TROY, NY (January 14, 2022) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will dedicate a section of Hill Street to the memory of Michael A. Esposito, beloved resident, historian, and neighborhood leader in Troy’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Hill Street between Liberty and Washington Streets will be dedicated as “Esposito Way” in recognition of Mr. Esposito’s life and contributions to the City of Troy. A resolution has been transmitted to the City Council for their consideration and approval of the street dedication.
Mayor Madden said, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Esposito last December, a tireless, selfless neighbor and community leader for the Little Italy neighborhood. Mike cared greatly for his city, and his work with the Little Italy Quality of Life Committee left an indelible mark on the people & neighborhoods he loved. The dedication of Hill Street in his name is a meaningful token of our appreciation of Mike’s efforts to preserve Troy’s rich and vibrant history.”
Michael Esposito’s niece Gina Gorman said, “My uncle was a great man that loved everything about Troy, especially Little Italy and the Market Place. Dedication of Hill Street to his memory is a wonderful tribute to him and his passion for the neighborhood.”
Hill Street holds significance as the location of the Little Italy Market Place, a public space which Mike was incredibly passionate about improving and preserving for the enjoyment of future generations.
About Michael Esposito:
Michael Esposito was born in Troy in 1939 to parents Michael and Antoinette Esposito. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, the State University at Albany, and The Sage Colleges, Michael served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked in the New York State Library and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Library, and was the author of several books including ‘Troy’s Little Italy; Images of America and ‘Troy’s Little Italy Revisited’.
Michael was very involved in the Troy community and his neighborhood throughout his life. He was an original member of the Little Italy Committee, and most recently served as co-facilitator of the Little Italy Quality of Life Committee. He edited and published the Little Italy newspaper, and was a strong proponent of the historic Little Italy Market Place. He passed away on December 10, 2021 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
John Salka, Communications Director
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