Local Government

Local Government 07.04.19

Nassau Town Clerk

Sandra Rings, the Nassau Town Clerk, would like to wish everyone a safe and awesome summer! The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on the Fourth and Fifth of July. Please plan to come in earlier in the week if there is something we can do to help you. Remember “Love me, license me”. All dogs in the State of New York are required to be registered in the Town in which they reside. Thank you and have a blessed summer.

Sandra L. Rings, RMC
Nassau Town Clerk 

Stephentown Heritage Center increases visiting hours

The Stephentown Historical Society has announced that the Stephentown Heritage Center will welcome visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning on July 6, in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These weekend open hours will allow more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the society offers in genealogy research and local history. The other Saturdays are August 3, September 7, October 5 and November 2. The center is closed during the month of December. The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road. It is free and handicapped accessible.

Sand Lake FYI

Happy Summer to my fellow Sand Lakers!

Please join us on July 9th for a Community Forum on Public Water in the Town Hall Courtroom, starting at 6:30 p.m. We will have a representative from LaBerge Consultants speak to us about the steps the Town needs to take to begin the process of developing and constructing public water. This meeting is important because we want to hear what you think. Are you for or against public water? Where do we need public water the most in our town? After learning more on July 9th, I will be looking to set up a committee of interested residents to plan our way forward. The meeting will be televised and streamed online for your convenience.

At our June 12th meeting, the Town Board approved safety enhancements to our town hall. Violence in workplaces across the United States has risen, but it has especially increased in local governments. The recent Virginia Beach tragedy has driven home the point that we are responsible for protecting our employees and residents. We will be re-designing the court entrance so that only court-related business will be taking place at that location. The doors will be inaccessible beyond the court entrance so that no one will be able to enter the rest of town hall except from the doors near the Clerk’s office.

We are making significant progress on several construction projects in the Town. The Town Board authorized the hiring of a Project Manager for the design and construction of the Stop 13 Bridge. We also approved actions allowing us to proceed on the Sand Lake Sidewalk project. I am excited we are moving ahead with these projects.

Due to the hard work of Dee Erickson and Keith Hammond, we are making progress in community beautification. Dee and Keith recently constructed flower boxes here at Town Hall. They are lovely and a joy to look at. They let people know that we have pride in our community.

Please contact me at Town Hall if you have any questions or concerns.
~Nancy Perry
Town of Sand Lake Supervisor

Sand Lake Forum on Public Water

Please join us on July 9th for a Community Forum on Public Water, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Courtroom. Ben Syden, Vice President at Laberge Group, will speak to us about federal/state/local requirements and opportunities regarding public water in New York State. The Sand Lake Town Board wants to know your opinion! Are you for or against public water? Where do we need public water in the Town? You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your opinion with the Town Board. This meeting will be steamed online and televised on Cable Channel 1303.

Nancy Perry

Meeting Dates for The Village of Nassau 2019-20

The following dates have been established for the Village of Nassau Board of Trustees Meetings. All meetings will be held at the Village Municipal Building, 40 Malden Street, Nassau, NY at 7:30pm unless otherwise posted.

July 10, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

August 14, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

September 11, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

October 9, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

November 13, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

December 11, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

January 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

February 12, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

March 11, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

March 18, 2020 Special Meeting Election 9:00pm

April 6, 2020 Annual Meeting 7:30pm

April 8, 2020 Public Hearing Budget 7:00pm

April 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

May 13, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm

May 27, 2020 Year End Meeting 7:30pm

The Planning Board meets on the 1st Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.

The Zoning Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.

Drug Take Back

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will host a drop off for unused drugs that may be stored in your cabinet. The Rensselaer County Sheriff Department will accept drugs on Friday, July 12th from 11:00 to 12:00. With today’s growing opioid epidemic, it is important that we do not to keep unused drugs in your home. Stay for an 11:00 presentation on Avoiding Scams and a nutritious lunch (Tuna Salad Plate) at noon. Please call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Seeking Candidates

The Nominating Committee for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rensselaer County is encouraging residents who may be interested in running for a three year leadership position (to start January 1, 2020) to let them know.  This committee will be building a ballot to elect representatives to the Board of Directors and the Horticulture, Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development and Family Consumer Science Program Development Committees.  Position descriptions for each of these positions are available upon request.  Any Rensselaer County resident who is 18 years or older with a strong interest in strengthening their community and assisting in carrying out the mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County to consider contacting CCE of Rensselaer County.  The Nominating Committee is committed to creating a ballot that is competitive and comprised of candidates that help assure Cornell Cooperative Extension is guided by elected citizens that represent the diversity and makeup of our residents in the county.  To receive more information and/or to let CCE of Rensselaer County know you would like to be considered by the Nominating Committee, please contact Bernie Wiesen, Executive Director at 518-272-4210 or bw27@nullcornell.edu by July 12th. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities

Town of Schodack

Schodack residents please note that in conjunction with the Town of East Greenbush and City of Rensselaer, the Town of Schodack is sponsoring a FREE Shredding event on Saturday July 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Schodack Town Hall parking lot. All residents from The Town of Schodack, Town of East Greenbush and the City of Rensselaer are welcome. Documents will be shredded in a secured mobile truck. There is a limit of 3 boxes per customer (cubic foot size). Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and rid yourself of those outdated checks, bank statements, and other personal information.

