Friday, August 17, 2007


Well, we got a great mention in the Times Union this morning. Much thanks to the paper, particularly for pointing out a grammatical misstep that I was happy to fix this evening. Perhaps I need an editor in addition to my headline writer.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to talk about a very happy ceremony we held this morning at the Van Rensselaer Manor when we swore in four new firefighters and promoted another to Lieutenant.

It was Paul Cellucci's promotion to Lieutenant that led us to have the ceremony at the Manor. You see, Paul's father Carmen was a Captain in the Fire Department, as well as a mechanic, for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1987. He lives at the Manor now, and we wanted him to take part in the ceremony. His brother was a firefighter, as is his nephew currently.

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino joined us for the festivities, as well as other elected officials, and many friends and family.

Here are some pictures from this morning's event.

Here is the moment of the day. There were a few tears in the room when the Cellucci family took center stage. I am quite sure that the ceremony made Carmen's day.

Finally, here is a picture with the new firefighters. All of them will serve the City well, and we were proud to welcome them to the Department.

That's all for today. Please do not forget that tomorrow is the ChowderFest on River Street. We have a beautiful day ahead of us and would love to see you there.

Have a great weekend!