Local Government

Local Government 03.19.20

Sand Lake FYI

SAND LAKE – Happy Spring to all Sand Lakers! We have officially announced our 2020 Butler Park Concert Series. There will be eight free concerts, starting on July 2 and running through August 20, on Thursday evenings at 7:00. Come hungry because we will be reaching out to local businesses to solicit interest in selling food at the events. Thank you to Mike Slavin and Stuart Nippes for working hard to put this schedule together.

We are working on an email newsletter that will be distributed quarterly. Amy Lent, a citizen of our town, is heading up this effort. We plan on sending out our first newsletter on June 1st. Amy is currently collecting email addresses and reaching out to organizations to let them know more about the newsletter, how to submit articles for inclusion, and deadlines for submission. If you want to sign up for the newsletter, please reach out to Amy Lent at alent@nullsand-lake.us. I also placed a sign-up sheet at the back table. Many thanks to Amy for her initiative and hard work.

The Sand Lake Historical Society held a program on the history of Burden Lake which was met with rave reviews. For the first time, a community organization program was broadcast on Cable Channel 1303 and streamed online. I’m very happy that we have community organizations that want to use our resources to share programs like this with our citizens who cannot travel, or wish to watch the programs from the comfort of their homes. Thank you to the Sand Lake Historical Society. Any other community organizations that want to explore the possibility of broadcasting their meetings, please reach out to me at Town Hall.

An official at the NYS Department of Transportation reached out to me regarding community transportation. We discussed several programs that can be funded, in part, through DOT. We are looking for creative ways to explore this issue. If you wish to participate in researching senior transportation, please reach out to me at Town Hall.


Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Shuharts presented a plan for Senior Housing of 48 units. The site is located on Route 355 prior to entering the village. The Town Board members had several questions – a motion by Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Supervisor Hammond to entertain the PDD application and move it forward to the Planning Board for review, passed by a vote of 3-2 with Councilman Van Slyke and Councilman Hass voting no.

Troy Sand & Gravel presented a plan to extract sand and gravel both in Poestenkill and the Town of Sand Lake on property north of Stop 13 Road. The proposal is to extract sand and gravel from the Goewey Farm to include 4.9 acres. There was a lengthy discussion between the Town Board and representative from Troy Sand & Gravel regarding ingress/egress, noise and other issues. This will be placed on the March agenda for further discussion.

Motion made by Councilman Hass, seconded by Councilmen Wohlleber and unanimously approved to appoint Dawn Neibuhr to the Town Ethics Board.

Resolution #2-2020 – The Town Board accepted, by a vote of 4-0, the water systems at Quail Meadow and Lochvue – where the Town accepts the water systems built in these developments as additions to the Poestenkill Water District. Supervisor Hammond abstained from this resolution.

Resolution #3-2020 – The Town Board unanimously imposed a late fee for out-of-district water users. The resolution authorizes the Poestenkill Water District to impose a late fee of three percent per month after the first thirty days upon any out-of-district customers who are delinquent in paying their water bill.

The Town Board unanimously re-appointed Philip LaRocque to the Board of Assessment Review with a term to expire on September 30, 2024.

A motion by Councilmen Wohlleber, seconded by Councilmen Van Slyke to appoint Tracy Church as the new Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer.

These minutes to be approved at the next town board

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.

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;


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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