April 19, 2018
Friends and Residents,
This Saturday, April 21, our community will pause to remember the important contributions of Bill Chamberlain, the City’s longtime Director of Operations who was tragically killed in December 2015. Bill was the ‘man behind the curtain’ at City Hall. From budgets to special events to recycling and capital projects there was virtually nothing that Bill couldn’t or wouldn’t do to serve his beloved City. Sometimes with a wry smile, sometimes with a grunt he would set to work and get the task done. His loss tore a hole in our community that, for some, remains unfilled. This permanent dedication to Bill will ensure his memory will live on. I hope that you will join us at noon on Saturday, in Riverfront Park to pay tribute to Bill and his tremendous contributions to the City of Troy during his nearly 30 year career.
Earlier this month, I made a visit to Carol’s Place and The Eatery, a three generation family-owned & operated small business on Pawling Avenue in our Eastside neighborhood. The visit was part of our monthly “Small Business Snapshot” initiative organized by the Office of Economic Development and Coordinator Cheryl Kennedy to spotlight local businesses & entrepreneurs and highlight their importance in stabilizing neighborhoods across the City.
First founded in 1983 by owner Carol Stroman as a pizzeria, Carol’s Place has become an anchor for the Eastside neighborhood. Now managed by daughter Anita, Carol’s Place now includes a full service café, restaurant, and commercial kitchen from where it provides breakfast, lunch and catering services the Troy, Wynantskill and Poestenkill communities. During the visit, we discussed the history of Carol’s and their connection to our ever-growing community. I want to thank Carol, Anita and their entire staff at Carol’s Place & The Eatery for their continued investment in Troy and congratulate them on 35 excellent years of operation in our wonderful community.
On Saturday, May 5, the City of Troy is teaming up with the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and the Cities of Schenectady and Albany for the largest home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in the organization’s history. Volunteers will be installing 1,000 free smoke alarms in neighborhoods across all three cities. Residents can request a smoke alarm installed in their home or volunteer for the event by visiting the Red Cross website.
Finally, I encourage everyone to take part in this weekend’s Earth Day neighborhood cleanup program. With more than 18 cleanup projects and activities planned for Earth Day weekend (April 20 – 22) in dozens of locations, there are plenty of ways residents can make a direct impact in their neighborhood. To view a full list of neighborhood cleanup projects please visit the City of Troy’s Earth Day page.
Please remember to report neighborhood issues to Code Enforcement and Public Works, including potholes, illegally dumped items, and unsecured vacant buildings. The public serves as our community’s eyes and ears, and we encourage you to contact us regarding important issues on your block.
We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.
Mayor, City of Troy
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