Local Government

Local Government 04.21.22

Rensselaer County Legisalture Majority Reports April Meeting Highlights

The Rensselaer County Legislature took the first step in purchasing the former Rose and Kiernan building in East Greenbush as a new home for some county offices. This move will pave the way for the County’s Probation and Social Services departments to move out of the Flanigan Square building and into the current county office building, saving over $1 million a year in rent. The purchase was opposed by the members of the Minority.

The Legislature also approved a resolution expanding the scope of the engineering work to complete the design of the Aeration Improvement Project at the County Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project, estimated to cost over $10M, received a grant of $8.7M from New York State earlier this year. The project will improve the energy efficiency and operation of our state of our award winning plant.

The Legislature also approved an agreement establishing Hazardous Waste Collection Days in Rensselaer County. This agreement with the City of Troy and the Town of Bethlehem will allow participating towns and villages in Rensselaer County to host a day to accept paints, chemicals, and hazardous material for safe disposal. The Legislature just hosted an extremely well attended Electronics Recycling Day that saw several Majority Legislators unload tons of electronics from the hundreds of vehicles that lined up to responsibly dispose of their electronics.

The Majority Legislators also introduced a resolution urging Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature to repeal the portions of the Criminal Justice reforms that allow dangerous repeat criminals to be released from jail, take steps to restore judicial discretion, and give district attorneys more time to complete the discovery process, and more. After noting that crime in Troy and other cities has increased, the six Minority members that represent Troy voted against the resolution.

As always we can be reached at (518) 270-2880. Follow us on Facebook at: “Rensselaer County Legislators”

Councilman Jack Rogers Reports to the Town of North Greenbush

Presentation provided on Quakendarry Commons. A proposed development at North Greenbush Road and Bloomingrove Drive. 

The Town Board approved a resolution to amend the 2022 Animal Shelter agreement with Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society.

A resolution was approved re-naming Willowbrook Court to Wacholder Way located in the Rensselaer Technology Park in Honor of Michael Wacholder, former director of the park. Mr Wacholder passed away on March 11, 2022.

The Town Board extended their gratitude and appreciation to Town Comptroller, Anthony Germano, who is retiring at the end of May. Thank you Tony for your eleven years of service and dedication to the Town of North Greenbush. 

The Board accepted the 2021 annual financial audit that will be filed with the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The Town Board approved referring an application by North Point Holdings LLC to the planning board

for review. This would be an application for rezoning for an automotive business. 

The last resolution was for appointment of summer staff for the 2022 summer season. 

The North Greenbush Electronics Recycling Day is Saturday April 23rd 9am- 3pm behind Town Hall. 

The Town of North Greenbush will have a new website effective Monday, April 18th. 

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:

•Planning Board 4/25/22 at 6:30PM

•Zoning Board 5/11/22 at 6:30PM

•Town Board 5/12/22 at 7:00PM

Happy Earth Day,

Councilman Jack Rogers

Town of North Greenbush Update

Spring is in the air and with that, Supervisor Joe Bott would like to remind residents about the North Greenbush Recycling Day on Saturday, April 23rd at Town Hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill. The new town website is being unveiled so please check it out and let us know what you think. 

There will be more details to come on the Annual Memorial Day parade and summer concert series on the website. The new waterline project in Defreestville is moving forward which will be a welcome addition to the residents in that area. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded about the new 4-way stop at the intersection of Winter Street Extension and Bloomingrove. This particular intersection has one of the highest ratings for serious accidents in our town and these mitigation steps were necessary to address them. 

Our annual East Egg Hunt was an overwhelming success. The rain did not stop the fun as children in town took their baskets and collected sweat treats, won prizes and met the East Bunny. Special thanks to all who participated in this great annual tradition. Cusack & Company completed their annual and single audits for 2021 and were accepted by the town board. The audit showed a strong fund balance as well as reserve fund. We wish to acknowledge our town dispatchers during last week’s National Telecommunicator’s Week. Finally, after spending the last 11 years as Comptroller and many years prior on various boards in the town, 

Tony Germano is retiring. The financial success of our town is due in part to Tony’s guidance and extended experience in town government and finance. Although we are going to miss him, we would like to wish him the very best as he retires at the end of May. Thank you Tony for your dedicated years of service to the Town of North Greenbush. We will forever be grateful for your guidance, leadership and friendship.

