TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A final push to honor Troy’s first Mayor crossed the finish line Thursday.
A Troy man started fundraising two years ago raising enough money for a ten-foot tall statue of Colonel Albert Pawling. Thursday, he surpassed his goal.
This was the final stretch to reach a dream Adam Sanzone had since 2006. Sanzone wanted to raise enough money to create a life-size statue of Troy’s first Mayor Colonel Albert Pawling.
“It was just so obvious to me. I was drawn to him,” said Sanzone.
Adam attributes his awe for Pawling to a little grey book called “Profiles Out of the Past of Troy New York since 1789”.
“He’s done so much for this community for the village of troy, he helped troy incorporate into a city by bringing in businesses here,” said Sanzone.
So two years ago, Sanzone started raising money with a goal in mind of $68,000.
Sanzone gained support from former mayors, as well as the Collar City’s current Mayor Patrick Madden.
“I knew how tough it was and how big a lift it was to raise $65,000. But here we are today. I think we’re within a whisker of the finish line or are we there? You’ll see,” said Mayor Madden.
Thursday night, we did see his dream became a reality. Sanzone raised more than $70,000 to build a seven-foot tall bronze statue of Pawling that will sit on top a three-foot granite base at the corner of Pawling Ave and Congress St.
This is a reminder of the hard work from the city’s first leader and an inspiration to others.
“Are we making the same investments, the same sacrifices? Will someone build memorials to our efforts in 200 years?” said Madden.
“Just looking around I am a rush of feelings right now. I’m very thankful and grateful to all of these people who are here, who are supporters,” said Sanzone.
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