Daily Gazette, Chamber president honored as Schenectady Patroons
SCHENECTADY The Daily Gazette and Charles P. Steiner, president of the Chamber of Schenectady County, were awarded the city’s highest honor, the title of Schenectady Patroon, Wednesday night by Mayor Gary McCarthy.
The awards reflect both Steiner’s and The Gazette’s longtime contributions to the success of the city’s nighttime holiday parade, McCarthy said in presenting the awards. The parade, now in its 46th year, draws thousands of people to downtown Schenectady.
The honor came at Key Hall as the chamber hosted its awards reception honoring participants in this year’s parade, held Nov. 23.
Price Chopper was the overall winner, winning the Best of Parade Award. Price Chopper also won the Gazette Business Award, with SEFCU named first runner-up in the category, followed by the Ferrara Dance Team.
The city’s Office of General Services won the Volunteer of the Year award.
St. George’s Episcopal Church was the winner of the Price Chopper Nonprofit Award. Ellis Medicine was the first runner-up, followed by the Moose Lodge 251 Teen Club.
Girl Scouts Community 210 won the Great Escape Youth Award. Central Park Magnet School was the first runner-up, followed by Lincoln Elementary School.
The Amsterdam High School Marching Rams won the Stepping to the Music Award, with the Schalmont High School Marching Sabres first runner-up and the Mohonasen High School Band second runner-up.
Rotterdam Fire District No. 2 won the Red Suspenders Award. The Clifton Park Fire Department was first runner-up, followed by the Stanford Heights Fire Department
Tara’s Pet Salon won the award for the Best Adaptation of the Theme.