Local Government

Local Government 05.06.21

Rensselaer County Legislators Sponsor Earth Day Poster Contest

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Vice Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislator Tom Grant were thrilled to see so many responses to the Legislature’s Earth Day Poster Contest for school-age children in the County. Prizes of up to $100 will be awarded to the winners in the grades K-2 and 3-6 categories. Winners will be announced soon. Thanks to all those who submitted artwork and to everyone who pitched in on an Earth Day clean up project.

Town of Schodack Spring Clean-Up Days

SCHODACK – Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Spring Clean-up Days on May 13th, 14th and 15th at the Transfer Station on Poyneer Rd. During this event many items that normally have a charge are free and others are reduced up to 50%. This is a great time to clean out your garage to make room for the new lawn mower! The following price list is only for the dates noted above: Refrigerators, Freezers, Air conditioners & Dehumidifier -$8.00; Tires, rimless (maximum size 16”) – $2.00*; *larger and rimmed tires priced by size; TVs, computer monitors (limit 2), Propane Tanks, Furniture (limit 3 per household), Metal goods, Gas grills, Bicycles – FREE. All other prices remain the same.

Employment Applications for the Town of North Greenbush Summer Camp Are Now Being Accepted

NORTH GREENBUSH – Applications are available online at www.townofng.com. Applications for employment can also be picked up at Town Hall at our Library Lobby entrance, at the corner of Main Avenue and Douglas Street. Please direct further questions to Tammie O’Brien @ 518-283-2574 ext. 15. All completed applications must be returned by Friday, May 14th. All staff positions are available for hire: Camp Director, Assistance Director, Medical Director, Counselors, Lifeguards, Gate Keepers and Concession workers. Applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of camp and have current working papers from their school district.

Town of Sand Lake Volunteers

SAND LAKE – A big “Thank You” to everyone that participated in the recent “Make Sand Lake Shine!” Spring Clean-Up and the numerous organizations and businesses that participated to make it a huge success.  It was a pleasure to work alongside so many friends and neighbors.  Please mark your calendars for a Fall Clean-Up on Saturday, October 3, 2021.  

Additionally, we are seeking talented residents to serve on both the Communication & Marketing and the Community Engagement Committees.  These committees will be active soon and will be assisted by the Sand Lake Planning Oversight Committee to get up and running.

The Communication & Marketing Committee will create and manage a marketing plan to promote our Town’s recreational, cultural, arts, and historic resources.  

The Community Engagement Committee will create and manage a volunteerism plan to connect volunteers with organizations and work with the Communication & Marketing Committee to promote volunteerism and community involvement. 

All residents with a desire to promote Sand Lake are welcome to get involved.

Residents with questions or have an interest in volunteering for these committees should contact David Post, Chair of the Planning Oversite Committee at SLPOC@nullsand-lake.us .  

Councilman Jack Rogers Reports to the Town of North Greenbush

NORTH GREENBUSH – It’s great to get out and be part of our community. Especially now with nicer weather here and more residents getting those shots we have long been waiting for.

I joined family and friends to help clean up the roadways in Town for Earth Day. We picked up 23 masks alone on Main Avenue. Working to clean up our community is not only beneficial to the environment, but will make our community beautiful.

I along with many others attended the Rensselaer County DWI Memorial ceremony on a rainy day. This ceremony is held every April to remember those who died and to dedicate new names of those who were killed in the past year. The memorial is a grim reminder to not drink and drive.

Food Truck Tuesday will be starting Tuesday, May 4th. Stop by town hall for a variety of food choices. Have dinner at the park and don’t worry about cooking. Thank you to our Town Clerk, Janice Kerwin, for organizing this new venture in North Greenbush.

If your concerned with development in the Town of North Greenbush as I am, continue to follow our Planning Board, Zoning, and Town Board meetings. All these meetings are available to stream. Go to the town website townofng.com to get the link.

Remember to support our local American Legion Post 1489 and VFW’s in the area. They have some great food at these locations. As a veteran myself, I know these organizations appreciate your support. Memorial Day is fast approaching, a day to remember those who died to preserve our freedom.

As always any questions or concerns I can be contacted through our town website

townofng.com or my Facebook page Councilman Jack Rogers.

Submitted by

Jack Rogers, Town Councilman of North Greenbush

Rensselaer County Legislature to Opt In to NYS Program to Allow 12 and 13 Year Olds to Hunt

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Rensselaer County Legislature Majority has introduced a Local Law that will allow 12 and 13 year olds to hunt under the supervision of a licensed adult hunter.

Several local rod and gun clubs, and hunting enthusiasts, have reached out to Legislators urging Rensselaer County to opt in to the state’s new pilot program.

The intent of this Local Law is to authorize Rensselaer County to permit 12 and 13 year old individuals to participate in the new and safe hunting opportunities in accordance with Environment Conservation Law § 11-0935. The enacted 2021-2022 New York State Budget, include a pilot program, allowing the opportunity for young hunters, ages 12 and 13, to hunt deer with firearms and crossbow through 2023 if a county authorizes such action within their municipality.

“Rensselaer County is passing this local law as hunting is a valued tradition for many families, and this new opportunity allows experienced, adult hunters to introduce the value of hunting to the next generation”, said Majority Leader Ken Herrington- Brunswick.

Adoption of this Local Law allows Rensselaer County to participate in the temporary program to allow for young hunters to hunt deer with a firearm, to include rifles, shotguns, and muzzle loaded firearms or crossbow through 2023.

“Teaching young people safe, responsible, and ethical hunting practices will ensure a rewarding experience for the youth, while providing quality food to families and contributing to important deer management population control practices’, said Legislator Bruce Patire- Hoosick Falls.

The Local Law will be considered at the May 11th meeting of the Legislature.

As always, we can be reached by calling the Majority office at (518) 270-2880.

Everyone is encouraged to stay in contact and up to date by following our Facebook page at: “Rensselaer County Legislators”

Poestenkill Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, April 15, 2021

A public hearing was held again on a resolution to confer grandfather status on commercials wood operations in R, RA, RRI, RR2 and CL1 districts. There were several questions and comments on the proposed local law.

A second public hearing was held on a resolution to setting standards for driveways and private roads in new construction. The hearing will remain open until next month’s Town Board meeting.

Public comment period, T. Jacangelo thanked the Town Board members on a great job regarding the ambulance vote, saying the Town’s approach was excellent in giving residents a voice.

L. Lundgren informed the board that Margie Morris will be retiring as Director of the Library after more than 20 years of service.

Local Law #2-2021 – Enacting a local law to confer grandfather status to certain existing commercial wood operations in R, RA, RRI, RR2, and CL1 Districts. Motion made by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Council Hass and passed by a vote of 4-1 with Councilman Wohlleber voting no.

Resolution of the Town Board to enact a local law setting forth standards for driveways and private roads in new construction. This was tabled until next month.

Motion made by Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and unanimously passed, to appoint Tiffany Buker as Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals Clerk. Term to expire 12/31/2021.

Supervisor Hammond stated that he is working with Sand Lake to see if he can get passes for swimming at the Sand Lake Beach this summer. Supervisor Hammond also stated that the Town has an opportunity to receive $490,000 for the Covid-19 federal grant. More details to come.

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm.

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

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