Local Government

Local Government 02.03.22

Important Town Of Nassau Tax Collection Information!

Please take notice that the Tax Collector with the Town of Nassau will no longer be accepting in person payments starting February 1, 2022. If you MUST pay your tax bill in person please call 518-766-2343 option 8 and leave a message to make an appointment. PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE TOWN CLERKS OFFICE.

Taxes without penalty were due postmarked on or before January 31, 2022. Payments made February 1 through February 28, 2022 are subject to a 2% penalty as outlined in the payment schedule on your bill.

County Legislators Attend Chamber Of Commerce “State of the County”

The Rensselaer Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual “State of the County” luncheon at Franklin Terrace last Wednesday. Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman was joined by Chair of Finance Rob Bayly and Legislators Tom Grant and Bill Maloney at the event. County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered a positive and upbeat report that highlighted the challenges of the last year and many of the County’s historic accomplishments.

County Executive McLaughlin thanked the Legislature for their unanimous support of his last four budgets, including the 2022 budget that includes a 10% county property tax cut. He also announced infrastructure upgrades along Routes 9 and 20, a new County park in Schodack, and a new senior center in Troy.

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, published every month since I took office in 2016, is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events.

At our annual organization meeting on January 6th, the Town Board approved several appointments to key leadership and staff positions in town government. I congratulate all of the appointees and thank them for their dedication and commitment to the important mission of public service.

A shared services project between Rensselaer County and the Town of Schodack will extend water and sewer services throughout our town utilizing American Rescue Plan funds. Construction on the two projects is expected to commence this year, following regulatory approval by various agencies. One phase of the project will extend water and sewer services from near the Schodack-East Greenbush town line along Routes 9 & 20 and Route 9 to the Columbia County line. The second project will extend sewer services along Maple Hill Road from the area around Maple Hill High School to Route 9.

The Town of Schodack seeks qualified applicants for the following job vacancies: Highway Superintendent, Director of Planning & Zoning, and Sole Assessor. For more information about these positions, visit www.schodack.org/human-resources and click on “Employment Opportunities” or contact our Human Resources Department at (518) 477-3628.

I enjoyed the opportunity to attend a luncheon held at Town Hall to celebrate the recent and well-deserved retirements of Nadine Fuda as Director of Planning & Zoning and Karen Justus as Sole Assessor. Both Nadine and Karen served our town admirably for several years and will be greatly missed.

A special thank you to the dedicated town highway workers who continue to do a terrific job in keeping our roads clear during the recent snowfalls.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Councilwoman

Best Luther Fire District Public Notice

WEST SAND LAKE –  PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the regular meetings of the Best-Luther Fire District will be held on the First Thursday of the month for the 2022 year, held at 7:00 p.m. at the Best-Luther Firehouse, located at 303 Old Best Road, W. Sand Lake, NY 12196. The location and time of the meeting may be changed by further resolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners upon proper notification to the local media of such change.Best-Luther Fire District, 303 Old Best Road, West Sand Lake NY, 12196. Phone/Fax: 518-283-5641. blfdfiredistrict@nullgmail.com

Nassau Launches Brook Naming Contest

NASSAU – The Town of Nassau has outlined plans for the Town’s newest park. Under the preliminary proposal, announced by Supervisor David Fleming, the Town’s multiple purpose 22-acre parcel, located on US Route 20 between the Village of Nassau and Lyons Lake Road, would be opened to walking trails. A significant feature of the parcel is a small brook and wetlands. The Town Board authorized a naming contest for the unnamed brook which may lead to the naming designation for the new town park.

Through partnerships, the work of other nonprofits, and community volunteers, Nassau has gone from no public preserves and open public land to six public preserves that provide access to diverse natural beauty across the town. These preserves have become popular destinations in the area and have helped draw day trippers to Nassau.

With this new park under development, Nassau will now have over 650 acres public acres of varying terrain to explore. All the parcels have been developed with volunteer assistance, grants and donations.

The next step in the development process, according to the Nassau Town Board, is to engage residents of all ages to participate in the brook naming contest for this new park. The focal point of the proposed area is a now nameless brook that runs through the 22-acre parcel. Local students and families are being asked to participate in this contest. The Board is looking to designate a name that focuses on Nassau’s local history or natural resources. The Board has also suggested names that recognize the indigenous peoples of the area to local heroes of the Civil War and the Anti-Rent War.

Submissions are encouraged to supervisor@nulltownofnassau.org. The Town is expecting to make a selection for the name of the brook and possibly the new park, at their March 10, 2022 meeting.

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