Sunday, September 8, 2013

Faces at TRIP: Anasha Cummings

Anasha CummingsTRIP is happy to announce that we have a new Americorps VISTA  volunteer: Anasha Cummings.  Anasha joined the TRIP team last week and will be working with us until next August.   As our Green and Sustainability Coordinator, he is coordinating the Green Fair, and helping TRIP become more sustainable  as we help Troy do so.
Since his arrival in Troy five years ago (from Santa Fe, NM, where he was raised), Anasha has been active on a variety of issues. He is passionate about designing new systems to mitigate the impacts of climate change, promote environmental justice, and use awesome new technology to make all of our lives better.  He is one of the founders of the statewide Neighborhood Revitalization Conference; Troy will again be hosting the upcoming annual conference later this month.
In his spare time, Anasha enjoys building things out of wood at the Center of Gravity, and is making a website called Nexus at

Welcome,  Anasha!  

Troy Hosts 2nd Annual NYS Neighborhoods Revitalization Conference

Register Today!

Revit conf logoRegistration is now open for the second annual New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference at on Saturday, September 21st, at Russell Sage College 

Billed as “Sharing, Solving, Strategizing for the Future,” it will host statewide neighborhood organizers in a day of idea sharing, problem solving, and strategizing for the future of New York’s communities. Neighborhood activists, educators, business people, and elected officials will gather to share successes at various workshops in order to develop and maintain healthy and vibrant communities throughout Upstate New York. Organizers believe that the strength of our past and the diversity of our people, cultures and businesses will make our neighborhoods destinations to live, work and visit. 

The keynote speaker is Vincent DeSantis, a thought leader in urban revitalization, city court judge, activist and author of the highly regarded book, Toward Civic Integrity: Re-establishing the Micropolis. 

The registration fee is $25. Discounts are available for students and low-income people. Apply today at

Kudos to conference organizers and Troy residents Dorcas and Ken Rose, Rocco DeFazio, Kathleen Ryan Cassidy, Anasha Cummings and Rick Hartt.

When Duty Calls, Make Sure to Answer

Election Day | Tuesday, November 5th | 6am - 9pm

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Have you moved lately?  Turned 18?  Never voted before?  It’s time to register to vote! 

The general election will be held on November 5th.  Polls are open from 6am - 9pm.

Voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than October 11th and received by the board of elections not later than October 16th to be eligible to vote in the General Election.  You may register in person at the board of elections by October 11th except  if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 11th  you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 25th.

Requests for an absentee ballot must be postmarked by Oct. 29 and the completed ballot must be postmarked by November 4th. 

More information or voter registration forms can be accessed through the Rensselaer County Board of Elections at
or 270-2990
And don’t miss the TNAC sponsored Troy City Council Candidates Night, October 8th,  6 - 8:30pm at old School 12. To volunteer contact  Marie Gavazzi here.

Towards Zero Waste

The Green Fair
September 28 | 9am - 2pm 
Troy Parking lot next to the Green Island Bridge

recycleThe City of Troy spends over $1.2 Million every year for space in landfills for the garbage we all throw away, but much of what we throw away can be recycled! Any plastic with a recycling symbol on it, cardboard, paperboard, paper, tin, glass, and much more can be put into the single stream recycling system. But what do you do with those odd other things?

The Second Annual TRIP & RCHR Green Fair aims to provide a place. Bring any of these items and we will make sure they get recycled properly:
  • Electronic Waste, including batteries, air conditioners, appliances, light bulbs, tools, smoke detectors, cell phones, radios, and pretty much anything else that uses electricity
  • Bikes/Bike Parts (donated to the Troy Bike Rescue)
  • Books (Donated to a local organization)
  • Paper (Shredded off-site and used for insulation by GreenFiber)
  • Clothing & Textiles (Recycled by St. Pauly Textile)
  • Food Scraps (Composted by EmpireZero Waste)
  • Metal
Plus, there will be lots of great learning opportunities, products and services offered by local businesses and organizations working to help us all live more sustainably.  

Together, we can reduce our waste, conserve resources, and have fun doing so. RSVP on Facebook here

Attention All Homeowners!

In order to keep your STAR tax exemption, you must register with the NYS Tax Department. This results from legislation that was recently passed to prohibit homeowners from “doubledipping;” that is, claiming a STAR exemption on a house that is not a primary residence. 

To keep your STAR exemption, register at: 


Congratulations to TRIP‘s 2013 Troy Treasure  
Marion Field!

Please join us as we honor her and Eileen Bagnoli at the

2013 Homecoming Dinner
Monday, October 28, 2013

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