Honoring the Capital District Regional Planning Commission on its Golden Jubilee

ALBANY (Oct. 19, 2017) — Members of the Albany County Legislature’s Democratic Majority recognized the Capital District Regional Planning Commission for 50 years of support and expertise at an anniversary celebration and awards dinner held Wednesday evening at Franklin Plaza in Troy.

Chairman Sean E. Ward and Deputy Majority Leader Lucille McKnight flanked by Rocky Ferraro, former executive director of the CDRPC, and NYS Assemblyman John T. McDonald III (photo courtesy of CDRPC)

Formed in 1967, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) prepares regional planning studies, provides technical and economic development assistance, fosters intergovernmental dialogue and serves as a data and an informational center for Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. The organization serves the public and private sectors by promoting intergovernmental cooperation, facilitating regional initiatives and sharing information and dialogue on solutions.

Signed by Albany County Legislature Chairman Sean E. Ward and Majority Leader Frank Commisso, the Legislature’s Proclamation (see below) dedicated Oct. 18, 2017, as “The Capital District Regional Planning Commission Day” in Albany County.

Ward presented the Proclamation to members of the CDRPC at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Also representing the Legislature at the event were Deputy Majority Leader Lucille McKnight, Albany County’s representative on the CDRPC since 2000 and its former chair, and Legislator Robert Beston, a Democrat from Watervliet.

On Wednesday, the CDRPC announced five winners of its 2017 Erastus Corning, 2nd Achievement Awards for Inter-Municipal Cooperation, given to municipalities and organizations for projects that significantly advance inter-agency cooperation and regional planning. Among those recognized were the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and the Tri- County Interoperable 911 Telecommunications system, a project that connects Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties and was first proposed by Chairman Ward and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr.

The CDRPC described the award-winning programs:

What: The Albany County Stormwater Coalition

Who: Albany, Bethlehem, Cohoes, Colonie, the Villages of Colonie, Green Island and Menands, Guilderland, New Scotland, 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 11 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 taken on a laudable job of protecting water quality throughout Albany County.

What: Tri-County Interoperable 911 Telecommunications, Computer-Aided Dispatch and Records Management Network.

Who: Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr., Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick A. Russo, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo, Albany County Executive Daniel P. 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.