Local Government

Local Government 04.06.23

Poestenkill Spring Clean Up 2023

When: April 24th- April 28th


• Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags

• Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft 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


• Garbage or Trash

• Cleaning of Vacant Lots

• Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt

• Metal Items

• Plastic Bags or Flowerpots 

• Tires or Batteries



• 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

Poestenkill Update from Councilmember Wohlleber

The Town Board unanimously passed a local law providing tax exemption on real property for senior citizens, and another local law providing tax exemption based on the owners volunteer membership in the Poestenkill Fire Company. 

Several residents had questions about the proposed dog kennel at Waste Management on Route 66. The likely next step will be the consideration of the PDD status and this will continue to be a topic of discussion at future Town Board meetings. 

The Town Board is reviewing proposals to repair the roof at Town Hall as well as potential work at the front entrance of the building.

The Town Board is also considering options to update/upgrade street lights in town, the majority of which are in the hamlet with a several also on Plank Road towards East Poestenkill. This will continue to be a topic of discussion at future Town Board meetings. 

The Town Board is considering the purchase of a F2690 Kubota Tractor to remove snow on sidewalks in the hamlet. The cost of the tractor would exceed $40,000. 

A public hearing will be held at the April Town Board meeting to consider amending the requirement for all new roads constructed in town, to be 24 feet wide. 

The next Town Board Meeting will be Thursday, April 13 at 7pm. 

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Rensselaer County Electronics Recycling Event Draws Hundreds

Cars were lined up all day long on Saturday March 25th as residents brought loads of old electronics for disposal at the old county office building in Troy. Chairwoman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman was thrilled with the response to their annual Electronics Recycling Event. For years, the Legislature and it’s Environmental Management Council has been offering county residents with this convenient opportunity to properly and safely dispose of non-working or unwanted household electronics.

This year was no different as Legislators Rob Bayly, Wayne Gendron, Dan Casale, and Tom Grant joined Kelly in greeting residents and helping unload electronics from cars and trucks. There were countless computers, air conditioners, laptops, cell phones, dehumidifiers, and computer monitors all unloaded by legislators and the helpful staff of ProTek Recycling. County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Assemblyman Scott Bendett, and even Surrogate Court Judge Paul Morgan stopped by to lend a hand on the cold and damp day.

Our Legislators know how important it is to keep recyclable waste out of our landfills, and that is why they are excited to sponsor this event every year.

Stay tuned as we announce dates for our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events soon.

Follow us on Facebook @Rensselaer County Legislators to keep informed of all upcoming events, or call us at 518-270-2880.

Reminder: Our next monthly meeting is on April 11th at 99 Troy Road in East Greenbush.

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!

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