An Unprecedented Year
Dear residents and neighbors,
Last week, I outlined how our City navigated the unprecedented year of challenges, including steps we took to preserve essential services and the major initiatives completed to prepare for a post-pandemic recovery. However, we’re not out of the woods yet.
With the increasing spread of variants of the COVID-19, it’s never been more important to take precautions to protect your health. This includes wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, washing your hands, and staying home when you feel sick.
There is hope on the horizon. The availability of vaccines is slowly increasing. It’s safe, effective, and free for all. I encourage everyone who qualifies to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Do it for your children, your local schools, your grandparents, and neighbors. New York State has launched an online tool to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility at www.ny.gov/vaccine
In Washington, the White House is advancing an emergency relief plan, called the American Rescue Plan (ARP), to fund vaccinations, provide immediate and direct relief to families hurting due to COVID-19, and support struggling communities and local governments.
I remain in contact with our federal representatives in D.C. to advocate in support of this much-needed support to help our city, local families, and small businesses who are struggling from the pandemic. This critical federal assistance will help us begin to get people back to work and rebuild our economy.
As always, please look out for one another, and let us know how we’re doing.
Mayor, City of Troy
News for Your Neighborhood
- The NYS Department of Transportation announced the completion of a $29.2 million, two-year rehabilitation project to rehabilitate the Collar City Bridge. Mayor Madden hailed the state’s ongoing investments in transportation infrastructure across the Capital Region to keep motorists safe.
- Last week, Mayor Madden delivered his 6th State of the City Address. The virtual address, the first in Troy’s history, outlined how the City responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and detailed major initiatives completed during the prior year.
- Looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19? The federal government provides New York State approximately 300,000 vaccines/week. Supplies are limited, but we’re optimistic that availability will increase in the coming weeks. To determine your eligibility for the vaccine, visit www.ny.gov/vaccine. In the meantime, please continue to wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.
- Every Sunday in March, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will showcase new vendors in partnership with Make It Up State. Local goods and curated items will be available from 10am – 2pm at the market’s winter location, 865 2nd Avenue at the former Price Chopper in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood.
- The City’s Policing Reform & Reinvention Collaborative (PRRC) has scheduled a series of listening sessions during the month of February. To learn more about participating in this important process, visit www.troyny.gov/policeRRC
- The Pop Up City Hall property tax payment event at the Knickerbacker Ice Arena, previously announced for February 1st, was rescheduled to tomorrow, Friday, February 12th. No appointment is necessary to make a payment during this event.
- The Lansingburgh Central School District is hiring for several positions. See the job postings here.
- City and County Historian Kathryn Sheehan explains the history of Monument Square in downtown Troy, including the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Watch the story on News10.
- Troy-based Brown’s Brewing Company earned a top spot on the 50 Best Beers of 2020 from VinePair for their Calavera, an imperial stout.
- Troy knows tacos. The Albany Times Union tasted tacos from three Troy taquerias. Take a look at this trio of terrific Troy taco makers.
- Don’t forget to subscribe to the City’s official YouTube channel! We’re nearing 350 subscribers; help us reach our goal before the end of February!