Local Government

Local Government 03.11.21

Town of Schodack 2021 Tax Collection

SCHODACK – NYS mandated second notice reminder letters were mailed on March 5th to all property owners showing an unpaid balance. If your property taxes should have been paid through an escrow account, please contact them immediately. All payments received after March 4th MUST INCLUDE the 2% penalty and $2.00 second notice fee to be processed.

Please mail payments to, Shawn Masters Receiver of Taxes PO Box 436 East Schodack, NY 12063 or place in green drop box located by Town Hall entrance door before March 31st. No payments can be accepted through this office after March 31, 2021. Please put a current phone number on your check so we can contact you if there are any issues with your payment.

Past year Property and School Tax receipts for income tax forms may be printed from the town website Schodack.org.

You can contact me at 518-477-7935 with any questions.

Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes

Town of East Greenbush Department of Public Works Spring Cleanup

EAST GREENBUSH – Spring Cleanup will begin Monday, April 12th, 2021, and resume for the next  4 Mondays. The leaves must be in biodegradable bags and brush must be  tied up into 4 foot bundles, placed out alongside of the roadway, but not in the road. 

The dates are as follows: April 12th, 2021; April 19th, 2021; April 26th, 2021; May 3rd, 2021

Please be advised that these are the “ONLY” dates the Department of Public Works will be performing Spring Cleanup. If you miss these dates, you may bring these items to the Transfer Station, located at 246 Ridge Road, Town of East Greenbush. Residents must provide proof of residency, or a Transfer Station permit, and are allowed to bring these items all year long at no cost. 

Please do not place bags of leaves or bundles of brush on the pavement, in front of culverts, or on top of catch basins. Place all items on the edge of the road.

Sincerely, Daniel Fiacco

Town of East Greenbush Commissioner of Public Works – 69 Gilligan Road. 518-477-6103.

Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wood Processing – The Town Attorney discussed his work n the review of the status of the Article 78 proceedings as well as the scheduled Public Hearing on the subject of wood processing. Councilman Wohlleber questions the wisdom to allow wood processing with the Article 78 pending. The Town Attorney did not think the timing was a problem. Motion by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Supervisor Hammond passed 4 – 1 with Councilman Wohlleber voting no, to schedule the public hearing for March 18th at 7pm.

Zoning Board – Appoints Susan Kalafut as alternate to the Zoning Board and appoints Frank Burzesi as Chairman, were passed unanimously.

DJ Goyer, Highway Department advised the Town Board to approve the agreement on the dedication of roads in Quail Meadows. This item will be voted on at the next Town Board Meeting.

Town Board voted unanimously to purchase a new 2022 International model HV 507 4×4 truck for $207,966.

Supervisor Hammond stated that the school district would like to connect to the Poestenkill Municipal Water System to Algonquin Middle School. These options will be discussed when the town is provided with further information.

The Ambulance District Special Election will be held on Tuesday, March 30th at the Sullivan-Jones VFW from noon to 8pm. For more information, please go to poestenkillny.com.

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

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Rensselaer County Legislature Majority Update

RENSSELAER COUNTY – During committee meetings last week, the Rensselaer County Legislature was pleased to accept $421,874.17 in grant funding from the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security Act. This funding was targeted for those counties that met or exceeded standards of maintaining low infection and mortality rates in nursing homes. Our Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home was deemed eligible for this funding because the hard work of the staff that took extra precautions to protect residents. The County Executive’s decision to close the Manor to visitors at the earliest onset of the Coronavirus was noted as an important step in keeping the residents safe.

The Majority Legislators also submit a resolution supporting the investigations into Governor Cuomo’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in nursing homes and supporting revocation of his emergency powers. In July of 2020, the Legislature adopted a resolution calling for an independent investigation into Governor Cuomo’s deadly nursing home directive. That resolution passed 13-6, with members of the Democrat Minority opposing the resolution. Majority Leader Ken Herrington-Brunswick offered an amendment to the original resolution to include support for the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment that were recently made against Governor Cuomo.

The Legislature also acted on resolutions to purchase equipment for the highway department that will help them prepare for the spring paving and roadway maintenance projects that are planned.

District 2 Legislators Kelly Hoffman, Leon Fiacco, Tom Grant, and Rob Bayly were excited to advance legislation that is critical to getting the County Fire Training Tower facility built in North Greenbush.

Finally, Legislators Bob Loveridge, Scott Bendett, and Chuck Peter were pleased to advance legislation to pledge funding to advance the extension of the existing public sewer system in the Town of Schodack. This extension is proposed along Maple Hill Road to US Route 9.

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for February 2021

SCHODACK – While we’re not out of the woods yet, it would seem spring is slowly beginning to show itself and winter is on its way out. March and April can still be challenging months, but hopefully the worst is behind us and I look forward to the return of warmer weather.

Another thing that we are hopefully beginning to put behind us is COVID-19. With case loads dropping and the availability of vaccines hitting a major milestone with the approval of the Johnson & Johnson shot, capacity to vaccinate our vulnerable and essential populations has dramatically increased. This news means we’ll hopefully see the end of the pandemic in the next few months. My thanks to County Executive Steve McLaughlin and his team for their assistance in hosting vaccination events for essential Police and Highway personnel. Getting his protection for our front-line employees is critical to ensuring our workforce is protected and able to fully serve our residents. Rensselaer County continues to operate a vaccination clinic out of HVCC and I encourage anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to check out Rensselaer County on Facebook or call the health department to learn more about how to sign up.

In February, the Town Board passed a local law I initially put forth in January which stated no person would hold a Schodack elected office while at the same time holding an elected position at the county or state level as well. After seeing similar laws passed in East Greenbush and Rensselaer that seemed to be politically motivated and targeting particular individuals, I felt it was important for us to be proactive and get ahead of the issue in order to take politics out of it.

Additionally, we received an update and held a public comment forum regarding the ongoing Schodack Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. My thanks to our community review board members, Chief Hourigan, and Town Board member Scott Swartz for their work in bringing this plan forward.

Be well and I wish you a Happy Easter.

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