Rensselaer County Legislature Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman Announces Earth Day Poster Contest

Earth Day is just around the corner and Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman is proud to announce that the Rensselaer County Legislature will once again be holding an Earth Day Poster Contest. 

This popular contest is open to all county residents in grades K-6. 

Entries will be judged by the members of the Legislature and they will be looking for creativity, originality, and artistic quality. Students are encouraged to illustrate how they see Earth Day or how they feel about a particular environmental issue.

Each student can submit only one poster that is no larger than 22 x 30 inches.

Entries can be mailed to the Rensselaer County Environmental Management Council, Rensselaer County Office Building, 1600 Seventh Avenue Troy, New York 12180, or dropped off at the Legislature Majority Office on the third floor of the County Office Building.

All entries must be received by April 29th and include the student’s name, address, school, grade, and contact information on the back of the poster. Please call the Environmental Management Council at (518) 270-2888 for more information.

First place winners in each category will receive $50 gift cards, and Second place finishers will receive $25 gift cards.

We look forward to what our bright young minds create this year!

Town of Sand Lake Clerk’s Office

 Please note the Sand Lake Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, April 25th.  We will be attending the Annual New York State Town Clerk’s Association Conference. 

Application acceptance for the Military Banner program ended April 8th.  I took 34 new applications this year.  Our highway department will be putting them up early in May along with last year’s banners.  I’ve seen the mock ups.  They are impressive and will make an outstanding display throughout our Town.

DEC has informed us that the new Fishing Regulation Guide is on the way but have not given us a definite date of delivery.  If you need information a PDF copy can be accessed on DEC’s website at:  https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html

New York State has a burn ban in effect until May 14th.  Please obey the law. 

Rabies clinic:  To date no clinics are scheduled for Sand Lake.  I checked with Rensco Health Dept. and they hope to have a date in the near future. 

As always, any questions please call the Clerk’s Office at 518-674-2026 Ext. 122. 

Barbara Hansen, Town Clerk

From The Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

I am pleased to announce that the Town of North Greenbush will be having our Memorial Day Parade this year. 

The parade will be Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 1:30 P.M. After 2 long years of the COVID Pandemic the town is excited to invite all to participate in the parade. If you or your group are interested in participating in this year’s parade you may email the Deputy Supervisor, Kelly Hoffman or Councilwoman Merola, who are coordinating the 2022 parade participants and line up. Feel free to email them at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org with any interest you may have.

Poestenkill Spring Brush Clean Up

The Town of Poestenkill Highway Dept will be around the week of April 25th to April 29th for brush clean up. Please have items out by April 24th. Acceptable items include yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable paper bags; brush and branches cut to 8 ft. lengths, maximum of 3 ft. high and maximum diameter of 6 inches (if we can’t chip it, we can’t take it). For more information, see the flyer on the town website or contact the highway garage at (518)283-4144

From The Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

The Town Clerk’s office would like to let all North Greenbush residents who are receiving or renewing a Permanent or Temporary Parking Permit of the new changes in the process of obtaining a (handicap) tag. You will now need to bring your driver’s license or non-driver’s license with you to obtain your tag. 

We will now place the last 3 digits of your license’s number on all tags you receive. If you should have any questions on this process, please do not hesistate to call the office @ 518-283-4306, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and I will be happy to assist you in any way that I can.

Town Garage Sale

EAST GREENBUSH – The Town of East Greenbush will host the annual Town Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 23rd from 8:00AM-Dusk. Pre-Registration is ONLY required if you would like to be included on the official program for the event.

If you wish to simply host a sale at your house and not have it advertised you do NOT need to signup through the RecDesk page. To sign up and be included on the official program please visit https://eastgreenbush.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=128 

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