April 4, 2018
Friends and Residents,
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life to moving the nation toward the ideals of equality, justice, truth and fundamental fairness. His work, while not complete, undeniably changed the trajectory of our Country.
What makes this Country great is not that we are perfect, but that we continually strive to be more perfect. While we cannot all accomplish what Dr. King did, there are countless ways we can each make contributions to the betterment of the community we live in and to the ideals on which this Country was founded. Community service and voluntarism are the mainstays of healthy and vibrant communities.
While we cannot all accomplish what Dr. King did, there are countless ways we can each make contributions to the betterment of the community we live in…
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to recognize several AmeriCorps and CEO YouthBuild members volunteering in our community. Working with Habitat for Humanity, the Troy Community Land Bank and the City of Troy, this impressive group of young people have been instrumental in the rehabilitation of 3320 6th Avenue, a formerly vacant and blighted building in our North Central neighborhood. Their valuable contributions are making a direct impact on improving our City, one block at a time.
There are numerous ways that you can make a difference in your neighborhood, including this year’s Earth Day cleanup. The annual citywide program – part of the City’s continued commitment to environmental protection and preservation – brings together hundreds of neighbors, families and business owners to clean sidewalks, streets, parks and green spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City. I encourage you to get involved and lend a hand during Earth Day weekend (April 21-22). Visit the City’s Earth Day website for more information on this year’s cleanup and schedule of neighborhood events.
Don’t forget to report issues in your neighborhood to Code Enforcement and Public Works, including potholes, illegally dumped items, and unsecured vacant buildings. Let’s work cooperatively to keep our City safe and clean all year round.
We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.
Mayor, City of Troy
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