Local Government

Local Government 06.10.21

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.

North Greenbush Memorial Day Wreath Laying Services

NORTH GREENBUSH – Remembering and Honoring those who died in active military service for our country.

(L-R) Candidate for North Greenbush Town Council, Michael Myer, North Greenbush Town Councilman, Jack Rogers, Candidate for Rensselaer County Legislator, Jennifer Massey, North Greenbush Town Councilwoman, Mary Frances Sabo, and Rensselaer County District Attorney, Mary Pat Donnelly.

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

NORTH GREENBUSH – Primary Day is Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The hours of voting will be 6:00am-9:00 pm.

Due to COVID-19 there will only be one polling place for the 8 District in the Town of North Greenbush. The location will be at Town Hall, located at 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill, NY 12198. The Gymnasium will be set up with all the required CDC guidelines.

If you should have any questions or concerns pertaining to Primary Day, please feel free to contact my office and I will be more than happy to assist you in any way that I can. My office hours are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ 518-283-4306.

District 2 Legislators Honor Memorial Day and East Greenbush Parade Grand Marshal

EAST GREENBUSH – After solemnly marching in the East Greenbush Parade, Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislators Tom Grant and Rob Bayly had the distinct honor of meeting the parade Grand Marshal, Alan P. Atwell.

PFC Allan Atwell served in the 28th MP Platoon and the 28th Infantry Division in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, where he spent several night sleeping outside in snow and mud, PFC Atwell suffered frostbite and was hospitalized for weeks. Those injuries did not prevent him from serving in the Battle of the Bulge.

Marching in the rain during the Memorial Parade is such a small sacrifice when you think about what soldiers like PFC Allan Atwell endured for our freedoms.

Thanks to all of our veterans for their brave service, and thanks to the Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 for hosting the post parade ceremonies.

Poestenkill Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, May 20, 2021

A member of the planning board discussed a request to extend the present 60-day response time imposed on the Planning Board for a Planned Development Districts to be reviewed. Supervisor Hammond said that there is no reason why the Planning Board could not meet more often, if necessary. He continued by saying he did not want to change the timeframe and informed the Planning Board to notify the applicant and ask for an extension, if needed.

Councilman Wohlleber introduced draft legislation entitled “Establishing a registry for vacant buildings and property maintenance requirements for lots containing a vacant building.” Councilman Wohlleber mentioned that the legislation mirrors others passed in Rensselaer County, including in the Town of Brunswick. The goal of this legislation is to empower the town to identify vacant buildings, decrease the amount of time a building remains vacant and to encourage investment in town. Councilman Wohlleber stated that in the majority of cases abandoned homes are in possession of banks and are left vacant for extended periods of time, while falling into disrepair. Councilman Wohlleber feels these buildings present a public safety and health risk, negatively impact the market value of neighboring homes and properties as well as the overall welfare of the community. This legislation will be discussed during the June Meeting.

Acting Highway Superintendent, DJ Goyer asked for approval for a replacement sander which was damaged last winter. The town will only have to pay a $500 deductible. The motion was passed unanimously.

Councilman Wohlleber made a motion, which was passed unanimously to appoint Michelle Wait as Assessor Clerk.

The board unanimously approved a resolution honoring Victoria Bubie on her earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, June 17 at 7pm.

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Beach Passes for Poestenkill Residents

POESTENKILL – Supervisor Hammond announces an important partnership with Sand Lake which will help Poestenkill residents better enjoy the outdoors this summer. Poestenkill residents will be able to get Town of Sand Lake beach passes this summer. Sand Lake has agreed to provide Poestenkill with 25 passes available at $50 each.

If more than 25 names are received we will hold a drawing. Names must be in by 5pm on Wednesday, June 16th to be considered.

Please provide name, address and phone number for the drawing. Please submit this information by direct message on the town Facebook page, email to tbuker@nullpoestenkillny.com or by calling town hall at 518-283-5119.

Submitted by Councilman Wohlleber

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for June 2021

SCHODACK – After having to cancel last year’s dates due to COVID-19, we were incredibly happy to have such great weather as we kicked off our “Music in The Park” series of concerts for the year. Concerts will take place each Tuesday in June beginning at 6pm with the following Wednesday being the rain date. Our new Park manager Kevin Konig had our park looking great and the Kiwanis, East Schodack Fire Company, and Friends of Castleton Library had great food and desserts available for those who attended. Come on out and enjoy our beautiful park and enjoy some music as we welcome back this summer tradition.

I had the honor of partaking in a Memorial Day Motorcade to honor our Veterans and those service men and women who paid the ultimate price in securing our freedom. My thanks to Sergeant Steve Roy for giving me a ride in his classic police car, the Memorial Day Parade committee for their efforts in organizing the event, and to all the Veterans and volunteers who worked to ensure the memory of those who died in battle is not forgotten.

I have been working with County Clerk Frank Merola, County Executive Steve McLaughlin, and County Legislators Chuck Peter, Scott Bendett, and Bob Loveridge, on developing a plan to reopen the satellite DMV office in our Town Hall. We are confident that we will be able to get this important service up and running for our residents shortly and I encourage you to follow our website and social media for an announcement on when that will be.

The Schodack Central School District will be hosting a “Drive a School Bus Day” on June 12th. School bus drivers are in very short supply in our area. If you ever were curious or had the desire to see what it would take to drive a bus, please consider stopping by the old Middle School on June 12th from 9-12 and see if it’s potentially for you.

And finally, I want to welcome Officer Ben Burnham to our Schodack Police Department and wish him the best as he begins his service to our Town.

Supervisor David Harris

The Slate of Six Reminds Residents About Early Voting Opportunities

TROY – The Endorsed City of Troy Democratic Legislative Candidates is happy to announce that early voting will begin June 12th and continue through June 20th. 

“Early voting is a terrific addition to the election laws of New York,” said Legislator Bobby Burns. “Registered voters enrolled in a political party having a primary election this June can early vote between June 12th and June 20th in-person at one of three locations throughout the County.”  

Candidate Marc Pallozzi agrees that early voting is an important resource. “Voting matters, especially in local elections where the results can have a meaningful impact on the residents of Rensselaer County.  We encourage all eligible residents to take advantage of early voting.”

The Slate of 6 reminds residents, however, that if you vote during the early voting period, you cannot vote again on Election Day.  For more information, please visit the Rensselaer County Board of Elections website.  (https://www.rensco.com/departments/board-of-elections/).

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