Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to discuss future of New York’s Capital City - 1/16



***Note: meeting date changed to avoid schedule conflict***
Mayor Kathy Sheehan will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2019 on Wednesday, January 16 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month but is changing the date of the January 2019 meeting to avoid potential scheduling conflicts with other anticipated area events. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Mayor Sheehan became the 75th mayor of Albany in 2014. On January 1st 2018, she was sworn in for her second term.  Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to unleashing Albany’s full potential, leading with a commitment to community, equity, and opportunity. She is an energetic champion of the renaissance now underway in Albany, and is working to revitalize all of the City’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Sheehan is committed to efficient and responsive government that includes diverse community voices. In her first year in office, she initiated major changes, including common sense budget savings, the launch of an overhaul to the City’s outdated zoning code, a renewal of Albany’s parks, traffic calming initiatives to make Albany’s streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the steady transformation of the City’s downtown into a new urban neighborhood.

She is also a founding member of the AlbanyPromise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in Albany succeeds academically.

Growing up in a large family that valued hard work and community service, Kathy put herself through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994. After working for a highly regarded law firm, she went on to become vice
president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham.

“Key is pleased to be a long-time supporter of the Albany Roundtable, especially the Mayor’s annual address,” said Ruth Mahoney, President of KeyBank’s Capital Region Market and Regional Retail Executive. “We’re committed to supporting the Mayor’s vision for the city and region, as well as doing our part to help create thriving futures for the people and communities we serve. The Albany Roundtable aligns with all of our priorities –Neighbors, Education and Workforce Development.”

Please note that the date of the February luncheon will also be changed to avoid a schedule conflict. The Roundtable will welcome Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO of CDPHP, on Tuesday, February 19.

The cost for the January luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the January 16 luncheon are required by Monday, January 14 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.




Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Capital Roots CEO Amy Klein discusses efforts to SQUASH HUNGER - 12/12


Capital Roots has grown and evolved over its four decades of service to the great Capital Region community. This is especially true for the past 21 years that Amy Klein has been at the helm of the organization. On Wednesday, December 12 we will hear about Klein’s part in the journey of the Capital District Community Gardens becoming Capital Roots.

Klein joined the nonprofit organization in 1996 as Executive Director. She was one of just two employees at the time, sharing a small office in the basement of an old brownstone on 8th Street in Troy. Under her leadership, the organization grew by leaps and bounds. The year she arrived, Capital Roots, or CDCG as many knew it, served the Troy community with community gardens and street tree plantings with a $66,000 budget. However, as her years with Capital Roots grew, so too did the organization’s offerings. Today Capital Roots serves hundreds of thousands of people in four counties through 12 distinct programs, providing neighbors with access to fresh, affordable and often local food.

Klein successfully manages a $2 million budget and a constantly growing organization today while at the same time building, maintaining and growing strong community partnerships. Innovation and calculated risks are the keys to her success. Klein developed the original model for mobile markets when she created the organization’s Veggie Mobile in 2007. This model of bringing fresh affordable food directly into communities lacking food security is now used nationwide across countless American communities. Klein opened the doors to the Urban Grow Center in December 2014, a project 10 years in the making.

In addition to her leadership at Capital Roots, Klein is the founder and co-chair of the Capital Region Healthy Communities Coalition, a board member of Troy 20/20, member of the Capital Region Diabetes Task Force, and part of the Albany & Schenectady Strategic Alliance for Health, the Rensselaer County Wellness Committee and Troy’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by bringing a contribution for Capital Roots’ SQUASH HUNGER program, which collects and distributes more than 40 tons of fresh produce annually to the region’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Typically, most donated food is canned and dry goods. Though processed foods can be nutritious, fresh food empowers people with the energy they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Any produce is acceptable, but the most desired items have a long shelf life, and include: Potatoes/Yams; Squash; Apples; Carrots; Beets; Oranges; Onions/Garlic; Turnips; Melons; Peppers; Cucumbers; Bananas.

This luncheon is sponsored by architecture+, a design and service-oriented architectural, planning and interiors firm located in the city of Troy. Founded in 1984, they have evolved into one of New York's most respected firms. For architecture+, serving people and their communities is a conscious choice that leads not just to great buildings, but to meaningful places that reflect their clients’ best aspirations.

