Local Government

Local Government 03.16.23

North Greenbush News

We hope the luck of the Irish is with you and yours on this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. We are lucky to have dedicated employees working with us at Town Hall. 

That includes our long-time employee Frank Giuliano who recently retired from the town after many years. Supervisor Joe Bott and Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman attended Frank’s retirement party and recognized him for his lifetime of service to the town. 

At our monthly town board meeting, the board reported on a rate increase passed on by the City of Troy who provides water to the town. Beginning April 1, 2023, residents will see the new rate of $5.28 per 1,000 gallons; for an average sized family this would amount to an estimated $50 per year increase for water usage. 

The board approved an out of district water user agreement for a resident on Geiser Road whose property does not have an adequate water supply from an existing well. The cost will be paid by the resident. We are gearing up for Summer Camp and appointed our key staff to begin the process of getting activities ready! The board considered a variance from Local Law #2 of 2022 in connection with a proposed project at 128-130 Main Ave where 5 residential apartments are proposed above first floor retail spaces. This was referred to the planning board for a recommendation. 

The board authorized the submission request to the NYS Civil Service Commission in connection with William Miller’s position of Fire Marshall/Department Head. Supervisor Bott showed those in attendance our “Project of the Year Award” for the Route 4 Traffic and Pedestrian Improvement Project. We appreciate the recognition! 

We are excited to report the electric charging stations will soon be installed at town hall once the weather improves. Thank you to our highway department colleagues for getting us through another winter with clearing our roads and keeping us safe. We hope to see you Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 am for our annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Councilman Jack Rogers Reports to the Town of North Greenbush

Water rates will be increasing again in the Town of North Greenbush. The town contracts with the City of Troy for municipal drinking water. There will be a 11% increase in water rates per 1,000 gallons effective April 1, 2023. This will be an estimated increase of $50/year per household. The last water increase was January 1, 2022.

The Town Board passed a resolution for an “ Out of District User Agreement” for property owners who do not have an adequate water supply from an existing well and can connect to the municipal water at an expense to the property owner.

Some summer staff positions were approved for the 2023 season for the town beach/camp.

A 211 waiver will be submitted to the New York Civil Service Commission for the position of Fire Marshall/Department Head. 

Application for a variance from North Greenbush local law #2 for a proposed building project at 128-130 Main Avenue Wynantskill was reviewed by the board. This application will be sent to the Town Planning Board for consideration. 

The Town Comptroller provided an update on the town’s new financial management software. Soon residents will be able to make payments by credit card at Town Hall. 

The Town’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 1st. 

Check out the town website for information, announcements, and town board meeting minutes at townofng.com or contact me at jrogers@nullnorthgreenbush.org. I also post information on my Facebook page Councilman Jack Rogers. You can attend meetings in person or live stream at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/northgreenbush. Get involved and informed about what is happening in the Town of North Greenbush. 

Next Town Meetings are scheduled for:

•Planning Board 3/20/23 at 6:30PM

•Zoning Board 4/12/23 at 6:30PM

•Town Board 4/13/23 at 7:00PM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Councilman Jack Rogers

Electronics Recycling Day Announced

The Rensselaer County Legislature and Environmental Management Council announce their annual Electronics Recycling Day event on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Rensselaer County Office Building, 1600 7th Avenue in Troy. 

Please enter the parking lot from Congress Street. Items accepted include: air conditioners, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, other metal appliances, AV equipment, business machines, cable receivers, cell phones, electronic video game consoles, toasters, microwaves, ink cartridges, keyboards, laptops, bikes, swing sets, basketball hoops, grills, portable music players, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, tablets, VCR’s, DVD players, wiring and cabling. 

Items NOT accepted include: TV’s and CRT Monitors, alkaline batteries, dishwashers, fluorescent lamps and lightbulbs, radioactive, biomedical, infectious materials, volatile or highly flammable items, cleaning products, paint, paint cans, refrigerators, tires, wood, glass or plastic. 

This is open to Rensselaer County residents only. For questions, please call ProTek Recycling at (518) 874-1001. We look forward to serving you on the 25th.

Earth Day Poster Contest

Rensselaer County Legislative Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman has announced their Annual Earth Day Poster Contest! Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023 and the theme this year is “Invest in our Planet.” 

Members of the Legislative Majority encourage students who live in Rensselaer County to participate in this fun activity while showing off their love for our planet. We will be accepting entries from students in grades K-6 until April 29th. 

One original art entry per student, not to exceed 22×30 inches. Posters can be mailed or dropped off to: Rensselaer County Environmental Management Council or Legislative Majority Office at: 99 Troy Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061. 

Schools in the county are welcome to coordinate drop off for their students. Please be sure to include the student’s name, address, school, grade and contact information on the back of the poster. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in grades K-2 and 3-6. 

This contest is one of the most popular events the Rensselaer County Legislative Majority sponsors, filling the walls with hundreds of unique posters. The legislature continues to bring to light issues of environmental significance and educating our youth about “Earth Day” is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our youngest and brightest. We want to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate and use their imagination to come up with the most unique posters. Good luck!

East Greenbush CSD Approves Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Property Tax Exemption

The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Property Tax Exemption at a public meeting on February 27. The board voted following public comments at the meeting.

The tax exemption will provide a 10% property tax exemption of assessed value for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers with at least two years of service. The property tax exemption becomes permanent after 20 years of service.

Additionally, the exemption will continue for the surviving spouse of a volunteer who is killed in the line of duty with five years of service.

The resolution shall take effect immediately for the 2023-24 school tax year.

The tax exemption was made available through state legislation that was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on December 9, 2022.

Tax Receiver Town of Schodack

The mandated 2nd notice Town & County Property Tax Bills have been mailed.  All tax bills paid after March 3rd must include the 2% penalty and the $2.00 notice fee to be processed as paid. Please write your phone number on your check so we can contact you if there are any issues with your payment. 

Tax bills can be mailed to PO Box 436, East Schodack, NY, 12063, or put in the drop box outside of the Town Hall entrance door. No payments can be accepted after 4:30pm on March 31, 2023. Past years tax bills/receipts can be printed from the town website, Schodack.org, if needed for income tax preparation. 

Please call 518-477-9735 with any questions. Office hours for March will be Tuesday and Friday 9:00am-1:00pm.

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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