What is a Good Neighbor? Pine Hills Neighborhood Association define a good neighbor as “a person who makes regular positive connections with nearby people, businesses, and organizations.” I would expand this definition to include not only those who live nearby, but all residents of the City of Albany and Albany County. Why? Because decisions made at the City and County level directly impact our neighborhood.
The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association asks our City and County representatives, as well as our other speakers, the same question at all our meetings. “What can the neighborhood association do to further your efforts?” Many times, we are asked to write a letter or to speak at a public hearing. We have acted on environmental issues, Re-Zone, UAlbany funding requests, and sustainability efforts to name a few.
Our association has an Action Agenda, sometimes stated as “Don’t Mourn, Organize.” We focus on doing something about challenges….and not staying stuck on the challenges themselves.
If you are a person who likes to be informed about the issues that affect Pine Hills, the City of Albany, and Albany County and wants to do something about them, please join our neighborhood association. There is strength in numbers. The more members we have, the more positive impact we will have.