WFO ALBANY, NEW YORK
OFFICE LOCATION: The office is in Suite B300 on the
third floor of the Center for Emerging Sciences and Technology Management
(CESTM). CESTM is on the campus of
the University at Albany,
on the grounds of the College
of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering. UAlbany is one of
the four major centers of the State University of New York (SUNY).
To get to CESTM, use exit 2 - Fuller Road - from I-90. Follow Fuller Road one
block south of Washington
and turn right on Tricentennial
Drive. From Tricentennial, turn right at the stop
sign into the CESTM parking area. Listed telephone...518-435-9580.
OFFICE ACTIVITY: Major
activities of the office support a variety of NWS programs.
The public service program provides
forecasts for Eastern New York
and Western New England and hazardous
weather warnings for 15 New York
counties, two Vermont
counties, one Massachusetts
county, and one Connecticut
county. The office also operates
seven NOAA Weather Radio Stations. The
aviation program includes three TAF forecasts in
New York, Airport Weather Warnings at Albany and support to FAA and CWSUs.
Other responsibilities include fire weather forecasts.
The office’s hydrological service
area (HSA) is responsible for river forecasts and flood warnings.
Data collection activities include
surface, aviation, synoptic, upper air and hydrologic observations.
The office has an active
collaborative research program with UAlbany and has received CSTAR grants
since 2001. Collaborative
research under these grants has involved office staff from
and numerous other NWS offices and several departments at the University.
The office is located in the capital
of New York, and serves as
the state liaison office. Office
staff interact regularly with
numerous state agencies, emergency managers and maintain an active outreach
program. The Office webpage is at
PERMANENT AND TRANSIENT LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS:
The median price in February 2009 for
a single family home in New York’s
Capital District was $170,000, however prices vary widely.
Older city homes price from $80,000
to $150,000, which are generally townhouses in
and single family homes in
homes begin at $120,000 and range to $300,000, with many in the $200,000 to
$250,000 price range. New homes begin
around $250,000 with Luxury homes $400,000 and above.
Apartments range from $500-$1200
monthly, according to desired space and location. Typical are suburban
garden style apartments and townhouses, with older two family “flats” with 2
or 3 bedrooms available in the cities at the lower price ranges.
There are many hotels and motels,
from budget to luxury price ranges, near CESTM and throughout the Capital
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: While bus service is
available, a car is essential for anyone working forecast shifts at CESTM.
Parking for NWS employees is available, without charge, in the CESTM lot.
EATING FACILITIES: The office has a modern
kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, and there is a deli in the College of Nanoscale Science
building complex which is open during the day.
There are also a variety of restaurants and fast-food places within a
few minutes drive of CESTM.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: New York's Capital District consists of a
multi-county region that includes
and Greene Counties. Although the City of Albany,
New York's Capital
City, is at the district's
focus, the district is really a metropolitan area of three cities, Albany, Schenectady and Troy, with a large suburban population.
The City of Albany has a population of near 95,000, while
the Capital District has 851,000 people living in it.
The Capital District has well
developed road, rail, water and air transportation networks; a diversified
economic base of government, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, and
services; an expanding professional and technical workforce; and highly
educated population. In addition, the cost of living is comparatively low
relative to the Northeast Corridor. The quality of available public services
is high. There are fourteen colleges
and universities in the Capital District. They include the State University
of New York at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy; and Union College
The Capital District and the surrounding region of Upstate New York and
adjacent New England are rich in history
and scenic beauty. The nearby Adirondack
and Catskill Mountains of New York and Berkshire
and Green Mountains of New England, along with the rivers and many lakes and
parks in the region, offer a year-round diversity of outdoor recreational
opportunities. Spectator sports are
available with a minor league professional baseball team, and minor league
hockey and basketball teams playing in the district.
The district also offers college
hockey, basketball and football. During August, nearby Saratoga Springs becomes the national center
of thoroughbred racing. The performing arts have a strong presence
throughout the year. The performing arts centers support dramatic
productions of all types and musical events from chamber music and symphonic
performances to rock concerts. Worthy
of note are the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, summer home of the
Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet, and Tanglewood, located
in the nearby Berkshires, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
TAX INFORMATION: There is a graduated income tax
in New York State from 4% to 7% of all earned income
above $26,000. There are standard
deductions of $7,500 for a single person filing as a self dependent, $15,000
for a married person filing jointly, $7,500 for a married person filing
separately and $10,500 for a head of household. There is also a personal
exemption of $1,000 for each exemption claimed on the Federal form. New York State also has a sales tax of 4%.
In addition, all Capital District
counties levy county wide sales taxes of 4-4.25%.
Combined school and property taxes
are generally between $4,000 and $12,000 a year, depending on location and
property assessment. School
property taxes are reduced by a “STAR” credit, of approximately $25,000 off
the assessed value of the property.
CHILD CARE SERVICES: Many day care centers are
available throughout the Capital District. Some are privately run, while
others are affiliated with churches, colleges or the YMCA/YWCA. The Federal
Executive Association of Northeastern New York has organized a day care
center for federal employees in the
in downtown Albany.
February 26, 2009