Local Government

Local Government 03.09.23

Report From Councilman Wohlleber on Poestenkill Town Board

February Town Board Meeting.

Registration is open for Summer Camp. This year’s five-week camp will take place from July 10th – August 11th at the Poestenkill Elementary School. The camp is for kids from kindergarten to 8th grade and days are filled with a variety of activities including arts and crafts, STEM projects, games and field trips, among others. The town is looking for camp counselors. 

Campers’ registration and Camp Counselor applications are available on the town website. 

DJ Goyer, Highway Superintendent, discussed the safety issues associated with the present 10-foot roadway and asked the Town Board to consider all future road construction to be 12-foot roadways. The Board agreed to address this suggestion and will discuss it at future meetings. 

The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution honoring Marie Hoffman, who recently passed away. Ms. Hoffman made countless contributions to the Poestenkill community as a teacher, Town, and volunteer. 

The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution to enter a contract with Pizzola Creative, LLC to update the Town’s website. The contract, as approved it not to exceed $5,000. 

The Town Board unanimously approved Merritt Cropsey, Jr. as the alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Defreestville Fire Department March 2023 Update

March is National Women’s History Month and the Defreestville Fire Department proudly counts many brave, hardworking women among our ranks. Women like Lt. Kylie Cotugno, Eng. Emily Pirie, FF Rose Jokiel, and FF Sara Rothery; Chief’s Aide Bonny Mounteer; and Supporting members Marybeth Max, Jaime Vooris, and Pam Belschwinder. Of course, this list would be incomplete without 20+ year member Dianne Westfall. We’re proud to count them among us, and thank them – as well as the spouses of our members, whom contribute their patience and time enabling our members to respond – for their dedication and service to the public safety mission of the DFD. 

In fact, according to Women In Fire, “the first woman firefighter we know of was Molly Williams, who was a slave in New York City and became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11 in about 1815.” Women in Fire continues, “[d]uring World War II, many women across the country entered the volunteer fire service to take the place of men who had been called into the military. Two military fire departments in Illinois were staffed entirely by women for part of the war.”

While more women are joining the fire service, one thing that hasn’t changed is the mission of responding to emergency calls for assistance and other service-related responses. In February, the DFD responded to a total of 23 calls, including one structure fire. That brings our total for the entire year to 64 calls of all types.

The March drills consist of our monthly FAST drill, practicing various skills related to firefighter removal from hazardous situations; review of hazardous material operations and atomospheric monitoring; an NYS OFPC class on Lithium Ion Battery Emergencies; and EMS skills for non-EMTs. 

A great way to stay up-to-date with the happenings of our department – or pursue any potential interest in volunteering with us – are to “Like” and “Follow” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/defreestvillefd. Thank you for your support!

Employment Applications Available: Town Of Schodack Summer Recreation Program 2023

Applications for employment with the Town of Schodack Day Camp are now available for download at www.schodack.org under Youth Recreation. All applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of c

amp on July 10, 2023, and have a current working card, if applicable. Applicants must be available to work the duration of the camp which runs from July 10, 2023 through August 4, 2023. 

Completed applications must be returned to the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office no later than April 28, 2023. Please direct further questions to the Recreation Director Sheila Golden at youthdirector@nullschodack.org.

From the Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk


If you have new or gently used shoes, boots, sneakers, slippers, flip flops, etc. My office will be collecting footwear for Kiwanis. A box for all donations will be in my office located @ 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill, New York. If you should have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact my office @ 518-283-4306. The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thank you for your support in advance.

Town of Sand Lake News 

Military Banners – I am now accepting applications for Military Banners. Applications will be accepted until March 31. I will need the Application, photo and a check for $225.00. 

Summer Camp – Registration is now open for Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp. All information and Registration forms are on our website: townofsandlake.us. 

The Town of Sand Lake will be holding another Electronics Recycling Day tentatively set for April 22. More information to follow. 

Rensselaer County has invited us to participate in another Household Hazardous Waste Day. Dates and times have not been set. We will be limiting the number of sign ups as we are charged for materials brought in. I will post more information as we get it. Please note that household paint should not be taken to the Hazardous Waste event. It can be brought to the Convenience Facility on Chamberlin Road free of charge. Check the Town’s website for materials accepted at the Convenience Facility. 

As always, contact my office for more information: Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk 518-674-2026 Ext 122

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