The Erastus Corning 2nd Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation Are Now Open!

The awards are named in honor of the Commission’s first Chairman, Erastus Corning 2nd, Mayor of the City of Albany from 1942-1983. Download Awards Program Guidelines and Nomination Materials Here.

The deadline to apply for an award is 4pm, Thursday August 19, 2022. This program is made possible by generous support from our underwriter, Hodgson Russ, LLP.

AWARDS CATEGORIES:
The program will recognize individuals, organizations or projects that have contributed to or demonstrate excellence in intermunicipal collaboration related to the following categories:
1. Planning and Economic Development
2. Water Quality
3. Equity or Environmental Justice
4. Community and Regional Sustainability
5. Innovation and Technology

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: 

  • Individual(s)
  • Volunteers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational Institutions and School Districts
  • Local, State, Federal or Agencies located in The Capital District counties of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, or Rensselaer

GENERAL ELIGIBILTIY GUIDELINES:

  • The nominated effort must have taken place within the past five (5) years;
  • The nominated effort or individual must have dealt with planning, implementation or public services
  • The nominated effort or individual must have involved at least two local jurisdictions or entities (i.e. nonprofits, school districts, fire districts, committees, partnerships) within the four-county region

APPLICATION FORMAT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Complete the application here or follow this link http://bit.ly/CDRPC2020Awards and be sure to submit all necessary documents to the Dropbox link provided at the bottom of the Google Form.
  • Call CDRPC at (518) 453-0850 after completing your submission to ensure it was received.
  • If an applicant would like to submit multiple projects for consideration, a separate application must be submitted for each project.

GENERAL EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Applications are subject to an eligibility review conducted by CDRPC staff. Applications are also evaluated by an awards committee whose members representing academia, government, citizen and professional organizations. The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the following criteria. However, due to the various types of projects/programs in applications, some criteria may not apply.

  • The project has achieved significant and measurable benefits, efficiency or cost savings
  • The project involves creative partnerships.
  • The project demonstrates innovation or introduces new approaches to overcoming challenges or maximizing opportunities.
  • The project demonstrates community involvement and support.
  • The project builds and/or supports equity or environmental justice.
  • Nominations of individuals under any category must demonstrate their significant contribution to advancing intermunicipal partnerships

CATEGORY EVALUATION GUIDELINES:

  1. Planning and Economic Development: This category recognizes planning and economic development projects which include an intermunicipal or interagency partnership element. The intermunicipal element should include two or more municipalities.  Projects may be related to but are not limited to community and intermunicipal planning, business retention and expansion, marketing and promotion, real estate development, tourism, and trade.
  2. Water Quality: This category recognizes initiatives and creative partnerships that improve and protect local and regional water quality. Nominated projects or initiatives should result in measurable environmental or social benefits.
  3. Equity or Environmental Justice – This category recognizes planning practices and programs which meet the needs of underserved communities which can include environmental protection and sustainability ideals. This would include projects which are innovative while prioritizing goals which foster healthy and vibrant communities for all individuals.
  4. Community and Regional Sustainability: This category recognizes initiatives, projects, organizations that have used intermunicipal partnership to advance community and regional sustainability. Projects may include but are not limited to planning, policy, energy efficiency projects/initiatives, adaptation and mitigation to address climate change, community design and connectivity, food systems planning.
  5. Innovation and Technology: This category recognizes initiatives, projects, organizations that have implemented cutting edge or new ways of technology to deliver planning products, programs or to involve the public. Projects may include but are not limited to engaging the public, data, mapping, project illustration or presentation, management of internal operations or public facing products such as permit issuances. Successful applications will demonstrate use of a new technology, or an adaptation of a technology, has an impactful result of the delivery of plans or municipal programs.

SUBMISSON GUIDELINES:

Please submit the online form and along with a narrative explaining how the nominee meets the awards criteria and significantly contributed to the advancement of intermunicipal and interagency cooperation as it relates to the award category.

Deadline for submission is 4pm, Thursday August 19, 2022. Awardees will be notified by August 31, 2022.

Download Awards Program Guidelines and Nomination Materials Here.

