Schenectady officials attempt to fill the city with smiles

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –Thousands of community members lined up along State Street to show their smiles and hold signs to show the positivity of Schenectady.

It started from State Street through the main entrance of Schenectady Community College off of Washington Avenue. With the negative stigma that’s been given to Schenectady, city leaders like Mayor McCarthy, law enforcement, and other community members wanted to recognize the good side of the city that many tend to forget.

A procession took off around 11 a.m., and it was led by a fire truck and followed by a float that allowed members of the media to ride along and capture smiles lined up throughout the city.

Mayor McCarthy said he not only wanted to show support for habitat for humanity, but to highlight everything the city has accomplished.

“As the mayor, I’m the leader and spokesperson for the city and want to ask people to come out, engage in this and just message all the good things that are happening and want to help out habitat for humanity,” said Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady.

This was the first miles of smiles campaign; a challenge to support their local habitat for humanity.

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