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Downtown Albany BID Board of Directors Voting Open

Downtown Albany BID Board of Directors Voting Open

Earlier this year the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) postponed our Board elections and Annual Meeting due to the pandemic.  With restrictions on gathering still in place, we have decided to release a video about the BID’s accomplishments in 2019 that will be sent out to all of our members when we announce the results of our elections, which begin today.

The following slate is being advanced to all members by the current Governance Committee of the BID. Please take a few minutes to review the slate of candidates listed below and vote by Thursday December 17, 2020 online or by downloading the ballot

Qualifications: In order to be eligible to vote on the BID Board of Elections, you must own, represent, or reside within a property that pays the special BID assessment tax. If you are not the designated representative, please pass this ballot along to the proper individual. Incomplete or illegible ballots will be discarded. The slate this year includes one Class B Commercial Tenant and one Class B Residential Tenant.  Only commercial or residential members of the BID, as defined by our by-laws, are eligible to vote.  Per the BID Bylaws, Article I-Purposes, Section 3. Membership:

Class B:  (i) Commercial Tenants who are occupants pursuant to leases of office or retail space in a building that receives real property tax bills for such real property within the District shall be a Class B member of the Corporation provided such persons have applied for membership in accordance with Section 1e hereof.; or (ii) Residential Tenants who are an owner-occupied or occupant of a residential property (three or more units contained within the property) that receives real property tax bills for such real property within the District pursuant to a lease of a residential space.

New Candidates up for Election

Angelo Maddox: Class B (i) Commercial Tenant 
Angelo Maddox is the Owner and Operator of Fresh and Fly Inc. where he has been providing the Capital Region with authentic brands of urban, athletic, and business casual clothing for the past 14 years. He holds a degree in psychology from SUNY Albany which he has put to good use over the past decade as the Founder of the S.W.A.G. (Succeeding With Attainable Goals) Program for at-risk youth where he is also a Public Speaker and Group Counselor. Previously, Angelo has worked locally as a Youth Care Counselor at both Parsons and the Northeast Parent & Child Society. His hard work has been recognized by both the Albany Business Review where he was named one of their 40 Under 40 and the Downtown Albany BID where he was presented with the inaugural Downtown Luminary Award. Angelo serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and works with college students through the SUNY Albany Alumni Board of Directors.  

To learn more about Angelo Maddox’s professional background, please visit:

Riley Ackley: Class B (ii) Residential Tenant
Riley Ackley has been a resident of Downtown Albany for over 4 years and is a Media Coordinator for the New York State Assembly where he supervises a team of media specialists. He is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with degrees in both Public Relations and Political Science and has experience in managing social media accounts, photography, campaigning, writing, editing, creating promotional material, and soliciting sponsorships, among other things. Since moving to Downtown Albany in 2016, Riley has seen firsthand how the community has transformed into something incredible. He feels as though he has greatly benefitted from the opportunities presented in Downtown and is looking forward to giving back and serving his community.

To learn more about Riley Ackley’s professional background, please visit:

Ballots must be emailed, postmarked, or stamped as received by 4:30 PM EST on Thursday, December 17, 2020.  To vote electronically on the 2020 BID Board of Directors Election Ballot, click herePlease note: If you vote electronically you do not need to submit a hard copy ballot.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Kate Medhus at 518.465.2143 or via e-mail at