City of Mechanicville Hearing on Charter – By Harold Wessell

MECHANICVILLE, June 5 – The City Council held the first of several public hearings expected over next few months   to update and make changes to the charter and city code.

The June 5 public hearing was on the charter portion of the project.

Accounts Commissioner Mark Seber pointed out that the Council considered a hearing at the next meeting, but that is July 3. While there will be a meeting as usual at 7PM, it was felt the coming holiday makes it not the best time for a public hearing. The next one accordingly will be at the first meeting in August, then in September and probably October.

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Residential Rehabilitation Program In Search of Contractors

The City of Mechanicville is looking for contractors to participate in a grant program funded by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal known as the HOME program. The program will make grants available to improve owner-occupied properties that serve low and moderate income residents.  As part of the program, the City must maintain a list of qualified contractors in the area.  Contractors on the list will receive bid requests for residential rehabilitation projects from property owners that are participating in the program.

All contractors who are interested in being considered for work related to the HOME grant program must first submit their qualifications. The qualification form can be obtained at City Hall in the Accounts office. Contractors must meet insurance requirements, provide contact information, and provide three references in order to be considered.

Minority and women owned businesses are encouraged to submit their qualifications.

For more information on the City’s new HOME Program, contact Gina Kenyon at City Hall at (518) 664-7303. A detailed summary of eligibility criteria and other requirements of the program is available upon request.


City of Mechanicville Launches New Housing Rehab Program $340,000 in Grants Now Available

MECHANICVILLE - The City of Mechanicville was awarded a HOME grant from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal in December 2012. Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 per residential unit are now available from the City for the purpose of making health and safety, energy efficiency and other critical improvements to both owner-occupied buildings (including one and two family properties).

   The purpose of the HOME program is to increase the availability and quality of affordable housing for low-income families. As such, all residential units rehabilitated using HOME funds must be occupied by families whose annual income does not exceed limits established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for Saratoga County.

Camoin Associates of Saratoga Springs is under contract to administer the program, in partnership with the City. Application materials will be available starting Thursday, May 30th at the City Accounts Office in City Hall, 36 N. Main Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118. Contact Gina Kenyon at the City at 664-7303 for information on how to apply. Applications will not be accepted after June 28th and will be time stamped, so the sooner you are able to submit a complete application the better.

“I am thrilled to be able to offer financial assistance to residential property owners here in the City. This is an important piece of the City’s economic development goals and we are looking forward to getting the program started,” said Mayor Anthony Sylvester.

For more information on the City’s new HOME Program, contact Gina Kenyon at City Hall at (518) 664-7303. A detailed summary of eligibility criteria and other requirements of the program is available upon request.

City Police Taking Strong Stance on Problems at Plaza – By Harold Wessell

MECHANICVILLE, May 1 – City Police will increase patrol of the Park Avenue Plaza, and seek more collaboration with businesses, in the wake of troublesome large group loitering there that can lead to fights, and has.

Chief Joseph Waldron addressing the City Council at its May agenda meeting reported that there has been a rise in such incidents, and the department will be "taking a strong stance against loitering." He said two persons were seriously injured from one fight that developed inside the Plaza.

Another time, officers pulled over “a car with six people, vodka and a 30 pack of Budweiser, and not one person over 20."  One became resistant and injured an officer, he added.

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Where There is Love – By Sandy McBride

With this heartfelt theme, the All Saints on the Hudson Youth Council has once again put on a successful benefit basketball night to raise funds to assist two families in the Mechanicville and Stillwater communities who have been in the fight of their lives.

The love was apparent on Saturday night, April 20 as a near-capacity crowd gathered in the Mechanicville High School gym to cheer on teams from Mechanicville and Stillwater, to purchase tickets on a fantastic array of raffle baskets donated by local businesses, school groups, organizations and families, to enjoy good food and good company, and to show their shoulder to shoulder support for these two families.

Michelle Sorell DePasquale is battling cancer. The wife of John DePasquale and mother of Michalena and Angelia, Michelle is well-known throughout the community, involved for years in not just community events but also in children’s activities with her two young daughters. Michelle is a symbol of courage and commitment.

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Anthony Luciano Retires from City Service – By Harold Wessell

"There's a little error there," quipped Luciano, bringing laughter after Sylvester read and presented the official proclamation: "– 38 years, seven months."

The mayor got out his pen and offered to make the correction on the spot..

"Thirty eight years and seven months," repeated Luciano with a smile. "There isn't much else to say that's left over. I just want to  appreciate you guys coming.... I never knew this was going to happen," he told  officials and a group of friends and relatives... This is probably my fifth retirement party. People ask me ‘How come you don't get another job?'  The reason is, I don't want another retirement party!"

He never knew they were planning it. "I was very surprised. So I'll probably see you all at the End Zone?"

But for that reason, not expecting anything very special, he admitted, "I have to apologize to my wife... I never knew she was supposed to come."  When he first arrived,  someone "asked ‘Where's your wife?' ‘I left her home.' I apologize, honey -- I'll make it up to you!"

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Dominic DePaul Saluted – By Harold Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, April 16 – Saratoga County's monthly recognition of deceased veterans "came home" to Mechanicville on this day. The honoree was World War II veteran Dominick A.  De Paul.

De Paul was born March 27, 1916.  Employed by the D&H RR as a freight handler, With his wife Theresa, now also deceased, he raised two children.

Dominic served in the US Army in World War II from 1941-1944, achieving the rank of Corporal with the 62nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion; and serving in Southern France, Algeria, French Morocco, and Tunisia. He was an instructor, and operator in fire control.

Seriously wounded in August 1944 in battle of St. Lo, France, he was honorably discharged on July 22, 1947 at the Tilton General Hospital, Fort Dix, NJ. Although he recovered from life-threatening injuries after extended hospitalization, the injuries, including a bullet never removed from his hip, plagued him for the rest of his life.

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Esplanade to Revitalize Community – Mechanicville

MECHANICVILLE, NY – Eastview Development and Logistics One are pleased to announce the construction of a 339-unit riverfront housing complex that will transform the existing real estate market in Mechanicville and Stillwater and serve as a thriving new pillar of the community.

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Cobb Speaks at Mechanicville Highschool – by Sandy McBride

So said former pro football player Michael Cobb speaking to students in Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School last week.  Mr. Cobb talked to the boys and girls about goals, dreams, success, love, communication, commitment, dedication and making good choices.  The imposing but personable 6 foot 5 inch athlete wandered through the auditorium as the classes came in, talking with many of the kids as they took their seats.

After being introduced to the students by high school principal Kevin Kolakowski, Mr. Cobb.  took the stage to begin his remarks.  He asked the boys and girls how many of them had hugged their parents that morning before they left for school?

“Stop and take the time,” he said, “it only takes a few seconds to tell someone you love them.”

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