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RSVP for this free event to learn about upcoming downtown initiatives and get to know your neighbors. 

What to Expect!

The 2019 Annual Meeting and Discover Troy Event will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region with a look at the growth of downtown Troy and how downtown connects to Troy's neighborhoods. Learn more about upcoming downtown projects and initiatives and hear from local businesses about exciting things they are doing behind the scenes. Get to know your neighboring downtown businesses over coffee and breakfast, and learn more about the Downtown Troy BID with a presentation of the 2018 Annual Report.

Don't forget to vote with three Class A and one Class B seats available!

Breakfast is Served!


Network over breakfast and coffee! A selection of breakfast food and drink will be available for consumption throughout the morning. 

Program Schedule

8:00am :: Breakfast & Voting

8:30am :: Downtown Troy BID Annual Meeting

9:00am :: Break for Networking, Breakfast & Voting

9:15am :: Presentation by Carm Basile of CDTA
Transportation bridging downtown with its neighborhoods

9:30am :: Panel Discussion
Broadening the perceived boundaries of "downtown"
Kevin Bette || First Columbia
Marie Decker || New Restaurant on Ferry Street

10:15am :: Short Break as needed

10:30am :: New Board Members Announced

Return Your Ballot

Ballots can be returned to the Downtown Troy BID office at 251 River Street, Troy, NY 12180 by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. If you prefer to vote at the event, ballots will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Ballots will not be accepted after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.


This year, we have three (3) Class A seats, and one (1) Class B seat available. You will receive a ballot to vote for the incoming board members in the mail. You may vote in your designated class of Class A or B. If you are a Class A member, you cannot also claim Class B status of the same parcel.

Class A Member :: Owners of record of assessed real commercial property in the district described in the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Plan (the "Plan") for the Central Business District (the "District") of the City of Troy as the same may be amended, as approved by the City Council of the City of Troy, or such other persons as are registered with the City of Troy to receive real property tax bills for property located in the District, shall be Class A members of the Corporation, and shall be allocated one Class A vote for each separate and individually assessed parcel of real property owned.

Entitled to vote for the nine (9) seats on the Troy BID Board of Directors designated for ‘Class A’ members. Three (3) of the nine (9) seats designated for ‘Class A’ members on the BID Board of Directors are becoming vacant due to expiration of current terms.

Class B Member :: Tenants, who are an individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or limited liability partnership, and who are occupants pursuant to leases of commercial space within the District, shall be Class B members of the Corporation provided such persons have applied for membership. Each separate leasehold shall be allocated one Class B Vote.

Entitled to vote for the three  (3) seats on the Troy BID Board of Directors designated for ‘Class B’ members. One (1) of the three (3) seats designated for ‘Class B’ members on the BID Board of Directors are becoming vacant due to expiration of current terms.



Marie Gavazzi | Property Owner

Marie is running for her second term on the BID board because she wants to help Troy become all it can be. A long term resident and business owner in downtown Troy, she chairs the BID Business Development and Retention Committee. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and most recently has worked as a data analyst and software support specialist. The BID awarded her the Sammy Spirit award in recognition of her community involvement. She participates in a number of Troy neighborhood, civic, historical, and environmental endeavors.

Michael E. Ginsberg, Esq | Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg + Griffin, PLLC

Michael holds his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University of Law and his undergraduate degree from the SUNY Albany. He is the former president of the Rensselaer County Bar Association and former member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. He is active in the community, serving as General Counsel to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a former board member of the Louis Weinberg Foundation, Vanderheyden Hall, Inc., and the Northeastern Association for the Blind. He has received awards for his work in forming and advising businesses, and has published articles on legal topics. Michael also serves as Chief Litigation Counsel to RPI and the City of Troy. He has an interest in the revitalization and prosperity of the City of Troy as Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg + Griffin, PLLC has been operating for over 200 years within the city.

Andy Kennedy | Courtyard By Marriot, Albany Troy / Waterfront

Any is the general manager of the Courtyard by Marriot, Albany Troy / Waterfront and has managed Marriott hotels in New York for the past 20 years. He looks forward to integrating the new Courtyard into downtown Troy and take an active role in the redevelopment of Troy’s Waterfront and Downtown Business Improvement District. Andy, the hotel management company, and owners have a lot to offer the area and are excited to make a difference here in Troy.

Jesse Tranvaag | West Side Management

Jesse previously lived and worked in Binghampton, NY before moving to Troy a little over one year ago for his job at West Side Management. He has been working in property management for eight years and has a strong passion for working with local businesses. He loves helping these businesses succeed! Jesse sees vast potential in Troy and enjoys seeing cities change and grow over the years. He loves to have a direct impact on this change, especially in a city that he loves.


Dan Frament | Muddaddy Flats

After twelve years of working in human services with special needs populations, Dan decided to change gears and pursue a passion for food. Seeking out restaurant management opportunities he moved from management trainee to store manager within just two years, and with an eye toward owning his own restaurant, he seized an opportunity to open Muddaddy Flats. As his restaurant has grown, so too has his involvement and commitment to his community. It’s not a matter of waiting for things to happen; it is being part of making things happen. He is currently on the board of directors for the Downtown Troy BID and sits on three committees including Marketing and Special Events, Business Development and Retention, and Governance. He is the creator of National Quesadilla Day and is always looking forward to the next opportunity. It has been a privilege of Dan’s to be the vice president of the BID board for 2 years, and he would like to continue as a board member for another three year term. He looks forward to navigating the challenges and changes as the City of Troy continues to grow and develop.

Amy (Rose) Yarsevich | Rose Hair + Healing at Bar Beauty

Amy is a social worker gone hair stylist! She has rented residential space in Troy since 2010 and rented business space since 2014. In the almost decade that she has lived in Troy, it has become her home. As a resident and business owner, it’s important to Amy for Troy to continue to thrive and keep it’s small businesses a priority.


For any questions, please contact the Downtown Troy BID office at or by phone at (518) 279-7997.