Local Government

Local Government 06.03.21

Poestenkill Democrats Seek Candidates

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from residents interested in running for the following town offices: Town Supervisor (two-year term), Town Council Member (two seats to be filled, each with a four-year term), Town Clerk (two-year term), and Superintendent of Highways (two-year term). Endorsed candidates will receive campaign assistance from the Poestenkill Democratic Committee. If interested, please inquire and/or submit a resume and letter of qualifications to Bob Crowley, Chair, Poestenkill Democratic Committee, via email: pkdems@nullgmail.com.

Sand Lake Democrats Announce Candidates for Town Offices

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Democrats announce their candidates for Town elections this November:

Town Supervisor: Garrett DeGraff. DeGraff is a retired municipal attorney and member of the Planning Oversight Committee, which prepared the Town’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan. He will use his finance and planning experience to economically develop recreation facilities, safe routes for walkers and bicyclists, and public water in heavily populated areas. He will contain mining. DeGraff ran for Town Board in 2019.

Town Board: Virginia (Dee) Erickson. Erickson, running for a second term, advocates protecting and enhancing the Town’s natural beauty and historic structures. Erickson wants to continue to make the Town more “eco-friendly,” and protect neighborhoods from aggressive mine encroachment. She will defend its Zoning Code against frivolous lawsuits by mining interests.

Town Board: Mary Ellen Trumbull. A retired educator, Trumbull volunteered for the Community Van from its inception. She served on the Zoning Board of Appeal and Planning Board, experiences that will help support growth. Her priorities include increasing services while developing additional programs, and encouraging fiscally responsible spending while seeking state and federally funds to supplement the Town Budget.

Town Clerk: Linda Cooke. Cooke recently retired after 17 years as a service associate at the Sand Lake Post Office. She is treasurer of the Sand Lake Business Association and a Fire Commissioner for the Fire District No. 3. She seeks to make the Clerk’s office more up to date and efficient.

Town Justices David Fryer. Justice Fryer, in his 24th year as Town, is seeking a 7th term. He works for the Office of Court Administration in the Office of Justice Court Support.

Town Justice: Jonathan Bernstein. Bernstein is an attorney with Goldberg Segalla, LLP in Albany in civil rights, labor and employment laws, personal injury, land use, and education.

Rensselaer County Celebrates Opening of Low Key in High Heels

EAST GREENBUSH – Rensselaer County welcomed another brand new business in East Greenbush recently. Vice-Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman, and Legislators Tom Grant and Rob Bayly joined County Executive Steve McLaughlin to congratulate Lauren Calderone on the opening of her new boutique. Low Key in High Heels is a fashionable women’s boutique that is located at 1 Springhurst Drive in East Greenbush.




Town of North Greenbush Re-opening Procedure for Town Facilities

NORTH GREENBUSH – We are pleased to announce that the Town of North Greenbush Town Hall reopened on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 to the public for in-person traffic.  A sincere thank you to our residents and others who do business with the town, as well as town employees, for following the necessary COVID-19 health and safety protocols while we were closed.  The re-opening plan for Town Offices has been designed to be consistent and safe for visitors and employees and requires the use of “best practices” to maximize safety while minimizing the risk of spread of COVID-19.  

When will the Town Hall be Open for In-person business? Beginning on June 1, 2021 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, except Holidays.  Whenever possible, we request you call ahead to schedule an appointment by calling 518-283-3525 and then listen for the department extension number to dial.  For those who may need to drop off water bill payments or other information you can continue to use the Town “Drop Box” that is located at the Town Library Entrance at the corner of Main Avenue and Douglas Street.    

What Safety Precautions do I need to follow?  Face masks and social distancing is required for anyone who is not fully vaccinated when entering Town Facilities.  A sign-in sheet is provided upon entry at the sanitizing station.  All visitors must sign in.  

Will I be able to attend Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board Public Meetings? Yes, you will be able to attend all official town public meetings and will follow the same safety precautions listed above.  You can also live stream any of these meetings from this link:  

https://townhallstreams.com/towns/northgreenbush or from the town website townofng.com.

