Local Government

Local Government 05.19.22

Rensselaer County Legislature – Minority Office – May 2022 Monthly Report

City of Troy targeted property tax abatement – The Minority Office introduced a Local Law, which was supported by a 18-1 vote (with legislator Fiacco voting against it), to provide real property tax relief to specific districts in Troy. The tax exemption shall be valid on any increase in assessed property value attributable to construction improvements for a certain number of years. 

Health – The legislature authorized the Health Department to purchase previously rented PCR Covid-19 testing machines, printers and testing kits for county school buildings to assist in the rapid identification and monitoring of Covid-19. This purchase is 100% grant funded and will help schools maintain in person learning and support prevention strategies to curtail the spread of Covid-19. These machines can also test for flu and strep symptoms. 

HVCC North Expansion – The legislature supported the funding of construction costs for the Hudson Valley Community College expansion project in partnership with Global Foundries in creating a new training and apprenticeship center in Malta, NY. This project will create the space and resources needed to expand workforce training opportunities in highly specialized and growing fields of healthcare, STEM and skilled trades. 

22nd Annual Coats for Kids Campaign– The legislature unanimously voted to enter into a partnership with The Country Club of Troy to host their annual fundraiser in September and raise money to buy winter coats for underprivileged children. The County hopes for 150 golfers and are expecting to raise enough money to purchase 850-900 coats this year. 

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Ave, Troy. 

PUBLIC FORUM – Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 518 270-2890. www.rensselaercounty.org & follow us on Facebook: “Rensselaer County Legislature – Democratic Team”

Town of North Greenbush Update

It is our pleasure to provide you with an update on things happening in and around our great town. With the retirement of Anthony Germano, we are pleased to welcome Michael Chaires as our new Town Comptroller. Please feel free to stop into town hall and say hello. North Greenbush will be taking part in the Joint Household Hazardous Waste Collection event for town residents. Please see our new town website for more details. Town Beach Passes will be available at the Comptroller’s office during the week from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with the beach opening on June 22nd and closing August 15th. Summer Camp will be held from July 5 – August 12. The town board recognized the Averill Park Girl’s Basketball team on winning the NYSPHSAA Championship with presentations to each player. The town board was pleased to present funding to the North Greenbush Ambulance Association and Wynantskill/Defreestville Fire District through ARPA funds the town received. Road improvements are near completion along the Rte 4 corridor. Our Food Truck Wednesday event will continue throughout the summer. Supervisor Joe Bott invites all of you to the North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday, May 30th at 1:30 pm. Thank you to Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman, Councilwoman Jessica Merola and Kathy Allen for organizing this years event but more importantly, thank you to our service men and women who we lost and will recognize on Memorial Day. Look for our Summer Concerts to kick-off on Sunday, June 26th at 6pm behind town hall. Finally, we would like to recognize our Police Officers for their dedication to our town, especially during National Police Week. We thank them for their service. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with questions or ideas via our website.

Councilman Jack Rogers Reports to the Town of North Greenbush

This month’s meeting started with a presentation of $50,000 to the North Greenbush Ambulance and $10,000 each to the Wynantskill and Defreestville Fire Departments. Money was made available by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

The Summer Concert Series will start on Sunday, June 26th at 6pm weather permitting. Concerts to be held at the Town Hall park each Sunday through the summer. 

The Town Board approved the appointment of a new town comptroller, Michael Chaires. The appointment is effective May 27th. Welcome to North Greenbush. 

A resolution approved monies for general repair and improvement of highways.

The Town Board approved the terms of a contract for a security detail negotiated with North Greenbush Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Tri-City Valley Cats for the 2022 season.

A resolution was passed approving the town to enter an agreement with Rensselaer County for joint hazardous waste collection for town residents. The first collection is in Troy on June 11th. Refer to town website for more information. 

A resolution was approved to set a public hearing for the establishment of the proposed Sliters Lane water district extension. A public hearing is scheduled for June 9th at 6:45 PM at Town Hall.

North Greenbush Summer Camp and park fees approved. Refer to the town website for additional information. 

The Town Board congratulated the Averill Park Girls basketball team for winning the Class A New York State Public Schools Athletic Association (NYSPSAA) Girls Championship.

Check out the town website for information, announcements, and town board meeting minutes at townofng.com or contact me at jrogers@nullnorthgreenbush.org. Get involved and informed about what is happening in the Town of North Greenbush. 

Next Town Meetings are:

•Planning Board 5/23/22 at 6:30PM

•Zoning Board 6/8/22 at 6:30PM

•Town Board 6/9/22 at 7:00PM

Happy Memorial Day, Councilman Jack Rogers

Rensselaer County Legislature Approves Funding For Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events

Chairwoman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman is pleased to announce that the County will be providing funding to host Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events in those municipalities that chose to participate.

“The disposal of hazardous waste has been an issue for many residents and communities throughout Rensselaer County. The cost of environmentally compliant disposal has been a barrier for many localities. We believe that this partnership will help with those costs, and we encourage Rensselaer County residents in these municipalities to participate in the program”, said Chairwoman Hoffman

Rensselaer County, the City of Troy, and the Town of Bethlehem, will be partnering on an inter-county Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal program for 2022. The program will consist of six events. 

These events, scheduled throughout the second half of the year, will provide residents of the participating municipalities the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials not accepted through normal garbage collection service.

The first event will be Saturday, June 11th, at the Troy Resource Management Facility (Alamo) in Troy (3000 Main St).

Participating Municipalities for the June 11th event:

• City of Troy 

• Town of Bethlehem

• Town of North Greenbush 

• City of Rensselaer

“These events are great example of local governments coming together to offer a safe and convenient way for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. Scheduling several events means it is easier for residents to access and dispose of these items in an environmentally-friendly manner’, said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

The disposal event is a free service to residents of the participating municipalities only. Advanced registration is required; residents who have not pre-registered will be unable to participate. Residents must visit their participating municipality’s website to register. 

Please be sure to register early as space is very limited.

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.

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