ABAAT would like to extend a special thank you to the victims and their families, elected officials and department heads who joined us last night to discuss the Myrtle Avenue Fire. We had a wonderful discussion and Identified the following points to begin addressing the issue.

  • Increase communication between the County and the City to ensure everyone is on the same page
  • NIXLE notifications for fires and building demolitions
  • Boarding of County seized building. On the back of the building, the day of lock out and on the front of the building after 3 failed lockups
  • Protocol to ensure the Mayor’s office provides the same amount of exposure/airtime to any multi-family fire not prohibited by law

Thank you to the following Elected Officials, Department Heads and staff:

  • City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
  • City Fire Chief Joseph Gregory
  • City Buildings & Regulatory Compliance Director Rick LaJoy
  • City Police South Station Commander Jim Gallagher
  • Assemblymember John McDonald III
  • Senator Neil Breslin
  • County Exec. Director of Policy & Research Mike McLaughlin
  • City Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator Sam Wells