Local Government

Local Government 01.12.23

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events. Town Board meetings can be viewed live or later at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

During December, the Town Board appointed Brian Brahm as Superintendent of Highways, made staff appointments to the Highway Department, and adopted the annual salary expenses for town employees and elected officials for calendar year 2023. Additionally, the Town Board conducted interviews for the open position of Chief of Police.

The Town of Schodack 2023 Youth Wrestling Program will run every Monday and Wednesday beginning January 18 through February 15. The program provides wrestling instruction and exercise for boys and girls grades 1 through 6. All participants will receive instruction from former Maple Hill High School Varsity wrestling coach, Geoff Scheilding. You may register in person at Schodack Town Hall or by mail. Cost is $25 per wrestler or $50 per family (three or more children).

Completed registration forms and registration fees (checks payable to: Town of Schodack Recreation) must be returned by January 16 to: Sheila Golden, Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton NY 12033. For more information or to download the registration form, visit the Youth and Recreation webpage at www.schodack.org.

The Town of Schodack has two upcoming vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Residents interested in applying for the positions should submit their name with a brief resume to Supervisor Charles Peter via letter to Town Hall or email: charles.peter@nullschodack.org. 

Thank you to the donors and volunteers who supported The Anchor Food Pantry Christmas Shop event held last month. Because of your generosity and spirit of community, many children were blessed with gifts under the tree on Christmas Day.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Board

Town Of Schodack Property Taxes

Property Tax bills were mailed on December 29th. Taxes are due by January 31st without penalty. Payments can be mailed to Receiver of Taxes PO Box 436 East Schodack, NY 12063, dropped in the green box next to the Town Hall entrance door or paid online at Schodack.org. Please write current phone number on your check in case we need to contact you about your payment. 

After January 31st all payments must include the penalty as listed on the bill. Current and past years tax bills/receipts can be viewed and printed from the website Schodack.org for income tax purposes. Office hours for January are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-4pm and Saturdays 1/21 and 1/28 9-12pm. February hours will be Monday and Friday 9-4pm.

 If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at 518-477-9735.

Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes

Town Hall Closes for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that the Schodack Town Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Schodack Town Hall Offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. The Transfer Station will have regular standard business hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (518) 477-7590, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Poestenkill Town Board Update

Town Board Meeting – Thursday, December 8, 2022

Supervisor Hammond discussed the need to address the old roof at Town Hall. He plans to ask several roofing companies to inspect the roof and present their recommendations. The Supervisor said the project would be put out to bid and that he thought the money might come from Covid monies available.

Motion made by Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Councilwoman Butler to designate the Town of Poestenkill as lead agency pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act with respect to the Shuhart Planned Development District application. The motion was passed unanimously. 

Councilman Wohlleber informed the Board members that there were seven proposals received for a project planned to update the Poestenkill Town website. The Town Board will review and discuss next steps at future meetings. 

Motion made by Councilwoman Butler and seconded by Councilman Hass to approve training hours for the new Deputy Town Clerk, Lindsey Goyer. The board unanimously approved 20 hours a week for the four weeks of training.

Supervisor Hammond reported that he has been working with the County to resolve the kennel issue that several Town’s have encountered. Poestenkill and several other towns currently use Hudson Mohawk Animal Shelter for their kennel needs. However, the Town of Poestenkill and several other Town’s received word that the kennel is not renewing their contracts. Supervisor Hammond stated that one option would be to renovate a building located on the Waste Management property on Route 351 and 66. 

These draft minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 7pm. 

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Rensselaer County Legislature Majority Prepares for Historic Move to New Offices

The Rensselaer County Legislature Majority is preparing to move to their new office at 99 Troy Road in East Greenbush, in the former Rose and Kiernan building. The new location will offer modern offices and a new Legislative Chambers that will incorporate modern audio and video capabilities that will dramatically improve the Legislature’s ability to record and broadcast monthly meetings and our monthly Honor a Deceased Veteran Program.

The move is expected to be completed in late January, and it is expected that the February monthly meeting will be held in the new chambers. Our Honor a Vet ceremony is on hold for January and February, and is expected to resume in March.

We appreciate your patience as we embark on this historic move. While we hope for it to be a seamless transition, we are committed to staying in touch and being accessible throughout the move.

If there are any questions about the move, or any other county issues, we can still be reached at 518-270-2880. Please like and follow our Facebook page: “Rensselaer County Legislators” to stay tuned to the latest news about the County Legislature.

From the Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

We are collecting new or homemade scarves, hats, gloves and mittens, along with socks & pajamas to give to those in need this winter. 

Please stop by the North Greenbush Town Hall located @ 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill, New York and place your donations under our Christmas Giving Tree located just outside the doors of the Town Clerk’s Office. The closest entrance for the Town Clerk’s office when dropping off your donation would be the entrance by the Gazebo in our back parking lot. 

Please help us keep someone a little warmer this winter by donating to our Christmas Giving Tree. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office @ 518-283-4306, Monday – Friday, 8-4 and I would be happy to assist you in any way that I can. 

If you would like me to come to you anywhere in our town, just call the office and I can set up a time and day that is convenient to gather your donations.

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