Call for Nominations: Erastus Corning 2nd Achievement Awards for Intermunicipal Cooperation

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. Through this awards program, CDRPC will recognize individuals, organizations, or projects that exemplify an intermunicipal/ interagency cooperation. In addition, the program will specifically recognize projects related to government efficiency, economic development, water quality, 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. Download Awards Program Guidelines and Nomination Materials Here

The deadline to submit an application for award is 4pm, Thursday August 19, 2021. This program is made possible by generous support from our underwriter, Hodgson Russ (

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

The program will also recognize individuals, organizations or projects that have contributed to or demonstrate excellence in Adaptation and Response to the Impacts of COVID-19.


  • 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


  • 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 For Adaptation and Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 category the multi-jurisdiction partnership requirement is waived.


  • Complete the application here or follow this link 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.


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 except the Covid-19 Response must demonstrate their significant contribution to advancing intermunicipal partnerships


  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. Adaptation and Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 – This category recognizes planning response practices and tools which were implemented during the COVID-19 emergency. The intermunicipal element can include multiple municipalities engaging in community meetings, pooling resources, and sharing new information regarding the pandemic.


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- Nominations of individuals under any category except the Covid-19 Response must demonstrate their significant contribution to advancing intermunicipal partnerships Deadline for submission is 4pm, Thursday August 19, 2021. Awardees will be notified by August 26, 2021.

Download Awards Program Guidelines and Nomination Materials Here

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


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.

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 Intermunicipal Cooperation Award Winners




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.


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.



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 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.


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.