Local Government

Local Government 02.27.20

Town of Nassau Democratic Committee News

NASSAU – All enrolled Town of Nassau Democrats are cordially invited to attend our first meeting of the New Year on Sunday, March 15th, 3pm, at the Nassau Reformed Church located ¼ mile east of the traffic light on Rt. 20 in the Village of Nassau. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Nassau Dems is also welcomed to attend. We plan to discuss the need to recruit new members as well as talking about future plans and new directions and ideas for the Town Democrats to explore.

Join us for the fun of meeting and socializing with your fellow Democrats. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any ideas or concerns you wish to add to and discuss on our agenda, or to RSVP, please contact Pat at 518-577-0491 or email patpen1018@nullgmail.com.

Rensselaer County Legislature wants answers about Norlite Plant burning of chemicals

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Members of the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority are calling on the New York State to provide answers about recent news that the Norlite plant in Cohoes has been burning PFOA and PFOS laden firefighting foam.

Rensselaer County communities like Hoosick Falls are already dealing with the impacts of these harmful chemicals, and news that the same chemicals are being burned across the Hudson River has legislators concerned.

“This news comes as a big shock”, said Legislator Todd Tesman, “The emissions from the Norlite Plant can be seen from Rensselaer County, and the winds blow east to west right towards us. We need to know that the air we are breathing is safe.” added Tesman who along with Ken Herrington and Dan Casale represent Brunswick, Schaghticoke, and Pittstown.

“I am very concerned with anything that could negatively impact the Tomhannock Reservoir which provides drinking water to many communities. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) needs to get involved quickly, and make sure the public, and our drinking water is safe from these burning chemicals”, said Legislator Dan Casale.

In 2009, the County Legislature adopted a resolution urging DEC to conduct air sampling in Rensselaer County. At that time, DEC acknowledged that they did conduct air sampling in Rensselaer County.

Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman also expressed her concern. “I am deeply concerned about the potential health risks associated with the burning of these chemicals, especially any impacts it could have on our drinking water.” Said Hoffman

“The Norlite Plant is located just a few miles up the Hudson River form the DEC headquarters in Albany. I would hope that DEC immediately reviews the activities at Norlite, and provides area residents with some helpful answers”, said Legislator Tom Grant.

The Legislature will be introducing a resolution that will urge NYS DEC to provide appropriate air sampling in Rensselaer County.

Harry Tutunjian

Town of Schodack Tax Collection

SCHODACK – The Tax Office for the Town of Schodack will be open to receive 2020 Real Property and Water tax payments on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of March between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. When the office is closed, you may leave payments in the secure mailbox on the wall outside of the Tax Office on the second floor of the Town Hall. All payments for 2020 Real Property Tax will only be collected at this office until March 31st then all payments must be handled by Renssealaer County Bureau of Finance (518-270-2754).

Submitted by 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.

Town of Poestenkill’s Monthly Meeting Dates

POESTENKILL – The following are the dates for the Town Board of the Town of Poestenkill’s monthly meeting dates. March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020, July 16, 2020, August 20, 2020, September 17, 2020, October 15, 2020, November 19, 2020, December 17, 2020. The meetings are held the third Thursday of each month.

Susan Horton, Town Clerk

What is the Nassau Sunshine Fund Emergency Loan Program?

NASSAU – Are you a resident of the Town or Villages of Nassau? Has your household budget taken a hit? Got a car repair with nothing to spare? Or, are you having to choose between heat or eat? We know it happens, we’re here, we can help.

Norman Young, a well-known Nassau resident and antique dealer, had a birds eye view of the Great Recession of 2008. As his business involved buying household items from individuals needing to sell such items, he was struck by how hard hit many in the town were by the financial crisis. Norman came across an old cookbook that had been used as a fundraiser by a local organization called Open Porch Sunshine Society, which was around the early 1990s. While that organization had long faded away, he loved its neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy. He conceived of a new Nassau Sunshine organization in which local residents would provide emergency financial assistance to other town residents dealing with a personal financial crisis.Norman and two friends agreed to reach out to others as well as religious and locally based organizations.

At its first meeting the attendees approved of a simple plan – create a non-profit that would offer interest-free loans to residents of the Town and Villages of Nassau facing a financial crisis that exceeded their resources and for which local agencies, public and private, were unable to offer assistance. As our first chairman, Sam Whaley said, “We decided on no-interest loans instead of just giving money away because it provides dignity, not a handout.

Entering our eleventh year, the Nassau Sunshine Fund has made 54 loans totaling over $21,000. Please contact us to ask about a loan or to make a donation. Nassau Sunshine Fund, PO Box 10, Nassau, NY 12123 (518) 256-2878; Please leave a message. www.nassausunshinefund.org;

info@nullnassausunshinefund.org

We remain faithful to our motto: Neighbors – Helping – Neighbors!

Stephentown Historical Society is creating Welcome To Stephentown package

STEPHENTOWN – Welcome to Stephentown! We can help you with that!

Moving is always stressful, and a hassle, and, let’s face it – a lot of work! And once you’ve moved to your new location, you have a whole new set of situations and obstacles to overcome. You need to find out where to send the kids to school, or where to find someone to fix your plumbing or wiring. Or maybe you want to check out the local organizations and get involved in area groups. So………. in order to help make all of that just a little easier to navigate, the Stephentown Historical Society is creating a “Welcome to Stephentown” package.

We envision this package having lots of informational “stuff”, like names and contacts to help people find just about anything in town. We’d like to provide information from our local organizations, such as the Fire Department, Library, Historical Society, Veterans, Seniors, local churches and synagogues, and any others that exist. We would like to provide a listing (along with business cards where possible) of all local tradespeople and businesses. We want to include any groups in town – for instance, the Heavenly Quilters and Boy & Girl Scouts. We’d love to have menus from restaurants and maybe “new customer” discounts or other coupon-type discounts.

As you can see, this is a formidable task and we do not want to leave anyone out! So, we are asking for your help. If you are a local business or tradesperson and would like to be included in this package, please contact us at shs@nullfairpoint.net. Let us know who you are and what you have to offer – be sure to leave us your contact information so that we can get back to you!

This project has been in the planning stages for quite a while and we’d like to get it off the ground in early 2020, so please act now!

We expect this project to be hugely helpful to new families, but also to our townspeople!

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