From the Desk of the Mayor
October 18, 2019
Residents and neighbors,
The sounds of progress can be heard everywhere in Troy. Whether it’s renovations atop the Hedley Building, repairs to our downtown seawall, construction of new housing and commercial space in North Central and the northern edge of downtown, or the countless new businesses opening their doors across our community, it’s an exciting time to be in Troy.
Private and public investment is driving Troy’s rebirth as a thriving community along the Hudson River. Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to tour the new wedding & event venue – Loft 433 – currently under construction in the Hedley Building. This project is part of First Columbia’s major investment, including a new hotel, food hall, and additional commercial business expansion in Troy. Nearby, the 444 River Lofts are under construction, additional housing and commercial space on Kings Street, and ongoing renovations at 701 River Street in North Central.
On Friday, October 4th, Troy celebrated National Manufacturing Day, a program that seeks to educate young people on possible career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. First, I stopped by the Tech Valley Center of Gravity to meet with local middle and high school students during a visit to TVCOG’s downtown work space. It was an opportunity to highlight how Troy’s industrial history connects to today’s rapidly-evolving tech economy, and how TVCOG is offering young people opportunities to explore skills in emerging technical fields.
Later, I was joined by Congressman Paul Tonko for a visit to Troy-based manufacturing companies MMC Millwork and Troy Cabinetmakers located on Industrial Park Road. The visits were an inside look at the highly-specialized and custom work used in commercial construction and home renovations. I thank the Greco family and everyone at MMC Millwork, and John DeCurtis and his team at Troy Cabinetmakers for opening their doors during MFG Day.
On weekends, I often attend and volunteer at important community events. Last Sunday, it was the 14th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, an event that helps support food programs in our city. This is something my wife Amy and I look forward to each year. There was a huge show of support from the community for this annual gathering which includes dozens of local restaurants providing delicious soup, chili, and chowders to hungry attendees.
After several hours washing dishes and assisting event organizers, I took an opportunity to thank the various restaurants and volunteers who make this event possible. Volunteering is a great way to spend time with friends and neighbors while making a small but meaningful contribution to your neighborhood or community, and I’m looking forward to next year.
Earlier this month, I announced the City is seeking candidates to serve on Troy’s Police Objective Review Committee. Public participation is essential to the success of this committee, and I encourage Troy residents interested in serving to submit their name and qualifications for consideration. A steering committee of representatives from public safety, the NAACP, and City Council will assist in reviewing candidates and make recommendations for appointment. Deadline to submit is Friday, November 15th.
Last week, the City’s Proposed 2020 Budget was released, our fourth consecutive balanced spending plan for the Collar City. The proposed budget includes a 3.4% increase which is under the state-mandated tax cap, maintains necessary staffing, adds employees and investments in Parks & Recreation and Code Enforcement, and purchases new turnout gear for the Troy Fire Department.
What does that mean for you? An average single-family homeowner with a home assessed at $150,000 will see a combined increase of approximately $6.50 per month (includes taxes and solid waste management fee).
Want to learn more about the proposed 2020 budget? Download our budget fact-sheet which illustrates how the City is making your tax dollars work for you. More information is available at www.troyny.gov/budget
One of my favorite events of the year is the annual “Meet the Mayors” luncheon, sponsored by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Infrastructure, business growth, financial challenges, and public safety were part of a wide-ranging discussion between Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Watervliet Mayor Michael Manning, and myself, moderated by WNYT’s John Craig. Thank you to Chamber President Kate Manley and attendees from the local business community who participated and posed questions during the event.
It’s hard to believe, but the 72nd Troy Turkey Trot is just around the corner! One of Troy’s signature holiday events brings thousands of runners and spectators to historic Troy for the region’s largest Thanksgiving road race. This week, I participated in a special video shoot to help promote the Trot with event organizers and sponsors. Registration is open now at www.troyturkeytrot.com
We closed out this week with a ribbon cutting for Britches of Troy, a men’s clothing store located in the Rice Building in historic downtown Troy. Small business owners like Marcus Golston are a big part of what makes Troy such a special place. With the support of organizations like the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and other economic development groups, Troy has become one of the best places to do business in the Capital Region.
We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.