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Updated Agenda for Jan 18th 2017 meeting

Hello neighbors,

I have included an updated agenda for our 1/18 meeting.  The room location is now 105.  Also, Matt Tulio has been appointed as the new Communications Director.  Voting on the current slate of Board Officers is scheduled for 1/18.
Updated agenda:
What:       Public Neighborhood Meeting
When:       Wednesday, January 18th 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where:     Sage Campus Center, rm 105- (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)
7:00  Introductions & Housekeeping
* What is the Helderberg Neighborhood Association (HNA)?
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Sarah Shearer (Vice Chair),  Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Matt Tulio (Communications Director)
* Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street  (or organization)
* Correction to Nov/Dec HNA Reporter – Channel Albany video cameras are free to sign out – there is NO rental fee.
* Members in good standing:  If you want to vote for Board Member Elections, get ticket
7:05  Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean
7:15  Presentation and Q & A – Kristine Weidner – Unity Committee
* Introduction to Concern
* Provide Data
* Define/clarify terms according to NYS law.
– Bias
– Bias Incidents
– Hate Crime
– Aggravated harassment
* Review impact on victims and community
* Review what we can do
* Recruit volunteers for Unity Committee
7:40  HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair  (Eric)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is January 25, publish on Feb 3 (Eddie)
* 2016 Summary Financial & Membership Report  (Patty)
* 2017 Board Membership Vote  (Slate/List of nominees on back of agenda)
7:50  Membership & Audience  / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience
8:10  Albany Common Council Update  / Q & A
* Hon.  Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and  Hon.  Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)
8:20  Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis
8:25  Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Sugestions for Speaker at Next Meeting
* Next Meeting: March 15th, 2017
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2017 HNA Slate/List of Nominees:
Chair  – Eric Huntington
Vice Chair  – Sarah Shearer
Treasurer – Patricia Pierce
Outreach Director – Eddie Hitti
Communications Director – Matt Tulio
Secretary  – To be Board appointed
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Since 1996

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Agenda for January 18 2017 Neighborhood Meeting

What: Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 18th 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sage Campus Center, rm 224 – (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)
7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* What is the Helderberg Neighborhood Association (HNA)?
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Sarah Shearer (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director)
* Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)
* Correction to Nov/Dec HNA Reporter – Channel Albany video cameras are free to sign out – there is NO rental fee.
* Members in good standing: If you want to vote for Board Member Elections, get ticket

7:05 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean

7:15 Presentation and Q & A – Kristine Weidner – Unity Committee
* Introduction to Concern
* Provide Data
* Define/clarify terms according to NYS law.
– Bias
– Bias Incidents
– Hate Crime
– Aggravated harassment
* Review impact on victims and community
* Review what we can do
* Recruit volunteers for Unity Committee

7:40 HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair (Eric)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is January 25, publish on Feb 3 (Eddie)
* 2016 Summary Financial & Membership Report (Patty)
* 2017 Board Membership Vote (Slate/List of nominees on back of agenda)

7:50 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience

8:10 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
* Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)

8:20 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis

8:25 Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Sugestions for Speaker at Next Meeting
* Next Meeting: March 15th, 2017
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2017 HNA Slate/List of Nominees:

Chair – Eric Huntington
Vice Chair – Sarah Shearer
Treasurer – Patricia Pierce
Outreach Director – Eddie Hitti

Communications Director – No nomination – To be Board appointed
Secretary – To be Board appointed


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Nominations for HNA Board Vacancies due prior to Jan 1st 2017
Hello neighbors,
Just a reminder of the announcement from our November meeting and latest HNA Reporter:  There are 2 HNA Board Officer vacancies for 2017, all other officers are seeking re-election.
Chair: Eric Huntington
Vice Chair:  VACANT
Secretary:  Sarah Shearer
Treasurer:  Patty Pierce
Communications Director  VACANT
 Business Outreach Director:  Eddie Hittie
We will greatly miss Tom Rees (Vice Chair) and Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director).  They contributed a great deal of their time and talent to the neighborhood!

 

Election of Board Officers for 2017

Nominations may be made in writing by any member in good standing (email HNA@HNAalbany.com  – US post:  Address is HNA PO Box 8841 Albany, NY 12208) or verbally to any current member of the Board prior to January 1st 2017.  Candidates announced on January 4th meeting agenda. Candidates must be HNA members in good standing and reside in the HNA boundaries. Vote by members in good standing is on January 18th.

 

Communications Director responsibilities:

  • Respond to members’ inquiries on email / voicemail / text / Facebook

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the Association’s social media presence – this includes our website, FaceBook, Nextdoor

  • Forwarding and sharing information received by the HNA that is relevant to the neighborhood through all our communication channels

  • Produce and distribute Association’s publications as needed (Note: We use Constant Contact to produce the HNA Reporter)

  • Assist with the organization of the Association’s meetings,    including the recruitment of guest speakers;

  • Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, if practicable.

