The writer is the Albany County executive.
This Thanksgiving, as families in Albany County come together to share a meal and reconnect, I am reminded of what makes Albany County such a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. I am proud to live and work here and am grateful for the love and support of my family. In the spirit of the season, it is important to pause and reflect.
Most importantly, I believe that we need to give our deepest thanks to the men and women who bravely serve our country in the armed forces. Their personal sacrifice is one that we can never fully repay. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their selfless service to all of us in New York and our nation.
I want to let you know how much I value the time I spend talking to the people in our community. I always enjoy meeting with residents at town board meetings or events throughout the year. It’s important to me that I hear directly from the public about things happening in their neighborhoods. It truly helps me to do a better job as County Executive.
This time of year also reminds me that the people of Albany County are capable of great things. Your spirit of community and generosity comes through in many ways. Each year our neighbors and schoolchildren hold coat and food drives or other efforts to assist those in need. At a time when resources are stretched thin, your grassroots efforts help the less fortunate enjoy the season. It also shows that the people who live in our community care deeply about their neighbors. It’s gratifying to see us all come together to help out. These values that we share coupled with the work we do as partners demonstrate how much we can accomplish.
At Thanksgiving, I am humbled when I see just how generous people can be toward others. I am thankful that so many people in the region take time to assist others in this special season of celebration and giving. We have much to be grateful for.
I wish everyone in Albany County a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you and your families be richly blessed as you come together to give thanks.