Silver Jubilee Ceremony Event Includes Current and Former County Officials in Recognition of 1996 Opening, and Plans for Dedication for Former DSS Commissioner John Beaudoin
Rensselaer County celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Van Rensselaer Manor in 1996 with a special ceremony that included past and present county officials recognizing an outstanding legacy of service at the senior care facility, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced.
The Silver Jubilee event also included recognition of 39 employees who served at the current Manor and the predecessor Manor during the ceremony at the facility in North Greenbush on Friday afternoon.
The Manor was considered a state-of-the-art facility when opened 25 years ago, and remains a standard for senior care in the Capital Region and upstate.
“We are very proud of the outstanding level of care provided at the Van Rensselaer Manor. The Manor is a shining example of our commitment to our seniors and their families, and we look forward to many more years of service for our seniors at the VRM,” said County Executive McLaughlin.
“Rensselaer County can take pride in making a major investment in how we care for our seniors, and also take pride in the fact the Manor continues to be such a well-regarded facility today. That was especially true during the pandemic, where the Manor again did tremendous work,” added McLaughlin.
McLaughlin participated in the ceremony, along with former County Executive Henry Zwack and former Chair of the Legislature Neil Kelleher. Former County Executives Kathleen Jimino and John Buono were not able to attend, but sent greetings.
The ceremony also included an announcement by McLaughlin the county would be naming the lobby at the Manor in honor of longtime Department of Social Services Commissioner John Beaudoin. Beaudoin served as DSS Commissioner for 40 years, working for the county for 50 years. He passed away in 2016.
His wife, Lois, and daughter Theresa, the current county DSS Commissioner, were on hand for the 25th anniversary celebration on Friday.
“John Beaudoin set a standard for competency and compassion during a half-century of valuable service to the people of Rensselaer County. Naming the lobby in his honor will be a tribute to his legacy of service to our residents,” said McLaughlin.
The newer Manor was constructed after years of lobbying by then-County Executive John Buono. The original Manor, constructed in the 1950s, had become outdated and worn due to use. The facility was opened during the first year of Zwack’s service as County Executive and earned considerable praise for features, including an Alzheimer’s wing.
“The Manor was a real point of pride for everyone in the county when it opened. We have two crown jewels in the county, Hudson Valley Community College and the Van Rensselaer Manor. But whether it was at the new or the old Manor, what really matters is the dedication of the staff and we are fortunate to have an outstanding crew working for us at the VRM,” said Kelleher.