Mayor Erastus Corning, 2nd (fifth from right) attends a CDRPC meeting in the mid1970s

 

2021 Erastus Corning 2nd Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation

We are proud to announce the following individuals have been selected:

For Their Significant Contribution to the Development of a Pre-Registration System for Covid-19 Vaccination and Community Vaccination Clinics

Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County Executive
Kathy Sheehan, City of Albany Mayor
Dr. Jacob Reider, Alliance for Better Heath

And Partners
Helgerson Solutions Group, Capital Region Vaccine Network, City of Cohoes, City of Watervliet, Mohawk Ambulance, Guilderland EMS, Colonie EMS, Marra’s Pharmacy, Albany Housing Authority, Watervliet Housing Authority, Cohoes Housing Authority, Metro Baptist Church, Town of Knox, Damien Center, Care Design New York, Albany Public Library, Watervliet Senior Center, Capital District Latinos, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Guilderland School District and the North and South Colonie School Districts.

For Their Significant Contribution to the Construction of the Town of Colonie and City of Albany Emergency Water Interconnection

Kathy Sheehan, City of Albany Mayor
Paula Mahan, Town of Colonie Supervisor
Joseph E. Coffey, Jr. PE., Albany Water Department Commissioner
William Simcoe PE, Albany Water Department Deputy Commissioner
John Cunningham, Town of Colonie Commissioner of Public Works
John Fraser, PE., Town of Colonie Superintendent, Latham Water Dept.

For Their Significant Contribution to The Completion of the Congress Street Bridge Study

Patrick Madden, City of Troy Mayor
Charles Patricelli, City of Watervliet Mayor
Steve Strichman, City of Troy Planning Director
Joe LaCivita, City of Watervliet General Manager

An awards ceremony press event was held at Hudson Shores Park at the foot of the Congress Street Bridge in Watervliet on Tuesday, November 23rd.

The Erastus Corning, 2nd Achievement Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation recognize municipalities and organizations whose efforts have significantly contributed to the advancement of intermunicipal and interagency cooperation and regional planning.

“These award-winning initiatives demonstrate the value and benefits of working together and resonate with CDRPC’s long-standing commitment to promoting regional cooperation,” said Michael Stammel, Chair of CDRPC’s Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased to recognize these projects and organizations through this awards program and will continue to support similar collaborations that provide services more efficiently, enhance community and economic development, help protect public health, and enhance our quality of life in the Capital District.”

2020 Erastus Corning 2nd Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation

Awardees included:

Albany and Saratoga Counties were recognized for partnering to construct a regional biosolids treatment facility to anaerobically digest biosolids generated at the three treatment plants owned and operated by the two counties.

This facility will also be capable of receiving trucked fats, oils and grease as well as septage waste and sewage sludge from small treatment plants throughout the region.  This project is anticipated to reduce costs to the rate payers of both counties as well as reduce the operating and maintenance costs to run the facility. With this award CDRPC recognizes Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County Executive,
Andrew C. Joyce, Chairman of the Albany County Legislature, Preston Allen, Chairman, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Also recognized are district staff: John R. Adair, Jr., Chairman and Angelo Gaudio, Executive Director of the Albany County Water Purification District as well as Wayne A. Howe, Chairman and Dan Rourke, Executive Director of the Saratoga County Sewer District.

“This project is a forward thinking initiative that provides the residents of both counties with a logical, environmentally responsible, and long lasting approach to biosolids and rate management,” said The Chairmen of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Preston Allen Sr.

Adam Greenburg, Town Board member, Town of New Scotland, for his leadership advancing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), bringing together the collective buying power of 14 municipalities, from Glens Falls to Bethlehem, Albany to Knox, to purchase cleaner electricity at lower prices for their 90,000 residents.

Thanks to the leadership of New Scotland Town Board member Adam Greenberg, the Capital Region is now seeing this large scale change through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). The CCA initiative, led by Adam, is bringing together the collective buying power of 14 municipalities, from Glens Falls to Bethlehem, Albany to Knox, to purchase cleaner electricity at lower prices for their 90,000 residents. Adam’s leadership, and ability to move past talk, made this critical inter-municipal sustainability happen.

 

 

 

The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, the New England Interstate Water Poluution Control Commission, the Chazen Companies and Inter-Fluve were recognized for identifying solutions to flooding and make the Poesten Kill watershed more resilient to climate change using a combination of traditional and green engineering practices. This project incorporated extensive stakeholder input from residents of the Poesten Kill watershed in the towns of Grafton, Brunswick, Poestenkill, Troy, and Berlin.

