Congratulations to our Erastus Corning 2nd Achievement Awardees!

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.”

An overview of each project is provided by the award winners below.

Adaptation and Response to the Impacts of Covid-19: Preregistration System for Covid-19 Vaccinations

“From the beginning, Albany County made vaccine equity a top priority, because we knew COVID-19 was having a disproportionate impact on communities of color and older residents. Our vaccination pre-registration system was indispensable in streamlining the vaccination process and it helped more than 45,000 people from Albany County alone receive regular information about vaccines near them. We did it through targeted pop up clinics in underserved neighborhoods, including the South End and Arbor Hill, and administered nearly 9,500 doses. It was so effective that neighboring counties joined us by inviting their residents to pre-register through this system as well,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “There are too many people to thank for making this system a success and deserving of the Corning Award, but I do want to commend my staff, and thank our partners, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alliance for Better Health and Juliette Price of Helgerson Solutions Group for leading these efforts.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “When COVID first struck our community, we came together to help our protect most vulnerable residents with PPE, food, and other health care resources. And when the vaccine became available, we knew we needed to focus our efforts on connecting our most vulnerable residents to it. That is why the Pre-Registration portal we created in partnership with Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and the Alliance for Better Health was vital to helping connect more than 40,000 people, especially those in our historically underserved communities who were being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and needed the vaccine most. I am so appreciative of County Executive McCoy, Alliance for Better Health, and all of our partners for coming together in an effort to ensure the equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine.”

“Health equity is the core mission of Alliance for Better Health – and we saw from the beginning of the pandemic that we would need to step up, develop creative regional solutions, and ensure that the path to a fully vaccinated community be as rapid and as equitable as possible,” said Alliance for Better Health’s former CEO, Dr. Jacob Reider. “I’m proud of the Alliance team for they work they did to collaborate and innovate with cities and counties region-wide. We all worked together incredibly well and maintained a focus on making it easier for all members of the community to get vaccinated.”

As the vaccine registration system was an “all hands on deck” effort, other parties critical to its success include  Helgerson Health Solutions, 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, Guilderland School District and the North and South Colonie School Districts.

Adaptation (From Left to Right: Keshana Owens-Cody, Senior Director of Community Empowerment, Alliance for Better Health; Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of City of Albany; and Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive)

Community and Regional Sustainability:  City of Albany Town of Colonie Emergency Water Interconnection

“In 2020, the Town of Colonie and City of Albany and Albany Water Board completed its Emergency Interconnect Project. The Town of Colonie and the City of Albany Water Board completed work on a $3.2 million project to install two emergency interconnections to our water distribution systems, “said Department of Water and Water Supply Commissioner Joe Coffey. This project is a significant improvement to both systems that provides independent redundancy without having to construct new treatment facilities in either community.  Instead, by working together, Colonie and Albany are able to enhance their water systems and service to customers by tapping into the resources of the other on a temporary basis.  The connections to the water distribution systems are at two points: the Loudonville Reservoir site and along New Karner Road (NYS Route 155).”

“The interconnections provide more than 10 million gallons per day (MGD) in total emergency capacity. The connection near the Loudonville Reservoir has a capacity of 7.4 million gallons per day. The connection on New Karner Road has a capacity of 3.5 million gallons per day. These connections not only allow for each community to supply the other with finished water in the event of an emergency, but in the case of major maintenance and repairs at certain key facilities,” said John Cunningham, Commissioner of Public Works for the Latham Water District.

Sustainability (From Left to Right: Joe Coffey P.E., Commissioner of the Albany Department of Water and Water Supply; Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany; John Cunningham, Commissioner of Public Works for the Latham Water District, John Frazer P.E., Superintendent of Public Works for the Latham Water District; Daniel Seaver, P.E., Latham Water District; and Bill Simcoe, P.E., Deputy Commissioner of the Albany Department of Water and Water Supply

Planning and Economic Development: Congress St. Bridge Study

“We are pleased to be recognized by CDRPC through this year’s Erastus Corning Award for Intermunicipal Cooperation,” said Steve Strichman, Troy’s Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “Taking a holistic approach to improving the bridge corridor, in collaboration with Watervliet, allowed us to deliver a superior project that connects our cities and will help us both attract new businesses, residents and visitors. We thank Watervliet for their participation, Alta Planning + Design and their team, and NYSDOT for their cooperation.”

“We are very excited to be recipients of this year’s Erastus Corning 2nd Achievement Award for Intermunicipal Cooperation,” said Watervliet City Manager Joe LaCivita. “The city immediately new the benefit’s to partnering with our neighbor across the River, the City of Troy, to advance design concepts for bicycle and pedestrian connections into Watervliet via the Congress Street Bridge.  The municipalities will benefit from many new designed items that came from Alta Planning as they assisted in blending the needs of both communities. The redevelopment of this bridge as an opportunity to expand on the bicycle and transit network in which the city has significantly invested.  This new connection to the City of Troy will also connect a neighboring River Community to the wonderful Hudson Mohawk Bike trail.  Additionally, the new plan included many design elements to enhance safety measures as well.   When complete, the bridge redevelopment will increase mobility for residents but also create a sense of place within both Troy and Watervliet. We are pleased to be recognized for the vision and creativity that city staff put into the project, and we look forward to additional opportunities to promote tourism and bring people to our great city to enjoy the river.”

Planning (From Left to Right: Charles Patricelli, Mayor of the City of Watervliet, Steve Strichman, Director of Planning and Development, City of Troy; Patrick Madden, Mayor of the City of Troy; and Joe LaCivita, General Manager, City of Watervliet

The awards are named in honor of CDRPC’s first Chairman, Erastus Corning, 2nd, Mayor of the City of Albany from 1942-1983, and recognize initiatives that involved at least two local jurisdictions or entities within the four-county region. Nominations were reviewed by a committee and evaluated using the following criteria: 1) The project has achieved significant benefits, efficiency or cost-savings; 2) Involves 2 or more local entities, municipalities non-profits etc.; 3) Community involvement and support; 4) Degree of innovative solutions to overcome challenges. For individual awards, the nomination must demonstrate the individual’s significant contribution to advancing intermunicipal partnerships. The committee included representatives from the Capital District Planners Association, Capital District Transportation Committee, University at Albany Department of Geography and Planning, the New York Planning Federation, New York State Department of State. Special thanks to our program sponsor Hodgson Russ, LLP (https://www.hodgsonruss.com/) for helping make this program possible!

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) provides objective analysis of data, trends, helping to identify opportunities and challenges. Established and funded, in part, by Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga and Schenectady Counties, CDRPC provides technical assistance and facilitates partnerships to address regional challenges. For further information about CDRPC please visit www.cdrpc.org or https://www.facebook.com/cdrpc.

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

 

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.