Local Government

Local Government 07.01.21

Rensselaer County Legislature Celebrates the New Curtis Lumber Building in Schodack

SCHODACK – Curtis Lumber opened their brand new store in Schodack last Friday. This new state of the art building replaces the original building that housed Dorn Lumber, before Curtis Lumber acquired it in 1971.

Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman was on hand for the grand opening, along with Legislators Bob Loveridge, Scott Bendett, Chuck Peter, and Tom Grant. Rensselaer County Director of Operations Rich Crist also represented Rensselaer County at the ribbon cutting.

Schodack has seen tremendous growth in the last several years, and the Legislature is pleased to see more growth and investment in the community. The growth in tax base, and the increase in sales tax collections are a benefit to the community, but nothing is better than having a great, family owned, hardware store nearby.

Congratulations to President Jay Curtis and the Curtis Lumber family on the grand opening of this beautiful new building.

Town Offices Closed For Independence Day

SCHODACK – Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that the Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of Independence Day. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (518) 477-7590, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Nassau Town Clerk’s Office Closed Friday, July 9th

NASSAU – The Nassau Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, July 9, 2021. Please plan to come in or call on a different day. The regular Town Clerk hours are Monday through Friday from 9am until 12 noon and the phone number is 518-766-2343, extension #1.

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

NORTH GREENBUSH – Please be informed that the Town of North Greenbush, town offices will be closed on Monday July 5th 2021, in observance Independence Day. We will reopen, on Tuesday July 6th and will resume our regular business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Thank you and enjoy your 4th of July celebrations and continue to stay healthy and safe.

Elections in the Town of Nassau

NASSAU – The Town of Nassau will be holding elections in November for the following offices:

Town Supervisor (2 year term)

Tax Collector (2 year term)

Two Town Board Members (4 year terms)

Town Justice

If you are interested in running for any of these offices or if you need more information, please contact Chair of the Town Democratic Committee, Patricia Piniazek, patpen1018@nullgmail.com no later than July 10th.  

Rensselaer County Satellite DMV offices to Reopen the week of July 12

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer County Clerk is pleased to announce that the Rensselaer County Satellite DMV offices located in East Greenbush, Schodack and Hoosick will be reopening for full service on Monday July 12, 2021. The Satellite offices will be open only for Rensselaer County residents. The reopening of the Satellites coincides with the opening of the host Town halls and Senior center and the loosening of COVID related restrictions on governmental buildings.

“I am really pleased to resume the Satellites once again,” Mr. Merola said, “We were just waiting for the go ahead from the towns to start up again. East Greenbush, Schodack and Hoosick Falls have reopened and have invited us back, an invitation we are happy to accept.”

The Satellites will resume the same pre-COVID schedule with the East Greenbush Satellite open on Mondays from 9:00-3:00pm at East Greenbush Town Hall, located at 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer NY 12144, Schodack Satellite open Tuesdays from 9:00-3:00pm at Schodack Town Hall, located at 1777 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton NY 12033 and the Hoosick Satellite DMV open Wednesdays from 10:00-2:00pm at the John J. Murphy Senior Center in Hoosick Falls.

“I would like to thank the residents of Rensselaer County for their patience and good will during this fifteen month period where we were forced to severely restrict DMV operations.”Mr. Merola said, “Unlike the state and many other Counties, the Troy DMV was open and fully functioning, but many people were unable to utilize this site for transactions. I am happy to reopen the Satellites in order to make everyone’s life a little easier in regard to motor vehicle business.”

People with questions about this or any other county matter are encouraged to access the County website at www.rensco.com for more information.

North Greenbush Update from Supervisor Bott, Deputy Supervisor Hoffman and Councilwoman Merola

NORTH GREENBUSH – Happy Summer! Supervisor Joe Bott was excited to announce Town Hall is open for business earlier this month and he couldn’t be happier. Thank you to all of our town colleagues for keeping town business going throughout some difficult times. We welcome Nolan Gray, a lifelong resident of North Greenbush, as he was appointed as our newest police officer. Supervisor Bott signed an agreement to upgrade the cybersecurity network for our police department and we thank Chief Keevern and the officers involved for working on this grant. The Town Board recognized the 100th Anniversary of Camp Scully. We were proud to participate in an Eagle Scout Ceremony for Noah Bonesteel, Joseph Richter, Noah Printup and Adam Borland. Joe and Kelly attended Van Rensselaer Manor’s 25th Anniversary celebration, along with recognizing years of service for many dedicated employees. Thank you to our residents and businesses for their patience as we make progress on the Route 4 traffic improvement project. Deputy Supervisor Hoffman and Mike Miner from our building department were featured in a story by Channel 13’s Kumi Tucker about our great Summer Camp opening. Supervisor Bott was committed to ensuring the camp was open so our children have a safe place to have fun this summer, while also employing many of our young adults from the community. Mike shared what programs would be offered for the campers as well as many fond memories from throughout the years the camp has been open. As Chair of the town’s Youth Committee, Councilwoman Merola is excited to be able this opportunity to our residents. Check out our lineup for the Town of North Greenbush Summer Concert Series which kicks-off July 11th at 6pm at town hall with The Refrigerators. Finally, we would like to congratulate the Class of 2021 graduates. Enjoy this time of celebration with family and friends and we wish you all the best. Here’s to a great summer here in North Greenbush!

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.

During June, the Town Board approved the hiring of employees for the Schodack Summer Youth and Recreation Program. This program provides our youth with meaningful summer work experience and helps them develop the workforce and leadership skills necessary to succeed in their future career endeavors.

Congratulations to Matthew Montross and William Johnson who were appointed as full-time police officers and to Alan Roehr, Jr. who was appointed as a part-time police officer.

Great news — our DMV satellite office located at Schodack Town Hall will reopen on Tuesday, July 13 and resume the pre-COVID schedule of Tuesdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Our annual Document Shredder Day will be held on Saturday, July 24 at Town Hall from 9 AM to 12 PM. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to have their confidential documents safely shredded at no cost (3-box maximum per household).

Last week, I participated in the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Curtis Lumber located at 1657 Columbia Turnpike in Schodack. The new store looks terrific and provides construction professionals and homeowners with quality materials, competitive prices and superior service.

There was great turnout, enthusiasm, community pride and participation by residents at the 2nd Annual Castleton-on-Hudson Diversity Parade. It was wonderful to see our community come together to celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion.

Congratulations to the 2021 graduates of Maple Hill High School and Columbia High School, including my son, Kyle. Work hard, believe in yourself, follow your dreams and when you get some time, give back to your community.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board


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