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September 25, 2021
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Details:
3:00pm "In Conversation with Paul VanBuskirk" on stage at the Cohoes Music Hall. 4:00pm-7:00pm Book Release reception: Meet Paul and former members of the Citizens Party. See photos and memorabilia of the movement. Copies of "Big Mike, Uncle Dan and Me" will be available for purchase.

Cohoes Music Hall and Cohoes Visitors Center

58 Remsen Street
Cohoes, NY 12047
Dave Bentley 518-928-5453
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Dr. Paul VanBuskirk book signing at the Cohoes Music Hall and Cohoes Visitor Center

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dr. Paul VanBuskirk book signing party to be held at the Cohoes Music Hall and Cohoes Visitor Center on September 25th with a talk at 3pm at the hall and a reception from 4-7 at the visitor center.

Make it a day out in Cohoes with the book signing, a dinner at the many Cohoes restaurants and a night at the theater. Restaurants that wish to participate will have their menus available at the event.

Dr. Paul VanBuskirk has recently published a new book, “Big Mike, Uncle Dan and Me.” 

We wish to invite the community and the region to his book signing party to be held on Saturday September 25th at the Cohoes Music Hall and Cohoes Visitor’s Center 58 Remsen Street beginning at 3:00 pm, starting with a conversation with Paul on stage. 

Paul’s historic memoir is a David vs Goliath story begins, as a 24 year old college professor and engineer led the movement to organize its citizens to challenge and defeat the 40 year reign of Big Mike’s political machine. Then with citizen participation in our city government carried out major projects, programs, and reforms, including the removal of politics from the school board and implementing an elected board. As a results of these accomplishments Cohoes received the highly-competitive All-America City Award. Many Cohoes High Alumni participated in this movement. 

The All-American City Award propelled the city into the national forum for its civic achievements and reforms; and is considered the Nobel Prize for constructive citizenship. The New York Times devoted a half page with several pictures depicting the city celebrating its All-American City Award. The heading across the page read, “Cohoes, N.Y.: An Upstate Community Goes All Out to Celebrate the New Step to Which It Is Marching.” 

For those unable to attend the book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and BAM.

Dr. Paul VanBuskirk is a licensed engineer, nationally-recognized city planner, and an accomplished educator, political leader, and author. He studied engineering at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and received his PhD in behavior sciences from Barry University of Miami. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Award and the Charles Evans Hughes Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his "courageous and imaginative work" in local government. He is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from Barry University in Miami, Florida. In 2020, he was inducted to the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows.