Local Government

Local Government 03.03.22

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.

During February, the Town Board appointed Tom King to the position of Building Inspector & Code Enforcement Officer. Congratulations, Tom.

The Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency held a public meeting on February 15 at Town Hall to present a draft environmental impact statement created for approximately 6,000 acres along the I-90 corridor between exits 11 and 12 on Route 9. Once completed, the draft environmental impact statement will be posted on the town website followed by public review and comment. The meeting is available to view on townhallstreams.com (select “Schodack”).

Document Shredder Days will be held on April 23 at East Greenbush Town Hall, July 23 at Schodack Town Hall and October 22 at Rensselaer City Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Schodack residents are eligible to have their confidential documents safely shredded at no cost (3-box maximum per household).

The Town of Schodack seeks qualified applicants for the following job vacancies: Highway Superintendent, Director of Planning & Zoning, and Sole Assessor. For more information, visit www.schodack.org/human-resources and click on “Employment Opportunities” or call 518-477-3628.

The Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial VFW Post 7337 is currently accepting applications for its military banner tribute program that honors those brave men and women from the Town of Schodack or Village of Castleton who served in the military. To qualify, honorees must have served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force or Coast Guard and born in or have been a resident of our town or village. For more information, contact the VFW Post at 518-336-4288 or vfw12033@nullgmail.com.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Councilwoman

News from the Sand Lake Town Clerk

 It’s certainly been a cold, cold winter so far.  Anyone needing assistance with heating issues can apply to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  Please call Rensselaer County Department of Social Services 518-266-7960 or Department of Aging 518-270-2730.  After hours or emergencies should contact 518-283-2000.  

The Military Banner Program is up and running.  Applications can be found on the Town’s website:  townofsandlake.us,  or call me for assistance.  I will need the completed application form, a check for $225. 00 and a photo which I can scan at my office.  The deadline to submit is March 31st.

We are processing passports and passport photos.  We ask that you call ahead of time for an appointment.  Currently the turn around time is 8- 10 weeks, which can be expedited for an additional fee.  Also, if your passport is going to expire do not hesitate to renew.  I’s best to renew it 6 months prior to its expiration, especially if you plan to travel abroad.  

Just a reminder that the Town of Sand Lake has a public Charging Station for electric vehicles at Town Hall, 8428 Miller Hill Road, Sand Lake.

Stay warm and safe.  Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk 518-674-2026 Ext. 122

Stefanik Earns the Unanimous Endorsement of the Otsego and Rensselaer County Republican Committees

 PRESS RELEASE – SARATOGA, NY — Continuing historic Republican support, today Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that she has earned the unanimous endorsements of the Otsego County and Rensselaer County Republican Committees. Stefanik has now been endorsed unanimously by seventeen Republican committees in the 21st district, including Saratoga, Franklin, Herkimer, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Clinton, Hamilton, Warren, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Essex, Montgomery, Washington, Rensselaer, and Otsego Counties.

 State Senator and Otsego County GOP Chair Peter Oberacker said:

 “Otsego County Republicans were thrilled to welcome Congresswoman Stefanik to Otsego County last night and unanimously endorse her re-election campaign. Congresswoman Stefanik has a proven record of results in New York, and Otsego families feel grateful that she will soon be our voice in Congress. We look forward to helping Congresswoman Stefanik secure sweeping Republican victories throughout our communities this November.”

 Rensselaer County GOP Chair John Rustin said:

 “I am honored to announce that Rensselaer County Republicans have unanimously endorsed GOP House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik in her re-election campaign for Congress. We have cheered on Elise’s conservative leadership in New York for years, and we’re counting our blessings that we now have a Republican warrior like Elise fighting for our families. This election season, Rensselaer County Republicans will stand with Congresswoman Stefanik every step of the way to help her take back the House and deliver results for our families.”

 The expanded NY-21 district voted for President Trump by 19% in 2020, nearly doubling the margin in the prior NY-21, and voted for the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2018 by 30%. Congresswoman Stefanik has been re-elected by historic margins every single election cycle despite millions of dollars spent against her. The new seat has been described in multiple media outlets as a “GOP Super Seat”.

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

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