Your Voice, Your Vote
Dear residents and neighbors,
Every four years, our nation heads to the polls and select a new president (and other important state & local leaders). This year’s election is shaping up to be the most consequential of our lifetimes, reinforcing how important it is that every eligible voter make their voice heard.
In New York State, early voting has been expanded to ensure more people have the opportunity to cast a ballot for their candidate. Early voting provides flexibility to everyone who wants to cast a ballot without worrying about having to find time on Election Day.
Turnout is exceeding expectations so far, with 8.3% of all registered voters in Rensselaer County already casting their ballots (as of Oct. 26th). That’s the third-highest in New York State!
Voters are motivated to cast their ballot, as evidence by reports of long lines at early voting locations. This not only shows that our community is motivated to vote, but also demonstrates the need for a second early voting location in Troy for future elections.
It’s also important that you watch for misinformation leading up to and in the days following Election Day. Recent efforts by foreign and domestic groups have sought to spread disinformation via email and social media about the electoral process or widely-debunked rumors to create confusion or disenfranchise voters in the United States.
Always verify what you read on social media before sharing, and be patient while votes are counted here in New York and across the country next week.
No matter how you decide to vote – early or on Election Day – it’s important that you participate. Your voice, your vote.
As always: please stay safe, take care of one another, and let us know how we’re doing.
Mayor Patrick Madden
News for your Neighborhood
- Looking for a safe way to Trick or Treat this Halloween? Knickerbacker Park will host a special event this Saturday, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. The Knick track will be transformed into a Halloween festival with attractions, costumes, trunks full of candy, music, and games. This event is free, and will be held at 103rd and 8th Avenue. More info here.
- Register 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
- Seven new firefighters join the ranks of the Troy Fire Department. The newest members of Troy’s public safety services took their oath of office last week during a ceremony at TFD’s Central Station. Congratulations to the new recruits!
- Early voting is underway in Rensselaer County this week. Three early voting locations have been established, including one at the Armenian Church on Spring Avenue in Troy. Early voting will be available until November 1st, with normal voting hours on Tuesday, November 3rd. Early voting locations and hours are available here. For info on voting by absentee ballot, visit the NYS Board of Elections website.
- The Italian Community Center’s annual Election Eve Spaghetti & Meatball Supper returns this Monday. This year’s event is limited to take-out / curbside pickup only. Proceeds from the event help support the ICC Soup Kitchen. Information on ordering is available here.
- A time capsule from the Leonard Hospital site has been donated by the City to the Hart Cluett Museum. Recovered from the site during demolition of the abandoned former medical facility, the time capsule materials will be processed for public display next year. Get a sneak peek of the time capsule opening here.
- King Street remains closed due to a water main break. Vehicle traffic is restricted between Federal Street and River Street while repairs are underway. The closure is expected to continue through Friday. Water pressure has been restored to affected customers. Read the full traffic advisory here.
- Upgrades for the 7th Avenue Park continue this month. On Wednesday, the City received delivery of the new facilities building for the popular pocket park, one of the few green spaces in the North Central neighborhood. Upgrades include new basketball courts, a new spray pad, bathroom facilities, playground equipment, pavilion, and new fencing. See the video here.
- Snow in October? The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting snow for Friday. For more info, visit the NWS Albany website here.