Questions for Corey Ellis

Corey EllisWe have an interview scheduled with Albany Common Councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis later this week. As we did in advance of our interview with Shawn Morris, we're hoping you might have questions in mind. Please post them in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who posted a question for Shawn Morris last week. We hope to have video of the interview with her later this week.


I would be interested in hearing about any plans for downtown revitalization, and I am also interested in where he stands on historic preservation.

Mr. Ellis,

What will you do to bring residential living to the downtown area? Also, do you have any plans to improve the existing housing in the city as well as infrastructure?

I would be interested in Mr. Ellis's thinking about the Albany schools and the needs of Albany's children. Does he think that city government has a role supporting the schools? What ideas does he have to improve the health and well being of Albany's children?

What will you do to shut down the drinking saloons and transform Albany into a vibrant city?

Why has he missed so many Common Council meetings? Based on his attendance record, is he really committed to the city?

I would like to know Corey's position on gay marriage.

I second Cathy's question. I think it's something that needs to be talked about and nobody seems to want to ask.

I would like to know his thoughts on term limits for the Mayor. He is a younger politician that could potentially be in office for a long time but is that what he wants to do? I'd like to know what his personal goals are as far as politics are concerned. I ask because I had this conversation with him before he was an official candidate for Mayor and I believe his answer revealed a lot about him and actually is one of the reasons that I like him.

Finally, why him? What makes him a better candidate that Shawn Morris?

I actually have a question for the fella that I've seen with Corey a few times?
Dear friend, do you think it would be too much for you to turn your cell phone off, or at least the ringer off during important seminars and talks?
And to Corey, how can you be an advocate for Albany residents with property tax problems when you dont pay any property taxes yourself?

I think the biggest issue is crime. Would Corey replace Chief Tuffey if he were elected? How can we truly reduce crime in the city and particularly crime involving guns?

And for those of us who experienced severe flooding last summer, does Corey have any plans for Albany to mitigate our vulnerability to flooding during summer storms?

@J: did I miss some "Corey Ellis doesn't pay his taxes" story? Cause even if your not a homeowner every resident pays property taxes, it's built into the price of the rent.

What are his plans for walkability, bike accesability and overall road safety? The potholes are dangerous for all three modes of transportation. Also, I want to know if he can do anything about the way-too-short-to-be-considered-safe yellow lights- like will he delay the green lights. I would like to see a reduction in accidents. Is that within his power as mayor?

Will he address the rumors that his address in Albany is only a technicality?

I too am interested in Corey's opinion on Gay Rights. I know that he works for a faith-based organization, and am curious if he will be towing their line in denying equal rights to homosexuals?

From last week, updated:

Is he runs, and Shawn runs, the anti-establishment vote gets split and Jennings wins (not that he won't win anyway). Ask him how she feels about this?

I am interested in learning about Mr. Ellis' education and professional background. I would also like to him to list his accomplishments as a city councilman. Lastly, I woud like to here his analysis of the city's fiscal position and and what his specific action items are to address the future fiscal stability of the city. Thank you.

Cops and schools, cops and schools, cops and schools.

I'd like to know Mr. Ellis' plans for cleaning up the cesspit known as the APD, which was discussed at length about a month ago. I have a feeling that the lackadaisical attitude discussed about a month back here of the APD towards crime in general is partly responsible for the spike in disturbing incidents in Pine Hills lately; the bad guys know the cops don't care, and rarely if ever follow up.

And yes, I think mayoral term limits would be a good idea, too. (Term limits for all politicians are great, IMO.) I'll echo someone else's question upthread: what are Mr. Ellis' thoughts on that?

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