Local Government

Local Government 02.13.20

Town of Schodack 2020 Tax Collection

SCHODACK – The 2020 Tax Bills have been mailed. The Tax Office will be open to receive the 2020 Property Tax collection on:

February – Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

March – Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Payments received from February 1, 2020, thru February 29, 2020, are assessed a 1% penalty.

March 1, 2020, thru March 31, 2020, are assessed a 2% penalty.

An additional $2.00 charge will be added to all bills not paid before March 4, 2020.

Payments may be left in the secure green drop box located near the entrance of the Town Hall addressed to the Receiver of Taxes. Only when the complete bill and check are enclosed, will a stamped receipt be mailed to the taxpayer after the payment has cleared the bank.

Checks should be made payable to Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes.

2020 Tax Bills and all Tax Payments paid through this office since 2005 are viewable on the Town of Schodack website at www.schodack.org under Departments/ Receiver of Taxes.

Rensselaer County Property Tax bills are now payable online with MasterCard, VISA, and Discover Credit Cards at a rate of 2.45%. VISA Debit Cards are also accepted, at a charge of $3.95 per transaction. Online checks or E-checks, submitted through the Town of Schodack website only, are another accepted method of payment, costing $1.75.

No payments will be accepted in person at the Town Hall or by mail after March 31, 2020. Thereafter, contact the Rensselaer County Bureau of Finance at (518) 270-2754 for delinquent tax information.

I look forward to serving you this tax season,

Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes Town of Schodack

Meeting Dates for The Village of Nassau 2019-20

NASSAU – The following dates have been established for the Village of Nassau Board of Trustees Meetings. All meetings will be held at the Village Municipal Building, 40 Malden Street, Nassau, NY at 7:30pm unless otherwise posted.

March 11, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

March 18, 2020 Special Meeting Election 9:00pm

April 6, 2020 Annual Meeting 7:30pm

April 8, 2020 Public Hearing Budget 7:00pm

April 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

May 13, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

May 27, 2020 Year End Meeting 7:30pm

The Planning Board meets on the 1st Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building; The Zoning Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.

Poestenkill Supervisor’s State of the Town Address

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Business Association is presenting Town Supervisor Keith Hammond in his “State of the Town” address on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the VFW Post on Main Street in Poestenkill. Supervisor Hammond’s address will begin at 7:00 PM with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Pizza and beverages will also be offered. The event is open to all Poestenkill Residents. We strongly encourage you to attend and listen to Keith’s plans for Poestenkill in 2020. There will be a brief question and answer session following Supervisor Hammond’s presentation. The Poestenkill Business Association strongly encourages all Town Residents to attend and learn first hand what will be occurring in Poestenkill this year. Thank you for your interest. See you on Monday evening February 17, 2020.

Troy Council District 3 Conversations Planned

   TROY – Residents of Troy City Council District 3 are invited to attend an informal gathering with City Councilwoman Sue Steele on Tuesday, February 18th. The District 3 Conversation will be held at the Park Pub, 2701 Lavin Court, Troy from 6:30-7:30 pm. Council District 3 includes the Beman Park, Frear Park and Sycaway neighborhoods.

According to Steele, the purpose is to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions, share concerns and learn more about city issues. There will be materials on Neighborhood Improvement Grants and other city services available.

Future sessions are scheduled for March 18, April 21 and May 19. For more information contact Steele at sue.steele@nulltroyny.gov.

Public Hearing on Wynantskill Subdivision Feb. 24

WYNANTSKILL – A 22-home development is in the planning stages on the subdivision of 120 Hidley Rd., Wynantskill. Hidley Road is, in part if not all, zoned Agricultural/Rural. Among the houses on Hidley Road are fields, farms (working and not), streams, wetlands, and wooded areas.

The Planning Board is holding a Public Hearing on the planned development Monday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Greenbush Town Hall in Wynantskill. For more information on the development plans, see the Planning Board webpage on the Town website: TownOfNG.com People interested in viewing the files on the proposed development can contact the Town Building Department to set up a time to come in and review the files. Many of the files, such as the map, are so large that it is difficult to put them on line.

Sheree Cammer, Wynantskill

County Legislators Welcome New Van for Seniors

RENSSELAER COUNTY –  Vice-Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislators Ken Herrington, Bob Loveridge, Mark Fleming,
and Tom Grant joined County Executive Steve McLaughlin as they checked out the van that was just purchased to transport county seniors.

 

 

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for January 2019

SCHODACK – In a continuing effort to keep residents informed of my activities as well as issues pertaining to the Town, I submit to them this report for January of 2019. As always, further information can be found on the Town’s website or it’s social media pages.

The criminal justice reforms that were passed last year by New York State went into full effect January 1st. Throughout January, we all saw the countless stories of people who were charged with varying crimes who were then released directly back onto the streets to only go on to commit additional crimes. What may not be as widely seen however is the impact these “reforms” are having on our Police Department and Justice Court. While I’m proud of the preparations both made in the lead up, we are now beginning to see where our efforts need to be focused and more resources dedicated to ensure both compliance with these reforms as well as maintaining the high level of service we have come to expect. The Town Board heard a presentation from Judge Mullahy and will explore adding staff to the Court office in response. Our Clerks and Judges have really stepped up and devoted themselves and their time and as a board we’re committed to ensure they have the tools needed to be successful.

In December, partly with the criminal justice reforms in mind and also with an eye towards strategic planning and how to best utilize our Police Department, I proposed to the Town Board filling the vacant Assistant Chief position. I’m pleased to announce at our January 9th meeting, the Town Board unanimously appointed John Hourigan to fill that role. John got his start here in Schodack before moving onto Albany P.D. and Rensselaer County STOP-DWI, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new job.

And finally, I want to congratulate Stephanie Leonard on her appointment to our Planning Board. Stephanie brings a unique background to her new role and I’m confident she’ll prove a valuable addition to our Town.

Supervisor David Harris

Schodack Town Board GOP report

SCHODACK – As members of the Schodack Town Board GOP majority, we (Town Board members Jim Bult, Scott Swartz, and Mike Kenney) are committed to working together to build on and find new ways to further our efforts to inform and engage with the residents of Schodack. Recent efforts to expand access and transparency include the development of Town social media pages and the implementation of live-streaming of all Town meetings. With the start of a new year, we would like to begin a new series of articles that we hope will continue in the expansion of these efforts. Each month we want to share with residents some of the actions we take as Town Board members as well as other various developments and issues regarding Schodack.

Senator Daphne Jordan has led an effort to encourage municipalities in her district to adopt resolutions designating themselves as a “Purple Heart Community” with the ultimate goal of getting New York State recognized as a “Purple Heart State”. This designation serves as a way to further salute the selfless service and courageous sacrifice of those who served in America’s armed forces. We’re proud to announce that Schodack will be joining in this effort. We would like to gather a list of residents who have been awarded with the Purple Heart, both living and deceased, to be recognized at a ceremony to commemorate the occasion. We will be working with our local Veteran groups in its development, but if you are aware of anyone please share their name with us.

In December we joined with numerous other elected officials as well as countless members of our community at a fundraiser to memorialize and honor the life of Tommy O’Neil. Tommy’s bright future was cut tragically short when he was killed last year while returning home from college. Over $13,000 was raised that will go towards the creation of a scholarship in his memory. Tommy is deeply missed and we were happy to be part of this noble effort to honor his legacy.

-Jim Bult, Scott Swartz, and Mike Kenney

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