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An article in 518 Life about Focus on Albany by Brianna Snyder

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Though Cynthia Pooler grew up in Queens and Long Island, she’s spent much of her life in the Capital Region.

She worked as a clerical worker for the state in Saratoga County for many years. Then moved to Albany in 2009, and retired.

“I’ve always had a love of politics,” says Pooler, who runs a political site,, where she’s compiled hundreds of interviews with local politicians and movers and shakers. “I’ve always been fascinated with the new technology. So I wanted to blend new technology with politics, and that’s how I came up with Focus on Albany.”

The 67-year-old widow has been doing FOA for two years. “It’s such a creative, wonderful thing and I’m always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “Since I’m retired, this is my passion: politics. I wanted to turn my passion into something productive, where I can interview people and talk about pressing issues of the day. I’m just having a great time.”

You can find Pooler’s interviews at, or you can find Pooler herself standing at a busy intersection, waving her “Focus on Albany” sign. “I’m just trying to get my message out. I don’t have the money for a sign on I-90,” she says. We asked Pooler some kooky Proustian questions.


What’s your current mood? I feel wonderful!

What’s your Facebook pet peeve? Just seeing different posts come up over and over again.

You mean like when Facebook shows you one or two posts over and over? Yep. Also, I promote Focus on Albany on Facebook. And as much as people use Facebook, a lot of people don’t remember to share on social media.

Ever had a near death experience? Yes, I had cancer.

How long ago was that? Eight years ago.

How are you doing now? I’m doing great. It gives you a new outlook on life. Because when you face the reality of you might not be here in the future it kind of makes you realize that living for the day and enjoying the day and doing the best you can and trying to make a positive impact on the world, that’s important.

What records did you listen to as a kid? Beatles.

Yeah? What’s your favorite Beatles song? I like the song “Julia.” I like “In My Life,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Revolution,” “The Long and Winding Road.”

Do you have a TV series you’re addicted to? I watch the news all the time. I’m a political junkie.

Describe your life in one word. Wonderful!

What are you reading right now? I’m reading that new book about Nelson Rockefeller.

Is it good? Yeah. I knew he was rich but I didn’t realize that he was the richest person in the world. And I live, like, up the street from the plaza, so when I look outside and I walk toward my car and I see all the big buildings, to me, that’s great.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Right here. I wouldn’t move for the world. I feel like, because I love politics so much, I feel like a kid in a candy store. I really do. How many people get to live out a dream? And to me politics has always been such a focus in my life and now I get to talk to politicians and talk about issues and analyze issues.

Are you on Twitter? Yep.

What’s your handle? @focusonalbany.

Are there issues that are particularly important to you? Yes. Fracking. The state of Pennsylvania dumps their fracking waste into New York State. And I have several programs on that issue and it’s an issue I’m going to keep pursuing. There were a few bills in the state legislature to ban it last year and it never passed. So I’m going to keep my eye on that legislature and keep agitating until that bill is passed.

I bet you’d like to talk to Cuomo about that. [Laughs.] I don’t think I’ll have much luck getting him.

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be? All of my wishes have come true, My life is great! Maybe to be a little thinner.

What are you grateful for? Oh, there’s so much. I’m grateful for my friends, my family, the fact that I’m healthy, the fact that I’m getting to do what I want to do, live in the best place I could possibly live. That’s what I’m grateful for.

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Cynthia Pooler

Cynthia has combined her interest in the ever evolving new technologies and her passion for politics to create an Internet Radio Talk show that will create a new paradigm in which to inform New Yorkers on what is going on at the State Capital.


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