 

Vice Chair responsibilities:

  • Perform the duties of the Chair in the event that the Chair is unavailable;

  • Work closely with the Board to develop the Association’s policies, work plan, initiatives and meeting agendas.

  • Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, when practicable.

If you have questions about anything, I would be happy to answer.  Just send an email or call (662) 598-1462.
Thank you, and I am wishing everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous 2017!
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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HNA Meeting Agenda for Nov 16th 2016

What: Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sage Campus Center, rm 224 – (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)

7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Tom Rees (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Sarah Shearer (Secretary), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director)
* Committee Chairs – Bill Paton (Events)
Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)
7:05 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean
7:15 Presentation and Q & A – Darius Shahinfar, Albany City Treasurer and CFO
Darius will give a short presentation and answer your questions about property taxes, economic development, the IDA and its role in economic development, city financial situation and the budget, as well as parking tickets. You can send in your questions for Darius ahead of the meeting, by: emailing them to HNA@HNAalbany.com or you can text them to 6625981462, or you can leave them by voicemail at (662) 598-1462. Please do so by Veteran’s Day (Nov 11th) so Darius has time to research answers.
7:40 HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair – (Eric)
* Board Re-Elections at January 2017 meeting – Open Seats for 2017: Vice President & Communications Director – See responsibilities on back of agenda. Experience with Constant Contact (HNA Reporter) a BIG plus!
* New Scotland Ave Businesses (Eddie)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is Nov 23rd, publish on Dec 2nd (Tom)
* Treasurer report & Membership Report (Patty)
7:50 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience
8:10 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
* Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)
8:20 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis
8:25 Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Reminder: Board Elections at January Meeting – we have 2 open seats
* Next Meeting: January 18th, 2017

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Nominations may be made in writing by any member in good standing (email HNA@HNAalbany.com – US post: Address is HNA PO Box 8841 Albany, NY 12208) or verbally to any current member of the Board prior to January 1st 2017. Candidates announced on January 4th meeting agenda. Vote by members in good standing is on January 18th.
Communications Director responsibilities:
* Respond to members’ inquiries on email / voicemail / text / Facebook
* Assist with the development and maintenance of the Association’s social media presence – this includes our website, FaceBook, Nextdoor
* Forwarding and sharing information received by the HNA that is relevant to the neighborhood through all our communication channels
* Produce and distribute Association’s publications as needed (Note: We use Constant Contact to produce the HNA Reporter)
* Assist with the organization of the Association’s meetings,including the recruitment of guest speakers;
* Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, if practicable.

Vice Chair responsibilities:
* Perform the duties of the Chair in the event that the Chair is unavailable;
* Work closely with the Board to develop the Association’s policies, work plan, initiatives and meeting agendas.
* Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, when practicable.

Thank you,

Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA


Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Celebrating 20 years 1996 – 2016
hna@hnaalbany.com
(662) 598-1462
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Lost cat “Delilah” found, Can you help take signs down?
“Delilah” the cat has been found!  You may have noticed “LOST CAT Delilah” signs throughout the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, the owner says she did not have time to take the signs down before she moved out of the state.
I took down several signs on my block of Hollywood Ave between New Scotland and Helderberg.  If you are walking around and you notice a “LOST CAT Delilah” sign on a pole or tree, could you please take it down and discard appropriately?
As they say, “Many hands make light work”!
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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September 21 2016 Meeting Minutes Now Available

The meeting minutes from the September 21, 2016 meeting are now available.  Click here to read them.


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HNA Public Meeting Agenda for Sep 21 2016

What: HNA Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 21st 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Parsons Child & Family Center – 60 Academy Rd – SATRI building (This
building is next to the main reception building as you enter the campus – Follow the signs. There is plenty of parking. We will NOT be at the Sage Campus Center for the meeting!)
* Refreshments Provided *
7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Tom Rees (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Sarah Shearer (Secretary), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director)
*Committee Chairs – Bill Paton (Events)
*Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)

7:05 HNA Board Business
*Updates from the Chair – (Eric)
*New Scotland Ave Businesses (Eddie)
*Business Advertising Deadline is Sep 28, publish date is October 7 (Tom)
*Treasurer report & Membership Report (Patty)

7:15 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
*All announcements & concerns from audience

7:35 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
*Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)

7:45 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
*Lynne Lekakis

7:50 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit (NEU) Update / Q & A
*Officer Gordon McLean

7:55 Regular Meeting Wrap-up
*Action Item and Decision Review / Recommendations for Next Speaker?
*Next Meeting: November 16th 2016

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Parsons Child & Family Center – Services Overview and Tour of Grounds
*Bill Gettman, Chief Executive Officer and Audrey LaFrenier, President/Chief Operating Officer

Thank you,

Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Celebrating 20 years 1996 – 2016
hna@hnaalbany.com
(662) 598-1462
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PICNIC WILL BE AT BETH EMETH 100 ACADEMY RD – Picnic Details – FINAL

Hello neighbors, friends and picnic invitees!