The Burden Lake Conservation Association events

The Burden Lake Conservation Association (formerly the Burden Lake Improvement Association) is a not-for-profit organization committed to making a positive impact on keeping Burden Lake crystal clear and preserving it for future generations. Please join us for some of our many community and educational events. Open to the public. Our clubhouse is located on the 3rd Burden Lake, 4 Brook Spring Avenue, Averill Park, NY 12018. More information is available on our web site – theblca.org or on facebook.

The following are our BLCA events for 2019:

July 9 – Annual General Meeting at BLCA Clubhouse – President Rich Amadon – 7:00 PM, Everyone Invited

July 11 – Red Sauce Night at BLCA Clubhouse – Steve Quillinan & Cindy Nadel – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Pasta Dinner with meatballs (extra meatballs for early reservation!) Includes glass of red wine/lemonade – $10 per person.

July 19 – History Night at BLCA Clubhouse – Connor Kopcho – Doors open at 7:00 PM – Learn about the history of Burden Lake – Bring old photos and stories to share – snacks provided

July 25 – David Chinery from Cornell Cooperative Extension – seminar at BLCA Clubhouse – “Growing a Great Lawn with Lakes in Mind” – 7:00 PM

July 27 – Night at the Races at BLCA Clubhouse – Mark & Babe Scully – Post time 6:00 PM – You don’t have to go to Saratoga to bet the horses! Grab your friends for a fun night of racing. Snacks provided. Proceeds to benefit the BLCA and St. Jude’s.

August 2 – “Burden Lake Takeover of June Farms” at June Farms in West Sand Lake, Matt Baumgartner – 5:00 PM, Admission $5.00 – June Farms bar and food available – MYSTERY GUEST BARTENDERS

August 9 – Comedy Night – “The Not Too Far from Home Comedy Tour” at BLCA Clubhouse – Janice Tighe – 8:00 PM – $15.00 per person advance, $20 per person door (518)477-8152

August 23 – Kids Lip Sync/Ice Cream Social at BLCA Clubhouse – Lori Dunigan & Cherisse Young – Join us at 5:00 PM for ice cream and games, stay for Kids Lip Sync Acts start at 6:30 PM – Admission $6.00

August 31- Adult Lip Sync at BLCA Clubhouse – doors open at 8:00 PM – Bo Weidman – $20 per person at the door (no pay pal).

Tickets can be purchased by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBLCA/ and going to ‘Events’.

2019 Town of Brunswick Spring/Summer Pick-Up Schedule

What can be picked up:

Please no sticks, dirt or rocks or any material other than leaves and grass should be placed in bags we do not use leaf vacuums in the spring. Limbs must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter avoid piling brush near utility poles and under trees, wires, or out in the street. We do not go on private property. Clean wood only we will also pick up other yard waste, such as grass clippings, provided biodegradable paper bags are used. Branches must be free of roots and dirt. We do not pick up rocks, stumps, rubbish, etc. Please do not put these items out with your branches. Please no clear cutting of lots. No commercial pickups. Residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our recycling center, it is located across from the town garage. Please check with recycling department prior to drop off and deposit brush in designated place and leaves and grass in designated place. Items must be at roadside on the first day of scheduled pickup.

Monthly brush and yard waste pick-up schedule will be the following dates. Items to be out by first day in front of your residence only.

July 15th –July 19th

August 19th-August 23rd

September 16th-September 20th

October 21st-October 25th (last pick-up for season)

If you have any questions, please call 518-279-3461, ext. 100.

Celebrate Stephentown 2019 Is Coming August 16-18

Greetings from Celebrate Stephentown HQ:

Three months from today we’ll be kicking off Celebrate Stephentown 2019, the third annual edition of our town-wide, grassroots festival here in Stephentown, New York.

More than two dozen events are already in the works with our farms, businesses, churches and service organizations all working together to present three special days of family-friendly fun.

Please mark the third weekend in August on your calendar and keep your eyes open for future updates.

A great way to find out more about what we do and why is on social media, where we’d be glad to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks so much for your interest and support; and we can’t wait to show you all the things we love about living here in “the only Stephentown on Earth.”

~Scott Menhinick

Founder & Co-Organizer

Celebrate Stephentown, LLC


Learn more at:


Satellite DMV Summer Schedule

Rensselaer County Satellite DMVs will operate on a normal schedule this summer with the following exceptions, County Clerk Frank J. Merola announced.

The East Greenbush Satellite DMV will be closed on August 5, 2019. The Hoosick Falls DMV will be closed Wednesday,  August 7th, 2019.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola encourages all residents with questions about this or any other County Clerk/DMV related issue to contact him at (518) 270-4080.

