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Blanchard steps back after spearheading Schenectady causes

Schenectady City Councilwoman Barbara Blanchard at her home in Schenectady in December 2013.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady City Councilwoman Barbara Blanchard at her home in Schenectady in December 2013.
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Look at any of the major city-changing efforts over the past 25 years, and there’s Barbara Blanchard. She helped found ReTree Schenectady to reforest the city’s streets and parks when the city could no longer afford to do it. She organized the Livable City series, a years-long educational event that shaped the planning of downtown redevelopment. She ran the Schenectady Heritage Foundation during some of the city’s most critical years, when important and visually stunning ...


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cherrysundae
December 22, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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Thank you Barbara Blanchard!

JIMOCONNOR
December 22, 2013
10:51 a.m.

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Rename Jay St Pedestrian block BLANCHARD WAY.

pbd
December 22, 2013
3:52 p.m.

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Talk about a public servant! Kudos!

Tocker3law
December 22, 2013
5:24 p.m.

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Barbara is a really nice person ,did a lot for the City and deserves a monument in her honor . Paul Tocker

mkuban
December 22, 2013
6:35 p.m.

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There are two sides to Ms. Blanchard. She has indeed done wonderful things for the city but for those with whom she had conflicts or disagreements with, or whom she thought had wronged her, she was less than wonderful.

sunshine1601
December 24, 2013
7:14 a.m.

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Barbara put the interests of the residents before politics,always looking forward while recognizing the need to preserve our past. She is a true inspiration to other community activists to keep working to improve our community.

wanda1948
August 27, 2015
8:18 p.m.

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Thank you to Barbara Blanchard for all she did for her community. She was all about Schenectady, and she devoted herself to the city. For those people who might disparage Schenectady--and there were many--she instead worked to improve the city. She never gave up, until she could no longer fight for the city. I commend her for her work, her diligence, and her dedication. When so many others might have just walked away, she never did. RIP, Barbara. And my heart goes out to her family.

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