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Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree cut down in Latham

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LATHAM (WRGB) - Thursday, New York State's holiday tree was cut down in Latham and transported to the Empire State Plaza.

It's a 50-foot Blue Spruce located on Windlass Drive in Latham, donated by the Scott family.

Michael Scott says he decided to donate the tree as a tribute to his wife Florence. She passed away about eight years ago after battling Lupus. Scott says she loved Christmas, Christmas trees, and decorating. He said she always wanted to decorate the big tree in the front yard, but it was too big!

"She wanted to get the tree done so i figured if we donated it, she's gonna have the tree done," Scott said. "And I hope she's going to be able to see it."

Scott says he and his family feel good about donating the tree. His grandchildren will flip the switch at the tree lighting on December 3rd. He says he's looking forward to watching their faces light up in the moment.

The Empire State Plaza tree is not the only donated tree. On Monday, a 40-foot Blue Spruce tree from Rome, New York will be cut down, to be displayed in East Capitol Park.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Details:

The Tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday December 3rd.

There will be horse and carriage rides starting at 1:00 PM, free professionally drawn caricatures by Rich Conley, ice skating with free skate rentals starting at 3:00 PM, and performances starting at 3:45 PM featuring music by Tuba Christmas, the Rusty Pipes, and the Capital Area Flute Club.

The tree lighting and fireworks will begin at 5:15 PM, and will be followed by a special Rock and Skate.

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