“This project is an example of why RPA focuses on community-based conservation. The most innovative ideas in the plan came from local input. We are grateful to the many elected officials, neighbors, and volunteers who participated in public workshops and committee meetings along with the scientists from Chazen and Interfluve,” – said Jim Bonesteel, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Executive Director.

 

 

The Town of East Greenbush, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell University and the Rensselaer Land Trust were recognized  for developing a Natural Resources Inventory that maps and describes the Town’s physical geography, water resources, habitats, wildlife, and land uses, and climate projections likely to affect the Town in coming decades. Upon completion of the inventory, Natural Resources Work Group volunteers developed detailed recommendations for the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update Committee. The NRI is being integrated to the new plan and the Town Board is now considering re-establishing a Conservation Advisory Council to advise local boards on environmental reviews and policy.

 

 

 

The 2020 program was sponsored by the law firm of Hodgson Russ, LLP.

2017 Erastus Corning 2nd Achievement Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation Award Winners

 

CHAMPLAIN CANALWAY TRAIL WORKING GROUP AND HUDSON CROSSING PARK

 

During the last five years, the vision of a trail linking communities along the Champlain Canal corridor moved closer to reality thanks to the work of the Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group (CCTWG), and Hudson Crossing Park (HCP). While the ideal trail route is along the original canal, ownership of much of the corridor has been divided among multiple parties, mostly municipalities, over the last century. The CCTWG and HCP have provided the impetus for grass-roots intermunicipal cooperation and laid the groundwork for success. Due the groups’ collaborative work and planning, $12 million dollars of Empire State Trail funds has been made available to complete three major sections of the Champlain Canalway Trail in Saratoga County.

REGIONAL SHARED TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE

Capital Region BOCES, Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Scotia-Gleville and Mohanasen School District

 

The Capital District school districts, Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Scotia-Glenville and Mohonasen, in partnership with Capital Region BOCES, collaborated regionally to form a shared busing system. The collaboration formed 18 shared bus routes to out-of-district destinations resulting in significant savings for the school districts and their taxpayers. Their innovative work has also contributed to regional advancement as more districts are adopting their cooperative busing system to realize cost savings and environmental benefits.

STORMWATER COALITION OF ALBANY COUNTY

 

City of Albany, Town of Bethlehem, City of Cohoes, Town of Colonie, Village of Colonie, Village of Green Island, Town of Guilderland, Village of Menands, Town of New Scotland, City of Watervliet, Albany County, and the University at Albany

The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County is a model of intermunicipal cooperation. Coalition staff provide resources to eleven municipalities to ensure they are compliant with the Clean Water Act and SPDES permits. The Coalition works to author joint stormwater management plans, encourages best practices, performs public outreach, and helps ensure cost effective stormwater management programs are in place for their constituents. Nancy Heinzen and her staff have implemented cutting edge mapping, delivered several educational presentations for advocates and policy makers, and have taken on a laudable job of protecting water quality throughout Albany County.

TOWN & VILLAGE OF STILLWATER ROUTE 4 FORM-BASED CODE

Town of Stillwater, Village of Stillwater, Capital District Transportation Committee, and Planning4Places, LLC with the Chazen Companies

 

The Town and Village of Stillwater, in partnership with the Capital District Transportation Committee, collaborated to develop zoning code changes and design standards for both the Town and Village along the Route 4 corridor. The Form-Based Code (FBC) effort is the most recent example of intermunicipal cooperation. This project appears to be the only one of its kind adopted in the Capital Region. In fact, this code is one of the few adopted FBCs in New York State and one of about a dozen regional FBCs in the country.

TRI- COUNTY INTEROPERABLE 911 TELECOMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTER-AIDED DISPATCH, AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT NETWORK

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr, Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick A. Russo, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Edward D. Kinowski

 

Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties have come together to develop and implement a shared E-911, computer-aided dispatch, mobile applications and records management system. The ability to seamlessly share information on this robust system enhances service delivery and creates efficiencies for all participating agencies. This initiative provides significant improvements to public safety, as well as cost savings for each participating agency.