May 16, 2018
Friends and Residents,
May has always been a busy month in Troy and this year is no different. The warm weather has officially returned, and the weekly Farmers’ Market has relocated to its outdoor location on River Street bringing with it thousands of visitors to support our home grown businesses.
The spring season brings even more good news to our community. On Monday, we welcomed U.S. Senator Schumer to the Collar City to celebrate the start of essential infrastructure project: the revitalization of our seawall. Many of us remember the impact of Hurricane Irene in 2011 when the Hudson River, one of Troy’s most defining natural features, surged over the seawall, flooding local businesses and battering the Troy docks and marina. The planned structural upgrades and improvements as part of the seawall stabilization project will enhance the resiliency of 3,500 linear feet of shoreline, providing protection for vital sewer infrastructure assets and local businesses while laying a new foundation for a stronger future for our waterfront. We express our sincere thanks to Senator Schumer and our federal, state & local partners for their assistance and support as we move this significant project forward.
Last year, the City of Troy lost one of our most distinguished and outspoken advocates with the death of Mary Jane Smith, founder and former executive director of Unity House. Mary Jane was a tireless advocate for those in need. This week, I participated in a special luncheon recognizing the life and contributions of Mary Jane and her work to help empower countless people in Troy and Rensselaer County, and the Capital Region. From her early career as an educator, through her time building and leading Unity House, to her continued volunteer work with organizations throughout our community and state, Mary Jane demonstrated her selflessness and dedication to the causes she believed in. Her commitment to the serving others sets an example for all of us and is illustrative of what makes Troy such a great community.
Our ongoing schedule of small business visits continued this month with stops at HJM Precision – a design, manufacture and supply company of precision measurement instruments located in Troy’s historic Lansingburgh neighborhood – and Aquilonia Comics, an independently-owned retailer of new and used comics, graphic novels, table top board games and more located in Troy’s downtown business district. Both businesses have enjoyed success and prosperity over several decades based on their commitment to quality and customer service. We are proud to have them as part of our diverse business ecosystem that makes Troy so unique and an attraction to so many out of town visitors.
Tonight (May 16) at 6:00 p.m. at the Troy Innovation Garage (24 4th Street) we will be hosting a public forum to gather thoughts and ideas for our DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) application to the State. Each year, the DRI invests $10 million in each of 10 selected communities across the state. Funds are directed to cities that are ripe for development and poised to transform themselves into vibrant communities where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work and raise families. In 2018, the initiative will again support a community planning process where each community develops the key ingredients needed for successful downtown revitalization.
I encourage everyone to attend Wednesday night’s meeting to participate in and learn more about the City’s 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) proposal. The 2018 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources is accessible at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov
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 you 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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