May­ors share ex­pe­ri­ences of run­ning mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

SCHODACK, N.Y. » May­ors from Rens­se­laer and Al­bany coun­ties Thurs­day dis­cussed the chal­lenges and the ex­cit­ing as­pects of run­ning a mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Rens­se­laer County Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce brought together Troy Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den, Co­hoes Mayor Shawn Morse, Vil­lage of Green Is­land Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and Hoosick Falls Mayor Robert Allen to sit on a panel for the an­nual Meet the May­ors Break­fast at the Com­fort Inn & Suites. Rens­se­laer Mayor Daniel Dwyer and Water­vliet Mayor Michael Man­ning were in­vited but were un­able to at­tend the event. The dis­cus­sion was mod­er­ated by John Craig, a news reporter for WNYTTV

he lo­cal lead­ers cov­ered top­ics rang­ing from up­dates of things go­ing on in each of their re­spec­tive cities and vil­lages, eco­nomic ini­tia­tives and col­lab­o­ra­tions with neigh­bor­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to in­fra­struc­ture needs.

Since be­ing elected in 2017, Allen has had to deal with on­go­ing PFOA wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion is­sues, but he said that his com­mu­nity is way more than that and that they have been work­ing dili­gently to over­come that ob­sta­cle.

“I think Hoosick Falls is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity and a great place to live,” Allen said. “The one thing I think that is the most

one thing I think that is the most chal­leng­ing for us, be­sides the stan­dard mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sues that ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity faces, is the per­cep­tion of Hoosick Falls, we are over a year into our wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tem and we still have peo­ple not sure if our wa­ter sys­tem is safe and drink­able and it has been for over a year. My goal and my job right now as mayor with the great vil­lage board of trustees, is to make sure as we get things re­solved that all the pieces are in place. Hoosick Falls is a tight knit and ac­cept- ing com­mu­nity, there are many new busi­nesses tak­ing a chance and open­ing their doors and we are ex­cited to have them.”

Dur­ing Mad­den’s up­date he said, “Troy is great and I think ev­ery­body here knows that,” while also men­tion­ing some up­com­ing events this sum­mer in the city.

Mad­den said how River­fest will take place this Satur­day in down­town Troy on River Street and how the city’s sum­mer con­cert se­ries Rockin’ on the River started last week as well. Mad­den also men­tioned how The Great Race will be com­ing to Troy on June 24, where more than 100 vin­tage cars will pass through the city.

“There are a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on in Troy that are very fam­ily- friendly and we have some­thing for ev­ery taste,” Mad­den said.

The two Al­bany County may­ors -- Morse and McNulty- Ryan -- also gave brief up­dates about things go­ing on in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“We do have a lot of things go­ing on in Green Is­land, but one of the most ex­cit­ing projects we’ve had in my ca­reer and prob­a­bly in Green Is­land’s his­tory is Star­buck Is­land on Cen­ter Is­land,” McNulty-Ryan said. “Peter Luizzi, who’s a de­vel­oper, came to us and wanted to put 268 res­i­den­tial units and a com­mer­cial ven­ture over there. It’s a $60 mil­lion project on our lit­tle Green Is­land and we’re very, very ex­cited about it.”

Morse said he tells ev­ery­body “Co­hoes is alive and well,” and he be­lieves that Co­hoes is the place to be since it was re­cently la­beled as the fastest grow­ing city in the state.

“We are see­ing some of the great­est trans­for­ma­tions in the city’s his­tory from both ends of the spec­trum, whether it’s the $70 mil­lion of de­vel­op­ment that we’ve seen over the last 18 months or the big­gest fire that we seen in the his­tory of the city, we have seen trans­for­ma­tion hap­pen­ing in Co­hoes,” Morse said. “The city of Co­hoes is com­ing to life with six new res­tau­rants, arts, and cul- ture lo­ca­tions, down­town is now a des­ti­na­tion and the place to be.”

The may­ors also spoke about the chal­lenges of deal­ing with old in­fra­struc­ture and they all be­lieve that more state and fed­eral fund­ing is needed to help the problem that many Cap­i­tal Re­gion com­mu­ni­ties face each year.

Morse said that his com­mu­nity dealt with roughly 30 wa­ter main breaks this past win­ter and that they are now look­ing at new ways to at­tempt to stop the problem from hap­pen­ing again.

“It’s been a chal­lenge and I think it’s not only a chal­lenge for Co­hoes or any­body on this panel, I think it’s a chal­lenge in the whole great Up­state New York and any place where it gets cold,” Morse said. “What we de­cided to do was we in­vested in a cam­era that can see some of our pipes un­der­ground, we put together a five year plan that say’s we’re go­ing to do th­ese streets and be­fore we do them we’re go­ing to run our cam­era through all of the un­der­ground pip­ing that we can and any­thing that is bro­ken we’re go­ing to dig up and fix.”

“We all have in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems,” added Mad­den. “Our fo­cus is on the ca­pac­ity to re­pair quickly with min­i­mal in­ter­rup­tion and to be equipped, trained and ready to go.”

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO -NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Four lo­cal may­ors came together Thurs­day morn­ing for the Rens­se­laer County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s an­nual Meet the May­ors break­fast panel dis­cus­sion. Shown from left are Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen, Troy Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den, Green Is­land Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and Co­hoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO -- NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

John Craig, a news reporter for WNYT-TV, in­tro­duces the four may­ors par­tic­i­pat­ing in Thurs­day’s an­nual Meet the May­ors break­fast panel dis­cus­sion hosted by the Rens­se­laer County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO -- NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Rens­se­laer County Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Kate Man­ley wel­comes ev­ery­one to its an­nual Meet the May­ors break­fast panel dis­cus­sion in Schodack Thurs­day morn­ing.

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