Monday, July 15, 2013

Faces at TRIP: Elsie Pastor

Elsie Pastor
Elsie Pastor moved into an apartment with TRIP more than ten years ago.  She quickly became a favored tenant and neighborhood advocate, especially as she is bi-lingual (Spanish).  In August 2004, Elsie began working at TRIP in Rental Management, as a coordinator.  She processed applications, did filing, scheduled appointments and excelled at general clerical work.  In 2009 she was promoted to a Rental Manager here in Troy and in 2010 Elsie took over Site Management of two senior apartment complexes in Albany.  

Elsie is an extremely hard worker and is dedicated to her senior residents who all have considerable needs.  Her background in accounting is also a great asset in running the two apartment sites.  When Elsie isn’t working, you might find her at the movies, spending time with her five grandchildren, sewing or doing crafts.  She is also a very accomplished cook and enjoys managing the grills at block parties. Elsie is a great deal of fun and we miss her daily presence at 415 River Street.  

Elsie’s goal for this year is to bring more on-site services to the senior properties.  We are certain she will be successful!       

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Save the Date


2013 Homecoming Dinner

Monday, October 28, 2013

Please join us in honoring

Eileen Bagnoli
CEO of Pioneer Bank

with the TRIP & RCHR
2013 Community Citizenship Award

For more information go to
or contact Gail at 518-272-8289 x212, gail[at}

Dealing with Lead – RRP Training at TRIP

TRIP will is happy to host another Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training at our office at 415 River Street on Thursday, August 22nd from 8am - 5pm.  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 NKL1[at]cornell [dot] edu

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

Call for Nominations: Troy Treasure Award

Deadline: August 17th

There are many individuals and groups that are making a significant difference in Troy. The Troy Treasure award, created by TRIP in 2005, is a way to recognize and thank one of them publicly each year. 

We are seeking nominations for the 2013 Troy Treasure awardee. This year's Troy Treasure awardee will be recognized at the TRIP & RCHR Homecoming Dinner on October 28th.  

Please nominate a Troy resident, business, or group today that has helped to improve Troy.  The deadline for nominations is August 17th. More information and a nomination form may be found at

We can’t wait to see the range of nominees for the 2013 Troy Treasure!

Take Charge of Your Life; Manage Your Money

The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) offers free financial education to help you learn to manage your finances, secure a stable job, and become independent. Our programs can help you set and achieve your financial goals, and focus on building new habits that will improve your life.

With our team you will work on creating a positive vision for your future. By building a long-term relationship, providing resources and working with other local agencies, we can give you the tools and skills you need to succeed.

The Financial Resource Center provides education in:

· Income and Budgeting: Teaching you budget planning and money-saving resources

· Banks: Connecting you with banking services, such as “second chance” accounts

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· Taxes: On site tax preparation of basic tax returns

· Savings: Teaching you how to plan for retirement, manage investments and build emergency savings

· Building Wealth: Coaching you on money-saving and money-making habits that will help you build wealth

· Education: Helping you save for school

· Home ownership: Helping you save for a home and apply for a mortgage

This program is open to income eligible Rensselaer County residents. If you are interested in the Financial Resource Center, or if you have any questions, please contact Kristine Darling, Financial Literacy Coordinator, (518) 272-6012 Ext. 306 or kdarling [at]