City of Albany, Lark Street BID announce donation by Global Partners to support Madison Avenue fire victims relief fund

Generous donation will support dozen-plus victims of recent Albany fire

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Lark Street BID officials, Global Partners representative John Andersen, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, and Albany Common Council Member Richard S. Conti (photo credit: Relentless)

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 26, 2017) — The City of Albany and the Lark Street Business Improvement District (“Lark Street BID”) have announced a donation of $6,000 by Global Partners to the Madison Avenue Fire Relief Fund.

The donation will be directed to the fund, setup in partnership between SEFCU and the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH), has been raising funds in support of victims of the July 17 fire. The check was presented by John Anderson, propane facility manager for Global Partners, and Charles Furman, gasoline and oil manager for Global Partners.

“Global Partners has a substantial presence in Albany and was immediately moved to help our neighbors recover from this terrible fire,” said Anderson, who is also a resident of the affected neighborhood. “Having lived in the neighborhood for all these years, I naturally wanted to do something to help my neighbors who were impacted by this event and I was pleased that the company quickly took action.”

“The response to the fire on Madison Avenue is another example of how our community comes together when our neighbors need it most,” said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “Thank you to Global Partners for helping those who have lost everything.”

“”The community response and outpouring of assistance to help our neighbors displaced by the Madison Avenue fire has been gratifying. That support continues today with the generous donation from Global Partners. Since last Monday’s fire neighbors and businesses have come together to respond to this tragedy. We express deep appreciation to Global Partners for their additional and generous support today,” said Albany Common Council Member Richard S. Conti, who is also a member of the Lark Street BID Board of Directors.

Any individual who wants to donate funds to the individuals and families impacted by the Madison Avenue fire at any SEFCU branch or by visiting and noting Madison Avenue Fire Relief Fund on their donation.

Businesses on Lark Street are playing a part to help those in need through a street-wide collection drive. Donations to these locations will contribute to the relief fund to help those affected.

Global is one of the largest distributors of gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in New England and New York. The company also is one of the largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gasoline stations and convenience stores in the Northeast, with approximately 1,500 locations.

For more information about the Lark Street BID, visit



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