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


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


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. *Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the moratorium on public gatherings meeting will be held via YouTube until further notice.

Scheduled meetings for calendar year 2020 are as follows:

January 21, 2020 May 2020 Meeting TBD View Agenda November 17, 2020
February 18, 2020 June 16, 2020 View Agenda December 15, 2020
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 March 17, 2020 September 15, 2020
April 29, 2020  October 20, 2020  

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 
Rosie Love - Vice Chair
Valerie Alexander-Moseley
Harriet Lewis
Judith Mazza
Aaron Moore
Natisha M. Alexander 
Travton T. Jackson 
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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