Local Government

Local Government 04.01.21

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.

Town of Brunswick Spring/Summer Pick-up Schedule

BRUNSWICK – Limbs must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter. Branches must be free of roots and dirt. Avoid piling brush near utility poles and under trees, wires, or out in the street. We do not go on private property. Clean wood only. No commercial pickups. Please do not put sticks, dirt or rocks or any material other than leaves and grass in bags. We do not use leaf vacuums in the Spring.

We will also pick up other yard waste, such as grass clippings provided biodegradable paper bags are used. We do not pick up rocks, stumps, rubbish, etc. please do not put these items out with your branches.

Appliances and tires (no rims) must be tagged (Tags can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office)

Please no clear cutting of lots. Residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our Recycling Center.

Items need to be out by first day in front of your residence

Monthly brush and yard waste pick-up schedule will be the following dates: April 19-April 23rd; May 17- May 21st; June 21st -June 25th; July 19th –July 23rd; August 16th-August 20th; September 20th-September 24th; October 18th-October 22nd (last pick-up for season)

If you have any questions, please call 279-3461, Ext 100. 

Councilman Jack Rogers Reports to the Town of North Greenbush

NORTH GREENBUSH – The North Greenbush Police Department has submitted its Police Reform and Reinvention Plan. It was submitted to the state per executive order 203. I was proud to be a small part of the process of reviewing this document and very happy to sign it. Thank you to Chief Keevern for putting this plan together and to the residents who took part in this very successful initiative.

The US Route 4 Traffic and Pedestrian Improvement Project is planned to start on March 29, 2021. There is plenty of signage throughout the town. Please use caution and plan accordingly. This long-awaited project will be ongoing throughout the summer. Local roads are vital to the mobility and the economic well-being of our town.

There has been discussion on how and when to open town hall safely to our residents. Our town hall employees continue to work diligently to carry on town business efficiently. I want to thank them all.

Our ambulance, highway crews, police, and fire departments continue to be busy and need thanks as well. Continue to be safe.

Earth Day is April 22nd, let’s take care of our property and clean up our neighborhoods. If everyone does their part, our great town will continue to look better and brighter.

Always check the town website for news and information at townofng.com or contact me at jrogers@nullnorthgreenbush.org. I also post information on my Facebook page Councilman Jack Rogers. Meetings are available virtually through the town hall site at stream.com/northgreenbush.

It’s been a long year for all of us and my thoughts and prayers go out to those residents we lost during this terrible time. Continue to be safe as we move forward through 2021.

Look for the Easter bunny driving around North Greenbush on April 3rd. Details on the town website and my Facebook page.

Happy Spring, Jack Rogers

Poestenkill Spring Clean Up 2021

POESTENKILL – April 26, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Acceptable items: Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable Paper bags. Brush and branches (cut to 8 ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3 ft. tall). Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road. Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it.

Unacceptable items: Garbage or trash; Cleaning of Vacant lots; Stumps, Sod, Rocks or Dirt; Metal items; Plastic bags or flower pots; Tires or Batteries; No Brush or Trees from private contractors.

Residents: please keep in mind we are a small highway crew that must take care of these brush piles by hand. Brown recyclable waste bags will be picked up a few times a month throughout the summer/fall. Please notify the Highway Garage of your location so the bags do not get missed.

Questions: David (DJ) Goyer, cell 518-269-1656; garage 518-283-4144.

Legislature Majority Set to Observe Earth Day, Announces Earth Day Poster Contest

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Spring is the air, and your Rensselaer County Legislature Majority members are just as excited as you are.

Kids are excited to finally play outside and little league fields across our county are being prepared by dedicated volunteers in anticipation of opening day.

As the weather improves, it is also nice to see our neighbors working on outside projects. Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22nd, our Legislators are busy keeping track of all of the projects that are being planned throughout the county.

Vice-Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman has announced an Earth Day Poster Contest for schoolchildren. The Earth Day posters will be judged on how well they portray Earth Day or an environmental issue. Judges will be looking for a clear message conveyed by the text and the artwork, creativity, originality, and artistic quality.

Winners will be chosen in two categories, grades K-2, and grades 3-6. Participants must be residents of Rensselaer County. Each contestant may only submit one poster, with a maximum poster size of 22 inches by 30 inches. The posters created by students must feature their own original artwork.

Poster entries can be submitted to our Rensselaer County Environmental Management Council, County Government Building, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy, NY 12180. Posters must be submitted by April 30, 2021, and must include: name, address, school, and grade and contact information. Posters can also be dropped off at the EMC or the Majority Office of the County Legislature, both located in the County Office Building. For additional information please contact us at 518-270-2888.

Another great sign that we are inching back to normal is the number of county residents that have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Thanks to the efforts of County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Director of Public Health Mary Fran Wachunas, and our team of staff and volunteers at HVCC, on some days we are vaccinating over 800 people in the course of one day. Teamwork!

Schodack Town Board GOP Report March 2021

SCHODACK – Spring is here and with it nicer weather and longer days that make enjoying our various parks and trails a popular activity for families across town. The newly completed Albany Hudson Rail Trail has seen some very heavy use especially on weekends. We couldn’t be happier to see so many people enjoying this great addition but want to remind both pedestrians and motorists alike to exercise caution around crossings, especially since this will be the first year that the trail has been completed. Also, parking is limited in a few areas to only a handful of cars so we encourage you to please be courteous and respectful of our neighbors and find some of the additional safe, marked areas to park if you are going to be enjoying the trail.

At the March 11th Town Board meeting, we passed a resolution recognizing the service of Officer Jeffrey Arno on the eve of his retirement. Officer Arno has provided Schodack with over 20 years of distinguished service, becoming one of our most respected and knowledgeable officers during that time. A model example of the type of Officer we strive to have as a member of our police force, Officer Arno is going to be sorely missed. Congratulations Jeff and we hoe you enjoy your well earned retirement.

Through our strong working relationship with County Executive Steve Mclaughlin and our county leaders, we have been able to ensure all our town employees have been given the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination should they desire it. Once 2nd doses have been administered, we hope to have an announcement on when we can fully reopen the Town Hall for business and meetings to the public without appointment. It has always been our highest priority to ensure our residents have access to their local government and services throughout this crisis and we look forward to getting your Town Hall fully open once again.

We hope you all have a Happy Easter and enjoy some time with family and friends.

-Jim Bult, Mike Kenney, and Scott Swartz

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.

At our March meeting, the Town Board adopted a resolution securing the musical acts for the 2021 Music in the Park Concert Series that will be held at Schodack Town Park beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 1 through June 29. After last year’s cancellation, I am really looking forward to seeing family, friends and neighbors once again enjoying our free live outdoor musical entertainment.

Document Shredding Days will be held on April 24 at East Greenbush Town Hall, July 24 at Schodack Town Hall and October 23 at Rensselaer City Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Residents of Schodack, East Greenbush and Rensselaer can bring up to three boxes of documents to any of these locations.

Our annual Spring Clean-Up Days will be held on May 13, 14 and 15 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. During these days, items that normally have a fee can be brought to the Transfer Station for free or at a reduced charge.

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the valuable and selfless service provided to our community by the volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders who are on the front lines protecting our community. Volunteer firefighters not only fight fires, but also respond to medical emergencies, weather-related situations, rescue incidents, and motor vehicle accidents.

New recruitment is critical for our Castleton, East Schodack, Schodack Landing, Schodack Valley and South Schodack volunteer fire companies and the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Squad. If you are interested in joining one of these outstanding organizations, please contact them so they can guide you through the requirements and application process.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board


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