Tracy Cooney Farley is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for her dedication and humanitarianism to the students, faculty and staff of the School District and the city.
Tracy graduated from Rensselaer Jr-Sr High School in 1983. In high school she belonged to Theta Sigma Nu, Yearbook Club and took typing and industrial arts courses like wood and metal working, electronics and how to manage electricity. After high school Tracy got a job in the maintenance department of school. In that role her job duties are far-reaching from snow plowing to cleaning. While at school, Tracy volunteered to be Key Club Advisor, as she belonged to the city’s Kiwanis Club for many years and was the first woman president elected. She has been doing this since the 1990’s. As Key Club Advisor, she provides community service opportunities for the students, like helping with “Christmas in the City” and planting trees. In 2016 Tracy was honored by the Kiwanis “in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Key Club for over 20 yrs.” Tracy has volunteered at school functions too numerous to list and is widely known by students, earning her the New York State Center for School Safety “Unsung Hero Award” for the “No Child Left Behind" initiative in 2003.
In addition to her advisory role, Tracy is President of CSEA unit 8268 for the school district and Vice President of CSEA local 871 Rensselaer County Educational Unions. Outside of school, Tracy also has volunteered may hours helping with activities at the First Baptist Church in Rensselaer.
Tracy was nominated by her friend and classmate Bonnie E. Smith. She lives in East Greenbush and enjoys gardening, garage sales, reading and entertaining.
Tracy Cooney Farley at Birch Hall for her induction into the Hall of Fame.