Mayor’s Newsletter – September 13

From the Desk of the Mayor

Mayor Madden is seated while talking on a telephone. Text reads "Desk of the Mayor" and ""

September 13, 2019

Friends and Residents,

One of my favorite parts of serving as mayor of Troy is attending the wide variety of community events, activities, and ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout Troy. These are great opportunities to recognize the accomplishments of residents, neighbors and business owners who help make Troy such a special place to be.

Last month, Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski attended the grand opening of Berben & Wolff’s, a plant-based delicatessen and comfort food spot at 156 Fourth Street in downtown Troy. It’s the second Capital Region location for owners Joey Berben and Max Wolff. It’s another sign of continued growth in Troy, and we are thrilled to share in their success.

Commissioner of Planning Steven Strichman and Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski present owners Joey Berben and Max Wolff with a certificate during the grand opening of Berben and Wolff's Vegan Deli

The rich history of Troy was on display for the dedication of “Herman Melville Way” in Lansingburgh. I was honored to stand with the Lansingburgh Historical Society, Rensselaer County Historical Society, and representatives from the City Council and County Legislature to honor former Troy/Lansingburgh resident Herman Melville. An honorary street sign was unveiled during a special ceremony at Melville’s former home at 1 114th Street dedicating a portion of 114th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue coinciding with what would have been the famous author, poet, and storyteller’s 200th birthday.

Mayor Patrick Madden poses with members of the Lansingburgh Historical Society during the dedication of Herman Melville Way.

On Wednesday, the Troy community came together at the 9/11 Memorial Park in Lansingburgh in remembrance of the events of September 11th, 2001, and the lives lost in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The ceremony was a moment of quiet reflection to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001, and how the community came together to support those impacted. I commend Police Chief Owens, Fire Chief McMahon, and the officers and firefighters who helped organize this important event.

Police Chief Brian Owens speaks standing behind a podium during an outdoor ceremony at the City of Troy's 9/11 Memorial Park in Lansingburgh.

Every September, I’ve made a routine of donating blood during RPI’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Blood Drive. This year, I was joined by Chiefs McMahon and Owens to encourage residents to schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets, or plasma. This small gift can be critical to a patient in need! All blood types are needed; schedule a donation at

Fire Chief Eric McMahon, Mayor Patrick Madden, and Police Chief Brian Owens pose for a photo during Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's annual September 11th blood drive. Chief Owens is seated, and Chief Owens and Mayor Madden are standing.

On Thursday, I was pleased to welcome roi Office Interiors to the Collar City during their grand opening in the historic Frear Building in downtown Troy. The event, organized by the Capital Region Chamber, was attended by Assemblyman John McDonald and the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District to mark the grand opening of the commercial furniture retailer’s 2,600 square foot showroom, recently relocated from Latham to the Collar City. Congratulations and thank you to owner Rob Angelicola and his staff for their investment in our community.

A large group of people standing in front of a large window that says "roi Office Interiors" while holding a green ribbon. The ribbon has been cut and is beginning to fall to the ground.

Later that evening, the Veterans of Lansingburgh and the City of Troy celebrated one of the Collar City’s most famous native sons, “Uncle Sam” Wilson, during the 61st anniversary of the Uncle Sam Graveside Ceremony in Oakwood Cemetery. We are proud of our City’s rich history and those who directly contributing to the growth of our country. Thursday’s ceremony was a testament to the legacy of Uncle Sam and his impact on the American experience.

Peter Goebel, Director of Rensselaer County Veterans Services, Assemblyman Jake Ashby, Fred Polnish (Uncle Sam), Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer County Historian Kathy Sheehan, and Mayor Patrick Madden pose for a photo in Oakwood Cemetery. Several gravestones are visible in the background.

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We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.


Patrick Madden