Local Government

Local Government 07.11.19

East Greenbush Supervisor’s Report – July 1, 2019

Last Friday we said farewell to Chief of Police Chris Lavin who retired after 29 years as Chief and fifty years in law enforcement. Chief Lavin joined EGPD in 1974 and was appointed Chief in 1990. When he started he was only the fifth full-time patrolman in the Department; by the time he retired he had built a department of 24 officers with a reputation for even-handedness and effective enforcement of the law. East Greenbush is a safe community and to appreciate that we must thank Chris Lavin for his professionalism and dedication to duty. Chris is a person of intelligence and integrity who brought honor to the uniform he wore and the Town he loves. Thank you Chief Lavin! We wish you good health and fortune in your retirement.

Friday was also the day that new Chief Elaine Rudzinski assumed command of the Department. Chief Rudzinski is a 24-year veteran of the force, most recently in the rank of Detective Sergeant. Elaine is East Greenbush born and bred, a graduate of Columbia High School and Hudson Valley Community College. She holds a B.A. from Siena College and an M.A. from Sage Graduate School. Chief Rudzinski has had a distinguished career with EGPD and her appointment was received enthusiastically in Town. She is the first female police chief in the history of Rensselaer County. We wish Chief Rudzinski the best, and we know she will make us all proud.

If you haven’t already checked out the changes in the Town Park, please do so at your earliest convenience. Besides building the Red Barn, we have installed a new playground and paved the parking lot and road leading into the Park. Summer is here and we wanted residents to have a place to bring their families, relax and play in the sunshine. Our Department of Public Works has done a great job in the Town parks! Special mention must be made of Jimmy Hempstead and Dave Williams who work extremely hard to keep the parks in shape. Here’s hoping everyone has a great summer!

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for June 2019

In a continuing effort to keep residents informed of my activities and issues pertaining to the Town, I submit this report for June, 2019. As always, further information can be found on the Town’s website or by searching for Town of Schodack on Facebook or Twitter.

Another successful season of our “Music In the Park” concert series wrapped up on July 2nd. I want to thank all the Musicians, Vendors, our park staff, Schodack Police, and most importantly everyone who came out and enjoyed the music. We opened the year with a ribbon cutting for the new playground at the park and it proved to be a big hit with families these past several weeks. We strive to continually improve upon and expand the offerings at our Town Park as to provide local families a safe, clean, and fun place to enjoy together. Thanks again to everyone who made this year’s concerts a success.

In mid-June, the Town received word that Scannell Properties, the developer that submitted a proposal for the construction of an Amazon Distribution Center along Route 9, had purchased the property from its previous owners. Shortly after that, I, along with members of our Planning and Building departments, met with Scannell to go over some details of the construction process. As many of you have seen by now, site work has begun on the project. I have received many phone calls, emails, and other correspondence from residents who are excited to see this project get under way and looking forward to what the future holds for our Town.

And finally, I want to thank the Castleton-on-Hudson Main Street Association for inviting me to attend their Flagpole dedication ceremony on June 14th. It was a privilege to join with many of my fellow elected officials and residents as we acknowledged the hard work COHMSA does to beautify and improve Main Street. The Flagpole is the latest in a string of such projects and it will greet people to the Village whether they arrive via road, rail, or river. Congratulations again on all your hard work and successes.

Supervisor David Harris

Supervisor Desso Announces 2019 North Greenbush Concert Series

The Town of North Greenbush in conjunction with the Youth Makes a Difference committee is proud to announce their 2019 summer concert series. The concerts will be held on Sunday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Gazebo behind town hall.

“We are very excited to provide this free family entertainment to our residents at no expense to the North Greenbush taxpayers. This would not be possible without the generosity from all of our sponsors and the volunteers from our YMAD committee,” said Supervisor Desso.

The concert schedule is as follows:

July 14: The Back 40 Band

July 21: Diva & the Dirty Boys

July 28: Miner Chords

August 4: Soul Sky (featuring Joe Mele)

August 11: Kyle Bourgault Band

August 19: Whiskey Highway

“We invite everyone to bring their chairs and blankets and join us for another season of great local muscicians celebrating our North Greenbush community,” concluded Desso.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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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.

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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