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11/06/2012
County, Colleges, and Business Organizations Partner to "Walk for Hurricane Sandy Relief"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 6, 2012
FOR DETAILS, CONTACT: CHRIS MEYER
OFFICE: 518-270-2955
CELL: 518-225-1454

TROY – Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino has announced a partnership between the County, Hudson Valley Community College, the Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Walk for Hurricane Sandy Relief will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 9-11 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College, McDonough Athletic Complex. Participants in the walk will be asked to donate $10 each with all funds raised donated to the American Red Cross to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy. For more information on the fundraiser please contact Carrie Lyons at (518) 270-2912.

“As we all learned from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee the importance of neighbors helping neighbors is invaluable and I urge the residents of Rensselaer County to find a way to help, whether it is this walk, or one of the many other opportunities to help give those impacted by the storm some much needed assistance,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino.

“The students, faculty and staff at Hudson Valley Community College are honored to join our community partners in a heart-felt effort to raise funds for the many individuals and families whose lives were disrupted by last week’s storm,” said College President Drew Matonak. “We want Hurricane Sandy victims to know they can count on support from their friends in the Capital District.”

"We thank County Executive Kathy Jimino for leading our partnership to bring much needed relief to the people impacted by Superstorm Sandy," said Erin Crotty, Director of State and Community Relations for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "The images and stories of damages are heartbreaking. We are part of a community that takes care of each other and provides support in the time of need. The Rensselaer community is proud to partner in the Walk for Hurricane Sandy Relief to help raise funds for the American Red Cross efforts,” Crotty said.

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"We're grateful for the opportunity to work with our neighbors in response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. Our students, particularly, can feel helpless when they're too far away from a situation to be personally involved in the physical work at hand--but they will be eager to lend their support in solidarity with a caring community," state Russell Sage Dean Sharon Robinson.

“Coming together as a concerned neighbors, friends and citizens is the only way to overcome the kind of devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy. 14 months ago after Irene and Lee, our area benefited from the generosity and giving spirit of individuals, businesses, and organizations from near and far. It’s now time for us to pay it forward and help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I encourage everyone to support the relief effort in any way they can; if not with this walk, then with one of the many other opportunities to give and donate.” Linda Hillman, President, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“The Downtown Troy BID is pleased to be able to send support down to our friends and neighbors who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The support we received in Downtown Troy after last year’s flooding was tremendous, and we are happy to be able to pay it forward by participating in this fundraiser. Many thanks to Rensselaer County Executive Jimino for so quickly mobilizing this event!” said Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Young.

In concluding her remarks Jimino stated, “I want to express my sincere thanks to all of our partners in this program who time and time again step forward and offer any assistance they can provide. We are truly fortunate to be able to count on the support of these institutions of higher learning and business organizations which are vital to our communities.”