Local Government

Local Government 08.08.19

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:

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.

To the residents of Nassau

Please be advised that the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Thursday evening, August 15th. We will re-open at 9 am on Friday, August 16th. We hope that this does not inconvenience anyone.


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 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.

Nassau Lake Park Improvement Assoc. Meeting

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  Please join us Thursday , August 8 for our annual meeting at the VFW on Lyons Lake Rd. beginning at 7 p.m.  We are looking to fill some Trustee positions with people that are interested in the future of our Lake.  As always, we are looking for new members and volunteers.  God Bless America!!!

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


Learn more at:


East Greenbush July 17th Town Council Meeting

All were unanimously adopted

137-2019 Resolution to Approve Meeting Minutes

138-2019 Resolution Reducing the Speed Limit on Middlesex Road, Pheasant Lane, Sussex Road and Stanhope Place to 25 Miles Per Hour

139-2019 TABLED

140-2019 Resolution to Appoint Trevor Moffatt as a Light Equipment Operator in the Department of Public Works

141-2019 Resolution to Appoint Jayme Murphy as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Department of Public Works

142-2019 Resolution Authorizing Procurement of Hot Mix Asphalt to Repair American Oil Road

143-2019 Resolution for a General Credit Card for the Town of East Greenbush

144-2019 Resolution to Re-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. August 14, 2019 5:45pm Town Hall

145-2019 Resolution to Seek Lead Agency Status For Environmental Review, Accept the Sketch Plan, and Schedule a Public Hearing in Connection with the Regeneron Tempel Lane Campus Building 27 and 47 Major Site Plan (PB File # 15-20e & ZBA File #2019-07)

146-2019 Resolution to Set a Public Hearing on the Local Law Establishing the Town Center Planned Development District (PZD #17-19), Sept. 18, 2019 6pm

147-2019 Resolution Authorizing the Supervisor to Enter Into Multiple Term Service Agreements for Engineering Services

148–2019 Resolution Authorizing the Expenditure of Funds Collected in Connection with the Western East Greenbush Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for Certain Improvements to the Town’s Wastewater Treatment System

149-2019 Resolution Authorizing the Electronic Delivery of Proposed Local Laws, in Final Form, to Town Board Members Prior to Their Passage

151-2019 Resolution to Appoint Francis T. Coppa to the Town of East Greenbush Board of Ethics

152-2019 Resolution to Appoint Adrianna Perez to the Position of Part-Time Recreation Assistant in the Community and Recreation Department

Bridget Fritz – East Greenbush Town Council Person

Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, July 18, 2019

A public hearing was held on proposed Local Law #3-2019 which would prohibit parking on portions of Tymeson Road. There was significant input from residents on Tymeson Road as well as residents who live in the area.

A town resident spoke about renovations he is doing to an existing structure on Plank Road, which also is in a flood zone. The Town Code Enforcement Officer, who was present at the meeting, agreed to work with resident to assist him in ensuring all requirements are met.

The Fire Company notified the town board that David Ruppert Jr. is now the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Fire Department.

Councilman Van Slyke stated that the work on the porches of the Town Library should start in early-mid August.

Youth Advisory reported that the summer camp is at full capacity for all four weeks.

Resolution #4-2019 – Declaring the month of September – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – and announcing a “Turn the Town Teal” campaign – moved by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and passed unanimously.

Supervisor Jacangelo noted that the preliminary work for the 2020 Town Budget will begin at the August town board meeting.

These minutes to be approved at the next town board meeting has been re-scheduled for Thursday, August 22nd, at 7pm.

For more information go to www.PoestenkillNY.com

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for July 2019

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

After experiencing several heavy rainfalls in the month of July, I heard from residents about problem areas around our roads pertaining to drainage and storm water runoff. I have joined Highway Superintendent Ken Holmes on visiting these sites and exploring potential solutions to address these concerns. If you notice any problems regarding drainage issues involving our roads, please let me know and we will work to remedy it.

One problem was the collapse of a section of Boyce Road when a broken culvert pipe under the road caused a sinkhole to develop. Our highway crew worked quickly to fully asses the scope of the damage and began work on repairs. Thanks to their hard work, we were able to fully replace the failed section of culvert piping and get the road back open in just over a week. I think I speak for everyone when I say Schodack is fortunate to have such a dedicated highway crew who continually provide an excellent level of service to our residents.

