Holidays at Home
Dear residents and neighbors,
The holidays are going to look very different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recent analysis found that indoor family gatherings are the largest drivers of COVID-19 infections. Last week, Rensselaer County saw record numbers of infections following the Thanksgiving holiday. However you celebrate this season, it’s important we reduce our direct contact with others and continue to wear a mask, physical distance, and wash our hands.
It’s important to stay optimistic and positive this winter. Stay active by exercising, check in friends and relatives using video chat, explore a new show on television or your favorite streaming service, start that book you’ve been meaning to read, or support local businesses if you’re able to.
You can also volunteer or donate to local charity to help others during the holiday season. There are countless families who have experienced lost jobs or reduced hours. Give where you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many programs and local organizations ready to assist those in need.
Despite these challenges, there is reason for optimism. Last week, the FDA authorized the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The first round of doses are being administered across the country, including right here in New York State. Like the flu vaccine, it’s important that we all participate. Taking the vaccine can be an act of service to help protect others, especially those with existing health conditions. Check with your doctor or healthcare provider to learn more about the vaccine and when it will be available.
The coming months will test our patience and resolve. It will be difficult, but I’m confident that together we can, and will, get through this tough time.
As always, let us know how we’re doing. Please stay safe, and take care of each other.
Mayor, City of Troy
News for Your Neighborhood
- There’s an easier way to pay for parking in downtown Troy. Last week, we launched our new mobile parking app to provide a simple, easy to use option for drivers to pay for parking in downtown Troy. Drivers will be able to pay for on-street metered parking using the new Passport Parking mobile app beginning January 4, 2021. The Passport Parking application is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
- Troy Fire Department promotes two during a ceremony at Central Station. Mayor Madden joined Fire Chief McMahon to promote Eugene Kyea to the rank of Captain, and Firefighter Dan Bornhorst to the rank of Lieutenant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited to immediate family, command staff, and fire department personnel. Watch a brief video from the event on Facebook or YouTube.
- Open Enrollment in the NYS Health Marketplace ends TODAY, December 15th. Visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov to find a health plan that works for you or your family.
- What’s your COVID-19 story? The Hart Cluett Museum is chronicling COVID-19 in Troy and Rensselaer County. Share how the coronavirus pandemic has shaped your life for inclusion in their archives. Submissions from all ages and any pieces of ephemera, images, artwork, or other forms of visual material(s) alongside a journal entry are being accepted now. Learn more here.
- Get your Stroll on this December. The 2020 Troy Victorian Stroll is underway through December 20th. Local businesses, restaurants, and breweries are taking precautions to keep customers safe this holiday season, including curbside pickup or delivery. Visit www.victorianstroll.com for more info.
- The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market heads to north Troy this winter. Until warmer weather returns, the market is operating indoors at the former Price Chopper in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood (865 2nd Avenue, Troy NY 12182).More info here.
- The fastest way to ride. Have you checked out CDTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service? With sleeker buses, upgraded stations, and complimentary WiFi, Troy residents & families have a new, flexible way to travel. The BusPlus Blue Line will operate along the 15-mile corridor runs along the Hudson River connecting Albany, Cohoes, Menands, Troy, Waterford and Watervliet. Learn more here.
- Education opportunities for adult learners announced by SUNY. This week, the State University of New York launched afree Online Training Center to give more New Yorkers a gateway to college—no matter where they live across the state—with high school equivalency, college prep, and employment certification programs. So, if you’re considering finishing your GED, exploring college opportunities, or thinking about a second career, the new center has options for everyone. Learn more here.
- Give blood; help save lives. The Troy Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive today (Tuesday) with the American Red Cross in memory of Sgt. James G. O’Brien. The drive is being held at the Hedley Building (433 River Street, Troy) from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment.
- Winter is coming; be prepared and stay informed. During periods of significant snowfall, a snow emergency may be declared by the City. Parking restrictions will be in effect for designated city streets to allow snow plow vehicles to clear roadways quickly and efficiently. To read more about public parking restrictions, or to view a map of available public parking locations, please read the City’s Snow Emergency Plan.
- Connect with Troy City Hall on YouTube! Check out our official YouTube channel where we share exciting video updates on what’s happening in our community. We’re closing in on 300 subscribers; sign up for updates here.