Wear a Mask, Save Lives
Dear residents and neighbors,
Record numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, with equally-concerning increases being reported in Troy and Rensselaer County. On Wednesday, New York State announced new restrictions for gyms, bars, restaurants and residential gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.
While a vaccine is expected to be distributed to healthcare workers and vulnerable Americans in December, Dr. Anthony Fauci is reminding all Americans of the importance of following public health measures until wider distribution of the vaccine is possible.
I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a mask. It’s the most effective tool in our fight against the coronavirus, and literally helps save lives. So, please continue to practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands.
The next few weeks will be a major test for the holiday season. I urge you to make responsible choices when considering your plans with family for Thanksgiving & Christmas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has valuable resources and information available to help educate the public on protecting yourself & others in our community.
Our attention to these measures are important not only to protect community health, but also for our local economy and small businesses. Many are still struggling due to the initial wave of virus infections this spring. New restrictions due to coronavirus outbreaks will have serious implications for our community & local families.
Following the rules will help protect lives, keep our City functioning, and reduce the possibility of significant economic impact.
As always: please stay safe, take care of each other, and let us know how we’re doing.
Mayor Patrick Madden
News for your Neighborhood
- On Wednesday, the City marked Veterans Day with tributes to members of the United States armed forces. Mayor Madden joined the Veterans of Lansingburgh and city & county officials for a memorial march beginning in Monument Square. Later, the Troy Flag Day Committee unveiled a memorial celebrating our military service members, along with parade committee members (past & present) responsible for organizing the event each year, including parade founder Jimmy Pasinella.
- The City’s Proposed 2021 Budget received a positive assessment from the Office of the State Comptroller. The plan proposes a 1.69% property tax increase for the coming fiscal year (average monthly increase of $3.10 for homeowners with a home valued at $150,000), and is the City’s fourth consecutive spending plan under the state-mandated tax cap. More info here.
- Thanksgiving is almost here! Watch a special preview of this year’s virtual Troy Turkey Trot with host John Salka, Communications Director for the City of Troy. Guests include Race Director Patrick Lynskey; Kevin O’Connor, Executive Director, Joseph’s House and Shelter; and Mark Quandt, Executive Director, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
- Registration is open for the 2020 Virtual Troy Turkey Trot! This year’s race features a custom mobile app that allows runners to track their progress and participate safely with others in real time. Register now at www.troyturkeytrot.com
- The City of Troy Police Cadet Post #4102 is seeking applicants for their youth training program. The program has 10 available vacancies for teenagers and young professionals interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of law enforcement. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply. More info here.
- Hudson Valley Community College announced the passing of former President Drew Matonak. Mayor Madden lauded the accomplishments of Mr. Matonak in the field of higher education, stating his work to grow and enrich academic services at HVCC would impact generations of students to come.
- Renovations to Franklin Alley in downtown Troy are complete! Mayor Madden and representatives from the The Arts Center of the Capital Region, National Grid, Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and city officials held a ribbon cutting to mark the project’s completion. The project reinvented Franklin Alley into a unique and intimate public space, featuring new lighting, sidewalks, and public art from artist Joe Iurato inspired by Troy’s history and people.
- The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will remain outdoors for the month of November. Market hours are 9:30am – 2:00pm in Troy’s Riverfront Park. More info here.
- Get connected with City Hall on YouTube! The Collar City has an official YouTube channel to share exciting video updates on what’s happening in our community. This week we reached over 250 subscribers, an exciting milestone for the page! Subscribe here.