In a memoir that is at once charming and informative, Jim Flanigan tells the stories of a life that saw him become one of the most respected local public officials in New York’s Capital Region. From the scenes of a South Troy childhood in the mid- 20th century to descriptions of important battles in local government decades later, Jim’s clear-eyed storytelling and resolute honesty bring readers some illuminating insights. This is a book for anyone who values the application of civic virtues and the pleasure of reading well-told tales.
Rex Smith, longtime editor of the Albany Times Union
As a contemporary of Jim, who also grew up in a close-knit neighborhood—and was fortunate to achieve some of my childhood dreams—I closely identify with Jim’s life experience. We also had a common hero in Henrietta Messier. I have always admired Jim’s dedication to helping others, and this touching memoir reminds me why. We would all do well to read the words of someone who spent his entire life dreaming of—and striving to achieve—the greater good.
Former Congressman Michael McNulty
The individual stories in this book demonstrate how knowledge gained in seemingly random moments of life can better prepare a person to truly make a difference for their family, their career and their community.
Former Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino
Jim Flanigan started life as a resident of South Troy, New York, then moved to the hamlet of Wynantskill in the Town of North Greenbush. He holds a BS degree from St. Lawrence University and an MS from SUNY Albany. He taught high school math for two years and college psychology for four years before working for the Rensselaer ARC for 35 years. He also served on the Town Board of the Town of North Greenbush for 24 years.
Illustrated by Aidan Brock, Jack Hallahan and James Hallahan