The cost for the December luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the December 12 luncheon are required by Monday, December 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Assemblymember John McDonald discusses the Opioid Crisis - 11/14


ALBANY, NY – October 16, 2018 – Opioid abuse is by far the fastest growing crisis across New York State. Addiction can happen to anyone, in any family, at any time. New York State Assemblyman John McDonald will talk with the Albany Roundtable about his efforts to address the Opioid Crisis on Wednesday, November 14 at the University Club of Albany.

As a practicing pharmacist, McDonald knows firsthand the challenges individuals face with prescription opiate abuse and street heroin abuse. He has sponsored legislation that was signed into law that provides treatment for opioid addiction. The bill authorizes the creation of a demonstration program with the goal of diverting those who do not need in-hospital treatment to more appropriate services and facilities for detox. This will reduce emergency room costs, provide alternative short-term care, and test the effectiveness of new approaches to treatment options. He has also sponsored and supported legislation to address other longstanding issues including insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from addiction, measures to increase penalties on those who sell or provide opiates or heroin illegally, provisions to provide naloxone, which is an overdose antidote, to those who need it, and a public awareness campaign to further educate and share the message to prevent drug abuse.

McDonald is serving his third term in the New York State Assembly representing the 108th Assembly District, which consists of parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. It includes Cohoes, his hometown where he previously served as Mayor for 13 years. A life-long resident of Cohoes, John is a practicing pharmacist and the President of Marra's Pharmacy. As a member of the Assembly, John serves on the Aging, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Cities, Higher Education, Real Property Taxation and Ways and Means committees. He has worked on legislation pertaining to reducing unfunded mandates to local governments, containing property taxes, job growth and creation, sensible health care and an aggressive and complete attack on the heroin/opioid crisis that is ravaging our state and our communities.

This luncheon is sponsored by Hinman Straub - Attorneys at Law. For more than 80 years, the firm has been a leader in providing individual, institutional and corporate clients with a comprehensive array of legal and government relations services that few other firms can match. Located in the heart of New York State Government, they offer clients a wide range of practice expertise, from health law to health insurance, life insurance to financial planning, and labor to education and government relations.

The cost for the November luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 14 luncheon are required by Monday, November 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New Patroon Award will honor Tom Nardacci for Coworking Spaces



The Albany Roundtable has selected Tom Nardacci, developer of TroyInnovation Garage and the new Bull Moose Club in Albany, to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for creating coworking spaces in Troy and Albany “where ideas run free and people have the resources they need to fully tap their potential.” The award will be presented at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, October 10.  
            When he launched Troy Innovation Garage in 2017 Nardacci brought to the Capital Region a coworking community that is as dynamic as any in the United States. The building on 4th Street in Troy that sat mostly vacant for 30 years is now is home to 115 members, with combined wages of over $7.5 million. The Garage has also hosted over 80 events, including talks about public policy, the video game industry and community development in Troy. 
This year, Tom developed and launched Bull Moose Club across the street from the New York State Capitol. The space is catering to enterprise teams that do business with New York State, associations and advocacy groups, and professionals in downtown Albany.
 “Through Troy Innovation Garage, Tom Nardacci breathed new life into a mostly vacant building and developed a hub where software developers, web designers, graphic artists, marketers, engineers, and a mix of professionals can find both focus and fun,” said Christopher Burke, President of the Albany Roundtable. “Now, he’s bringing this successful model to downtown Albany with the Bull Moose Club and providing a collaborative coworking space just steps from the New York State Capitol. We are delighted to honor him with the Roundtable’s New Patroon award.”
 The featured speaker for the October 10 luncheon is Maureen Sager, the executive director of the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE). ACE is working with cross-sector, geographically diverse individuals, private and public organizations, nonprofits, and community leadership to develop and implement programs that benefit the people, places, and creativity of the greater Capital Region.
The Albany Roundtable established its Good Patroon Award in 1988 to celebrate outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals. While the Good Patroon Award has traditionally honored organizations and individuals with a long record of service to the community, the Roundtable launched its New Patroon Award in 2011 to highlight and encourage the work of newer organizations.
            The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region; journalist and director of New York Writer’s Institute Paul Grondahl; WAMC Northeast Public Radio; Historic Albany Foundation; Hon.  John J. McEneny for his career in public service; and Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile. Catherine Hedgeman and The Stakeholders, Inc. received the first New Patroon Award in 2011, followed by Jeff Mirel and The Albany Barn in 2012; Edwards Grimes-Carrión and Grand Street Community Arts in 2013, and All Over Albany in 2014, Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Fest Organizers in 2015; the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights in 2016 and Clark House Hospitality in 2017.
The October 10 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $20. 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 Tuesday, October 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-992-5360 or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.
            “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 Burke. “The Good Patroon and New Patroon Awards are the Albany Roundtable’s means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Tom Nardacci with this award for his efforts to support the Capital Region’s creative economy.”


