Annual chance to Meet the Mayors

June 14, 2018 06:12 PM

SCHODACK – Besides the bacon and eggs, topics were on the table at the annual "Meet the Mayors Breakfast" with the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce. The leaders of Troy, Cohoes, Hoosick Falls and Green Island talked about "Mom and Pop vs. Big Box" businesses; social media; infrastructure and public safety.

"We're less than a square mile and we're almost full so we've got to make the best use of what we have," said Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Mayor of Green Island. She has been leading her town since 2003. "We're a very small community, we work very closely with any business that wants to come and we've maintained the relationships with them."

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Hoosick Falls has the highest profile water issues that Mayor Rob Allen is trying to shake. He met last month with the EPA in Washington, D.C. and says with one year under his belt, he's more comfortable.

"I'm glad to continue to be pushing that and I'm glad the state and the federal government have been responding to more opportunities for water and infrastructure but that's just a small part," Allen said. "We still need even more than what we have now."

Troy believes its blend of different neighborhoods and new businesses is a winner.

"They're not mom and pop businesses because these guys aren't old enough to be mom and pops yet," joked Mayor Patrick Madden. "It's young, dynamic people, creative people creating these businesses."


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