Experience, Deep Community Involvement, a Strong Belief in Public Service and the Energy to Improve our Neighborhoods!
Anton Konev was elected to Albany Common Council November 2009 in a 3-way race with over 53% of the vote. Councilman Konev serves as Vice Chair of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services Committee and member of Ad-Hoc Committee on Public Access and Standing Committees on Public Safety and Human Resources & Human Rights. Anton Konev has been a civic activist his entire life and is not new to public service. At the age of 25, Mr. Konev is a senior legislative aide to a senior member of the State Assembly. He has spent his summers and vacation breaks building homes for the poor around the country and working with Kiwanis International on youth leadership programs that train hundreds of young Americans.He prides himself on being an organizer of a community crime watch program to help counter the dramatic increase in criminal activity in Midtown of the City of Albany. He was prompted to action after being attacked by a gang outside the graduate school of the University at Albany and finding no help from either University or Albany Police Departments. The crime watch program he started has been cited as a model program by law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Konev has extensive experience in government work. He has worked intensively on issues of public safety:
- Expending definition of coercion as it applies to gangs intimidating witnesses.
- Advocated for additional protections and resources for police officers.
- Worked on new state law that allows civil confinement of sexual predators and helped organize legislative support to end the statute of limitation on sex crimes.
- Passing legislation prohibiting spray that would distort license plate images.
He also coordinated efforts to pass the Geriatric Mental Health Act, the Children’s Mental Health Act, and “P.J.’s Law” (requires training for bus drivers and attendants transporting special needs children). He has assisted the campaign that created two new state laws which address rising rates of pediatric asthma; providing for nebulizers in schools and prohibiting school bus idling on school grounds. His work has also proved successful in helping consumers:
- He has worked on new laws and efforts that help reduce the cost of insurance by limiting insurance company’s access to non-related personal credit information, and legislation that will place restrictions on the interest rates that credit card companies can charge consumers.
- He has worked on multiple pieces of legislation to improve the Mental Hygiene Field in New York State (especially as it relates to guardians, surrogate decision-making, and the New York State Rehabilitation Association, overtime work by direct care workers, interagency coordination, underserved populations, and assisted outpatient treatment program)
- Advocating for diversifying workforce in the Capital Region and assisted in passing legislation that created New York State Commission on Workforce Diversity
Mr. Konev has a strong sense of civil duty and believes that our democracy can only be strengthened and protected by strong citizen involvement. He spent his childhood in Russia and witnessed the harsh treatment of people who wanted to improve their government and community. He lives his credo and is an active member of his community. That is why Mr. Konev has been a relentless advocate for the public access television in the City of Albany, for more government accountability (less legislators but better legislation), for fair taxation, for better public transportation, for more bike lanes, for green jobs, for expanding gun buy-back programs, for dealing proactively with abandoned buildings issue, for better code enforcement in the City of Albany, and for more open and active regional planning structure. He has been opposing the Convention Center and Pine Bush landfill expansion without an exit strategy.
Mr. Konev has served most recently as New York State Capital Region Deputy Field Organizer for Obama for America and Albany for Obama co-coordinator. He was also treasurer for the Coalition to Save Albany and is currently executive director for the Coalition for Change. Anton also previously volunteered on campaigns of Congressman Paul Tonko, Congressman Scott Murphy, David Soares for Albany County District Attorney, John Kerry for President, Eliot Spitzer for Governor, Michael Conners for Albany County Comptroller, and Christopher Higgins for Albany County Legislator. Anton Konev currently serves as Delmar Kiwanis International Club President, member of the Committee on University – Community Relations, member of Albany-Tula Alliance Business Committee, ex-officio member of Central Avenue Business Improvement District Board, and member of Pine Hills, Beverwyck, Washington Square, and Washington Park Neighborhood Associations.
In the first several months of office he has voted on, debated, and co-sponsored dozens of resolutions and ordinances, authored and passed four resolutions and four ordinances, authored and introduced 10 local laws, 15 ordinances, 8 resolutions. He has requested many changes and installation or removal in parking/ no-standing signs, had several children play signs installed, requested and accomplished several sidewalks paved, requested and got double utility polls removed, followed up on dozens of police complaints, and requested and got dozens of trees trimmed.
Councilman Konev also organized large scale Census 2010 outreach efforts throughout the student and low income neighborhoods. He also wrote several letters in support of businesses and residents appeals to Board of Zoning Appeals and one in opposition. Several of Mr. Konev suggestions were followed.
Anton was named one of The Capitol Newspaper 2010 40 Under 40 Rising Stars (“Albany’s Next Generation of Political Leaders”).