City of Troy

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Sparks are beginning to fly as Collar City leaders and the public review Troy Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed 2018 city budget.

Mayor Madden
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, has revealed his 2018 budget plan, which comes in under the state tax cap.

The City of Troy has had its fiscal stress score lowered by the New York State Comptroller’s office after putting in place measures to control costs and boost revenue.

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A project to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s bustling downtown has hit roadblocks once again.

Recent events have brought new attention to police-involved shootings and how they are investigated in New York’s Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the conversation surrounding a recent shooting in Troy.

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Dozens of people including family members and friends of a man shot Tuesday night by Troy police marched to city hall today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the crowd demanded answers as police continue to investigate the incident.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The City of Troy recently replaced a more than century-old water main that ruptured in January of 2016. Before the line was repaired, 8 million gallons spilled into the streets of Lansingburgh, affecting customers in not only Troy but in 9 surrounding communities.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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A more than century-old water line under the streets of Troy that burst in January 2016, setting off a water crisis around the Capital Region, has been replaced.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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NOTE: This post has been updated 7/8/2017

After a controversial plan to turn an abandoned hospital in Troy over to a housing developer failed to clear the city council in June, the city took steps Thursday night to secure the building and borrow money for its demolition.

Troy could be getting a financial boost. Word came this week that the Rensselaer County city would receive funding after several steps to share services and lower costs were approved by the state. Meanwhile, inaction during the state legislative session threatens tax revenues.

Carmella Mantello

Mysterious wooden poles that began springing up around Troy have been traced to a telecommunications copy, which has agreed to remove some of them.

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The City of Troy has launched a new community campaign to develop a master plan for the arts. 

At a packed meeting Wednesday evening at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on River Street, art consultant Todd Bressi gave a presentation on how cites across the country have been able to incorporate public art to build community, revitalize neighborhoods, and bring in development.

Workers in 2016 attend to the broken pipe, preparing to weld new pieces.
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Next week the city of Troy will begin work to replace a water line that burst in January 2016, impacting several nearby communities and rerouting traffic for weeks.

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First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden reflected on his first year in office and was optimistic about the future during his State of the City address last night.

A Capital Region city has been awarded a state grant to restore a historic theater.

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Troy is once again seeking proposals for the site of its former city hall. The downtown location has been vacant for years after previous designs have come up short.

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In October, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden originally proposed a budget carrying a 28.2 percent tax increase to fix long-standing financial issues within the city. The plan shocked residents and city officials, and a months-long fight began.

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

The Troy City Council
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Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The city of Troy has been under severe financial stress, thanks to problems including sewer and water issues, shoddy bookkeeping, and a lack of a long-term comprehensive plan, as outlined in an audit by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last February.  The mayor and Common Council are locked in battle over a 2017 spending plan.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his first budget plan for the city Friday.

Hedley Project (artist's rendering).
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The Troy Industrial Development Agency Board met Friday and approved three projects for the "Hedley District."

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If you live in downtown Troy or are visiting for a bite to eat, chances are you may have difficulty finding parking.

 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, held his first of three public workshops on the 2017 budget process this week.

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There’s been a hole in downtown Troy ever since the old city hall building was knocked down five-and-a-half years ago.

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The Troy Lock and Dam opened in 1916. Laborers who built the Panama Canal were contracted to build the dam designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

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