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.
Local activists call on New York officials to learn from lessons of Lac-Megantic
Published on 7/9/2015 by Metroland written by Ali Hibbs
This Monday marked two years since the highly publicized, massive explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people died and a community was gutted when 62 cars carrying ultra-flammable Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a populated area. In remembrance of the tragedy, a group of activists rallied in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Albany on Monday afternoon and called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt the heavy flow of Bakken crude and other flammable fuels through the Port of Albany.
Holding onto signs that said “Ban the Bomb Trains,” activists hung photographs of the 47 people who lost their lives in Lac-Megantic and held a moment of silence before speakers began exhorting Cuomo to take the same firm stance on crude oil transportation in New York state that he has done on the practice of hydrofracking and make a commitment to moving to 100-percent - Read more
The Observation Deck
Published on 6/20/2015 by the Times Union written by DOMINICK CALSOLARO
The fast-food industry wage board is holding meetings throughout the state this month. It is imperative the board vote to raise the wage of fast-food workers to $15 an hour. Working parents should be paid at least enough to care for their children. Many of our elected officials use the term “family values” when they are trying to justify their vote on a specific piece of legislation. What is more of a “family value” than paying a decent wage to hard-working parents trying to raise their children in today’s demanding society.
Most fast-food workers are women. Many of these women are single parents trying to juggle raising a family while working at poverty-level wages that are not enough to even cover the cost of a month’s meals, let alone pay the rent. Meanwhile, as these low-wage, fast-food workers sweat and toil to make - Read more
Published on 6/18/2015 by the Times Union written by Larry Rulison
The Albany IDA approved $100,000 toward a $2 million study by McKinsey that would help the region compete for $500 million in state funding.
The costs are being shared by various regional groups organized by the Capital Region Economic Development Council, one of 10 quasi government groups set up by Gov. Cuomo to compete for state economic development dollars.
However, not everyone has supported the effort. The Saratoga IDA recently voted down a proposal to fund the study, even though Saratoga County could stand to benefit greatly if the region wins the prize, part of a $1.5 billion pool being offered by Gov. Cuomo to 7 upstate regional councils.
The Rensselaer County IDA has also approved $100,000 in funding for the study.
Tracy Metzger, chair of the Albany IDA, said she was “disappointed” that Saratoga County did not approve its $100,000 share in the funding of the study, but she - Read more
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
June 13, 2015
Hon. Loretta E. Lynch
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Lynch:
First, Congratulations on your recent nomination and confirmation as the Attorney General of the United States!
Now to the business at hand. I have concerns that our government, in the name of national security, has violated, and continues to violate, the Constitution of the United States of America in its pursuit of so-called Muslim terrorists through the use of “preemptive prosecution” and “agent provocateurs”.
Over the past six years I have met with some of the family members of incarcerated “Muslim terrorists”, including relatives of The Fort Dix Five, The Newburgh Four, Tarik Shah, Yassin Aref and Mohammad Hossain. The stories of these families are - Read more
Letter to the Editor
Published on 5/28/2015 by the Daily Gazette written by Dominick Calsolaro
Bethany Bump’s May 25 story, “Fresh meeting sites may help city,” brought back a memory for me.
When Albany was in the early stages of planning for a “downtown” convention center, I suggested that the planners look into using the Washington Avenue Armory, located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Lark Street.
The Armory is unique in its looks, has underground floors and office space above the main floor, and is located in the heart of Albany’s multi-international restaurant community along Washington and Central avenues.
As Ms. Bump reports, these old, unique-looking buildings are, just by their nature, more attractive to conventions and trade shows than cookie-cutter convention center buildings. I made this suggestion before any convention center studies were completed, in the very early 2000s. This suggestion was dismissed out-of-hand and was given only two sentences in the original convention center site analysis - Read more
Another Oil Spill in Port of Albany.
And you are going to approve Global's request for a petroleum heating
facility to heat tar sands crude in the Port of Albany, unbelieveable!!
Albany firefighters head to fuel spill in port
By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist and Eric Anderson
Updated 12:11 pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
ALBANY — Two people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after
Tuesday morning fuel spill at the Port of Albany, officials said.
City firefighters went to crude-oil spill that appears to have happened
as a crew affiliated with Global Partners was cleaning out a large
The size of the spill is estimated to be about 400 gallons.
The Department of Environmental Conservation told Albany County
emergency management officials that 400 gallons of crude oil from a
portable tank being used as a crew cleaned out one of the port's - Read more
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 1.8 billion gallons of crude oil-by-rail to come into Albany. Please note, in Global's and - Read more
It is time for you and Commissioner Martens to take drastic action and ban crude oil-carrying trains from traveling through New York State.
There was another derailment today in North Dakota and the whole town had to be evacuated.
There is no way to evacuate the whole city of Albany and the additional 70,000 daily workers who commute to our capital City should one of these trains derail and catch fire in downtown Albany.
Stop hiding behind the federal government and use your sworn-to power to phold the Constitution of NYS which requires you to protect the health, safety, welfare and property of NYS residents.
Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town
| May 6, 2015 | Updated: May 6, 2015 10:05am
HEIMDAL, N.D. (AP) — A town of about three dozen people in central North Dakota has been evacuated after an oil train derailed and caught - Read more
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
February 16, 2015
In light of the two most recent crude oil-by-rail derailments this week, it is NOW time for you to use your powers to protect the health and safety of NYS residents and ORDER AN IMMEDIATE END TO CRUDE OIL-BY-RAIL SHIPMENTS IN NEW YORK STATE! We can not wait until Albany or Syracuse or Lake Champlain is destroyed by a train derailment and subsequent explosion and oil leakage before the State takes action. My area of Albany, the South End, could be destroyed by a similar event as is happening in West Virginia right now.
No more delays, no more excuses, no more hiding behind the federal government. Issue an order to STOP crude oil-by-rail transport in New York State immediately. If the feds don't like it, let them take us to court and explain - Read more
Published on 9/18/2014 by the Times Union written by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
The redevelopment of Park South will be buoyed by two property tax breaks totaling more than $30 million.
The Albany Industrial Development Agency gave its final approval to both deals Thursday -— the largest of the two an estimated $26.5 million tax break over 22 years to Park South Partners, an offshoot of Tri City Rentals building 268 new market-rate apartments on Morris Street and Dana Avenue.
The vote was 4-2, with board members Dominick Calsolaro and Lee Eck opposing it as boosters hailed what they called a pivotal moment in the overdue revitalization of the neighborhood.
Calsolaro said the tax break is just too rich in the latter years of the pact.
"It's a lot for Albany taxpayers to have to bear," Calsolaro said. "I understand it's a transformational project. ... I think it's a precedent we're setting here."
Eck, who represents organized - 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 . . .