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