Local Government

Local Government 07.25.19

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 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.

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.

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.

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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New York Enacts Tobacco 21

ACS CAN Thanks Governor Cuomo for Signing Lifesaving Measure

ALBANY, NY- July 16, 2019 – Governor Cuomo today signed a bill into law that will prohibit the sale of tobacco products to those younger than 21. The legislation had passed the Assembly and the Senate toward the end of the legislative session. With Governor Cuomo’s signature, more than 50 percent of the nation will be protected by Tobacco 21 laws.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New York Senior Government Relations Director Julie Hart released the following statement:

“Governor Cuomo and the state legislature have returned New York State to a position of national leadership in standing up to Big Tobacco to save lives and protect health. This measure directly addresses the stark statistic that 95 percent of smokers start before 21. Tobacco 21 is a no-brainer and will protect young people from a deadly addiction.

“We thank Governor Cuomo as well as bill sponsors Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Senator Diane Savino and Health Chairs, Assembymember Richard Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and both houses of the legislature to maintain New York’s leadership in saving lives.”

Monthly Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby

With the school year now behind us, I would like to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our local high school students who earned the 2019 NYS Assembly Service in Action Award.

My office created the Service in Action Award to honor the high school students who consistently demonstrate a commitment to volunteering and actively serve our community with their time and talents. Each school within the 107thAssembly District has the opportunity to nominate potential recipients with a maximum of two students chosen per school. The following students were the inaugural recipients of the NYS Assembly Service in Action Award:

Lauryn Spiezio and Austin Hackman from Cambridge; Brianna Jones and Carter Bevis from Hoosick Falls; Abigail Utter and Quinn Pratico from Maple Hill; Greta Hermann and Craig Bortnick from Berlin; Catherine Roden and Tyler Price from New Lebanon; Abigail Pauli and Kyle Dillon from Columbia; Elah Ginsburgh and Joseph O’Rourke from Troy; Imani Wyatt and Jack Stevens from Lansingburgh; Emma Carlo and Thomas Rice from Hoosic Valley; Jenna Skype and Hunter Scheriff from Chatham; Caleb Miller from Taconic Hills; Hanna Gardella and Philip Saunders from Ichabod Crane; Giovanna Sestito and Ryan Hayden from Tamarac; Nicholas Spink and Emily Jaworski from Averill Park and Angela Morabito from Catholic High.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding future leaders and wishing them and their fellow members of the 2019 graduating class best of luck in their future endeavors.       

I would also like to remind you that although this year’s legislative session is complete, my office is still here to provide assistance or answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call (518) 272-6149 or email me at AshbyJ@nullNYAssembly.gov.

July Meeting with Mary Francis Sabo

Greetings! The July 11 town board meeting had a very full agenda. A public hearing was held on a law I sponsored that would mandate the use of recycled water for car washes that are permitted to use municipal water. The town law was recently amended to permit the use of municipal water for car washes. Nearby towns like Guilderland require car wash operators to use recycled water as a condition of site plan approval. The town board also held a public hearing on and unanimously passed a law that I also introduced that would require developers with projects pending before the planning board to obtain a permit before excavating, grading or clearcutting in preparation of site development.  Members  of the planning board had requested this type of legislation as a tool to deal with developers who engaged in clearcutting and other activities on properties that have not yet received town approvals. The town board also discussed a proposed law I introduced that would require certain approvals and permits before commercial timbering may occur on a parcel.  This legislation was also requested by the planning board. This proposed law is similar to laws already adopted by Brunswick, Schodack and Clifton Park.

Heavy rain on July 6 resulted in significant flooding and road damage to North Road and overflow flooding on Buckbee Road.  North Road is the site of a recently constructed large residential development and it appears clear that stormwater management is inadequate today.   The town engineer, building department and highway department were alerted and concerned residents expressed their concerns at the town board meeting.  Additional storms several weeks later resulted in additional flooding on North Road. I visited the road the day of the flooding and spoke with residents. I will continue to monitor conditions on North Road to ensure that proper stormwater management infrastructure is in place.

On a lighter note, the town’s YOUth Makes a Difference continues to sponsor concerts each Sunday evening at town hall from 6 to 8 until August 18.  Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy!

Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo, North Greenbush

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.

It’s the Law!

New York State Law requires that all dogs to be licensed annually. The State requires that all Town Clerks’ office process them in their local municipality. Before a license can be issued or renewed, current proof of rabies vaccination must be provided. The NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets & NYS Health Dept. requires all dogs FOUR months of age or older to be vaccinated for rabies. This information is crucial for the general public’s well-being. The Town of Sand Lake does have a Leash Law. In addition, if your dog is lost, stolen or dies, New York State law requires you to notify the Town Clerk’s Office. Failure to comply with this law can result in court appearance tickets. Unlicensed dogs are subject to seizure on or off the premises of the owner under Art. 7 117(b). Check the Town’s website for additional information regarding the Town’s Dog Laws. For more information call Barbara Biittig, Sand Lake Town Clerk @ 518-674-2026 ext 122 or Animal Control Officer @ 518-477-8230.

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.

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