 

This will be the final email about the picnic.  Due to the probability of rain, we will be at the RAIN LOCATION.  We will be INDOORS at Beth Emeth Congregation at 100 Academy Road.  There is plenty of parking available.  You do NOT need to bring chairs.  The banquet hall is very large will have tables and chairs – even the bounce house!

What:  The Annual Picnic & Potluck – celebrating 20 years as a neighborhood association!

 

When: Sunday August 21st 1 – 4 pm.  Volunteers are asked to come at noon – 12:30 pm.  Doors will open at noon.

 

Where:  Beth Emeth Congregation at 100 Academy Rd.  We will be indoors at their main gathering hall.  Seating will be provided, so please do NOT bring chairs!

 

 

FOOD: We are supplying burgers & hot dogs & lemonade.  Local restaurants are donating ziti, pizza, etc.  Stewarts is donating “Make Your Own Sundae!” kits with 3 different kinds of ice cream and 6 kinds of toppings!  Neighbors also bring their own wonderful foods to share at this potluck event.

 

FUN: There will be a bounce house for the kids.  We will have great music courtesy of the “Instant String Band”.   We have a lot of wonderful door prizes from local businesses and individuals we will start giving away at 3 pm – just sign in when you come to the event, and get your raffle ticket!  This year, you can pick your own prize from the table!  We have everything from children’s books to wine.

 

COMMUNITY:  Visit with neighbors you haven’t seen in a while.  We have new people who have moved into the neighborhood this year and are attending, so please give them a friendly welcome!  Relationships and friendships are a big part of being a thriving community, and we are celebrating 20 years as a neighborhood association!

 

I am very excited about seeing everyone.  I am going to BJ’s on Saturday morning to pick up hot dogs & hamburgers.  Our new picnic solicitor Gretchen Brown worked with our local businesses and they were very generous this year.  Many individuals also contacted the Board directly to provide door prizes, too.

 

Thank you,

 

Eric Huntington

Chair, HNA

Helderberg Neighborhood Association

Celebrating 20 years 1996 – 2016

hna@hnaalbany.com

(662) 598-1462

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HNA Picnic Details

Hello neighbors,

We are just a few days away from the annual picnic & potluck and I wanted to share details.
What:  The Annual Picnic & Potluck – celebrating 20 years as a neighborhood association!
When: Sunday August 21st 1 – 4 pm.  Volunteers are asked to come at noon – 12:30 pm
Where:  Good weather?  Sage Campus Lawn at New Scotland Ave & Academy (where movie nights are, bring chairs or blankets to sit on)  Bad weather?  Beth Emeth Congregation at 100 Academy Rd.  The decision on the location will be emailed to the membership, and left on the voice mail greeting (662) 598-1462 on Saturday at Noon.
Who:  You! Please RSVP (if attending) with number of people in your party and the dish you are bringing to share, if you wish. It will help us buy Mayor Sheehan and Council member Cathy Fahey will be attending, too!  RSVP by emailing HNA@HNAalbany.com or calling (662) 598-1462.
It’s all about…
FOOD: We are supplying burgers & hot dogs & lemonade.  Local restaurants are donating ziti, pizza, etc.  Stewarts is donating “Make Your Own Sundae!” kits with 3 different kinds of ice cream and 6 kinds of toppings!  Neighbors also bring their own wonderful foods to share at this potluck event.
FUN: There will be a bounce house for the kids.  We will have great music courtesy of the “Instant String Band”.  People are encouraged to bring soccer balls, kick balls, frisbees and whatever game equipment they like to share with others.  We have a lot of wonderful door prizes from local businesses and individuals we will start giving away at 3 pm – just sign in when you come to the event, and get your raffle ticket!
COMMUNITY:  Visit with neighbors you haven’t seen in a while.  We have new people who have moved into the neighborhood this year and are attending, so please give them a friendly welcome!  Relationships and friendships are a big part of being a thriving community, and we are celebrating 20 years as a neighborhood association!

I am looking forward to seeing you at the picnic!
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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Helderberg Neighborhood Association Picnic

HNA 2016 Annual Picnic

Sunday, August 21st 1-4pm

Sage Campus Lawn (Academy Rd/ New Scotland Ave)
Rain Location: Beth Emeth Congregation (100 Academy Road)

FOOD! We supply hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.
FUN! Bounce House and Door Prizes and Music!
COMMUNITY! Please bring a dish or dessert to share. Please bring game equipment to share!

PLEASE RSVP – hna@hnaalbany.com or leave a voice mail at (662) 598-1462 so we know how much food to buy this year. You do not need to be a paid member to attend. Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on!


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HNA Reporter

HNA’s newsletter, HNA Reporter, has won the Neighborhood Resource Center’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Publication. NRC selected the HNA Reporter from several outstanding organizations that have made significant contributions towards improving the quality of life in Albany’s neighborhoods.


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