Albany County, New York
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Lucille M. McKnight (D)
Committee Assignments: Health, Personnel and Special Nursing Home Facilities
Prior Committee Assignments: Social Services (Chair), Conservation & Improvement, Public Safety, Public Works and Civic Center
Lucille M. McKnight has been an Albany County Legislator since 1992, representing residents of the 2nd Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, she represents the 1st Legislative District.
Luci has served as President of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents and advocates on behalf of counties across New York at the state level and chaired the organization's Board of Directors. She also sat on NYSAC's standing Committees on Medicaid and Human Services and the Conference Committee, and represented New York State counties at National Association of Counties (NACo) conferences. Luci has been an Albany County representative on the four-county Capital District Regional Planning Commission since 2000 and served as its chair in 2004. The Commission has oversight of a State-funded $2 million project in collaboration with six waterfront communities along the Hudson River to address pollution from combined municipal and storm sewers. It also is focusing on a regional homelessness study, a foreign trade zone, Workforce Investment Board employment activities and open space strategies to curb suburban sprawl. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital District Youth Detention Center, which operates the Juvenile Detention Center. She also is Chair of the Albany County Youth Board, which reviews funding applications for youth programs, and is a member of the Long-Term Care Council established by the County Executive.
Luci previously served on the Albany County Tobacco Task Force charged with developing a plan for distributing funds from the national tobacco settlement. She initiated the formation of the Welfare Reform Sub-Committee in 1997 to update and improve the 60-year-old program for the poor and needy.
As part of her legislative accomplishments, Luci initiated proposals to develop affirmative action policies in County Government for the hiring and advancement of minorities and women and establish a sexual harassment policy for County employees. She pushed for the ADT alarm system to help victims of domestic violence and initiated crisis counseling for violence-plagued inner-city neighborhoods. Her other legislative priorities have included the Underground Railroad Educational Museum, expansion of ACES in Sheridan Hollow and South End economic development initiatives, including a $600,000 federal HUD grant for startup and expansion loans to small businesses and expansion of a light industrial facility and funding to clean up brownfields on Franklin and Gansevoort streets. She has been in the forefront in support of legislation to help the frail elderly remain in their homes and to provide educational and health benefits for children. As a member of the Civic Center Committee, she advocated installing electronic curtains for the upper-seating levels of the Pepsi Arena. She worked successfully to defeat a forfeiture law that would have allowed police to seize cash and cars in certain misdemeanor cases. She also was a leader of a community effort to prevent the location of an asphalt plant and a garbage transfer station at the Port of Albany.
Luci has been active in her community. She is the mother of an adult son, Darrell, and has two grandchildren, Nadia and Miles.
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