Can I use the Town Playground areas behind Town Hall?  Yes, following the same safety precautions listed above.     

NOTE: This Re-Opening Plan may be amended as necessary.

Nassau Town Hall Open to Residents and Visitors

NASSAU – Sandy Rings, the Nassau Town Clerk, is very pleased to announce that the Nassau Town Hall is once again fully open to residents and visitors. In accordance with CDC guidelines, anyone who has not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required to wear a mask. The Town Clerk’s Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon or by appointment, if necessary. Please call during regular office hours to schedule an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Just as a reminder, we sell fishing and hunting licenses. Also, all dogs housed in New York State are required by law to be registered in the Town in which they reside. This law helps to insure that all dogs are vaccinated for rabies and that it will be easier for them to find their owners if they go missing.

We are wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!


Sandy Rings, RMC, Town Clerk

Stephentown Community Survey

STEPHENTOWN – Attention all Stephentown residents! Stephentown is conducting a survey to learn how you feel about living in Stephentown. Are there things about Stephentown that you really love? Or maybe something about living in Stephentown has been bugging you? This is your chance to be heard!

Look for a postcard in your mailbox THIS JUNE. The postcard will provide a link to an online survey. Complete the survey, share your thoughts, and be entered for a chance to win a cash prize!

The survey can be completed on your computer or smart-phone. If you don’t have online access, a paper version of the survey will be available at a number of town organizations.

Results will be shared this Fall. Your valuable feedback will be used as a springboard for conversations around how we can all work together to strengthen community bonds and improve satisfaction with life in Stephentown.

Follow our Facebook page @stephentownsurvey for updates on the project. Questions, info, requests? Email us at stephentownsurvey@nullgmail.com.

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

NORTH GREENBUSH – New York State Fishing Licenses are available to purchase at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm. Please feel free to stop by town hall, 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill, New York, to pick up the 2021 New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide. The guides are free and full of new updated information. DEC is offering free fishing days (no license required) on June 26th & 27th, along with September 25TH.

Please do not hesitate to call my office if you have any questions pertaining to our re-opening of the Town Hall building to the general public. I may be reached at 518-283-4306. Thing will be a little different, as we get back to everyday life here at town hall. We have stations set up at each entrance as you enter town hall. All visitors must sign in before continuing to the office where you will conduct your town business. Each office is here to help in any way they can, please feel free to call your office directly before coming to town hall with any questions you may have pertaining to your visit.

The Town Clerk’s walk up window will remain in use for your convenience. I have placed an American flag right outside my window, so that my office may be easily seen from your car while driving on Douglas Street.

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

SCHODACK – I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report, published every month since I took office in 2016, is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events.

On Memorial Day weekend I was privileged to join residents in viewing the Castleton/Schodack Memorial Day Motorcade to honor our local living veterans and those who died in active military service. It was so nice to see people of all ages lining the streets to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Thank you to members and volunteers of the Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial Post 7337 for organizing this important community event.

I also had the honor to walk in the Town of East Greenbush Memorial Day Parade. Thank you Town Supervisor Jack Conway for inviting me to join you and others in paying tribute to our fallen heroes.

A friendly reminder that our 2021 Music in the Park Concert Series will be held every Tuesday in June at our beautiful Town Park located on Poyneer Road in East Schodack beginning at 6:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing family, friends and residents once again enjoying our free live outdoor musical entertainment.

Congratulations to Ben Burnham who was appointed by the Town Board to the position of full-time Police Officer in the Town of Schodack.

During May, I joined several volunteers at the Castleton-on-Hudson Riverfront Park clean-up and brush removal event in support of the 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Thank you to all of the volunteers and event organizers who worked very hard to enhance the view of the beautiful Hudson River.

I recently stopped by Love Moore Family Farms located at 1007 Route 9 in Castleton to purchase farm fresh eggs, vegetable plants and flowers. Our local family farms are one of the most important traditions in Schodack, please support them.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board


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