Resolution J926-2013

Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Town of Halfmoon, New York



  • Mar 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Town
of Halfmoon, New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the  proud  and  distinguished histories of the communities which
comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, In accord  with  its  long-standing  traditions,  it  is  the
purpose of this Legislative Body to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of
the Town of Halfmoon, in Saratoga County, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1772,  Albany  County formed two districts, Halfmoon and
Saratoga; this district organization lasted  16  years  until  March  7,
1788,  when  Halfmoon  became  one  of the Original Four Saratoga County
Towns along with Ball's Town, Saratoga and Stillwater; and
  WHEREAS, On April 1, 1788, the new Town of Halfmoon had its first Town
Meeting at the home of Cornelius C. Van Den  Berg  for  the  purpose  of
electing Town Officers; and
  WHEREAS, In 1791 Saratoga County was formed from Albany County; and
  WHEREAS,  From  1816-1820  Halfmoon was briefly named Orange; in 1816,
Waterford Township separated from Halfmoon; in 1828, Clifton Park  Town-
ship separated from Halfmoon; and, in 1910, Mechanicville separated from
Halfmoon; and
  WHEREAS,  One can only imagine the land size of Halfmoon before Water-
ford, Clifton Park, and Mechanicville separated from it; the  Census  of
1790  showed  Halfmoon as having a population of 3,602 and 21,535 in the
2010 census, making Halfmoon one of the fastest growing towns in Sarato-
ga County; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Halfmoon is fittingly  very  proud  to  have  the
original minutes which were taken at that first Town Meeting on April 1,
1788, 225 years ago; and
  WHEREAS, The pages which contain these minutes are from one of the two
earliest  Minute Books the Town of Halfmoon has in its possession; these
books survived the Great Fire in 1853 which destroyed most of the town's
records; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Halfmoon is justly thrilled to have  these  books
available  to  share  with its citizens today so they are able to take a
glimpse back in its 225 year rich history; and
  WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of two centuries  of
growth  and  change,  the  Town  of Halfmoon continues its commitment to
enhancing the quality of life of its citizens, ensuring a positive busi-
ness, institutional and educational climate, and providing all essential
services; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  225th  Anniversary  of the Town of Halfmoon, New York,
recognizing the significance of the role it continues  to  play  in  the
life of the community of the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Halfmoon, New York.


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