Fight the Flu this Fall
Dear residents and neighbors,
October has been another busy month in our community. We hit major milestones on several significant projects – including the South Troy Industrial Road, and demolition of Leonard Hospital – which will support the continued growth & revitalization of our neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic continues to create new challenges for our city. This virus remains a major health risk for local families, with infection rates spiking in dozens of states across the country. Local outbreaks are an important reminder to wear a mask and wash your hands. These simple acts remain the most effective ways to prevent transmission of this disease, and protect the health of our entire community.
Finally, I urge you to get a flu shot this fall. Everyone 6 months or older is recommended to get one by the end of October. With colder weather keeping us indoors more often, the flu and COVID virus may be spreading simultaneously. Getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your family helps protect children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions. Learn more about flu prevention from the CDC. Find a local clinic or pharmacies offering flu vaccines here.
Please stay safe, take care of one another, and let us know how we’re doing.
Mayor Patrick Madden
News for your Neighborhood
- The 2020 Troy Turkey Trot is going virtual this November! Runners will use a custom mobile app to track their progress and participate safely with others in real time. Register now at www.troyturkeytrot.com
- Demolition of the vacant Leonard Hospital is officially underway. The 140,000 sq. ft. long-vacant former medical facility is being torn down, part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve quality of life and support economic growth in our neighborhoods. Watch video from the demolition process here.
- Bulk collection is now available during October and November. Public Works officials announced bulk pickups will be scheduled for Saturdays on a first come, first serve basis. To schedule a bulk pickup appointment, please contact the DPW dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.
- Milling and paving work is taking place in neighborhoods across Troy this fall. King Street (between Federal and River) and 1st Street (between Division and Adams) is scheduled to be paved on Thursday, October 20th.
- Construction of the long-awaited South Troy Industrial Road continues this month. When complete, the new road will help divert heavy truck traffic from residential neighborhoods and support redevelopment of our southern waterfront. A traffic advisory was issued regarding road closures for paving that will require detours using 1st and 2nd Streets in South Troy. Read the full announcement here.
- Has your family been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? On Wednesday, October 21st, the USDA Farmers to Families Program will be distributing boxes of food (fresh produce, dairy and/or meat products) at several Troy Housing Authority locations. Boxes will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Locations and times are available here.
- Building a brighter, safer Troy. We’re moving forward with the planned purchase of over 4,000 street lights from National Grid, part of a City-wide initiative to install energy-efficient LED lighting in neighborhoods across Troy. LED lighting will help increase visibility, creating safer, better-lit streets while reducing the City’s overall electric utility consumption. Help us complete this important process by identifying any broken lights or downed poles you see at www.troyny.gov/streetlights
- Enforcement of the State’s ban on single-use plastic bags started on Monday, October 19th. For more info, visit the NYS DEC website.
- Troy Chowderfest began this Monday under a modified format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 14th edition encourages visitors to participate safely during Chowderfest BINGO by visiting participating restaurants to win prizes. The event runs through October 31st. Learn more at www.downtowntroy.org
- Make your voice heard this Election Day. Early voting for the 2020 Election will be available starting October 24th through November 1st. Early voting locations and hours are available here. For information on voting by absentee ballot, visit the NYS Board of Elections website.
- Albany Pro Musica opened their 40th season with the Capital Region Renaissance program, featuring a performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Stream via the WMHT Facebook page, or watch online.
- Knick or Treat! Knickerbacker Park will host a special trick or treat event on Halloween (October 31st) from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. The Knick track will be transformed into a Halloween delight lined with attractions, costumes, trunks full of candy, music, and games. This is a free event, and will be held at 103rd and 8th Avenue. More info here.