Dorcey Applyrs has the skills, experience, and education to transform the office of Chief City Auditor so that it has a much broader impact on the City of Albany and its residents.
Dorcey’s work on the Council and her background in public health has allowed her to take a hard look at what services and resources exist in the City and how we can work together to fill gaps and improve the quality of life for all residents.
As Chief City Auditor, Dr. Applyrs initiated the Albany Police Department Racial Bias Audit. The purpose of the audit was to detect the presence of racial and implicit bias. The audit team found 64% of arrests were black community members between 2015 and 2019.
As Council Member for the 1st Ward, Dr. Applyrs established herself as a strong voice for residents not only of the First Ward but across the City of Albany.
Dorcey has been a leader on many issues including:
- Environmental justice
- Public safety and community-
- police relations
- Public health, especially air quality and noise pollution in the South End and the effect on health outcomes of the residents
In 2019, as Council Member, Dorcey Applyrs co-authored groundbreaking legislation to codify Albany’s effort to make equity central to the decision-making process that informs how the City spends its scarce resources.
Dorcey’s work on the Council and her background in public health allows her to take a hard look at what services and resources exist in the City and how we can work together to fill gaps and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Dr. Applyrs has received many honors for her work in the Albany community including:
- 40 Under 40, Albany Business Review
- 2017 Young Alumna of Excellence, SUNY, University at Albany
- 2017 Off the Sidelines Equality Advocacy, awarded by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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