1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY
1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY

Henry M. Madej Papers

1975-2008

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Abstract

The Henry M. Madej papers contain documents pertaining to his work with the Albany City Charter Revision Commission, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Albany Tricentennial Commission. The documents in this collection include professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, document drafts, press releases, newsletters, pamphlets, memorabilia, magazines, invitations, schedules, event plans, and handwritten notes as well other materials that document his involvement with the city of Albany, New York and the University at Albany community.

Summary

Creator:
Madej, Henry M.
Date Coverage:
1975-2008
Quantity:
2.93 cubic ft.

Henry Madej, an alumnus of the University at Albany, received his bachelor of arts degree in 1967 and his master of public administration degree in 1969. An inductee to the Alpha Phi Gamma Journalism Fraternity and a supporter of the University at Albany campus community, Madej was recognized in 1986 for fifteen years of service to the University Alumni Council. Madej served as deputy director, New York State Assembly Research Service, and later as legislative director for a New York State Assemblyperson.

A long-time Albany resident, Madej has been extremely active in the city's Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, serving a term as president of the organization. The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association covers the neighborhood adjacent to the University at Albany's Downtown Campus and is a mix of student housing, long-term residents, and commercial areas.

Because of his involvement with the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, Madej became involved with planning Albany's Tricentennial celebration and was the Pine Hills representative to the Tricentennial Commission. As Pine Hills representative, Madej helped decide which banners that would be used in his neighboorhood and where they would be placed. In addition, Madej also assisted with scheduling events that would take place throughout the year for the Tricentennial.

Madej was also involved with other citywide initiatives and organizations. He served on the Albany City Charter Revision Commission in the late 1990s, an organization which sought to update the 300 year old Albany city charter so that it reflected an effective municipal government for the new millennium. As described by Revision Commission member Mary Ellen O’Connor in a 1997 Times Union article, the impetus of the Commission was to “revise rather that rewrite Albany's charter in order to maintain our historic status as having the oldest city charter in the United States. We want to present a clear and concise legal directive for those who administer our city government.” Greatly dedicated to improving Albany, Madej has participated on various other local boards and committees, including a review panel established by Mayor Gerald D. Jennings in 2001 to deliberate on parking problems in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

The information provided above was gleaned from the following sources, in addition to those found in the Henry M. Madej Papers themselves:

The Henry M. Madej Papers primarily document his community involvement with the Albany City Charter Revision Commission and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association during the 1990s and 2000s. Along with these items, the collection also includes documents showing Madej’s involvement in planning Albany’s Tricentennial celebration. The items concerning the Tricentennial date from 1983 to 1987 with the majority focusing on 1986. There are no materials covering 1984. The collection is comprised of professional correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, addresses made to public hearings, newsletters, document drafts, organizational by laws, sample charters from other cities in New York State, notes, event schedules, event invitations,event plans, and pamphlets. In addition, the collection contains newspaper clippings, magazines and editorials related to Madej's work with these organizations. The collection also includes four cloth banners from the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, two Frisbees from Albany’s Tricentennial, an Albany Tricentennial Neighborhood Olympics Medal, and photographs and certificates associated with Madej's University at Albany alumni activities.

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

Henry M. Madej began donating his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in 2002, and has continued to make subsequent donations.

Processed by: Chloe Pfendler

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Published: 2017-04-14 10:38:28 -0400

The finding aid for this collection was updated by Samantha Brown after items about Albany's Tricentennial were added to the collection. Changes were made to the Abstract, Scope and Content Note, Biographical Sketch, and Container List., September 2013

Encoded in EAD by Chloe Pfendler, 2013

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, box, folder, Henry M. Madej Papers, 1975-2008. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Madej Papers).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Albany County Charter Transition1975

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1 2Histories of Pine Hills1977, 2005, Undated

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1 3Albany County Charter Citizens Review Committee Final Report1978

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1 4Photographs1978, Undated

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Oversized 3Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers1983