Monday, September 24, 2018

Creative Economy talk launches Albany Roundtable's 40th Season



Have you heard about the region’s Creative Economy? This includes the industries of design, media, visual arts and handcrafted products, performing arts, heritage and preservation, and artisanal food and agriculture. The Creative Economy is growing and Maureen Sager, the executive director of the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), can tell you all about it Wednesday, October 10 at the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of the 2018-19 season.

ACE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and growing the Creative Industries in the 8-county Capital Region. Maureen is also Executive Director of Spring Street Gallery, an award-winning art and performance space in Saratoga Springs, and Executive Director of the Nordlys Foundation.

Before moving upstate in 2004, Maureen was Executive Producer / Site Director of NickJr.com, the world’s largest internet site for parents and preschoolers, and had marketing roles at several MTV Networks internet brands. Other entertainment industry experience includes positions at Scholastic Inc., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, and National Film Board of Canada.

She has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and a BA in Economics and Film from Rutgers University.

This luncheon is sponsored by The Rosenblum Companies, one of the largest developers and a full-service owner-operator of premier properties in the Capital Region of New York. Since 1979, Rosenblum has provided better spaces and real estate services to Fortune 500 companies, regional businesses, healthcare practices, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions alike.

The Albany Roundtable will also present its prestigious New Patroon Award to Tom Nardacci, developer of the Troy Innovation Garage and the new Bull Moose Club in Albany. These co-working spaces support the creative economy by giving people the resources they need to fully tap their potential and let ideas run free.

The cost for the October luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the October 10 luncheon are required by Monday, October 8 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com .

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Race, Place, Power & Privilege - 5/23


The Albany Roundtable Presents An Evening with Daniel D’Oca 

Urban planner will discuss tools for creating more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods at Roundtable Annual Meeting

Who gets to be where? Like it or not, policies, practices, and physical artifacts are used by planners, lawmakers, developers, real estate brokers, community activists, and others to restrict or foster access to the spaces of our cities and suburbs. In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome urban planner and educator Daniel D’Oca as Visiting Speaker to discuss “Race, Place, Power & Privilege.”

Daniel D’Oca, principal and co-founder of the New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners, and Associate Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss tactics to make cities more equitable and inclusive at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

**RESERVE TICKETS**

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation the Albany Roundtable Scholarship for Civic Leadership, and a talk by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

With Interboro Partners, Daniel has won many awards for participatory, place-based planning and design projects that combine intensive community engagement, in-depth analysis, and innovative design thinking. These awards include the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Award, and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award. Interboro’s work has been published and exhibited widely, including features in The New York Times, Architecture Magazine, and Metropolis. Interboro’s book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia about accessibility and the built environment that was published in 2017. A limited number of books will be available for sale and signing for $30.

At Harvard, Daniel teaches interdisciplinary studio-based courses that invite students to work with community organizations to help build more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods. Recent courses have looked at refugee resettlement, fair housing, and age-friendly design.

“The Albany Roundtable has fostered civic engagement across disciplines – and over lunch – since it was founded in 1979,” said Christopher Burke, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “We convene our monthly luncheon meetings so people from around the region and from all walks of life can gather to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects. We hope our annual meeting’s Visiting Speaker challenges people to reject outdated ways of looking at the places and spaces that surround us, and embrace new tools to develop the cities of the future.”

