COVID Recovery Taskforce

To help replace lost revenues, cover COVID-related expenses, and reverse the economic impacts of this pandemic, the City of Albany was allocated approximately $80.7 million as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. On March 12, 2021, Mayor Sheehan announced the creation of a COVID Recovery Task Force to ensure the City of Albany equitably and strategically maximizes the resources available to our residents, businesses, and community organizations thanks to the American Rescue Plan to restart Albany and build back better. The Mayor appointed Mike Whalen, Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank, and Jahkeen Hoke, Executive Director of Business For Good Foundation, as Co-Chairs of the City’s COVID Recovery Task Force.

The City is projected to face significant revenue impacts due to the pandemic between 2020 and 2024 that will require the majority of the American Rescue Plan funding, in its effort to re-imagine its workspaces and work force for a post-pandemic world.   Beyond this much-needed relief for fiscal stress and operations, a  portion of the stimulus package will be set aside to ensure we get resources where they are needed to restart Albany, re-open businesses, prevent evictions and strengthen our not-for-profit organizations. The Task Force will help provide recommendations to the City of Albany about how to invest this funding through a lens of equity.

Four Main Objectives: 

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

Task Force Members 

The COVID Recovery Task Force members are identified below. This Task Force includes a diverse group of people representing a myriad of institutions, community organizations and neighborhoods. It is important that we approach this work with a deep sense of civic duty to our residents, particularly those who have been disproportionately impacted by structural barriers. The City of Albany and Mayor Sheehan extend their gratitude to the following individuals for committing to lend their time, expertise, and resources to this initiative.

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These five Working Groups comprised of Task Force members, align directly with Treasury Guidance set forth and allow for members to dive deeper into sector specific work as needs and recommendations are identified. Task Force members are being asked to serve as experts in specific industry sectors and are essential on the assigned Working Groups, but their input is valuable and encouraged across all working groups. Elected officials and Co-Chairs serve at-large rather than on a specific Working Group in order to ensure that Working Group findings are tied together where necessary. There are two sessions for each working group throughout the summer, Round 1 – Needs Assessment, and Round 2 – Recommendations. Working Group notes will be posted to this page following the sessions. 

Complete list of working groups and their respective members.

Announcements & Press Releases

Meeting Schedule

Given the important nature of this work, the Task Force is planning on holding in-person, socially distanced meetings at the Albany Capital Center thanks to ASM Global, the Times Union Center, and Albany County. The meeting will also be held remotely and recorded, and the public will be provided the opportunity to join the proceedings via teleconference and videoconference via Zoom. Please see below for details. The anticipated timeline for the Task Force is as follows:

COVID Recovery Task Force Time Line

  • Kick off Meeting – April 23, 2021
  • Meeting #2 - May 18, 2021 at 12 pm
  • Meeting #3 - June 3, 2021 at 12 pm
  • Meeting #4 - July 1, 2021 at 12 pm
  • Meeting #5 - July 22, 2021 at 2 pm

Meeting Materials & Reports

(Meeting materials will be made available here following each meeting)

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Public Survey

Public Survey #1 - Results

Public Survey #2 - Results

Do you need additional COVID-19 recovery assistance? Do you have great ideas for how to help the City of Albany Build Back Better? The City of Albany and the COVID Recovery Task Force are seeking input on the City’s use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds. Your feedback is essential to ensuring that the discretionary ARP funds are used in the most impactful ways for our community. 

If you or someone you know would prefer to complete the Public Survey #2 as a paper copy, please download this version and scan and return by email or return by mail to Capitalize Albany Corporation Attn: Nora Culhane Friedel 21 Lodge Street Albany NY 12210 prior to July 20th 2021. If you or someone you know would like a Spanish translated version, please download this version and scan and return by email or return by mail to Capitalize Albany Corporation Attn: Nora Culhane Friedel 21 Lodge Street Albany NY 12210 prior to July 20th 2021.

Please take a few minutes to complete the final survey by Tuesday, July 20 – 17 questions estimated at under 15 minutes to complete!

Please reach out to the task force with any questions or concerns regarding the City of Albany COVID Recovery Task Force.