There are dozens of neighborhood associations in Troy. Some are very active, with monthly meetings and frequent events; others meet only when problems arise; others don’t meet but communicate regularly through list serves, flyers, and Facebook. In the year 2020 we have met virtually to maintain our connectivity.
The Troy Neighborhoods Action Council (TNAC) was created in 2008 so that neighborhood groups and others could learn from each other about how to create active neighborhood associations and engage residents. The overall goal is to “develop and maintain healthy, vibrant, and drug free neighborhoods in the city of Troy, New York.”
In TNAC’s words: “As residents and businesspeople we believe that the strength of our community lies in its rich history, diverse people, cultures, and economic opportunities. Working together will enable us to make our neighborhoods safe, viable places for people to live, work, and visit. We aim to:
• Establish Troy neighborhoods as attractive, safe places to live and work.
• Recognize our individual needs and differences to work together for the common good.
• Educate the public and promote our neighborhoods through the media, advertisements, newsletters, and public meetings.
• Reduce the number of vacant and rundown buildings in our neighborhoods.
• Work with other neighborhood associations in the Capital District and around New York State on common goals.
• Keep the lines of communication open between neighborhood groups for education, partnerships, and planning.”
TNAC hosts two signature events:
National Night Out: Created by the National Association of Town Watch https://natw.org, National Night Out is a community-building event to foster partnerships among and between the police and residents to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out is celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday of August.
National Night Out has been celebrated in Troy with community events in the north and south ends of the city.
Meet the Candidates: TNAC hosts candidates nights every two years when Troy City Council members are up for election. Mayoral candidates participate every four years. Residents have the opportunity to hear from all the candidates and to engage in discussions with candidates representing Troy’s six election districts.
TNAC’S Meet the Candidates Night will be announced when scheduled.