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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Mayor Sheehan, Co-Chairs Whalen & Hoke Announce City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force Members

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Contact: David Galin 

Membership Spans Arts & Entertainment, Banking, Child Care, Economic Development, Education, Government, Health & Human Services, Housing, Labor, Non-Profit, Restaurants & other Small Businesses, & Workforce Development Sectors

ALBANY, NY – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force Co-Chairs Mike Whalen and Jahkeen Hoke have introduced the 41 individuals appointed to the City’s COVID Recovery Task Force – representing a variety of sectors including Arts & Entertainment, Banking, Child Care, Economic Development, Education, Government, Health & Human Services, Housing, Labor, Non-Profit, Restaurants & other Small Businesses, and Workforce Development.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “I am grateful to the members of the Task Force, which met for the first time on April 23, for agreeing to provide their time and leadership as we recover from a once in a century pandemic.”

The City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force, created by Mayor Sheehan, has four main objectives:

  • Obtain a shared understanding of how the American Rescue Plan can help the City of Albany;
  • Identify the needs of the City of Albany residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations that are not covered by other funding sources;
  • Equitably and strategically maximize resources available to our residents, businesses, and community organizations to restart Albany and build back better; and
  • Engage every sector of the City of Albany to ensure resources are directed where they are needed to restart Albany, re-open businesses, prevent evictions, and strengthen our not-for-profit organizations.

The COVID Recovery Task Force will complete a needs assessment and identify areas in need of investment in the coming months to help Albany build back better. Mayor Sheehan and the Albany Common Council will use this input to help determine how to maximize the City’s Recovery Act Funding.

On March 12, 2021, Mayor Sheehan named Mike Whalen, Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank, and Jahkeen Hoke, CEO of Business For Good Foundation, as Co-Chairs of the City’s COVID Recovery Task Force. The COVID Recovery Task Force met for the first time on Friday, April 23, 2021.

To learn more about the COVID Recovery Task Force, please visit https://albanyny.gov/1924/COVID-Recovery-Taskforce

City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force members:

Title First Name Last Name Organization

Kaweeda Adams Albany City Schools

Faye Andrews City of Albany Community Development Agency

Hon. Dr. Dorcey Applyrs Chief City Auditor

Kate Baker Small Business Administration

Hon. Alfredo Balarin Albany Common Councilmember

Carm Basile Capital District Transportation Authority

Bob Belber ASM Global/Times Union Center

Neenah Bland Albany Community Action Partnership

Tricia Brown North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Jeff Buell Redburn Development

Michael Castellana SEFCU

Chiquita D'Arbeau Albany Housing Authority

Mark Eagan Capital Region Chamber

Hon. Corey Ellis Albany Common Council President

Hon. Sonia Frederick Albany Common Councilmember

Anthony Gaddy Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce

Peter Gannon United Way of the Greater Capital Region

Tammis Groft Albany Institute of History and Art

Jahkeen Hoke Business for Good Foundation

Kevin Hicks Albany County Airport Authority

Micky Jimenez Capital District Latinos

Hon. Andrew Joyce Albany County Legislature Chairman

Anna Kuwabara Albany Symphony

Eileen Larrabee Open Space Institute

Angelo Maddox Fresh & Fly Clothing

Hon. Daniel McCoy Albany County Executive

Dr. Dennis McKenna Albany Medical Center

Tracy Metzger TL Metzger & Associates, LLC

Giovanni Otero Salvation Army

Matthew Peter Albany Parking Authority

Dominick Purnomo Yono's/DP's

Dr. Roger Ramsammy Hudson Valley Community College

Sarah Reginelli Capitalize Albany

Hon. Jahmel Robinson Albany Common Councilmember

Dr. Havidán Rodriguez SUNY, University at Albany

Hon. Darius Shahinfar Albany City Treasurer

Hon. Kathy Sheehan Mayor, City of Albany

Noelene Smith Baby Institute

Georgette Steffens Downtown Albany BID

Raphael Tucker City of Albany Youth & Workforce Services

Michael Whalen M&T Bank


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