Attention Dog Owners in the Town of Schodack

Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that under NYS Agriculture and Markets Law Article VII, §109, all dogs are required to be licensed by four months of age and under Town Law §109-5, all dogs, when not confined to the property of their owner, must be under control and on a leash not in excess of 12 feet in length. Leash length is reduced to 6 feet when walking within the Town Park.

To obtain a dog license, a copy of the current Rabies Certificate, which must be valid for more than 30 days prior to licensing and must be signed by a licensed veterinarian, and proof that the animal has been altered, must be provided. The cost for a spayed/neutered dog is $7.00 and an unspayed/ unneutered dog is $15.00. One tag is issued for the lifetime of the license; however, in the event of loss, it can be replaced at a cost of $3.00. A renewal letter will be sent on an annual basis, based upon the anniversary of the license.

If you have any questions, please visit the Schodack Town Clerk’s office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033 or please call 518-477-7590.

Rensselaer City Historian’s Office seeking info. on Albany Woolen Mill

Rensselaer City Historian’s Office is seeking any information on the Albany Woolen Mill on Green Street in Rensselaer City. Personal remembrances, receipts, documents, advertisements, pay stubs, anything related to the AWM.

We are told AWM once manufactured Woolen sweaters and perhaps jackets for the US military during World War II. From time to time there was Surplus sales of irregular garments.

Any stories, photos, reports or artifacts, letters of Commerce, employee information documents. We are looking to reweave the story of the fabric dye and textile industry once prominent in Rensselaer City. Information can be sent to the Office of the Historian 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer City, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

East Greenbush June 19th Town Council Special & Regular Meeting

All were unanimously adopted

117-2019 Resolution Making a Conditional Job Offer to Shelby E. Proper

118-2019 Resolution Making a Conditional Job Offer to Nicholas J. Liuzzi

119-2019 Resolution Accepting the Resignation for Purposes of Retirement of Christopher P. Lavin From the Position of Chief of Police

120-2019 Resolution Making a Conditional Job Offer to Elaine Rudzinski-Miano

Regular Meeting

121-2019 Resolution Approving Meeting Minutes

122-2019 Resolution Honoring Accomplishments of Columbia High School Science Olympiad Team

123-2019 Resolution Recognizing Achievements of Columbia High School Boys Varsity Bowling Team

124-2019 Resolution Honoring Columbia High School Boys Indoor Track Team For Winning Section II Championship

125-2019 Resolution Proclaiming June as Pride Month in EG

126-2019 Resolution Approving 2018 Service Credit for Volunteers of the W. F. Bruen Emergency Squad, Inc.

127-2019 Resolution Appointing a Temporary Seasonal Laborer in the DPW

128-2019 Resolution Scheduling a Public Hearing to Consider the Enactment of Two Local Laws Respective of an Increase in Each of the Town’s Two Real Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans: One Regarding the Alternative Wartime Veterans’ Exemption and the Other Regarding the Cold-War Veterans’ Exemption

129-2019 Resolution Authorizing Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining Repairs to Storm Drains

130-2019 Resolution Authorizing Professional Services Agreement with NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497/ NYS Insurance Fund (NYSIF) for Workers’ Compensation Coverage

131-2019 Resolution by the Town Board of East Greenbush Town Board to Approve the “Pinecrest Plaza” Planned Development District Amendment and Local Law Proposed by SHS Holdings, LLC and the Major Commercial Site Development Plan for the PDD (PZD #18-29)

132-2019 Resolution Authorizing Supervisor to Enter Into an Agreement with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

133-2019 Resolution Setting a Public Hearing on a Proposed Sewer District Extension for Pheasant Hollow

134-2019 Resolution Accepting the Natural Resources Inventory for the Town of East Greenbush

135-2019 Resolution Authorizing Expedited Repair to the Polymer System Unit at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Belt Press

136-2019 Resolution Authorizing Supervisor to Terminate a Certain Contract Between Town of East Greenbush and Center for Municipal Solutions

Bridget Fritz – East Greenbush Town Council Person

Poestenkill Business Association 2019 Auction Report

The Poestenkill Business Association is proud to report that our 2019 Auction was a success thanks to those who attended and enthusiastically bid on the donated items & services that were offered. Your support at the Auction will allow the Poestenkill Business Association to continue to assist our neighbors in need and help fund various community activities in the greater Poestenkill area throughout the year. We extend our sincere thanks to the Poestenkill VFW Post for the use of their outdoor Pavilion to hold our annual benefit Auction. We also thank the following vendors for their supplying equipment, product and food items that supported the actual operation of the Auction: Tremont Rentals for supplying the large tent that protected the donated items, Chip Kroneau, Keith Hammond for suppling the Bouncy-Bounce, Fred the Butcher, Stewarts Shops, Hannaford Markets, Hannan’s Waste Disposal, Scott Polaro, Troy Sand & Gravel, Valente Lumber and R J Valente. We are truly grateful to all the residents and businesses who supplied cash donations, gift certificates and merchandise to be auctioned, your generosity made our Annual Benefit Auction successful.

Thank you everyone and see you next year!

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