiber optic and high speed wireless networks. TVC owns and operates over 425 route miles of fiber optic cable connecting 340-plus commercial office buildings in the Tech Valley Region of Upstate New York. Tech Valley Communications has experienced steady, organic growth since its inception in 1999, and has also increased its local presence through a series of successful mergers and acquisitions. TVC is committed to rebuilding the Region’s broadband infrastructure to support the growth of the business base, particularly for new technology companies.Currently Tech Valley Communications employs approximately 70 people in downtown Albany. TVC has received the NYS Public Service Commission’s Commendation for Excellent Service each of the past four years. TVC, in partnership with the City of Albany, is also proud to provide “Albany FreeNet,” a free high-speed “Wi-Fi” Internet service, to a growing number of locations throughout the City.

Reservations are required by Monday, April 6 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before April 6, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google Street View. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

For additional information visit http://www.albanyroundtable.com/ or http://www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com/ .

Cheers,
Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

PS: Be sure to bring a business card for the Roundtable Raffle ... we have a delicious prize this month! The Good Leaf Tea Company has provided a $25 gift certificate for their gourmet teahouse and boutique at 274 Lark Street in Albany. Everyone who attends the Roundtable Luncheon may enter the drawing, you must be present to win.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Congressman Paul Tonko to Address Albany Roundtable on 4/8/09

Congressman Paul D. Tonko, currently serving his first term in the United States House of Representatives, will address the Albany Roundtable at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

Congressman Tonko represents New York’s 21st Congressional District, which includes the cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Amsterdam, among others. Paul has over two decades of administrative, legislative and policy experience having served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007, and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2007-2008.

Congressman Tonko is a nationally recognized expert on energy issues. An engineer by training, Paul served as chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy prior to leaving the Assembly to join NYSERDA. As chairman, Paul fought to protect consumers, fought against utility deregulation and worked to upgrade our aging energy infrastructure. While at NYSERDA, Paul worked to advance an aggressive green agenda for businesses and residents throughout New York State.

Congressman Tonko has been a strong voice for responsible energy policy, job growth in Upstate New York, unionized labor and affordable and accessible healthcare for all. In Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and serves on the subcommittees for Higher Education and Healthy Families and Communities. Congressman Tonko is also a member of the Committee on Science and Technology, which merges his energy expertise with his environmental agenda. Serving on subcommittees for Energy and Environment, Research and Science Education and Technology and Innovation, Paul is a strong advocate for a “green economy” and “green-collar jobs.”

Reservations are required by Monday, April 6 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany- Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before April 6, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google Street View. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

For additional information visit http://www.albanyroundtable.com/ or http://www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com/ .

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

RSVP deadline Monday for Paul Grondahl - Weds. 3/11

Dear Friend of the Roundtable --

If you have not already done so, please reserve your seat for next week's Albany Roundtable Luncheon – Wednesday, March 11, 2009 --featuring journalist and author Paul Grondahl.

Grondahl has been a staff writer at the Albany Times Union since 1984, where his assignments have taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica; from Northern Ireland to Africa; and across New York State, from Ground Zero on 9/11 to the Adirondack wilderness.

His in-depth newspaper projects have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award; more than a dozen New York State Associated Press writing contest awards; and the Hearst Eagle Award, the highest recognition for a reporter in the Hearst Corporation.The author of four books, including Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma (Washington Park Press, 1997), Grondahl was named Albany Author of the Year in 1997 by the Albany Public Library. He has been featured on C-SPAN's "About Books" and "Book TV."

His newest project, JournalismTours.com, provides a fresh and dynamic multimedia experience for aspiring photographers and journalists seeking field experience as well as fans of documentary films. In collaboration with photographer Steve Jacobs, Grondahl recently released a commemorative DVD of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. He will show an excerpt of the video at the luncheon, and copies will be available for purchase for $10.

The law firm of O’Connell and Aronowitz is sponsoring the March 11 luncheon. With offices in both Albany and Plattsburgh, O’Connell and Aronowitz offers its clients the resources of a big-city firm, with the comfort and familiarity you expect from your neighborhood lawyer.

Reservations are required by Monday, March 9 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at http://us.mc553.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before March 9, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google Street View. Building is currently surrounded by scaffolding. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

For additional information visit http://www.albanyroundtable.com/ or http://www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com/ .

