The City of Albany has a deep history in Sister-City relationships.
At the end of World War II, one of our former mayors, Erastus Corning, entered into a relationship with the war-torn city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Bombings damaged or destroyed nearly every building in the city center. The good people of Albany rallied together and donated building materials, office supplies, clothing, and food and shipped it to Nijmegen in its hour of need – events that led to the creation of the Tulip Festival to celebrate this relationship.
Today, Bucha is that war-torn city.
Picture Credit: Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times
Russian forces have committed unprovoked atrocities none of us can fully comprehend. Bucha has lost not only property and infrastructure, schools and institutions, but countless innocent lives.
And today, Bucha needs our help. The City of Albany has obsolete vehicles and equipment like recycling trucks and firefighter turnout gear that the City of Bucha needs to assist with the rebuilding effort.
Picture Credit: Will Waldron/Times Union
Bucha Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk and I signed a sister city agreement between our two cities to create a bond we hope will lead to brighter days ahead for Bucha. In the spirit of that agreement, the City of Albany and its partners will facilitate the donation and shipment of this equipment from Albany to Bucha, but we need your help to cover those shipping costs.