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Sister cities unite

By Lombardo David
Saturday, June 29, 2013

It was a family reunion of sorts Friday for the city of Schenectady.

Mayor Gary McCarthy led a local delegation to the Netherlands, where they visited Schenectady’s sister city, Nijkerk, which is celebrating its 600th birthday. The trip is for two weeks and will be followed by a visit by their citizens at the end of July.

A formal ceremony was held Friday to cement the relationship, which dates back to 1630, when Arendt Van Curler of Nijkerk, set up a trading post that would eventually become Schenectady.

Video of the formal ceremony is available below.

“This has really been a tremendous opportunity, and I’m extremely proud to be able to represent Schenectady,” McCarthy said. “I’d say my favorite part of the trip was the formal signing of the resolution binding our two cities and marching in the parade that followed that ceremony, which took us from Nijkerk’s City Hall through its downtown and into the market square for a reception with the community here.”

Regarding the upcoming visit of Nijkerk’s youth on July 25, McCarthy said he hopes visitors are welcomed by Schenectady with the same warmth they have received so far.

A full story on the trip will be in the Sunday issue of The Daily Gazette.

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