A Message from PHNA President, John Clarkson

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When I came to Albany in 1978 for graduate school, I thought it would be a two-year stay – but that was more than four decades ago. Living in Pine Hills, first as a grad student and then as young professional in state government, I found Albany a great place to live. In 1986 I met my wife Connie, and we renovated a house in the Mansion neighborhood. We raised two boys, eventually moving to Bethlehem, and following a 30-year state government career, I served as Town Supervisor there for three terms. Several years ago we returned to city life as empty nesters, renovating a row house on South Lake Avenue. It has been great returning to this fantastic neighborhood!

The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association (PHNA) is a vibrant and progressive organization, and when it was suggested that I consider serving as President, I leapt at the chance. Our mission is to “preserve and improve conditions that make the Pine Hills Neighborhood a viable and pleasant place to reside, work and enjoy life” – that means building on our unique and diverse neighborhood while addressing quality of life issues that could hold us back. We want to remain a neighborhood of choice that attracts and supports residents of all ages, cultures and incomes.

Pine Hills is a dense urban neighborhood with residential housing of all types and some of the most exciting architecture in a City known for it. We have a variety of restaurants, stores, employment and cultural amenities all within walking distance, and great access to public transportation. PHNA is a strong force for improvement, as demonstrated by projects like the Madison Ave road diet, myriad community events we sponsor, and beautification and other amenities in the Upper Madison and Midtown Pine Hills areas.

The more people get involved, the more effective our Association can be. If you want to be informed about the issues that affect Pine Hills and the City of Albany, and you want to be involved in protecting and improving these special places, please join our neighborhood association. Hope to see you at a PHNA meeting soon!