Local Government

Local Government 10.07.21

Town of North Greenbush First Responders Community Day

NORTH GREENBUSH – Supervisor Joe Bott invites you to the Town of North Greenbush Community Day to be held on Saturday, October 9th from 11 am – 3pm at town hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill. Meet members of the Wynantskill Fire Department, Defreestville Fire Department, North Greenbush Police Department, North Greenbush Ambulance, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, Rensselaer County Search and Rescue Team and Dogs, New York State Dive Team, New York State Police Helicopter and SORT. This is a FREE event for the community to talk with our first responders and get to know what they do. Food and refreshments will be for sale by our Ladies Auxiliary. For more information, please contact Supervisor Bott’s office at (518) 283-5313, x5.

Town Hall Closes for Columbus Day Holiday

SCHODACK – Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that the Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day. The Schodack Town Hall Offices and Highway Department will resume its regular business hours on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The Transfer Station will have standard business hours.

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.

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

NORTH GREENBUSH – Please be informed that the Town of North Greenbush, town offices, will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 for Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday October 12th and will resume our regular business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Thank you and continue to stay healthy and safe.

Town of Schodack Fall Clean-Up Days

SCHODACK – Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Fall Clean-up Days on October 14th, 15th and 16th at the Transfer Station on Poyneer Rd. During this event many items that normally have a charge are free and others are reduced up to 50%. This is a great time to clean out your garage before winter comes! The following price list is only for the dates noted above: Refrigerators, Freezers, Air conditioners & Dehumidifier -$8.00; Tires, rimless (maximum size 16”) – $2.00*larger and rimmed tires priced by size; TVs, computer monitors (limit 2), Propane Tanks, Furniture (limit 3), Metal goods, Gas grills, Bicycles – FREE. All other prices remain the same.

Climate Presentation at North Greenbush October Town Board Meeting

NORTH GREENBUSH – The Town of North Greenbush through their Climate Smart Task Force has been working diligently to attain certification in becoming a NYS DEC recognized climate smart community. This has been a very comprehensive effort and one current project that will aid in attaining certification is the development and approval of a Climate Smart Resiliency Vision for the town. The goal of this task is to establish a vision for what North Greenbush could look like when it is resilient to climate change. This is important for building community cohesion and for providing a goal from which to gauge progress. Events of this summer are gentle (or not so gentle) reminders of the drastic weather events that can and have negatively impacted communities in Rensselaer County. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County has been providing guidance in the development of a vision document and is seeking input from community members and residents of North Greenbush to help formulate a strong vision. Bernie Wiesen, of Cornell Cooperative Extension will be providing an update on the vision project and goals for completion as well as recruitment for more input to the Town Board at their October 14 meeting. To learn more about this project, get involved on the committee, and/or simply provide input to the vision please reach out to Bernie Wiesen at 518-272-4210 or bw27@nullcornell.edu or Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo at msabo@nullnorthgreenbush.org. This project is made possible through the Climate Resilience Partnership. The Climate Resilience Partnership is a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in the Hudson Valley, with funding and assistance from the Hudson River Estuary Program and the New York State Water Resources Institute.

Submitted by Councilwoman Sabo

Town of Poestenkill

POESTENKILL – Planning Board Meeting- 1st Tuesday of the Month; Zoning Board Meeting- 2nd Tuesday of the Month; Town Board Meeting- 1st Thursday of the Month for Workshop (if needed) and 3rd Thursday of the Month for Meeting

Fall Brush and Leaf Bag Clean Up- Please have brush and leaf bags out by October 17th as the Highway Dept will be around the week of October 18th (weather dependent).

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: • Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags • Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft tall) • Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road • Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it

UNNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: • Garbage or Trash • Cleaning of Vacant Lots • Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt • Metal Items • Plastic Bags or Flowerpots • Tires or Batteries • NO BRUSH OR TREES FROM PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

Halloween Parade- Saturday October 30th (Rain Date October 31st). Line Up begins at 9:30, Parade at 10am Town Office to VFW.

Town of East Greenbush Fall Cleanup

EAST GREENBUSH – Fall Cleanup will begin Monday, October 25th, 2021, and resume for the next 4 Mondays. The leaves must be in biodegradable bags and brush must be tied up into 4 foot bundles, placed out alongside of the roadway, but not in the road. 

The dates are as follows: October 25th, 2021; November 1st, 2021; November 8th, 2021; November 15th, 2021.

Please be advised that these are the “ONLY” dates the Department of Public Works will be performing Fall Cleanup. If you miss these dates, you may bring these items to the Transfer Station, located at 246 Ridge Road, Town of East Greenbush. Residents must provide proof of residency, or a Transfer Station permit, and are allowed to bring these items all year long at no cost. 

Please do not place bags of leaves or bundles of brush on the pavement, in front of culverts, or on top of catch basins. Place all items on the edge of the road.

Daniel Fiacco, Commissioner of Public Works

Town of East Greenbush

County Legislature Calls on Governor Hochul to Prioritze NYS Response to PFAS Found in Poestenkill

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Vice Chair of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman and her District 2 colleagues Rob Bayly, Leon Fiacco, and Tom Grant have submit a resolution that calls on Governor Kathy Hochul and outgoing Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to not repeat the mistakes made in the State’s handling of the PFOA/PFOS contamination in Hoosick Falls.

“The EPA notified the state about the contamination in Hoosick Falls, but did not act quickly enough. We don’t want that to happen in Poestenkill. There is a lot of genuine concern from residents, and our County Health Department has been engaged since day one. We want to be sure that the state remains engaged throughout the process”, said Hoffman.

During a NYS Senate committee meeting in 2016, Health Commissioner Zucker admitted that he and his staff knew of the contamination in Hoosick Falls but did not act accordingly.

“As a resident of Poestenkill, and someone who relies on well water, I urge the state to act quickly and effectively with Rensselaer County, the Town of Poestenkill, and the Averill Park School District to address this contamination. There is a lot of turnover in the State and their Health Department, and we don’t want Poestenkill to be forgotten or ignored”, said Legislator Rob Bayly.

“This is a potentially urgent health issue that needs to be addressed immediately, I remain cautiously optimistic that the new administration in Albany will recognize the importance of this issue and make it a top priority”, said Legislator Tom Grant- East Greenbush.

“Our goal with this resolution is to make sure that New York State takes all of the steps necessary to identify the source and work with us to mitigate any further contamination, and make sure our residents have safe drinking water”, said Legislator Leon Fiacco- North Greenbush.

The Rensselaer County Legislature will vote to adopt the resolution at their October 12th meeting

Harry Tutunjian, Troy

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