A.C.T.S. Public Meeting a Success!

On Sunday, November 18, over 800 people gathered at the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse’s (ACTS) 2007 Public Meeting. At that meeting, ACTS members – most of those present – and our allies shared our mutual commitment to improvements in the areas of healthcare, economic development / jobs, youth, and justice. Notable among those present were leaders of more than 20 member congregations at the core of ACTS, executives and other leaders of community organizations, as well as a number of local, state and federal politicians who took the laudable step of publicly committing themselves to the improvement of the Central New York region.

In particular, ACTS would like to express our appreciation for the partnerships established with the following elected representatives who were present: Congressman James Walsh, County Executive-Elect Joanie Mahoney, Assemblywoman Joan Christensen, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Common Councilors Van Robinson and Bill Ryan, and President of the Common Council, Bea Gonzalez. Other officials were notable in their absence, although Senator Dave Valesky and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli did send written commitments of support. Representing Governor Spitzer’s office, Dan Young sent a verbal pledge of support. A complete list of those officials attending can be found at our website.

We believe that in the years to come November 18 will be recognized as a significant turning point in the history of our region. To have gathered so many citizens representing over 10,000 members of faith-based communities under a single banner for specific, measurable changes in Syracuse is an event unique not only for Central New York, but for New York State and the Northeast as well.

We invite faith-based and community-based organizations to join us at this exciting time!

Read the great article in the Syracuse New Times here. And yes, I’m in the picture!

Comments are closed.