July 11, 2020
Office of the Mayor
Summer in the (Collar) City
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While COVID-19 remains a concern for many, we’re working to provide essential City services and maintain safe environments for families to enjoy summer in the Collar City. Cooperation from Troy residents in following common-sense guidelines like wearing a mask and observing social distancing has allowed people to return to work and businesses to reopen.
So, let’s be smart, responsible, and take care of one another.
News for your Neighborhood
- Last Thursday, Mayor Madden announced the return of Summer Square to downtown Troy, a collaborative effort of the RensCo Pandemic Response Committee (consisting of the City, Downtown Troy BID, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and local partners) to activate public spaces for outdoor dining, shopping, and community programs. Businesses outside downtown can also utilize public space outside their property for public seating through the City’s public event permit process.
- The City is seeking applications for the position of Systems Analyst for its financial software. A systems analyst is an information technology professional who specializes in analyzing, designing and implementing information systems. Knowledge of database systems like MS-SQL, and Access, and scripting abilities is preferred. For more information on this position, including job responsibilities, qualifications, and salary, please see the Programmer Analyst job posting at www.troyny.gov/jobs
- While City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, property owners can make in-person payments on four dates at the Knickerbacker Ice Rink this July. Payments property taxes, water bills, garbage bills and violations, and bulk trash bills can also be completed online at www.troyny.gov/pay. 2nd installment of 2020 property tax payments is due Friday, July 31st.
- Less than 50% of Troy households have completed the 2020 Census. Getting an accurate count will help determine how billions in federal funds are provided to communities like Troy during the next decade. These funds help support our schools, hospitals, roads, special education programs, infrastructure improvements, and so much more. Take 10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census form – visit www.2020census.gov or call (844) 330-2020 to get started!
Your Help Would be Grate(ly) Appreciated
With wet weather expected this weekend, Superintendent of Public Utilities Chris Wheland is asking Troy residents to clear sewer drains & catch basins near their homes.
Leaves, grass, and other debris can clog sewer grates and prevent them from draining properly. Your assistance can help prevent flooding in your neighborhood and assist DPU staff who oversee our municipal water & sewer system.
Despite the continued success of New York State’s efforts to limit coronavirus infections, it’s not time to let down our guard. Please continue to follow public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands with soap (or using hand sanitizer).
For more information on testing sites and health protocols, visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/
From the Desk of the Mayor
- On Monday, Mayor Madden joined with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Capital Region leaders to call for immediate federal aid for municipalities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local governments, including the Collar City, are facing significant budget deficits resulting from the global health emergency, threatening the city’s financial stability and essential services.
- On Wednesday, Mayor Madden spoke with News10 about how the City is helping families beat the heat this summer, including neighborhood sprinkler stations, splash pads at various City parks, and preparations to reopen the South Troy Swimming Pool.