NYS Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

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Congressman Paul Tonko speaks during recent press conference at Russell Sage College

Russell Sage College to Host First Ever New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. to announce the  first-ever New York State Revitalization Conference.

Dr. Scrimshaw will be joined by Congressman Paul Tonko, Capital District Regional Representative to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Mark Streb, Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Cohoes Mayor John McDonald, and Rocco DeFazio, local business owner and conference organizer and City Council members and community leaders.

The press conference will be held on the Russell Sage Troy Campus in the Buchman Pavilion, located between 1st and 2nd Streets on the Ferry Street Plaza.

[Hansen]Troy Mayor Lou Rosimilia speaks about the importance of maintaining vibrant local communities 

According to President Scrimshaw, "We all recognize the importance –and the urgency – of building robust, dynamic neighborhoods.   In September, all of us will convene here as we begin the collaboration and commitment necessary to ensure that our neighborhoods continue to grow and attract new residents, new businesses and new opportunities for all who live, work or visit New York State communities." 

The Troy Neighborhood Action Council (TNAC), a consortium of community organizations dedicated to neighborhood improvement, will host the first ever New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference on September 21 and 22, 2012 at Russell Sage College in the City of Troy.  This conference will convene hundreds of individuals, neighborhood associations, local governments, businesses, academic institutions, and elected leaders from across New York State to tackle a critical issue; how to build and sustain healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. New York’s neighborhoods can be a strong foundation for economic revitalization, contributing not only to our quality of life, but to the bottom lines of businesses large and small. 

Invited dignitaries include U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Paul D. Tonko and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy as well as mayors from across the state.  Noted sociologist, author and speaker James Kunstler, will offer the Friday evening address.  Our Saturday morning keynote is Alan Mallach, of the Brookings Institute. Mr. Mallach is an advocate and scholar in the fields of housing, planning and community development. Wade Beltramo, General Counsel or NYCOM has agreed to present as well. The afternoon is devoted to workshops, presentations and poster sessions presented by a host of groups, individuals and municipalities.

This should prove to be an excellent forum to celebrate successes, develop strategies for increasing neighborhood initiatives and learn about funding opportunities for community projects. With the knowledge gained at the Conference, community leaders can build on local assets – their heritage, culture, people and businesses – to create places where people want to live, work, and visit.

Should you feel that you are able to contribute to the conference in any way, we would be eager to work with you on this unique endeavor. We look forward to partnering with you to make our neighborhoods a solid foundation upon which thriving cities are built.  If you have questions or require additional information, please email the planning committee at conference@nyneighborhoods.org or call the Co-Chairs at their numbers below.

Rocco DeFazio, Chair 518 274-8866
Kathleen Cassidy, Co-Chair, 518-469-8907

Details at: http://nyneighborhoods.org