June 6, 2018
Friends and Residents,
Today marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the date on which Allied forces began their invasion of Normandy in German-occupied northern France during World War II. Over 155,000 troops from America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and French forces participated in the initial invasion across a 50 mile stretch of coastline aimed to break the Nazi’s stranglehold on much of Europe. The operation – the largest maritime invasion on record – was a decisive turning point for the Allies and changed the course of human history. However, this hard-fought victory did not come without a cost with over 10,000 Allied casualties including 4,414 lives lost during the assault.
The anniversary of this tremendous display of bravery and sacrifice appropriately falls shortly after Memorial Day. Each year, we gather recognize the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country during the annual Veterans of Lansingburgh Memorial Day parade. This celebration honors their tremendous contributions to protecting the values, principles and freedoms enshrined in our constitution upon which our country was founded. This Memorial Day, the Troy community made special recognition of one of our own native sons Specialist 4th Class Peter M. Guenette. At the young age of 20, Guenette made the instantaneous decision to sacrifice his own life to save his fellow soldiers.
The actions of Peter Guenette and the thousands of brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy serve not only as a reminder of the human cost of military service but also the values of those who step forward to serve. Let us endeavor to make every day a reminder of our fallen veterans and their courageous service to our community, state, and nation.
Summer is nearly here, bringing with it an array of special events and entertainment for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors from across the Capital Region. This season features over 40 special events – including dozens of musical performances, signature food festivals, and sporting events – providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy Troy all summer long. Wednesday also marks the start of 2018’s Rockin’ on the River concert series held in William D. Chamberlain Riverfront Park, presented by the Downtown Troy BID. However you plan to enjoy Troy this summer – from craft beer to baseball, classic cars to classical music, barbecue, boutiques, shops and much more – I encourage you to explore our Uncle Sam Trail extension which is nearing completion later this month!
Get involved with some worthwhile community projects this weekend, including the cleanup of the Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail in Troy’s historic Prospect Park. Named after Garnet Douglass, a distinguished civil engineer & designer of the Park and first African-American graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1881, the long-defunct walking trail was successfully restored in 2017 to directly connect the peak of Prospect Park to the Little Italy and South Troy neighborhoods. Join the Friends of Prospect Park and the National Parks Services Rivers and Trails program and lend a hand to keep this vital recreational asset beautiful for the enjoyment of our community.
Last month, I was pleased to join Congressman Tonko during his visit to The Cookie Factory’s commercial bakery and distribution facility here in the Collar City. The company produces over 72,000 cookies each day at their 11,000 sf headquarters on River Street. It’s always a thrill to visit with local entrepreneurs and business owners like Cookie Factory owners Chris and Joe Alberino who are creating local jobs in our community and investing in the continued growth and prosperity of our City.
Finally, a friendly reminder to watch for City crews conducting annual street paving and maintenance work in neighborhoods across Troy. Your cooperation will allow this year’s important municipal improvement projects without interruption and keep work zones safe to ensure a smooth transition into the summer season.
As always, please remember to report neighborhood issues to Code Enforcement and Public Works, including potholes, illegally dumped items, and unsecured vacant buildings. You serve as our community’s eyes and ears, and we encourage the public to contact us regarding important issues on your block.
We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.
Mayor, City of Troy
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