Series Kicked Off Tuesday Night With Lansingburgh Neighborhood Association
TROY, N.Y. (03/09/22) — The Troy Now Initiative is hosting a series of public engagement sessions this month about how the City of Troy intends to invest $42 million in federal emergency stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The purpose of the American Rescue Plan Act is to support cities in their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Mayor Patrick Madden will begin these sessions with an overview of the specific projects that have been earmarked and authorized by the City Council and the Administration, such as the Knickerbacker Pool, Taylor Apartments and North Central Community Center. The engagement sessions will elaborate on the types of projects the City is seeking to fund and how members of the public can submit proposals and suggestions.
Each meeting will conclude with a Question and Answer session.
The meetings will occur throughout Troy on weeknights, with one daytime session scheduled to be in-person and simulcast via Zoom. Some meetings are co-hosted by neighborhood groups, though all residents are welcome.
The ARPA Steering Committee is presently composed of Mayor Patrick Madden, Acting Deputy Mayor Christopher Nolin, City Council President Carmella Mantello, Council Member Sue Steele, and City Comptroller Andrew Piotrowski.
The first meeting of the series was held Tuesday night at the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club at the invitation of the Lansingburgh Neighborhood Association. About 40 residents attended.
“Through these public engagement sessions, we invite residents and interested parties to learn more about the Troy Now Initiative and the plans and projects that are part of this immense opportunity,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “Investments from use of these ARPA funds will critically support parks, business development and youth programming. Some projects, like the Knickerbacker Pool, have already been selected to receive funding based on well-established need and community input. The public is invited to submit proposals and ideas for self-sustaining projects that would benefit their neighborhoods long-term.”
City Council President Carmella Mantello said, “Our people and our neighborhoods make our city great and are the heart of our city. That is why it is so important to ensure that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding is driven by our residents. This funding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and my number one priority is to see these funds build healthier and sustainable neighborhoods, and a stronger city.”
“Hearing the priorities of residents and neighborhoods is critical to the city’s decision-making process on the ARPA funds. These public engagement sessions are an opportunity for our residents to learn more about the City’s strategy to lay the foundation for a lasting recovery,” said City Council Member Sue Steele.
Schedule for upcoming Troy Now Initiative Public Engagement Sessions:
Friday, March 11 | 10:30 AM *
Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Use 333 Broadway Entrance
In-Person: Proof of vaccination or mask required
Zoom: Register via eventbrite
Monday, March 21 | 5 PM
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th Street
Tuesday, March 22 | 6:30 PM
Eastside Neighborhood Group Meeting
Hope 7 Center
596 Pawling Avenue
Monday, March 28 | 6:30 PM
Fallon Rainbow Center
Arnold E. Fallon Apartments
847 River Street
Tuesday, March 29 | 6 PM
2 Polk Street
Wednesday, March 30 | 6 PM
Brown’s Revolution Hall
425 River Street
*The March 11 daytime session at Tech Valley Center of Gravity will require proof of vaccination or masks to be worn. This meeting will be simulcast live on Zoom, with a recording published afterwards. For information on how to join, visit: https://www.troynow.org/schedule .
For more information about the Troy Now Initiative, visit troynow.org or follow @TroyNowNY on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.