Major sponsors for the event are the Capital District Transportation Committee and Architecture+, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity/Capital District with additional support from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm. AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Dr. Larry Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies; Matt Tomasulo, “Chief Instigator” behind Walk [Your City];  Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities; Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami) and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Friday, May 18. For more information, email albanyroundtable@gmail.com or call 518-992-5360.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Roundtable focuses on tourism with Erie Canalway’s Bob Radliff on April 11




ALBANY, NY – With spring – and soon summer – on its way, that means it’s time once again to enjoy New York State’s historic gem the Erie Canal. Bob Radliff, the executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, will speak on Wednesday, April 11 at the Albany Roundtable about the historic preservation and future of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.

Spearheaded by Erie Canalway, 450 miles of the New York State Canal System was designated as a National Historic Landmark district in 2016. The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.

Radliff has been the head of the Erie Canalway since 2013. Prior to that, he served for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, a nonprofit financial institution capitalized by socially concerned investors. From 2010-2013, he simultaneously served as the Executive Director of the Albany Center for Economic Success, a small business incubator and community development facility. From 1990-1995, he was the Executive Director of the Albany Community Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation holding land in trust while providing long-term access to meet community needs.

The cost for the April luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the April 11 luncheon are required by Monday, April 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com. 

In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome urban planner and educator Daniel D’Oca as Visiting Speaker to discuss “Race, Place, Power & Privilege.” He will describe techniques for making cities more equitable and inclusive at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue.  Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

(Photo: Lori Van Buren/ Albany Times Union)

Monday, February 26, 2018

New UAlbany President Discusses Higher Ed Funding at Albany Roundtable - 3/14/18



ALBANY, NY –  As the New York State budget process continues, the Albany Roundtable has invited University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez to discuss higher education funding, how it impacts UAlbany and his vision for the University moving forward.

Dr. Rodríguez
took office at UAlbany in September with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education.

Before coming to UAlbany, Dr. Rodríguez was the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Dr. Rodríguez was instrumental in creating UTRGV, a new public research university, and building the university’s new medical school from the ground up. He had previously served as interim president and provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Pan-American, which merged with The University of Texas at Brownsville to become UTRGV.

Prior to his leadership positions in Texas, Dr. Rodríguez spent seven years at the University of Delaware as deputy provost, vice provost for academic affairs and international programs, and professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He also directed UD’s acclaimed Disaster Research Center, the world’s first research center devoted to the studying the complex social problems that result from natural and technological disasters and other community-scale crises.

Dr. Rodríguez has also held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, and served as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association (1995-1998). A respected scholar, he studies the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and the economic well-being of minority populations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Rodríguez received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife, Rosy Lopez, have three grown children.

This event is being sponsored by the University atAlbany Alumni Association.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

Reservations for the March 14 luncheon are required by Monday, March 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jill Peckenpaugh discusses work of US Committee on Refugees & Immigrants - 2/14/18

With ICE, DACA, the Wall and more in our nation’s current events, Jill Peckenpaugh, the director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)'s Albany Field Office, sheds light on what’s real and fake in today’s news. She will talk about the good that is being done in Albany at the next Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 14 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public.

In the neighborhoods across Albany, a sanctuary city, USCRI open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. USCRI is part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish.

Jill Peckenpaugh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a degree in International Relations, and Lesley University, where she earned a master’s in Training and Development. She worked for more than 10 years as a consultant, was director of Program Management at Cross-Cultural Solutions for 5 years and has been director of the USCRI Albany Field Office for about nine years.

“Our perspective is very positive and our refugees greatly improve their lives in terms of nutrition, health care, education and opportunity, particularly those who came from refugee camps,” Peckenpaugh told the Albany Times Union in 2016. “They don’t succeed overnight, but look at what our refugees achieve here is a testament to their hard work and how welcome and supportive this area has been.”

There were nearly 74,000 foreign-born individuals living in the Census bureau’s Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area in 2014.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

Reservations for the February 14 luncheon are required by Monday, February 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.