TROY, NY – The City of Troy will receive $375,000 in state and local government (SAM) grants to advance capital improvements at Little Italy Marketplace. Assembly Member John T. McDonald III, RPh, along with Troy officials and members of the Little Italy Quality of Life Committee, celebrated the news with an announcement Thursday morning.
This new SAM grant funding comes after Rep. Paul Tonko visited the Little Italy neighborhood in May to announce $500,000 in funding for economic development legislation and a contemporary piazza for civic programs.
“The city of Troy has really had a very interesting time. You see the ARPA federal funds that the Mayor and the Council President and Deputy Mayor Chris Nolin have, that’s a big problem. As a former mayor, I wish I had this issue because we know there are many projects in our communities that need that little extra boost, that need that support. There’s inspiration obviously, there’s a lot of community collaboration with members, but it takes that push to get things done,” noted McDonald III, RPh.
“I am pleased to announce today thanks to the support of Speaker [Carl] Heastie, we are making a $375.00 grant to the City of Troy for the express purpose of Little Italy Marketplace,” continued McDonald III, RPh.
“The Little Italy community is filled with rich history, strong bonds and a commitment to community betterment. I am proud to provide this funding so the City of Troy and the Little Italy Quality of Life Committee can revitalize this marketplace and make it a sustainable gathering place for generations to come,” added McDonald III, RPh.
Little Italy Quality of Life Committee co-moderators Sam Chiappone and Heather Hamlin discussed their thoughts and hopes for the neighborhood projects with the additional funds.
“This funding is an opportunity to make the market a great gathering place for our neighborhood and the entire city of Troy. The funding is the basis for fostering positive neighborhood and community relations and economic growth for the Little Italy – South Central region,” noted Chiappone.
“The vision and history of the market has been expressed by many over the years; especially Mike Esposito. The Quality of Life Committee is honored to be the custodians of these visions and we are committed to making them a reality,” noted Chiappone.
“We are so grateful that our Historic Little Italy Marketplace has been revived,” said Hamlin.
“The project will tighten our history, community and economy. We look forward to the memories residents will leave in our marketplace,” added Hamlin.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden thanked McDonald III, RPh and commended the committee members for their tireless efforts to make the project a success.
“We are deeply grateful for the continued support from McDonald’s members for neighborhood revitalization efforts, such as the planned transformation of the Troy Little Italy Marketplace,” said Madden.
“A vision developed in collaboration with the Troy Little Italy Quality of Life Committee, city leaders and local stakeholders, this project will reactivate this historic site and create a place where families and residents gather for events, performances and other community activities be able. ‘ Madden added.