City Hall Connects: Cities are Essential

City Hall Connects: Cities are Essential

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Office of the Mayor

Cities are Essential

State & local governments like Troy are facing significant financial shortfalls from the coronavirus pandemic, threatening our ability to maintain essential services. However, the U.S. Senate and White House have not committed to providing direct aid and assistance to state & local governments.

Cities, towns, and villages are essential to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient America in the wake of COVID-19. Mayor Madden is joining a bipartisan group of mayors and elected officials from across the country to call on the federal government to provide direct relief to local municipalities for immediate use for economic recovery.

News for your Neighborhood


  • On Monday, Mayor Madden and local players celebrated the official opening of Troy’s first disc golf course, located in historic Prospect Park. Disc golf is played similar to golf, except players use a flying disc or Frisbee with the objective of completing each hole in the fewest throws. It’s a sport perfectly suited for the socially distancing era! Funds for construction were raised from local volunteers and players, making this new recreational amenity a true community effort.
  • The City of Troy is accepting applications for the CDBG CV-19 funding for administration of various community and business assistance programs to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding has been allocated through the federal CARES Act  for the development of local youth programs, food pantries, and business assistance programs. Organizations interested in applying can visit the City’s Housing & Community Development website.
  • On Tuesday, the Fire and Police departments were donated two sanitizing sprayers from MVP Health Care, CDPHP, and Quick Response. The sprayers will be used to help clean equipment, vehicles, and facilities to protect employee and public health. Fire Chief McMahon and Police Chief Owens, and Mayor Madden expressed their appreciation for the donation on behalf of the Troy community.

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Get Counted, Troy!


The Collar City is in danger of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. An undercount would leave our community, county, and region in danger of losing funding for critical services from the federal government over the next decade.

Take 10 minutes to shape the next 10 years in Troy. Get started today at www.2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330-2020.

Significant numbers of South Troy, downtown, North Central, Hillside, and Lansingburgh households remain uncounted. Your participation will help support hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, special education, and health services.

Census workers are following up directly with households in Troy who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Less than 50% of Collar City households have completed their Census questionnaire. This puts us far behind the state & national average!

Please take a few minutes to complete your form. Get started at www.2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330-2020.

Desk of the Mayor


mayor madden sitting in front of a blue fabric backdrop. the American flag and city flag are visible in the background.
  • On Thursday, Mayor Madden spoke with News10 about the impact of COVID-19 on the city’s budget, how the nation’s mayors, county executives, and government officials are pushing for direct assistance from the federal government, and the importance of Troy families participating in the 2020 Census.
  • Earlier in the week, Mayor Madden talked with the Albany Times Union about the Trump administration’s efforts to exclude immigrants from the 2020 Census count. The mayor also criticized the Trump administration’s decision to roll back the Census deadline which increases the likelihood of an undercount in more populous states like New York.

VIDEO: Grand Opening of Disc Golf Course in Prospect Park

Mayor Madden and local officials joined local players, representatives from Disc Golfers of the Capital Region, and Friends of Prospect Park for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of a new disc golf course in Troy’s Prospect Park.

VIDEO: Combating COVID, One Spray at a Time

Mayor Madden joined representatives from the Troy Police and Fire Departments to accept a donation of two sanitizing sprayers from MVP Health Care, CDPHP, and Quick Response. The sprayers will be used to clean equipment, vehicles, and facilities and help protect employee health against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update


Recent spikes in local infections are reminders about the importance of wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings. These minor inconveniences have enabled businesses to reopen, people to return to work, and restore some normalcy during this very difficult time for many families.

We thank the public for their understanding and cooperation throughout this period. COVID-19 has limited certain services, and continues to prevent in-person visits to City Hall. Our staff is working hard to maintain essential services for our residents, and we encourage you to contact us directly with questions you may have.

For more info on local testing sites, health protocols, and guidelines for businesses, visit www.health.ny.gov/coronavirus

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