25 Oct

Police, Fire Pick Transfinder Tracking for Haunted Patrol

Schenectady, NY– Oct. 25, 2023 – The Schenectady Police and Fire Departments are taking the annual Scare-nectady Haunted Patrol to a new level on Oct. 26 by engaging with routing and logistics software developer Transfinder to map out a route that can be tracked in real-time on scare-nectady.com.

Transfinder is transforming its Fleetfinder solution, used by municipalities to track snowplows and garbage trucks, to Treatfinder so children in the community can easily see when the Haunted Patrol is approaching their neighborhood.

“We love this opportunity to serve our first responders and the children in the community with Treatfinder,” said Antonio Civitella, president and CEO of Transfinder. “The Haunted Patrol is another great way that our police and fire departments show how much they care for Schenectady and we are excited to be a part of Scare-nectady to help them do that. It’s going to be a thriller!”

Mayor Gary McCarthy said the parade of Halloween-themed police cars and fire trucks will delight the young and old alike.

“We love our parades in Schenectady and this year’s Haunted Patrol will be the best one yet,” the mayor said. “No one wants to miss when the patrols are stopping in their neighborhood to give out goodies! Scare-nectady.com will help make sure that that doesn’t happen. Another win for Schenectady!”

Police Chief Eric Clifford said he loved bringing technology into the fourth-annual Haunted Patrol.

“People can jump on scare-nectady.com and see where we are as we travel through the various neighborhoods of Schenectady,” Chief Clifford said. “Even though it’s called ‘scare-nectady, there will be only treats, no tricks. Promise!”

Fire Chief Don Mareno said his department looks forward to seeing children along the route.

“We know the children will love the flashing lights and sirens when we roll into their neighborhood,” said Chief Mareno. “Besides the treats, we are excited to share safety tips with children so when they go out on Halloween they can be safe and visible.”

At the various stops throughout the city, children will receive candy, coloring books and high visibility bags with safety tips that can be used for trick-or-treating on Halloween. Police and fire officials are asking adults to accompany children to the stops.

Here are some of places the Haunted Patrol will be stopping on Oct. 26:

  • Fairview Park, Bellevue (5pm)
  • Hamilton School, Mont Pleasant (5:30pm)
  • Jerry Burrell Park (6pm)
  • Steinmetz Homes (6:30pm)
  • Woodlawn Elementary School (7pm)
  • Howe Elementary School (7:30)
  • Steinmetz Park (8pm)

About Transfinder
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to municipalities, school districts and adult care facilities. Transfinder is one of the fastest-growing companies in New York’s Capital Region, according to the Albany Business Review. had a stretch on Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for 11 consecutive years. It has offices in Austin, Texas, as well as China and India. The software company, named a Best Place to Work and Top Workplace and Best Company to Work for in New York State, develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. It has received numerous awards, including Best Software and Best Hardware by School Transportation News and Top Educational App by Education Technology Insights. For more information, visit www.transfinder.com