Alicia Purdy and Albany Landlord Talk Economic Effects of City Blight

June 18, 2021, Albany, N.Y. — Albany mayoral candidate Alicia Purdy released another installment of “The Listening Tour”, a series of conversations with people she meets on the campaign trail who hail from all walks of life around the city of Albany. Alicia spoke with Wayne, an owner-occupied landlord who is watching his retirement drain away from the city’s enormous blight issue, while the city doesn’t even answer his many calls, emails and messages. Wayne’s perspective as a taxpaying, good landlord in Albany is one of many like him- and he’s ready to speak up.

According to Purdy:

“People in the city of Albany don’t feel heard- and they haven’t been- for a hundred years! From uprooting trees in Lincoln Park to failing to address everyday liveability issues like potholes, while passing the buck on blight, and failing to support the communities by building a stronger, more comprehensive police force- Albany’s city leadership continues to fail because people are not their priorities. In Albany, people are simply the byproduct of policies crafted to build a personal legacy- and they are fully aware of this shameful approach to leadership.”

“I have spent years building a reputation for being someone who loves people and for being a person of action, compassion and hard work- and that’s something the city has never had before! As Mayor of Albany, our many issues will finally be addressed by a leader who is capable of bringing people together, building trust, and leading by example.”



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An owner-occupied landlord in Albany is speaking out about the failed leadership in the city that is threatening his retirement.

Published by Alicia Purdy

Alicia Purdy is an independent, multi-media journalist with an M.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Broadcasting. Learn more at:

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