Yesterday, I brought you news that the City of Albany has been named as a finalist for the All-America City Awards, and today, I have more good news. Albany has also been named as a finalist for the City Livability awards, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The City Livability Awards were designed to salute mayors who have developed innovative and successful programs that improve quality of life for city residents. Twenty City Livability Awards are presented in two population categories: ten awards for cities of fewer than 100,000 people, and ten awards for cities of 100,000 or more inhabitants.
Albany has been named as a finalist for our Halfmoon Project/New Netherland Museum. This project is an interactive educational program based on the historic voyage made by Henry Hudson over 400 years ago. Aboard a replica of Henry Hudson's ship, The Halfmoon, students from across the Capital Region are given the opportunity to sail the waters of the Hudson River on the journey of a lifetime. While on the ship, students participate in educational exercises - learning about science, history and the value of teamwork. The Halfmoon Project has touched the lives of countless children in the Capital Region, and I know it will continue to be a success for years to come.
This is truly an honor, and I am proud to share this exciting news with you.
The winners will be announced in June. For more information on the 2009 City Livability Awards, please visit the U.S. Conference of Mayors website. To learn more about the Halfmoon Project, click here.