History of Niska-Day

The Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP) was formed in the spring of 1980 with a report to the community on the mental health needs of the Niskayuna School District. A recurring theme included in that report was the need for something that would help establish an identity for the residents of Niskayuna and the families associated with the Niskayuna School District. Several ideas were expressed to fulfill this need.

The first idea that met with an enthusiastic response from all participants, was the concept of a “Town/School District” wide celebration. The idea first emerged of a parade through the Town culminating in a gathering of all the Town and School District residents at what was perceived as the center of the Town, the High School. The idea generated so much enthusiasm that people began planning that night for what has become the annual “Niska-Day” celebration!

Niska-Day 32 (2013) “Niska-Day 32 Celebrates Vegas Style”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 31 (2012) “Dancing Fun at Niska-Day 31″
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 30 (2011) “Niska-Day Hits the Big 3-0….a Birthday Bash”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 29 (2010) “Niska-Day Goes Country”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 28 (2009) “A Bicentennial Blast”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 27 (2008) “We’re Under Construction”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 26 (2007) “Niska-Day 26 Celebrates Niska-Unity”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 25 (2006) “A Silver Celebration of a Community Tradition”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 24 (2005) “Niska-Day Salutes the Person Next Door”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 23 (2004) “Niska-Day Celebrates 50 Years of Educational Excellence”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 22 (2003) “United We Stand”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader, Larry & Maria Krause, Carol Mondello, Joan Rockwell

Niska-Day 21 (2002) “ E Pluribus Unum…Out of Many, One”
Chair: Nancy Gorgos, Larry & Maria Krause, Bill & Denise Leader, Carol Mondello, Joan Rockwell

Niska-Day 20 (2001) “20th Anniversary Cruise Aboard the USS Niska-Day”
Chair: Tom & Diane O’Donnell

Niska-Day 19 (2000) “Niska-Day 2000…A Millennium Mardi Gras”
Chair: Tom & Diane O’Donnell

Niska-Day 18 (1999) “Niska-Day 18…Let’s Party-It’s 1999”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader, Tom & Diane O’Donnell

Niska-Day 17 (1998) “Niska-Day Celebrates the Arts”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 16 (1997) “Sweet 16 and Never Been Missed”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 15 (1996) “Niska-Day 15 Remembers the Good Old Days”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 14 (1995) “For All You Do…Niska-Day 14 is for You”
Chair: Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 13 (1994) “Niska-Day 13 Salutes Our Schools…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”
Chair: Larry & Maria Krause, Bill & Denise Leader

Niska-Day 12 (1993) “Niska-Day Rockin around the Clock”
Chair: Larry & Maria Krause

Niska-Day 11 (1992) “Niskayuna Cares About People…A Salute to Volunteerism”
Chair: Nancy Gorgos, Larry & Maria Krause

Niska-Day 10 (1991) “N-CAP Celebrates…Niska-Day 10”
Chair: Joan Rockwell & Nancy Gorgos

Niska-Day 9 (1990) “Niskayuna Celebrates…Hometown Spirit”
Chair: Joan Rockwell & Nancy Gorgos

Niska-Day 8 (1989) “Niskayuna…Making a World of Difference”
Chair: Cynthia Shultz, Joan Rockwell, Mimi Mika, Carol Jo Dufort

Niska-Day 7 (1988) “Niskayuna Celebrates…The World’s First Television Station…WRGB”
Chair: Cynthia Shultz, Debra Gatto, Mimi Mika, Carol Jo Dufort, Joan Rockwell

Niska-Day 6 (1987) “Niskayuna Celebrates…We the People-U.S. Constitution Bicentennial”
Chair: Liz Kiffney

Niska-Day 5 (1986) “ Niskayuna Celebrates Lady Liberty”
Chair: Debra Gatto & Steve Israel

Niska-Day 4 (1985) “ Niskayuna Celebrates…Youth and the Young at Heart”
Chair:Debra Gatto & Steve Israel

Niska-Day 3 (1984) “175th Birthday Party of the Town of Niskayuna”
Chair: Liz Kiffney & Steve Israel

Niska-Day 2 (1983) “Learned in Niskayuna”
Chair: Liz Kiffney & Frank Taormina

Niska-Day 1 (1982)
Chair: Frank Taormina