Cheers,
Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

PS: Be sure to bring a business card for the Roundtable Raffle ... we have a great prize this month! Capital Repertory Theatre has provided a pair of tickets to a show of your choice at their theatre at 111 North Pearl Street. Everyone who attends the Roundtable Luncheon may enter the drawing, you must be present to win.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Paul Grondahl at Albany Roundtable - Weds. 3/11

Journalist and Author Paul Grondahl to Address Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11

ALBANY, NY – February 17, 2009 – Paul Grondahl, journalist and author, will address the Albany Roundtable at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Grondahl has been a staff writer at the Albany Times Union since 1984, where his assignments have taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica; from Northern Ireland to Africa; and across New York State, from Ground Zero on 9/11 to the Adirondack wilderness.

His in-depth newspaper projects have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award; more than a dozen New York State Associated Press writing contest awards; and the Hearst Eagle Award, the highest recognition for a reporter in the Hearst Corporation.The author of four books, including Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma (Washington Park Press, 1997), Grondahl was named Albany Author of the Year in 1997 by the Albany Public Library. He has been featured on C-SPAN's "About Books" and "Book TV."

His newest project, JournalismTours.com, is a fresh and dynamic multimedia experience for aspiring photographers and journalists seeking field experience as well as fans of documentary films. In collaboration with photographer Steve Jacobs, Grondahl recently released a commemorative DVD of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. He will show an excerpt of the video at the luncheon, and copies will be available for purchase for $10.

Reservations are required by Monday, March 9 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .
The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before March 9, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Building is surrounded by scaffolding. Disregard signs on the front doors on Broadway that say you must enter from behind the building.)

For additional information visit http://www.albanyroundtable.com/ .


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just in case you thought Sen. Breslin was kidding yesterday ...

Uncovering the Perks of Albany’s Fallen G.O.P.

By DANNY HAKIM

Published: February 11, 2009

ALBANY — Democrats took control of the State Senate last month after more than four decades of Republican rule, then set out to determine how the Senate’s own budget of nearly $100 million and its attendant perks were being distributed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/nyregion/12repubs.html?th&emc=th

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Photos from 2/11/09 Luncheon

Hi Friends of the Roundtable --

I've posted some photos from today's Luncheon on Flickr. If you click on the slideshow at right you can view the images full size.

Thank you to Senator Breslin for sharing his thought-provoking insights into the New York State Senate!

Please note: Congressman Paul Tonko is unable to address our meeting in March, but may be available in April. We will try to bring our April speaker, Kirby White, back in the fall, and I will provide information on our March speaker just as soon as I line someone up!

Cheers,
Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

RSVP Deadline for Sen. Breslin -- Monday, 2/9



Dear Friend of the Roundtable --

Please RSVP (ASAP!) for next week's Albany Roundtable Luncheon -- Wednesday, February 11, 2009 featuring New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany).

Senator Breslin was elected to the state Senate in 1996 and Chairs the Senate Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture, Banks, Codes, Education, Finance, Judiciary and Labor Committees. He is a member of the Executive Committee and is chair of the NAIC/NCOIL Liaison Committee (National Association of Insurance Commissioners / National Conference of Insurance Legislators).

Neil has been a community leader for many years. His involvement in civic and social areas in Albany includes 15 years as a board member of Arbor House, a residence facility for women in need. He has been the attorney for St. Anne's Institute in Albany and has done work for Hospitality House, the International Center and Hope House, a drug treatment facility. Further, Neil was Vice President of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless from 1994 to 1998. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association and has served as a lecturer on real estate law.

Reservations are required by Monday, February 9 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the reservations hotline of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

Special thanks to M&T Bank for sponsoring this luncheon, which is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before February 9, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google street view. Building is currently surrounded by scaffolding. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

Be sure to bring a business card for the Roundtable Raffle ... we have a great prize this month! Albany Symphony Orchestra has provided a pair of tickets to the final show of the 2008-2009 Season at the Palace Theatre on Saturday May 9 at 7:30 p.m. It's the world premiere of The River, a new symphony for chorus and orchestra by Daron Hagen, featuring Albany Pro Musica with the ASO. Everyone who attends the Roundtable Luncheon may enter the drawing, you must be present to win.

