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.
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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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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).
|1||1||Albany County Charter Transition||1975|
|1||2||Histories of Pine Hills||1977, 2005, Undated|
|1||3||Albany County Charter Citizens Review Committee Final Report||1978|
|Oversized 3||Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers||1983|
|1||5||Tricentennial Committee||1985, Undated|
|1||6||Tricentennial Neighborhood Committee Plans||1985, Undated|
|1||8||Government By the People by Stefan Bielinski||1986|
|Oversized 3||Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers||1986|
|1||10||Tricentennial Programs and Newsletters||1986|
|1||11||Tricentennial Concert Event||1986, Undated|
|1||12||Tricentennial Event Invitation||1986, Undated|
|1||13||Tricentennial Event Schedule||1986, Undated|
|1||14||Tricentennial Gala||1986, Undated|
|1||15||Tricentennial Newspaper Clippings||1986, Undated|
|1||16||Tricentennial Commemorative Album||1987, Undated|
|1||17||Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Newsletter||1990-2000, 2002, 2004-2008, Undated|
|1||18||New Resident Welcome Letter||1992-1997|
|1||19-21||Correspondences and Memos||1994, 1996-1998, Undated|
|1||22||Phase II Report of Citywide Management Audit||1995|
|1||23||Press Releases||1996-1997, ca. 1998, Undated|
|1||24||Albany City Record||1996, 1998|
|1||25||City of Albany Charter Policy, Provisions, and Guidelines||ca. 1996, 1997|
|1||26||Pine Hills Tour||1997|
|1||27||Charter Revision Commission Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Agendas||1997 January-1998 January, 1998 April-1998 August|
|1||28-30||City of Albany Charter Drafts and Notes||1997 December-1998 January, 1998 June-1998 August, Undated|
|1||31||Albany Charter Revision Commission Brochure||1997|
|1||32||Albany Charter Revision Commission Public Outreach Strategy||1997|
|1||33||Charter Revision Commission Orientation Sessions and Role of Charter||1997|
|1||34||Mayor and Council Brief||1997|
|1||35||Proposal for City Charter Revision Commission, City of Albany||1997|
|1||36||Sample Charter Provisions for Yonkers and Rochester||1997|
|1||37||Charter Provisions for Elected Officials in Selected Cities in New York State||1997, Undated|
|1||38||Charter Public Hearing Addresses and Notices||1997-1998|
|1||39||Charter Revision Commission Voting Record||1997-1998|
|1||40||News Clippings and Editorials||1997-1998|
|1||41||Charter Commission and Council Motions and Proposals||1997-1998, Undated|
|1||42||Charter Revision Commission Proposed Work plan/Calendar and Schedules||ca. 1997, Undated|
|1||43||Proposed City Charter for Albany||1998|
|1||44||The Beverwyck Neighbor||1998|
|1||46||Charter Revision Commission Meeting Notices||1998, Undated|
|1||47||General Notes||1998, Undated|
|2||1||NYCOM Guide to City Charters and Charter Revision||1998, Undated|
|2||2||Portion of Albany City Charter||1998, Undated|
|2||3||Charter Revision Commission Resolutions||ca. 1998|
|2||4||Pine Hills Neighborhood Association||2003|
|2||5||Pine Hills Business Directory||2004|
|2||6||Albany City Comptroller Provisions||Undated|
|2||7||"A Brief History of the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad"||Undated|
|2||8||Helen Desfosses Albany Common Council Presidential Campaign Ad||Undated|
|2||9||List of Committee Members||Undated|
|2||10||Meeting Attendance List||Undated|
|Oversized 1||Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Banners||Undated|
|2||11||Proposal Charter Q&A's, Charter Voting Flyers||Undated|
|2||12||"Revising City Charters in New York State" Article||Undated|
|3||2||Supplemental Reference Material||Undated|
|3||3||Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany Residents||Undated|
|3||4||Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany Residents||Undated|
|3||5||Tricentennial Event Flyer||Undated|
|Oversized 2||Tricentennial Frisbees and Tricentennial Neighborhood Olympic Medal||Undated|
|Oversized 3||Tricentennial Gala Map||Undated|
|3||6||Tricentennial Ice Cream Memorabilia||Undated|
|3||7||"What Do We Know About Albany's Elected Officials?" Report||Undated|
|3||8||"Why the City of Albany Needs One Chief Financial Officer Now" Report||Undated|