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Albany Housing Authority is Going Smoke-Free as of JANUARY 1ST, 2016.


Albany Housing Authority is Going Smoke-Free as of JANUARY 1ST, 2016.

To insure the quality of air and the safety of residents in its housing programs, Albany Housing Authority has decided that all residential properties will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2016.

  • Smoking will not be permitted indoors, including in the apartments.
  • Smoking will be permitted outside in designated areas, or more than twenty-five (25) feet away from buildings if there are no designated areas.

A smoke-FREE policy in all Albany Housing Authority buildings means that everyone who visits, lives or works in Albany Housing Authority buildings is FREE to breath cleaner, safer, healthier air.

A healthy living partnership of

Albany County Dept. of Health •Albany Housing Authority

American Heart Association• Asthma Coalition of the Capital

Region • Capital District Tobacco Free Coalition

Center for Health Programs & Promotion • Healthy Capital District Initiative

Why is Albany Housing Authority going smoke-free?

It’s Cleaner!  Smoking in units leaves a residue that is both highly toxic and difficult to clean.  This residue contains chemicals that can produce similar effects to lead poisoning.

It’s Safer!  Smoking is the leading cause of residential fire deaths and injuries.  Almost 1,000 people die every year in smoking-related fires, half are residents in multiunit housing.

It’s Healthier!  Secondhand smoke travels between units and poses a serious health threat to children and adults.  Exposure to secondhand smoke can:

  • Harm lung development in children and cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Cause heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers
  • Lead to more coughs, wheezing, ear infections, bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Trigger more frequent and severe asthma attacks

What about smokers?

Smokers are free to enjoy their home but must smoke outside and away from buildings.   If anyone wants to quit, we can help through:

The Butt Stops Here cessation classes call 459-2550 or visit for more information

The New York State Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS or

Thank You!

AHA Logo Color with Trans

smokefree flyer

For a printable copy of our flyer please click Here!

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Section 3 Workshops Available!


New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) invite you to join us for an informational workshop on the Housing and Urban Development Act (HUD) Section 3.
HCR is offering regional workshops across New York State to educate and inform municipalities, elected officials and community leaders about Section 3. Topics will include; awareness, outreach, reporting, monitoring and enforcing.
Section 3 – Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 which was enacted to help foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency.
Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low –or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhood. For additional information, please visit .

October 28, 2015
Hampton Plaza Ballroom
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Local Government)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Contractors, Developers, Non Profits, Businesses)

Albany Housing Authority
200 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

With your name and workshop location
ALBANY, NY 12207
(518) 474-5219

For a printable flyer please click Here!

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Allympics 2015!

The Department of Recreation Presents…


Thursday, August 27 3-6pm

1/2 Mile Walk/Run • Tug-o-War • ZUMBA • 50 Yard Dash • Relay Races • Tennis

Friday, August 28 3-7pm

Flag Football Tournament • Kick, Pass, & Punt • Basketball Competition • Boxing and Karate Expos • Obstacle Course -Boot Camp • KIDS ZONE!

*This is a FREE event for City of Albany residents of all ages*

*All participants MUST register the day of at Lower Lincoln Park*



For a printable flyer for this event, please Click Here!

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Jared Holt – Then and Now

Jared Holt – Then and Now

The Jared Holt Company

The Jared Holt Company

The Jared Holt Company, also known as the Jared Holt Wax Factory, was one of Albany’s oldest and longest running businesses.

The factory eventually closed and the building has stood empty since the 1960’s. After the building’s demolition in 1999 all that remained was an abandoned lot.

Jared Holt Mews

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Jared Holet Mews Townhouses

The new two story Jared Holt Mews Townhouses, built in  were designed and built to recall the District’s grandest era; with an attention to detail that meets National Historic District guidelines. The unveiling of these townhouses marked the completion of phase I of the $22 million major revitalization of the city’s South End.

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The position of Resident Commissioner is an opportunity for a qualified person living in housing that is owned or under the control of the Albany Housing Authority (AHA) to have a voice on the Board that establishes the policies, programs, and direction for Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher units in the City of Albany.  The Albany Housing Authority Board is composed of seven (7) Commissioners: five (5) are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Albany and two (2) are elected by the residents of housing under the jurisdiction of the AHA.  Resident Commissioners serve two year terms.

The Election for the Resident Commissioner positions will be October 13, 2015.  To qualify for the position of Resident Commissioner, the candidate must meet the following conditions:

  • Reside in housing owned or controlled by the Albany Housing Authority

(Includes both public housing residents and Section 8 recipients) at least 30 days prior to the election;

  • Be at least 18 year of age or older;
  • Be a tenant in good standing and not be in violation or default of lease obligations;
  • Get at least 50 signatures from residents of the AHA or Section 8 to secure a nomination;
  • Participate in the Candidates Forums prior to the Election; and
  • Be willing and able to fulfill the obligations required of a Commissioner, including attending the monthly meetings of the AHA Board, becoming familiar with the issues on the agenda, and actively participating in the discussions and decision-making process.

Because the Resident Commissioners reside in housing that is under the authority of the AHA, they are in a unique position to bring relevant tenant issues and concerns before the Board. To represent residents of the AHA effectively, the Resident Commissioners should maintain contact or reach out to the Tenant Associations, Tenant Patrols, and other Community Associations that fall within the jurisdiction of the Albany Housing Authority. The Resident Commissioners should, when possible, attend the meetings of these organizations.

For more information about the position and meeting times please Click Here, and for a Printable Candidate Petition Click Here!


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AHA Resident Commissioner Election


Are you interested in helping to GOVERN the Authority, DEVELOP current and future programs, and APPROVE contracts?


A qualified candidate is any resident of the AHA or Section 8 recipient for at least 30 days prior to the election, is 18 years of age or older, and is in good standing as a resident.

Just get 50 signatures from fellow residents of AHA or Section 8 to secure a nomination-and, don’t worry, you will receive training and support once elected to the Board.

Important Dates

Voter & Candidate Informational Meetings

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

8/20/15 Townsend Community Room, 8/21/15 Westview Community Room

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

8/26/15 Ida Yarbrough-Everly Cromwell Community Center

8/27/15 North Albany Homes-Community Center

*candidates interested in running must attend one informational meeting

9/15/15 Completed Petitions Submitted to Development Manager or AHA Office Reception at 200 South Pearl Street

10/5/15 6:00 to 7:30pm Meet the Candidates!

AHA Main Office 200 South Pearl Street

*mandatory for all candidates

10/13/15 E L E C T I O N D A Y

All ballots must be received or post marked by 10/13/15

For a Printable Version of the Candidate Petition, Click Here!

Questions? Contact Seanan Herrick at or 518.489.4130 x 101

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Resident Commissioner Election Info Meetings


Join us at one of more of these candidate and voter informational meetings to learn more!

8/20/2015 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Townsend Community Room

8/21/2015 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Westview Community Room

8/26/2015 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Ida Yarbrough/Everly Cromwell Community Center

8/27/2015 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – North Albany Homes Community Center

For a printable copy of the informational flyer, Click Here!

Questions? Get in Touch: Seanan Herrick – – 518.489.4130 x 101

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Ned Norton, Warrior on Wheels, Featured in Muscle & Fitness Magazine!

Ned Norton

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A word from the Albany County Historical Association

A word from the Albany County Historical Association:

For a PDF version of this letter please Click Here.



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Transition for Life and College


Transition for Life and College

Transition for Life and College

Click Here for a printable flyer.

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