Gala held to raise money toward statue honoring first Troy mayor

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A final push is being made on Thursday to honor Colonel Albert Pawling, the man known as the first mayor of Troy.

Pawling will finally be getting a statue built in his honor in a Troy park. Adam Sanzone first read about Pawling in high school.

“Just reading about him felt why isn’t there a statue of him,” Sanzone said.

So to celebrate the city’s bicentennial, Sanzone set out on a mission to raise $68,000 to build a statue for one of the Collar City’s founders.

“He was the first mayor of Troy,” Rensselaer County Legislator Gary Pavlic said. “Mayors were appointed back then by the governor.”

The statue of Pawling will stand seven feet tall at the corner of Pawling Avenue and Congress Street. The sculptor, Patrick Pigott, is from Halfmoon and is famous in his own right.

“He worked for George Lucas,” Pavlic said. “Did some of the original Star Wars toys.”

Pigott worked on the Pawling statue down to every last detail.

“The scroll here represents the Troy Charter,” Pavlic explained. “The acorn represents how Troy grew into a mighty oak.”

To make Sanzone’s dream a reality, and to have the statue erect in April, he still needs to raise $5,000 more dollars.

A gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom to raise money for the statue.

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