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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.

List of all introduced and co-sponsored legislation by Dominick Calsolaro, download PDF format or download Word document.

Latest Efforts to Restrict Crude Oil Transport

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

Provide incentives for zero-emission vehicles

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

Letter to Judith Enck

Published on 2/23/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro

Judith Enck
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

Letter to DEC Commissioner

Published on 2/23/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro

Basil Seggos, Commissioner
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

February 22, 2016

Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
(518) 859-5219
email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com

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

S.C. lawmakers may bar Kinder Morgan from using eminent domain

Letter to Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Breslin, Assembly Members McDonald, Fahy and Steck:

Published on 2/8/2016 written by Dominick Calsolaro

Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Breslin, Assembly Members McDonald, Fahy and Steck:

NYS must pass similar legislation barring private for-profit companies who want to build oil and/or gas pipelines in NYS from using eminent domain to take property property from NYS property owners (see article pasted below). It may be the only way to STOP the Pilgrim, NED, Constitutional, etc. pipelines from going through New York! New gas and oil pipeline construction is not the way to combat climate change and meet the goals set by Governor Cuomo to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to increase our use of renewable energy.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
(518) 859-5219
email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com
www.calsolaro.net

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S.C. lawmakers may bar Kinder Morgan from using eminent domain
Posted: February 6, 2016 - 12:04am | Updated: February 6, 2016 - 8:47am

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Two Years Later

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

Fast-food workers need to support their families

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

Albany IDA approves $100,000 for study aimed at winning $500 million from state

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

Letter to Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States

Dominick Calsolaro
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
(518) 859-5219
Email: dcalsolaro@nycap.rr.com
Website: www.calsolaro.net

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

Albany armory still best convention site

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

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.”

 

(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.
Albany Common Council Members Barbara Smith and Dominick Calsolaro

Terror Case Bias Alleged

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.

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(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.
(L-R) Councilman Calsolaro is joined by President Faith Takes on their recent tour.

CALSOLARO LEADS TOUR OF REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL CAREER COLLEGE FACILITY

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 . . .