Pasta and politics join for bipartisan Troy tradition

November 05, 2018 06:52 PM

TROY - Republicans and Democrats came together Monday night for a tradition in Troy going back more than 50 years. It's a dinner that's always held the night before Election Day.

They were serving politics with a side of meatballs at the Italian Community Center.

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This is a tradition that goes back more than 50 years. Every year, on the day before Election Day, people get together for a spaghetti dinner.

The tradition started at St. Mary's decades ago. The idea was to give candidates a place to meet and greet voters. If you hang out long enough, you'll get to see some very familiar faces. Candidates, especially, make it a point to stop by.

Two people vying for Rensselaer County district attorney were there on their last day of campaigning. Republican Joel Abelove says the race comes down to experience. Democrat Mary Pat Donnelly touched on her concerns about how cases and the district attorney's office are being run right now.

Even in the most contentious races, people bond over pasta, which is dished up by 30 very hard-working volunteers.

The dinner includes 130 pounds of spaghetti and 800 meatballs. They were expecting to serve 400 dinners.

This all raises money for a scholarship, three Troy food banks and the soup kitchen at the Italian Community Center.


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