Congratulations to our Award Winners for the 2020 Erastus Corning 2nd Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation

This year’s awardees include:

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.

 

 

Award Program Presenting Sponsor

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

The Awards Committee received several nominations for this year’s awards programs. Although not every application can be recognized this year, we must underscore that all the projects submitted excellent efforts and were deserving of praise. There’s no shortage of excellent programs, people and energy in the region working to foster sustainable growth,  reduce the cost of services, protect and improve our environment and improve the quality of live for residents in the four counties we serve.

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) promotes intermunicipal cooperation by fostering collaboration and coordination to find solutions to regional challenges and maximize opportunities. CDRPC uses this approach to advance economic development, water quality, human services and sustainable communities.

The awards are named in honor of the Commission’s first Chairman, Erastus Corning 2nd, Mayor of the City of Albany from 1942-1983.

About the Awards Program:

We are not accepting award nominations at this time, but plan to have another round, open in 2021.

This award program recognizes individuals, organizations or projects that have contributed to or demonstrate excellence in intermunicipal collaboration related to the following categories:

  1. Government Efficiency
  2. Economic Development
  3. Water Quality
  4. Community and Regional Sustainability

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 ELIGIBILITY 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;

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, are appointed by the Chair of CDRPC. 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
  • Nominations of individuals under any category must demonstrate their significant contribution to advancing intermunicipal partnerships

CATEGORY EVALUATION GUIDELINES:

  1. Government Efficiency: This category recognizes projects that have achieved greater efficiency in government administration and service provision, including shared services.
  1. Economic Development: This category recognizes 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 business retention and expansion, marketing and promotion, real estate development, tourism, and trade.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

 

L-R Town of Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett, Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen, 2018 Award Winners for the Town of Clifton Park and Town of Halfmoon Community Connections Project

 

2017 Erastus Corning 2nd Achievement Awards for Inter-municipal Cooperation Award Winners