Colleen M. Ryan, President
Albany Roundtable Civic Lunch Forum
www.albanyroundtable.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Feb. 11 Roundtable features Senator Neil Breslin

New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) will address the Albany Roundtable at a luncheon on Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

Senator Breslin was elected to the state Senate in 1996 and Chairs the Senate Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture, Banks, Codes, Education, Finance, Judiciary and Labor Committees. He is a member of the Executive Committee and is chair of the NAIC/NCOIL Liaison Committee (National Association of Insurance Commissioners / National Conference of Insurance Legislators) .

Neil has been a community leader for many years. His involvement in civic and social areas in Albany includes 15 years as a board member of Arbor House, a residence facility for women in need. He has been the attorney for St. Anne's Institute in Albany and has done work for Hospitality House, the International Center and Hope House, a drug treatment facility. Further, Neil was Vice President of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless from 1994 to 1998. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association and has served as a lecturer on real estate law.

Reservations are required by Monday, February 9 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the reservations hotline of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before February 9, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google street view. Building is currently surrounded by scaffolding. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

PS: Please join the Friends of the Roundtable in 2009, our 30th Anniversary year! You can download a membership form below. Your support for the Albany Roundtable will allow us to continue to discuss the challenges and envision the opportunities that might be in store for our area during the next three decades. We'll look forward to seeing you at the Albany Roundtable!

Membership Application - Roundtable 09

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Photos from January Roundtable

Thanks to all who attended the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2009! Click the photo above to view a slideshow from the event.

Watch this blog for more information about the next luncheon on 2/11/2009 with our featured speaker Senator Neil Breslin!

Friday, January 9, 2009

1/14 Roundtable is SOLD OUT!

If you have already RSVP'd for the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2009, we'll see you on Wednesday, January 14.

If you have RSVP'd, but are UNABLE TO ATTEND -- please phone me directly at 518-428-9348 by close of business on Monday, 1/12 and let me know so we can seat another in your place.

Gerald D. Jennings, Mayor of the City of Albany, will be our featured speaker, and Key Bank N.A. is sponsoring the luncheon. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street.

Please be sure to bring a business card for our Roundtable Raffle. When you check in for the luncheon, drop your card to enter a drawing for a gift certificate from Capital Wine & Liquor, at the corner of State and Lark Streets in Albany. Thank you to Mark Brogna for donating this prize!

See you next week.

Colleen

PS: Membership form to join the Friends of the Roundtable will be available at the Luncheon, or you may download one by clicking on the link on this page. I hope we can count on your support as we celebrate our 30th year!

Monday, January 5, 2009

An Appetizer for 1/14/09

To give guests an idea of some of the topics that may be addressed at meetings of the Albany Roundtable, we'll offer an "appetizer" a week or so before the luncheon. Please let us know what you think! And if this whets your appetite for more civic discussion, please RSVP by Monday, 1/12 by calling 518-431-1440 (the reservations hotline of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .


You entered Albany’s political arena as a maverick… what made you decide to seek elected office?
I was a past educator and school administrator in the City School District of Albany, as well as a member of the City’s Common Council, and in those roles, I worked diligently to ensure that the underrepresented felt like they had a voice and an advocate. So, I’d have to say what made me run for Mayor is continuing to fulfill that goal and serve the people who need it most.


Can you briefly discuss the City’s role in the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial?
The Quadricentennial celebration is going to be an exciting event here in the City of Albany. In concert with the City’s Office of Special Events, we have planned a full-day celebration commemorating our Quadricentennial anniversary in September 2009, which will feature historical re-enactors and educational activities for the whole family. There are too many details to cover here, so for more information, please visit our website at http://www.albanyevents.org/ or call Special Events at 518-434-2032.


What efforts is your administration making to advance sustainability and create a greener City?
I am honored to have been one of the first signatories of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) agreement, which not only promotes “green initiatives,” but also encourages civic leaders to share knowledge and support local governments in the implementation of sustainable development and the promotion of environmental responsiveness.

As the Albany Roundtable celebrates its 30th anniversary, could you share your vision of what the next 30 years might hold for the City and the region?
In the next 30 years, I see the City of Albany and the greater Capital Region utilizing more shared resources, greater collaboration, and a high level of cooperation to solve collective problems. I believe parochial attitudes will give way to a more sophisticated urban mindset and we will be better able to address issues related to urban living.