In State of County Address McCoy Commits to Fulfilling the County’s Mission; Delivers Call to Action
3/10/2014 5:30:00 PM
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today delivered his third State of the County address to the County Legislature where he outlined the accomplishments of his administration in 2013 and a call to action to keep Albany County moving forward in the coming year.
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today delivered his third State of
the County address to the County Legislature where he outlined the
accomplishments of his administration in 2013 and a call to action to keep
Albany County moving forward in the coming year.
"This address is as much about how we can work together to shape our future as
it is about our accomplishments," said County Executive McCoy. "We have made
significant progress in working as County leaders to fulfill the mission of
serving those in need, providing expanded educational opportunities for County
residents and improving the quality of life for seniors."
In the State of the County address, McCoy noted that even though the
administration had accomplished much in 2013, there is still much work to be
done on behalf of the 305,000 residents of Albany County.
"It is only through effective and strong leadership, strategic partnerships and
inclusive vision that we will meet the challenges we face and to have a positive
impact on those who live in Albany County."
McCoy said the County has: successfully implemented measures to get County
finances in order; advanced a solution to the issue of the Albany County Nursing
Home and enacted a 2014 budget that met the property tax cap.
"Despite the burden of unfunded mandates, my budget proposal met the cap and
included no lay-offs or reductions in service," said McCoy. "We also made
progress in 2013 by working with the Legislature to craft a viable framework to
turn the nursing home over to a Local Development Corporation."
The speech further highlighted several significant accomplishments of the
administration that were the result of partnerships with the private sector and
other government agencies.
- The announcement that the $66 million Albany Capital Center
project will move forward, which will now serve to anchor a number of
complementary development projects in downtown Albany.
- After years of neglect, a
partnership with the state will enable Wellington Row to be redeveloped, a
project which will include housing and office space for private sector employer
- The plans to invest $48.5
million to build a Renaissance Hotel at the site of the Dewitt Clinton Hotel on
- A partnership with Schenectady
Community College came to fruition in January as the college began offering
classes in its new Albany Extension location in the County Office Building at
112 State Street.
- Continuing the County’s partnership with Soldier On as the non-profit
veterans’ assistance agency moves forward to develop a multi-million project
to house homeless veterans at the site of the Ann Lee nursing home.
McCoy also used the speech to highlight those initiatives that demonstrate how
Albany County is a leader in service delivery, government efficiency and
In the address McCoy proposed a change to the County’s Family and Medical Leave
policy. He asked the County Legislature to ratify a new policy that would
provide four weeks of paid leave for employees following the birth of a child or
The County Executive also cited his collaboration with County Sheriff Craig
Apple, District Attorney David Soares, the CDTA and local non-profits to re-open
Lawson Lake as a place for youngsters to visit during the summer.
The County Executive also cited those County agencies that have worked to make a
difference in the community, through initiatives or partnerships with other
Examples of these successful partnerships:
- The Department for Children,
Youth and Families (DCYF) partnered with local hospitals and non-profits to
execute a successful media campaign to educate families that babies sleep safer
alone, on their backs and in their cribs.
- In another project, DCYF is
working with the state and local academics on Project Growth, a grant-funded
initiative seeking to determine how to reduce the number of youth held in secure
- The County’s Crime Victim and
Sexual Violence Center established the Bullying Prevention Task Force, which
works with local school district and community groups to educate youngsters on
bullying prevention, intervention strategies and creating a positive environment
- The County’s Traffic Safety
Education Program, which annually holds car safety seat check events and has
shown hundreds of people the correct way to install these lifesaving devices.
- The County Executive partnered
with other local leaders to share with the state DEC their concern about a plan
by Global Companies to significantly expand the amount of crude oil shipped
through the city of Albany and down the Hudson River. Governor Cuomo reacted
immediately, announcing an extension of the comment period and directing state
agencies to beef up state oversight of the shipment of petroleum products.
In the speech, the County Executive discussed how he will continue to make
Albany County the greenest county in the state. The first step came in December
when McCoy signed landmark legislation banning the use of Styrofoam containers
for chain establishments. He pledged to expand the legislation to all businesses
in the county within three years.
In addition to the Styrofoam ban the County Executive’s green agenda includes:
- The establishment of the
Albany County Public Service Agency, which will be tasked with reducing the
county’s carbon footprint, managing renewable energy project for county
facilities and providing county resident the ability to purchase excess power
not being used by county facilities.
- Continuing to lead the
discussion with local government partners on revising the 2011 Comprehensive
Solid Waste Study with the goal of developing viable long-term solutions to the
issues around solid waste disposal in the region.
- Moving forward with the County
Executive’s agenda to preserve and conserve the land where possible. Citing the
success of the Albany County Rail Trail, the county will continue to work with
partners to determine parcel suitable for conservation and preservation. To
date, McCoy’s office has dedicated 372 acres for this purpose.
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