Local Government

Local Government 02.18.21

Town of Schodack Tax Collections

SCHODACK – All tax payments made between February 2 and March 1 2021 must include the 1% penalty to be processed. Please write your current phone number on your check so we can contact you if there is an issue with your payment in a timely manor to avoid any further penalties. Please mail payments to PO Box 436 East Schodack, NY 12063 or place in the secure drop-box located to the right of the Town Hall entranceway. On line payments can also be made through the town website at Schodack.org.

For anyone that needs a copy of last years tax payments for filing federal income taxes, they can be printed from the town website. Go to departments- Tax Receiver, Tax bills or School tax payments, enter the year and property address then search.

Rensselaer County of the Minority – February 2021 Highlights

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Minority legislators submitted and voted on a resolution recognizing March 14 – 20, 2021 as Sunshine Week in Rensselaer County. This national initiative promotes the importance of open government and the free flow of information from government to county citizens, ensuring that our government is accessible, accountable and open and void of the dangers of secrecy.

Health: The Legislature unanimously voted to honor the Rensselaer County Health Department on their management of the COVID-19 pandemic. From retooling their operations and continuous training of their staff to conform with the ever-changing needs to fighting the pandemic, to staff working seven days a week to answer phone calls and do contact tracing, to setting up a vaccine site at Hudson Valley Community College, these essential efforts proved successful and for that we are grateful.

The Legislature also recognized March as American Red Cross (ARC) Month. We would be amiss not to extend our gratitude to the thousands of volunteers, who so willingly assist after a disaster hits. The blood donor program provides nearly half of the United States needed blood supply and encourages everyone to donate, if possible. Especially now, during a pandemic the supply shortage is extreme. The ARC also offers training classes in water safety and first aid, as well as youth programs and elder care to name a few. We encourage you to look into the opportunities to get involved at: https://www.redcross.org/

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 518 270-2890.

www.rensselaercounty.org & follow us on Facebook: “Rensselaer County Legislature – Democratic Team”

Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, January 21, 2021

Highway Department – David Goyer, Deputy Highway Superintendent requested to purchase a new woodchipper, stating it would be used for the spring and fall clean up throughout town. Councilman Van Slyke reported that he is concerned with the timing of the purchase and the unknown of state funding. Motion to purchase the wood chipper made by Supervisor Hammond, seconded by Councilwoman Butler and passed by a vote of 4-1 with Councilman Van Slyke voting no.

Councilwoman Butler mentioned that residents are asking for planning and zoning board minutes to be posted on the website in a timely manner.

Youth Director Tiffany Buker announces the town has received $4,046 from Office of Children and Family Services/Rensselaer County. This grant is due to the increase in number of campers and weeks of camp in addition to hosting Summer Camp during COVID.

The town board appointed Laura Burzesi and Victoria Springs to the Planning Board.

Special Election Absentee Ballot Plan – Councilman Wohlleber presented an absentee ballot request form and a procedure to follow in order to offer and accept absentee ballots for the Ambulance District Special Election. The Special Election is being held on Tuesday, March 30 from noon-8pm at the Sullivan-Jones VFW. The Town Attorney stated that as per the NYS Attorney General, absentee ballots are not allowed in this type of special election. Councilman Wohlleber wants to see absentee ballots as NYS now has early voting and we are in the midst of a global pandemic. The other members of the town board agreed to follow the advice of the town attorney.

Supervisor Hammond stated that town officials are working on a new Emergency Preparedness Plan.

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, February 18th at 7pm.

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

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