Rensselaer County Legislature Office of the Minority
August meeting highlights:
Local Law: This month, the Legislators unanimously passed amendments for a local law establishing a one year moratorium on solid waste management facilities. The amendments will see the environmental protections extended to other tributaries and drinking water sources throughout the county.
Early Voting: The Republican majority defeated a resolution to establish an Early Voting site, in the City of Troy, in committee which derailed it from making it to the floor for a vote of the full legislature. The city of Troy has the greatest population of residents that rely on public transportation, among them the elderly, poor, minorities and students. With selected early voting sites in Brunswick (a 2 mile walk from the CDTA bus stop) and Schodack (no bus service from Troy) residents, representatives from civic organizations, and elect officials, who attended this month’s Public Forum, voiced their concerns on the perception of voter suppression and asked for reconsideration.
Health: The Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution authorizing the distribution of computer tablets and laptops for the Rensselaer County Department of Health to help fight the opioid epidemic. The new technology will enhance the department’s capabilities to collect accurate data. The data will then be processed to aid the battle against the opioid epidemic.
The Legislature also unanimously passed a resolution to create the position of Lead Risk Assessor. The State Legislature passed a law to lower the blood lead level in children and this new position will ensure that those new standards are met, keeping the children of Rensselaer County healthy.
Youth: The Legislature passed a resolution to have the Department of Youth and CDTA enter into an agreement that will provide transportation for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs to Grafton State Park. With the absence of swimming pools, this will provide a place for the children of Troy to swim and find relief from the heat.
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.
Contact our office at 270-2890. www.rensselaercounty.org
Rensselaer County Legislature Majority August Report
The Rensselaer County Legislature held its monthly meeting on August 13th at which time they amended the Local Law that created a One year moratorium on the establishment of solid waste management facilities in Rensselaer County. The original law impacted only those communities within one mile of the Hudson River. The amended law broadens the prohibition to include facilities that “process, dispose of, combust, gasify, or transfer solid waste for the purpose of disposal, use as a fuel product or transfer to a facility in Rensselaer County or outside the County…” The amended law extends the moratorium from within one mile of the Hudson River, to now include sites within one mile of the Tomhannock Reservoir and its tributaries, and any tributary of the Hudson River.
The Legislature will solicit input from residents, businesses, and municipalities during the moratorium period and use the information to formulate any further recommendations or restrictions. The local law, introduced by Chairman Michael Stammel of Rensselaer, has a lot of broad community support and was adopted and amended unanimously.
The Legislature also accepted $200,935 in grant funding from NYS to offset the implementation costs of the newly mandated early voting law. The bipartisan Rensselaer County Board of Elections selected Brunswick and Schodack as the County’s early voting sites. During the Legislature’s open public forum, several Troy residents asked for an early voting site to be placed in Troy. Unfortunately, neither the Legislators that represent Troy, nor their elections commissioner, were able to find a suitable location in Troy to accommodate the 10 day early voting period.
As work on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail through our county progresses, it is now approaching East Greenbush. The trail will utilize Sherwood Avenue in East Greenbush. Sherwood Avenue is a County roadway that is in need of paving and other improvements that weren’t included in the trail plans. After meetings with County Executive McLaughlin and his staff, representatives of the project, East Greenbush officials, and Legislator Tom Grant, we were pleased to accept $240,000 from the Greenway Conservancy to undertake the improvements at no cost to the County.
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 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
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.
HuntingLicenses Town of Schodack
Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind hunters that hunting licenses went on sale August 1, 2019. For hunting and trapping licenses, the license year runs form September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020. Annual fishing licenses and recreational marine fishing registration are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.
Deer management permits (DMPs) will be available via an instant lottery from August 1, 2019 through the close of business on Oct. 1, 2019.
We also have a limited supply of Federal Duck Stamps available at a cost of $26.00 ($25.00 plus $1.00 revenue for the town).
The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please be sure to have your driver’s license or an old hunting license to expedite processing of your new license.
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.
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.
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.
Town Hall Closes for Labor Day Holiday
Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday, August 31, 2019 and the Schodack Town Offices and Highway Department will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019. The Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will resume its regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
The Transfer Station will resume its regular business hours on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (518) 477-7590, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm and Saturday between 9:00am and 12:00pm.
Town Of Day 2019 – 2020 Garbage Pick-Up ~ Winter Schedule
Curbside by 7:00 AM
Starting September 09, 2019
Monday’s – Both Sides of Lake
Thru May 18, 2019
(If there is a Holiday on a Monday pick-up
will be Tuesday.)
Memorial Day week pick-up will be on
Tuesday, May 26th – North side
Wednesday, May 27st – South side
Summer schedule will resume with pick-up
Monday’s – North side of Lake
Tuesday’s – South side of Lake
the following week
Recycling ~ Winter Schedule
Curbside by 7:00 AM
(Last weekly pick-up Sept. 05th)
Every other Thursday as follows:
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
December 05, 19
January 02, 16, 30
February 13, 27
March 12, 26
April 09, 23
May 07, 21
(Start weekly pick-ups June 04th, 2020)
If there is inclement weather on Thursday, recycling will be picked up on Friday.
Recycling Center – Year Round Hours
Wednesday 8 – 2
Saturday & Sunday 8 – 4
Closed All Legal Holidays and Severe Snowstorms
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.