Through a partnership between ourselves, the Town of East Greenbush, and the City of Rensselaer, we are able to offer our residents the opportunity to make use of three free document shredder days throughout the year. On July 20th, Schodack hosted the 2nd of these opportunities. Through the course of the day we had 167 vehicles stop and processed over 5000 pounds of materials. I want to thank our Transfer Station Director Bruce Goodall for his work organizing these events. The last day to take advantage of this service for the year will be October 26th at the Rensselaer City Hall.

Finally, the Schaghticoke Fair celebrates it’s 200th anniversary this year. As you make plans for the final weeks of summer, I hope you include a visit to the fair and enjoy all that Rensselaer County has to offer.

Supervisor David Harri

North Greenbush Deputy Town Supervisor’s Summer Report

It is my privilege to present the town residents of North Greenbush an exciting overview of ongoing progressive efforts occurring in their neighborhood this summer. To begin, the North Greenbush Town Board in conjunction with the Snyders Lake Association, has implemented a safe and effective treatment plan of invasive weeds. Residents are happily reporting that lake conditions are improving weekly. The Synder’s Lake Summer Camp Program is in full swing and receiving rave reviews as well. A big thank you goes out to the camp’s staff and Mike Miner for creating a safe and fun atmosphere for campers to enjoy their summer.

The Highway and Utilities Departments are also excited this summer to be awaiting the arrival of two new town pickup trucks. These trucks are outfitted with the latest style plows that will make plowing more timely and efficient for our residents. These vehicles are also part of our continual effort to maintain a healthy fleet of town municipality equipment. Another big thank you goes out to Mark Premo and Larry Bonesteel for their efforts in overseeing the role out of this vital town initiative. In addition, our road paving program is well underway and many are continuously working to make sure that our streets don’t turn into “Old Town Roads”!

Many residents will be very happy to hear that the Route 4 Traffic Improvement Project is almost ready to send out for bid. Our comptroller has done an outstanding job making this project transparent by facilitating the synergistic cooperation of residents and town officials. Since the project began, we’ve had two public meetings and will continue to field any constructive suggestions or concerns.

Finally, I am most excited this summer to see the North Greenbush Town Veteran’s Banner Program continue to grow and expand. In my opinion, seeing the familiar names and faces of these servicemen is a reminder of their undeniable fortitude and insatiable courage. They will continue to serve us by keeping our moral compasses true. Thank you to all veterans. Enjoy the remainder of summer and be safe.

Deputy Town Supervisor,

Joe Bott

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 monthly report is an example of my continuous commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All Town Board meetings can be viewed live or at a later date at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

During July, the Town Board approved a resolution granting a permit for the Windy Hill Orchards 1st Annual East Apple Festival to be held on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The festival will offer craft and food vendors, musical entertainment, apple and pumpkin picking, wagon rides through the apple orchard and corn maze, and much more. Admission is $5.00 for an adult and free for children ages 12 and under.

Thank you to all residents who attended and supported our 2019 Music in the Park Summer Series held at Town Park. It was great to see people of all ages come out to listen to a terrific lineup of musical acts. I had an enjoyable time at the Music on the Lawn event held last week on the grounds of the Castleton Public Library with musical entertainment provided by the Gone Gray Band. Thank you to the Friends of Castleton Public Library for sponsoring this community event.

One hundred and sixty-seven people participated in the Document Shredder Day held in Schodack on July 20. Over 5,000 pounds of paper was shredded and recycled. The next Shredder Day will be on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rensselaer City Hall, 62 Washington Street, and is open to all residents of Schodack, East Greenbush and Rensselaer.

A friendly reminder that the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market is open every Friday through September 27 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of Main Street (Route 9J) and Scott Avenue (Route 150). Support your local arts, crafts and farm economy while enjoying the beautiful view of the Hudson River.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

Troy Democrats: Continuing Arrogance or just Incompetence

The liberal Democrats of the Troy City Council continue to abuse their positions as city leaders and self- promote themselves by advertising a city Democrat fundraiser on the taxpayer funded non-partisan Troy City Council facebook page. This is another action of a disturbing arrogant trend to promote their small-minded liberal personal agenda in lieu of their city council duties to the residents of Troy.

First they tried to jam a sanctuary city status upon the residents of Troy because of their majority status.

Then they appointed a female minority to a vacant council seat for public image, but then denied this person the chance to run for the seat in the general election by selecting one of their party’s own.

And now they use a taxpayer non-political website to promote their fundraiser.

When does the recklessness from this liberal democrat group come to an end?


The majority on the council should immediately demand the resignation of the employee who publicized the event, and;

Give equal access to the Republicans to promote their next fundraiser.

Oh and by the way, the Troy Republicans will host the event at a Troy location, and not in East 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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