Sunday, June 9, 2013

Dealing with Lead

RRP Training at TRIP 

TRIP will be hosting a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training at our office at 415 River Street on Tuesday, June 25th from 8 AM – 5 PM.  Training will be provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and will include a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and course manuals & materials.  Upon successful completion of the course, participants are EPA-certified renovators, enabling them to meet the federal EPA RRP rule that applies to contractors, painters, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, window replacers, roofers, and landlords working in homes or facilities built before 1978.  

PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Go to or contact Nancy Lerner at 518-765-3521 or email her here.

Please note that code officers successfully completing this training will receive 8 CEUs.

2 Homes for Sale in Troy

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The City of Troy will be selling two homes to lucky families this summer!   Located at 3349 6th Avenue and 391 1st Street in Troy, they are two-family homes that have been completely gutted and rebuilt.  Beautiful new open floor plans and energy efficient systems with contemporary finishes make them perfect urban homes.   The new owners must occupy one of the units and may rent out the other unit. 

Household incomes of purchasers may range from a minimum of approximately $33,500 up to 80% of the HUD median income for their household size annually.  Existing debt is also included in determining eligibility. 

Interested buyers should contact TRIP’s HomeOwnership Center to be pre-screened for eligibility to be placed in a lottery pool.   Pre-screening deadline is 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 28, 2013.  The lottery drawing will take place in early July 2013 and the lucky selected families will be notified then.
The pre-screening criteria includes the ability to get a qualified mortgage; that the annual household income  is at or below 80% of HUD area median income with a minimum of $33,500; and that the potential homebuyer has enough savings for the downpayment and closing costs needed to close the loan.  The property must be owner occupied and not used as an investment property.

To apply, go to TRIP’s website at or contact the TRIP’s HomeOwnership Center at 690-0020 x221. 

Faces at TRIP: Patti E

Patti Egan: Volunteer

Patty Egan
Patti Egan is TRIP’s newest volunteer.   Patti noticed a request for volunteers at TRIP in a Troy Record article a few months back and reached out to see how she could help.  And she has been a great help to us!

Patti has over 25 years of experience working in the banking industry, but has recently become unemployed.  While looking for work, she wanted to be a part of the community and volunteer to keep up her skill level and give back.  In the past she volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Rensselaer County Literacy Group.  Her volunteer experiences were very positive so she was delighted that TRIP had a spot for her in their Rental Management unit.

Patti’s skillset centers around her desire to keep offices running smoothly.  She enjoys all of the administrative and managerial tasks in an office environment and has experience conducting intake interviews for loan applicants and foreclosure prevention.   At TRIP, she is in charge of migrating building information files into electronic format, specific to certain cataloging criteria.  TRIP managers are pleased to find how efficient, timely, and capable she is, competently and independently completing the day’s work.

Outside of working and running an office, Patti loves gardening, reading, bowling- and has a new found interest in photography.  She is a lifelong resident of Troy and hopes to find a full time, permanent  administrative position in the near future.  If you think Patti might be a fit for your organization, please email her here.  

Childhood Lead Primary Prevention Program

Childhood Lead Poisoning is a major problem resulting in the loss of billions of dollars every year.  Rensselaer County Health Department in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County have joined forces to reduce childhood lead poisoning.

The Rensselaer County Childhood Lead Primary Prevention Program (CLPPP) seeks to   educate residents, property owners, and/or contractors regarding lead based paint hazards.  Education includes lead recalls, proper nutrition, how lead affects the body, the dangers it poses to the population, especially children and pregnant women, identification of lead hazards, how to use Lead Safe Work Practices to handle lead based paint hazards, and how to maintain lead safe housing by being proactive.

The CLPPP provides free in home lead risk assessments to residents living in the 12180 and the 12182 zip codes due to the high incidences of elevated blood lead levels and due to the older housing stock located within these target areas.  Free educational materials and supplies are provided along with remediation assistance to those households that qualify.  Free Renovation, Repair and Painting training courses are provided through the program.

This program is a primary prevention program and hopes to reduce the incidences of elevated blood lead levels through dissemination of education, performing lead risk assessments and promoting childhood lead testing. 

For more information and to schedule your free in home lead risk assessment, please contact Deanna Miller, Certified Lead Risk Assessor, at 518-270-2640.


Take a Sip for TRIP is a huge success!

Sip for TRIP
TRIP’s inaugural “Take a Sip for TRIP” event was a great success.  More than 150 people turned out to taste nine New York State beers and six varieties of wine on Tuesday, May 21st at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.  Molly Durnin entertained the crowd with live music. There was also a raffle and wine pull.  Plans are already underway for the event in 2014.

We could not have done this without the support of many partners, including sponsors, planners, raffle prize donors, beverage companies and wineries.  Thanks to all the following: 

Event sponsors:  Reverus, SEFCU, M&T, Turner Construction, Citizens Bank, First Niagara, Hudson Valley Contractors, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Sunmark.  

Beverage sponsors:  Brown’s Brewing Company, Crème Yvette, DeCrescente Distributing, Swedish Hill Winery and Wine Shop at Home.

Raffle donors:  Baseball Hall of Fame, Bob’s Diner (Watervliet), Bomber’s Burritos (Troy), Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, Brown’s Brewing Company, Café Deli-icious, Capital District YMCA, The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery and Wine Bar, Cookie Factory, Curtis Lumber, Dawn Vitti, DeFazio’s, Designitogether, Dinosaur BBQ, Grapes and Grains Wine and Spirits, Great Escape, Hoffman Car Wash, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Kristen Hislop, Luxe Salon and Candace Ellis, Lynn Neal of Mary Kay, Market Block Books, Pfeil Hardware, Pottery Place, Seguin’s Scuba Center, Silver Parrot, TGI Fridays, USS Slater, Valley Cats, and Yankee Trails.  

Red carpet and photography were provided by Alive Entertainment/Red Carpet Entrances.   

Volunteers who helped conceive, plan, and implement the event include Jessica Gallo, Kierstin Burns, Kizzi Casale, Nicole Casale, and Takara Wiles.  

Thanks to all who assisted in some way and, of course, to all who attended!  We hope you will come back next year to again “Take a s Sip for TRIP.” 
Pictures from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page