Local Government

Local Government 05.20.21

Town of Poestenkill Residents Recycling Day

POESTENKILL – Recycling Day at Waste Management, corner of Rt 66 and Rt 351. Town of Poestenkill Residents Only. Saturday, May 22, 2021 from  8am  -12 Noon. POESTENKILL  RESIDENTS may  bring white goods (air conditioners, washers/dryers, etc.) can be brought to Waste Management. There  will  be a  $20  charge  for white  goods  per  item. Bulk  items  will  also  be accepted (mattresses, couches, etc.) for a charge of $30 per item. Available to Town residents on a weekly basis from 8am-noon, you can bring 30-gallon bags of waste for $3.00 per bag. Waste Management will NOTaccept TIRES, OR TVs on these recycling days.Any questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-283-5119.

North Greenbush Democrats Cleaning Up on Earth Day

NORTH GREENBUSH – Several volunteers came out to help out on Earth Day 2021.

(L-R) Maureen Rogers, Sally Lauletta, Candidate for Rensselaer County Legislator, Jennifer Massey, Candidate for Rensselaer County Legislator, North Greenbush Councilwoman, Mary Frances Sabo, North Greenbush Town Councilman Candidate, Michael Myer, North Greenbush Town Supervisor Candidate, Kevin Bailey, and Jo Flanigan.

Sand Lake FYI  

SAND LAKE – Many questions have come to me regarding the stimulus monies coming to the Town of Sand Lake.    I have a Zoom meeting with the Association of Towns this week  that will focus exclusively on town governments and where the money can and cannot be expended.  When I learn more, I will share that knowledge with the Town Board and citizens of Sand Lake.  We will also openly discuss options on area where we should focus our funding.  I am very much committed to making sure this is an open process. 

The Town will be sponsoring and coordinating a concert series this summer.  Mike Slavin is working with us to put together a schedule that will appeal to all different kinds of music lovers in our community.  The concert series will be discussed in more detail at our May 26 Workshop meeting.  However, it appears that we will launch our first concert on Thursday, June 24 and proceed to have concerts every other Thursday through September 16th.  

I learned earlier this week that the town has prevailed in the ongoing lawsuits challenging our zoning code.  The NYS Court of Appeals have denied all requests from the three parties to hear arguments.  In an unusual move, the Court of Appeals also ordered the three parties to pay the Town of Sand Lake $100 each in court costs.  While the money doesn’t begin to cover our costs, it does provide us with some affirmation in our multi-year work on preserving our code.  

At our May 29 Workshop meeting, we will also be discussing the Town Beach and whether we should allow residents of Poestenkill access to the beach.  I know that we have discussed informally among ourselves whether we should allow a select number of Poestenkill residents, who would have to pay, that would allow us some revenue for beach maintenance, sand, etc.  If anyone has an opinion, please feel free to share it with me or any other Town Board member.  We want to know what you think.  Nancy Perry, Supervisor 

District 2 County Legislators Present Check to North Greenbush Ambulance Association

NORTH GREENBUSH – Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislators Tom Grant and Rob Bayly stopped by the North Greenbush Ambulance garage recently to show their support for the first responders. The North Greenbush Ambulance squad has been especially busy lately, not only answering calls in the town, but also responding to nearby municipalities. Kelly Hoffman presented a check to President Kathy Allen on behalf of Legislators Tom Grant, Rob Bayly, and Leon Fiacco. The legislators thanked Director of Operations Ryan French and EMT Supervisor Ryan Hannigan for their dedication and commitment to the residents of North Greenbush and its neighboring communities. The ambulance squad has seen a sharp uptick in the number of emergency calls, and have had to spend thousands of additional dollars on PPE equipment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the funds form the Legislature will help offset those costs.

Rensselaer County Legislature Approves Law to Allow 12 and 13 Year Olds to Hunt With an Adult

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

The recently adopted New York State Budget includes legislation that allows youths aged 12 and 13 to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter. This special provision is available to upstate counties that must opt-in by local law in order to participate.

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.

This Local Law will authorize Rensselaer County to permit 12 and 13 year old individuals to participate in the new and safe hunting opportunities in accordance with Environmental 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.

“This law will allow interested youth to participate in the effective method of hunters managing the deer population throughout the state. The early participation in the hunting tradition will cultivate a conservation ethic amongst our young people, and will encourage an appreciation for the State’s abundant natural resources. It will also develop a sense of responsibility for these youths to act a stewards to protect our resources for future generations”, said Legislator Dan Casale- Brunswick.

“I am excited to see the youth of our county have the opportunity to learn gun safety, the rules of hunting, and enjoy the experience of hunting under the supervision of an experienced hunter”, said Legislator Robert Loveridge- East Schodack

The Local Law was adopted by a vote of 16-1, with one member of the Legislature minority voting in opposition. The Law now goes to the County Executive for his signature.

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