Local Government

Local Government 07.07.22

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

North Greenbush Food Truck Night Is The Perfect Choice. So if you haven’t been, YOU SHOULD!!! The Food Truck Event is every Wednesday Night until the end of August @ town hall. The attendance has been fantastic and so very enjoyable!! Stop by between 4 pm – 7 pm and pick up a quick delicious dinner with NO COOKING at home needed or bring a chair and enjoy the great outdoors with your friends and family. Picnic tables are available, but are on a 1st come 1st serve basis. It is my pleasure to direct traffic and see everyone each week, along with Kathy who volunteers. I hope to see you there this Wednesday night!

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for June 2022

I want to start off by extending my congratulations to the Class of 2022 on your graduation. Schodack is lucky to be served by excellent School Districts and I know I speak for all of us at the Town of Schodack when I say we’re proud of your achievements and can’t wait to see what you do in the future.

The Town currently has an open position on our Board of Assessment Review and several openings on our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program’s Board. We will also be looking for residents to help form a youth advisory group to help plan and manage future events in town. If any of these sound like something you may be interested in, please send a letter of interest and a brief background to charles.peter@nullschodack.org for consideration. All applicants need to be residents of the Town of Schodack.

The Town Board was recently made aware by our long-time Head Court Clerk, Trish Loomis, of her intentions to retire in the coming year. In order to ensure the continuation of the professionalism and proficiency that office has become known for under her tenure, the Town Board has approved the posting of the position of an additional Court Clerk(s) and is accepting applications. A job description as well as a full listing of any employment opportunities with the Town is available on the Human Resources section of our webpage, www.schodack.org.

At our June 23rd Town Board meeting, we welcomed Brian Chapple as the newest member of our Schodack Police Department. Brian is currently attending the Ulster County Police academy as an independent candidate and upon graduation from Phase 1 will begin Phase 2 as a sworn Schodack Police Officer. We look forward to Brian graduating latter this summer and beginning his field training with us.

And finally, we wrapped up the first 5 of our annual “Music in The Park” concerts this past week. For the first time ever, concerts will return in August with “Jarod” set to perform on August 2nd. Hope to see you there!

-Supervisor Charles Peter

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of 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 skills necessary to succeed in their current and future employment endeavors.

The Town Board appointed Brian Chapple as a full-time Police Officer with the Schodack Police Department, as well as John Archer as an Operator 2 with the Schodack Highway Department. Congratulations, Brian and John.

Summer is here and the Castleton Public Library has plenty of opportunities and events to keep everyone busy and engaged in social and educational activities all season long. Visit www.castletonpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Day – a partnership between Rensselaer County and the Town of Schodack – is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 by appointment only at the Schodack Highway Garage (3776 U.S. Route 20, Nassau, NY 12123) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To view a list of accepted items and to register for the event, visit www.schodack.org and click the links for “Transfer Station” and “Household Hazardous Waste Day 2022.”

Residents in Schodack, East Greenbush, and Rensselaer are eligible to participate in the upcoming Document Shredder Day to be held on Saturday, July 23 at Schodack Town Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is a three-box maximum per household for this collection event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 graduates of Maple Hill High School and Columbia High Schools. Follow your dreams, work hard, believe in yourself, and when you get some time, give back to your community.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Councilwoman


Poestenkill ARPA Federal Funds Public Meetings July 19th & 23rd

Poestenkill has received $230,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act fiscal recovery funds with an additional $230,000 anticipated later this year. This is a lot of money for a small town.  The Town Board is working to make sure that this money is used in a way that has a lasting impact.

In March Poestenkill held two public meetings to ask for ideas. Twenty-five residents participated in the East Poestenkill meeting at the First Baptist Church; 41 residents participated in the meeting at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. These listening sessions were so well received that Poestenkill will be holding a second round of public sessions in mid-July.

 Because many of the comments were about town services and operational issues, Supervisor Keith Hammond has asked Highway Superintendent DJ Goyer join him in addressing those concerns at the beginning of each of the July meetings.

 Then the listening team from the March meetings will collect residents’ additional thoughts about ARPA funding.

 The possibility of a Town park was the most frequent suggestion in March.  It would be helpful to hear more about how residents and their families would use it, where it could be, and what facilities and amenities it could have.

 Poestenkill’s second round of listening sessions are scheduled at:

• Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Round Top Road, Poestenkill, Tuesday, July 19th, 7 PM

• First Baptist Church, 12 Legenbauer Rd, East Poestenkill, Saturday, July 23rd, 10 AM

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