Commission on Human Rights

The City of Albany is a community rich in ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Such diversity contributes to the social fabric of our City and should be celebrated and respected. In that regard, the Commission on Human Rights was created to foster an atmosphere of respect and celebration of our diversity. In accordance with the objectives of the Omnibus Human Rights Law, the Commission on Human Rights seeks to assure that the residents of our City are safeguarded against all forms of discrimination in violation of state and local law. The primary objectives of the Commission are:

  • To foster mutual respect and understanding among all persons and racial, religious, and nationality groups in our community
  • To inquire into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various racial, religious, and nationality groups, and to take such action as may be designed to alleviate such tensions and conflict
  • To receive complaints of alleged discrimination because of race, creed color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, arrest and/or conviction record and to attempt to resolve such conflicts

Complaint

For information on filing a complaint, see our How Do I File a Complaint? webpage.

Meetings

The Commission has regularly scheduled meetings the third Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held in the Mayor’s Conference Room in City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. Scheduled meetings for calendar year 2018 are as follows:

February 20, 2018 June 19, 2018 October 16, 2018
March 20, 2018 July 17, 2018 November 20, 2018
April 17, 2018 August 21, 2018 December 18, 2018
May 15, 2018 September 18, 2018  


City of Albany Commission on Human Rights Complaint Form

Commission Members

Pursuant to City of Albany Code, the Commission consists of nine members, five of whom are appointed by the Mayor and four of whom are appointed by the Common Council. Members of the Commission must reside in the City of Albany and possess a reputation for fairness, integrity and responsibility. Members are appointed to three-year terms.

Brenda Robinson - Chair  518-596-0936  kingnqueens7@aol.com 
Ronald Dunn - Vice Chair  518-432-8487  rdunn@gdwo.net 
Linda Hunt 518-526-2738  lshunt@nycap.rr.com
Judith A. Mazza 518-505-7166  mazzaj@nycap.rr.com
Harriet Lewis  
Rosie Love
Aaron Moore  
Shontell Smith 518-225-3626 Shontell.smith@gmail.com 
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Applicable Laws
City of Albany General Code Chapter 42 Part 36 Article XLVII Sections 42-361 to 42-367 and
Chapter 48 Articles I - III Sections 48-1 to 48-27
New York State General City Law Article 12-D Sections 239-O to 239-T

Commission on Human Rights Contact

City Hall
Room 301
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 434-5296

Fax: (518) 434-5269

For more information, please visit the Department of Administrative Services.

Additional Resources

NYS Division of Human Rights
NYS Department of Labor
NYS Attorney General’s Office
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Legal Aid Society
United Tenants