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1 5Tricentennial Committee1985, Undated

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1 6Tricentennial Neighborhood Committee Plans1985, Undated

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1 7Tricentennial Pamphlets1985-1986

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1 8Government By the People by Stefan Bielinski1986

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Oversized 3Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers1986

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1 9Tricentennial Magazines1986

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1 10Tricentennial Programs and Newsletters1986

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1 11Tricentennial Concert Event1986, Undated

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1 12Tricentennial Event Invitation1986, Undated

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1 13Tricentennial Event Schedule1986, Undated

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1 14Tricentennial Gala1986, Undated

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1 15Tricentennial Newspaper Clippings1986, Undated

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1 16Tricentennial Commemorative Album1987, Undated

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1 17Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Newsletter1990-2000, 2002, 2004-2008, Undated

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1 18New Resident Welcome Letter1992-1997

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1 19-21Correspondences and Memos1994, 1996-1998, Undated

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1 22Phase II Report of Citywide Management Audit1995

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1 23Press Releases1996-1997, ca. 1998, Undated

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1 24Albany City Record1996, 1998

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1 25City of Albany Charter Policy, Provisions, and Guidelinesca. 1996, 1997

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1 26Pine Hills Tour1997

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1 27Charter Revision Commission Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Agendas1997 January-1998 January, 1998 April-1998 August

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1 28-30City of Albany Charter Drafts and Notes1997 December-1998 January, 1998 June-1998 August, Undated

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1 31Albany Charter Revision Commission Brochure1997

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1 32Albany Charter Revision Commission Public Outreach Strategy1997

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1 33Charter Revision Commission Orientation Sessions and Role of Charter1997

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1 34Mayor and Council Brief1997

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1 35Proposal for City Charter Revision Commission, City of Albany1997

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1 36Sample Charter Provisions for Yonkers and Rochester1997

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1 37Charter Provisions for Elected Officials in Selected Cities in New York State1997, Undated

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1 38Charter Public Hearing Addresses and Notices1997-1998

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1 39Charter Revision Commission Voting Record1997-1998

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1 40News Clippings and Editorials1997-1998

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1 41Charter Commission and Council Motions and Proposals1997-1998, Undated

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1 42Charter Revision Commission Proposed Work plan/Calendar and Schedulesca. 1997, Undated

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1 43Proposed City Charter for Albany1998

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1 44 The Beverwyck Neighbor 1998

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1 45Budgetary Documents1998

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1 46Charter Revision Commission Meeting Notices1998, Undated

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1 47General Notes1998, Undated

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2 1NYCOM Guide to City Charters and Charter Revision1998, Undated

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2 2Portion of Albany City Charter1998, Undated

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2 3Charter Revision Commission Resolutionsca. 1998

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2 4Pine Hills Neighborhood Association2003

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2 5Pine Hills Business Directory2004

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2 6Albany City Comptroller ProvisionsUndated

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2 7"A Brief History of the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad"Undated

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2 8Helen Desfosses Albany Common Council Presidential Campaign AdUndated

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2 9List of Committee MembersUndated

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2 10Meeting Attendance ListUndated

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Oversized 1Pine Hills Neighborhood Association BannersUndated

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2 11Proposal Charter Q&A's, Charter Voting FlyersUndated

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2 12"Revising City Charters in New York State" ArticleUndated

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3 1Sample StationaryUndated

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3 2Supplemental Reference MaterialUndated

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3 3Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany ResidentsUndated

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3 4Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany ResidentsUndated

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3 5Tricentennial Event FlyerUndated

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Oversized 2Tricentennial Frisbees and Tricentennial Neighborhood Olympic MedalUndated

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Oversized 3Tricentennial Gala MapUndated

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3 6Tricentennial Ice Cream MemorabiliaUndated

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3 7"What Do We Know About Albany's Elected Officials?" ReportUndated

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3 8"Why the City of Albany Needs One Chief Financial Officer Now" ReportUndated