The Spindle City welcomed the addition of three new officers to the Cohoes Police Department Wednesday morning. Additionally, the Cohoes Fire Department celebrated two of its firefighters moving up the ladder and earning promotions. The swearing-in ceremonies took place at the Cohoes Music Hall.
"We're certainly living in uncertain times. To use a Halloween analogy, 2020 has been somewhat of a witches brew of some of the worst events of the last century. We've got a dash of pandemic from 1920. Some 1930s great depression. And some 1960s social unrest. And Cohoes has not been spared," Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler remarked.
"Some of our citizens are or have been COVID positive and many more are unemployed. We've hosted peaceful protesters here in Cohoes and our police department has assisted adjoining municipalities in protests that were less peaceful. We've also conducted 20 plus emergency food distributions citywide this year," Keeler continued on some of the challenges the city has been confronted with this year.