Winter is Coming
Dear residents and neighbors,
While colder temperatures are already here, winter will officially arrive in a few weeks. Take some time this month to weatherize your home to keep the cold out and the heat in! Don’t forget to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, who may need assistance. Take a moment to review the City’s Snow Emergency procedures to be prepared for future snowstorms.
We’re continuing to see record numbers of COVID-19 infections in Troy and Rensselaer County. The cold weather is keeping more of us indoors, which can increase the possibility of transmitting the virus between individuals. Please continue to wear a mask, physical distance, wash your hands, and avoid gatherings. These simple steps can protect your health, and the health of your family, friends, and neighbors.
It’s also important that Troy residents respond to contact tracers. County Department of Health staff are working hard to track infections in our communities. This is critical work that can only be successful with cooperation from the public. If you’re contacted, please answer their questions truthfully. Your answers can help save lives.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support our independent businesses, restaurants, shops, and breweries. Many continue to struggle due to coronavirus. If you can afford to, please join me in shopping local this holiday season; your purchases help keep the doors of local businesses open.
As always, let us know how we’re doing.
Stay safe, and take care of each other.
Mayor Patrick Madden
News for your Neighborhood
- We <3 ValleyCats Baseball. Last month, Mayor Madden wrote to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in support of the Tri-City ValleyCats to maintain their affiliation with MLB. The letter highlighted the team’s importance to Troy and how the ValleyCats contribute to the Capital Region economy and communities. Read the full letter here.
- The 2020 Troy Christmas Tree is shining bright in Monument Square. Located at the intersection of River Street and 2nd Street, residents and visitors can view this year’s tree throughout December when visiting downtown Troy to support our local businesses and restaurants. Watch a video from the tree lighting ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.
- This year’s tree was donated by the McCann family in memory of their daughter Kelly. The approximately 50-ft Colorado Blue Spruce will be on display in Monument Square as “Kelly’s Tree” throughout the holiday season. Watch a video of the tree’s journey from the Hillside Heights neighborhood to downtown Troy.
- 2020 Victorian Stroll Season officially kicked off last Sunday. Come explore Troy through December 20, during this special Troy Victorian Stroll event. Shop and dine local as you ring in the holiday season! Visit www.victorianstroll.com for more info.
- The 2020 Virtual Turkey Trot was a big success! This year’s event was a little different due to COVID-19, but runners helped raise a record $18,500 to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House & Shelter. Watch a replay of a special Thanksgiving broadcast from the Frear Building in downtown Troy.
- The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market moves to new indoor location! This winter, the market will operate in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood at the former Price Chopper, 865 2nd Avenue, Troy NY 12182. More info here.
- Give blood this December to help save lives. The Troy Police Department will sponsor a blood drive with the American Red Cross at the Hedley Building (433 River Street, Troy) on Tuesday, December 15th, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment.
- Be prepared during a Snow Emergency this winter. During a declared Snow Emergency, parking restrictions will be in effect for designated city streets to allow snow plow vehicles to clear roadways quickly and efficiently. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use public lots and garages for overnight parking. To read more about public parking restrictions, or to view a map of available parking locations, please read the City’s Snow Emergency Plan.
- Get connected with City Hall on YouTube! The Collar City has an official YouTube channel to share exciting video updates on what’s happening in our community. We’re almost at 300 subscribers; sign up for updates here.
- If you or someone you know has an expired driver license, time is running out to renew. Almost anyone whose license expired or will expire March through December can renew online and submit their vision test up to one year later. More info from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website.