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 2/7/2017 by the The Alt
All of the advances the country has made in the area of environmental health and safety are under attack by the regime in Washington, D.C. The divide between environmental protections and corporate greed is now growing larger, and the worse is yet to come.
It all started with Trump’s nominations of anti-environment, pro-corporate, profit-above-all-else people to lead federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Departments of Energy and the Interior. Trump then imposed a gag order on the EPA so that the agency could no longer inform the taxpaying public, through the issuance of press releases or notices on its website, of environmental and health concerns that they have identified. Concerns such as: What is happening to protect citizens from chemically polluted drinking water (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; Flint, Mich.)? Or, what actions are needed to improve the poor air quality around - Read more
Published on 1/23/2017 written by Dominick Calsolaro
What is the definition of “affordable housing”? The accepted rule of thumb is that no more than 30 percent of a household’s income should be needed to pay for a mortgage or monthly rent. Once you are paying more than 30 percent, you are considered “cost burdened” or “rent burdened”. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that there are 12 million homeowners and renters who are paying 50 percent or more of their household income on housing costs.
The divide between the number of affordable housing units being developed (or, more accurately, not being developed) and the need for affordable housing is ever-widening. One reason for this is that developers are unwilling to construct affordable units without huge tax exemptions and other incentives, such as building height limitation exemptions or allowing for less parking than building codes require. Another reason is that because of - Read more
Published on 1/10/2017 written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO
When Chief Brendan Cox announced he was retiring this month from the Albany Police Department, it marked the end of the post-Tuffey era in Albany.
The era began in early September of 2009. Chief James “Jimmy” Tuffey resigned from the APD under a cloud after allegedly using a racial slur while discussing the killing of a white UAlbany student. The resignation came a few days before the mayoral primary between Mayor Jerry Jennings and Common Council Member Corey Ellis, a person of color. The resignation came after Deputy Chiefs Steven Krokoff and Steven Reilly and Assistant Chiefs Anthony Bruno and Cox retained an attorney to represent them in case of any retribution for their refusal to deny the alleged incident with Tuffey.
Chief Cox is the last remaining member of the group of four APD administrators (thus my referring to them as the “Four Amigos”) who were placed in - Read more
Published on 12/26/2016 by the The Alt written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO
“Divide” is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “. . . a boundary between two things . . .”. This column will discuss people and politics and the issues that affect our Capital District community, the State, and the country. Especially the issues where governmental action (or inaction) either helps to fill in the gap in The Divide, or widens The Divide.
I recently checked out the Albany Capital Center on Eagle Street. While standing across the street from the steel and glass structure, memories flooded back about my long-time opposition to the proposed convention center. I won’t go into all of the issues I had, and still have about the Center, but I do want to concentrate on one problem: the lost tax revenue. (If you have nothing better to do, and want to see why I was opposed to the convention center project, please visit: http://calsolaro.net/convention_list.php ).
The Capital Center - Read more
Published on 12/12/2016 by the The Alt written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO
“Divide” is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “ . . . a boundary between two things. . . . ” This column will discuss people and politics and the issues that affect our Capital District community, the State, and the country. Especially the issues where governmental action (or inaction) either helps to fill in the gap in The Divide, or widens The Divide.
The 2016 presidential election season has unwittingly brought out into the open that The Divide of racism and the socioeconomic gap between different races, sexes and religions is alive and well in the USA. I’m not just talking about the overt racism we saw during the television coverage of the Trump campaign, but institutional racism and implicit biases which simmer below the surface. The biases and fears that we may not even know we have inside of us.
This racial Divide that was exposed over the recent national campaign brought back a sour - Read more
Published on 11/20/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
November 20, 2016
Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, New York State
Basil Seggos, Commissioner, New York State Department of Conservation
Matthew J. Driscoll, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation
Dear Governor Cuomo and Commissioners Seggos and Driscoll:
The residents of Albany’s South End, specifically those people living in the Ezra Prentice Homes on South Pearl Street and on Mount Hope Drive, are living in a toxic environment that requires you to take immediate emergency action to protect our health.
The Ezra Prentice community is a mostly low-income community of color that is a designated Environmental Justice Community. In reality, it is an Environmental INjustice community! The NYS DEC recently reported to us that the benzene monitor stationed at South Pearl Street and Schuyler Street (where our neighborhood elementary school – Giffen Memorial - is located) shows that - Read more
Published on 7/6/2016 by the Time Warner Cable News written by Capital Tonight Staff
Activists held a vigil Wednesday evening to mark the anniversary of the deadly Lac-Megantic oil train derailment and again call for restrictions on the transportation of crude oil through New York. In particular, they are focused on the trains that come to the Port of Albany, and they want the Cuomo adminstration to get more involved. Diana Wright and Dominick Calsolaro of PAUSE join us to talk more about that.
Click here to see video - Diana Wright and Dominick Calsolaro in an in-depth interview - Read more
Published on 3/27/2016 by the Times Union written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO
The Observation Deck
Provide incentives for zero-emission vehicles
By Letters to the editor on March 27, 2016 at 3:18 AM
It is estimated that 34 percent of New York state’s greenhouse gas emissions are the direct result of our transportation activities. One way to lessen these harmful emissions is for consumers to purchase zero-emission vehicles.
New York has set a goal of having 850,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. There are only about 14,500 electric vehicles on New York roads so far. We have a long way to go to meet our goal.
One of the best ways to get consumers to purchase these vehicles is for the state to implement a consumer rebate program. Financial incentives for consumers to buy zero-emission vehicles have proven successful in other states. The good news is that both the Senate and Assembly one-house budget - Read more
Published on 2/23/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro
Regional Administrator of Region 2
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
May 9, 2015
Dear Ms. Enck:
I believe that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) approval of both Global Partners' and Buckeye's crude oil expansion at the Port of Albany was done in violation of the Clean Air Act and our State's own procedures for a SEQR and a full environmental impact study relative to an Environmental Justice (EJ) community, namely, Albany's South End - specifically - the Ezra Prentice Homes.
I would like you, in your position as the Region 2 Administrator, as well as the EPA itself, to review the DEC's negative declaration and approval of the expansion of the amount of crude oil allowed to be transported through Albany's South End - an expansion that allows up to 2.8 billion gallons of crude oil-by-rail to come into Albany. Please note, in Global's and - Read more
Published on 2/23/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro
Basil Seggos, Commissioner
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, NY 12233
February 22, 2016
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
Dear Commissioner Seggos:
In the next week, the Title V air permits for both Global Partners and Buckeye in the Port of Albany will be up for renewal. I am requesting that you, and the Department, treat the applications for renewal as new applications per 6 CRR-NY 621.11 subdivision (h).
I believe that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's original approval of both Global Partners' and Buckeye's crude oil expansion at the Port of Albany was done in violation of the Federal Clean Air Act and our State's own procedures for a SEQR and a full environmental impact study relative to an Environmental Justice (EJ) community, namely, Albany's South End - specifically - the Ezra Prentice Homes.
When - Read more
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 . . .