A Summer Like No Other
After a brief August hiatus, we’re back with another edition of City Hall Connects!
It’s been a summer unlike any other. COVID-19 has created challenges for many of us, but our community continues to rise to the challenge. We wore masks, followed the guidance of public health professionals, and supported our small businesses.
However, it’s still SO important that we take this virus seriously. Listen to public health professionals: wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. These simple steps help save lives, especially those with compromised immune systems or preexisting conditions.
There’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Troy safely this season, including Summer Square in downtown Troy, the weekly Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, and other public activities.
COVID-19 has affected more than just how we socialize and interact with friends and family. Municipal budgets also have been significantly impacted in cities, towns, and villages across the nation, including Troy. Securing direct aid from the federal government is critical to preserve essential municipal services and rebuild our economy. That’s why Mayor Madden and leaders from across the country are urging the White House and U.S. Senate to act quickly to provide #StateAndLocalRelief for municipalities.
Stay connected with us on social media and, as always, let us know how we’re doing.
News for your Neighborhood
- URGENT! Only half of Troy households have completed their #2020Census form! An undercount can result in the loss of millions in federal funds for hospitals, schools, roads, infrastructure, and other important services over the next decade. Only 32 days are left to complete the Census, so please take 10 minutes to complete your family’s questionnaire; visit www.my2020census.gov or call (844) 330-2020 to get started today.
- Creating safer, more accessible streets is essential for sustaining healthy, vibrant neighborhoods. Hillside neighborhood residents are invited to participate in an online presentation of the Hoosick-Hillside study and provide feedback on recommendations to improve quality of life through streetscape improvements and safe & convenient pedestrian bicycle connections between Hillside neighborhoods and downtown. The presentation will be available beginning Monday, September 7th at www.hoosick-hillside-study.com
- Last week, Congressman Tonko announced the Northern Border Regional Commission had awarded a $1M grant to the Troy Local Development Corporation for the One Monument Square project. Support from the NBRC will help address essential infrastructure upgrades to prepare the site for redevelopment. Mayor Madden hailed the grant as critical to the success of the project in cooperation with TLDC and developer Hoboken Brownstone Company.
- Progress continues on the South Troy Industrial Park Road, under construction along the southern waterfront. Identified as a priority project by the Madden administration for 2020, the new roadway will help divert heavy truck traffic from residential neighborhoods to improve quality of life, and support future redevelopment of the South Troy waterfront.
- As summer comes to a close, so does swimming at the South Troy Pool. Today, Saturday, August 29th, will be the final day of swimming. It’s been a great summer of activities at the pool, and we thank everyone who was involved in making it another fun season!
Election Day (November 3rd) is quickly approaching! Whether you decide to vote early, by absentee ballot, or at a polling location on election day, here is some important information on how to make your voice heard!
- Absentee ballot applications for the November election are available at the Rensco BOE website for download or by calling the Board of Elections at 518-270-2990.
- Early voting will be available at three sites beginning October 24th until November 1st. Specific days will have varying hours of operation, so make sure to check the schedule before going to vote early.
- The Rensselaer County Board of Elections is seeking election workers to operate the polls on Election Day. Individuals interested in applying can contact Gary Galuski at [email protected]
From the Desk of the Mayor
- On Thursday, Mayor Madden made his quarterly blood donation with the American Red Cross. Giving blood makes a big difference in the lives of others, and the need for blood and platelets is constant. Schedule an appointment to donate today at www.redcrossblood.org
- On Friday, Mayor Madden issued a video update reminding Troy families to fill out their 2020 Census questionnaire. Only 50% of Collar City households have completed their form, risking an undercount and loss in millions of federal funds for Troy and Rensselaer County during the next decade.
- Earlier this month, Mayor Madden joined U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Paul Tonko, and representatives from the American Postal Workers Union for a press conference in support of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Changes by the Postmaster General to USPS operations and sorting capacity are slowing the delivery of mail to Americans across the nation. Our seniors, veterans, small businesses, and families rely on the USPS for delivery of prescriptions, products, and important correspondence. A functioning post office will become even more critical this fall as many voters cast their ballots via absentee due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Make your voice heard – tell the federal government to #SaveThePostOffice at www.usmailnotforsale.org
It’s About Damn Time: Suffrage
This summer marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, a 72-year struggle which gave women the right to vote following ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Check out some incredible stories on the fight for women’s suffrage, the 19th amendment, and the women behind the movement, courtesy of the Hart Cluett Museum.