Local Government

Local Government 10.17.19

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North Greenbush Halloween Costume Parade

On Saturday, October 26th at 6:00 pm the Town of North Greenbush and Youth Makes A Difference will host a Halloween Parade with a children’s party to follow. The parade will kick off at the Family Dollar parking lot and march up Main Avenue to Town Hall for the children’s party. The parade will be led by Town Emergency Services. There will be treats, costume contest with cash prizes and free books for the children. Come join the parade. All are welcome.

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Sand Lake Town Board Candidates Forum

Don’t miss this! The Sand Lake Business Association will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event on Wednesday, October 23, at the Sand Lake Town Hall. The doors will open at 6:30 with the forum beginning at 7:00 sharp. The candidates will be presenting their views on a variety of issues of concern to the citizens of Sand Lake. The forum will also be televised on cable channel 1303. Light refreshments will be served.

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Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

Staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my ongoing 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.

The Town Board reappointed Karen Justice to a six-year term as Sole Assessor. The assessor’s office determines and maintains property assessments, property inventory records, ownership and exemptions. If you need assistance completing your exemption application or have eligibility questions, contact the assessor’s office.

The annual Fall Clean-Up Days will be held on October 17, 18 and 19 at the Transfer Station (7:00 am to 3:00 pm) where items can be disposed of at a reduced price or free. Please note, TVs and computer monitors have a limit of two per household and furniture has a limit of three items per household.

Document Shredder Day will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Rensselaer City Hall (62 Washington Street) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Schodack residents are eligible to take advantage of this great opportunity to have their confidential and sensitive documents safely shredded at no cost (3-box maximum per household).

Each Fall marks the return of the popular Pizza and Wing nights at the Schodack Valley and East Schodack Fire Companies, and First Sunday Breakfast at the Castleton Fire Company. These wonderful community events provide residents with the opportunity to come together and enjoy great food at an affordable price. Thank you to the volunteers who make these events possible.

The 3rd Annual Main Street Day in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson brought local residents and families together to enjoy great music, food, games and more. The hard work and efforts of the Main Street Association, village officials and volunteers are appreciated by the entire Schodack community.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

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October Meeting Report from the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority

The Rensselaer County Legislature held its monthly meeting on October 8th and passed some notable agenda items. The Legislature voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that urges the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to monitor the air around the City of Rensselaer. This request comes after NYSDOH worked with the County Health Department and Chairman of the Legislature Mike Stammel, to locate air monitoring sites in the city. In July, NYSDOH informed the County that they would not be doing the air testing. The Legislature receives complaints about dust and foul odors that emanate from the Dunn Landfill every day. These odors have even impacted North and East Greenbush residents.

The Legislature recognizes the difficulties of attracting and retaining volunteer emergency providers in our communities. The Legislature approved a contract to initiate an Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention training program to assist our fire and ambulance volunteers in their efforts to keep us safe.

Our Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department also plays a big role in keeping our communities safe, and we approved a contract with the Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO) to provide our deputies with EMT training. This valuable training allows our deputies to be prepared to react when they respond to a medical emergency, and to better assist other first responders.

Rensselaer County has seen a big boost in sales tax revenue, and as a result, the County Executive and the Legislature Majority have teamed up to transfer an additional $300,000 into the road paving program. This additional funding will be used this year to repair and pave the neediest roads.

Finally, as the cold weather approaches, the Legislature approved funding to purchase road salt for the highway department. Let’s all hope that we don’t need it too soon.

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Schodack Supervisor’s Report for September 2019

In a continuing effort to keep residents informed of my activities as well as issues pertaining to the Town, I submit to them this report for September of 2019. As always, more information can be found on the Town’s website or it’s social media pages.

Schodack is home to some fantastic school districts and I’ve made it a point to reach out and try to build relationships between them and the Town in order to better serve our residents. One issue that many districts not just in Town but across the area has faced is staffing levels for qualified bus drivers. I recently visited the East Greenbush transportation garage and attended a “Drive a Bus” day hosted by the Schodack Central School District along with several Town Board members. I expressed my gratitude to both for the hard work their transportation departments do in safely getting our kids to and from school and worked with them to help advertise the need for more drivers via our Town pages. Anyone who may have an interest in becoming a bus driver should reach out to EGSD at 518-477-9288 or SCSD at 518-732-2070.

After the passage of several criminal justice bills this past spring by New York State, there is a level of uncertainty to what the full impact of these changes will be. I’ve been working with our representatives at the County and State level as well as our Justice court and Police department to identify potential challenges we may face and developing solutions to address them.

And finally, Fall Clean Up Days will be held October 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Transfer Station. This is a great opportunity to save some money over our normal fees while helping clean up and beautify Schodack at the same time. A full price list and schedule can be found on the Town’s website at www.schodack.org. Additionally, the last of the three free document shredder days that we partnered with East Greenbush and Rensselaer to host will be held on October 26th at the Rensselaer City Hall.

Supervisor David Harris

10/03/2019 – 10/17/2019

Town of Schodack Fall Clean-Up Days

Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Fall Clean-up Days on October 17th, 18th and 19th 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

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Rensselaer County Bar Association to Honor Attorney and Court Clerk

2019 Jones Fund Dinner. The Rensselaer County Bar Association will honor two individuals who, over the years, have been instrumental in the success of the Bar Association’s Jones Fund Project. Attorney Anne Reynolds Copps and the Chief Clerk of the Courts in Rensselaer County, Richard F. Reilly, Jr., will receive this year’s Jones Award at a dinner to be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Franklin Plaza in Troy. The award, according to Dana L. Salazar, Esq., president of the Bar Association, is named in memory of the late E. Stewart Jones, Sr. of Troy, legendary criminal defense and personal injury attorney, who died in 2001. “Mr. Jones,” according to Ms. Salazar, “provided each of us in the profession with a very high set of standards that were reflected in his integrity and his professionalism as a lawyer, as well as his civic leadership, generosity and loyalty to his community.”

According to Hon. Edward O. Spain, co-chair of the Courthouse Artwork Restoration Committee, “each of this year’s recipients is most deserving of this prestigious award. Anne Copps was the president of the Bar Association in 1995. She originated this award winning project and has worked tirelessly since that time in guiding the restoration and preservation of the historic artwork in the courthouse. Richard Reilly, in his role as the administrator of all that goes on in the courthouse, has generously monitored and assisted in the success of this project and has been a consistent and genuine supporter of our association and its public service projects over these many years. They each so well reflect the dedication and service to both their professions and their community as did Mr. Jones.”

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event will support the ongoing restoration and preservation of the photos and oil on canvass portraits of the attorneys, judges and prominent community leaders that will be returned to the courthouse walls.

10/10/2019 – 10/17/2019

Town of Nassau Democratic Committee News

All enrolled Town of Nassau Democrats are cordially invited to attend our annual meeting on Sunday, October 20, to be held at 2pm at the Nassau Reformed Church, 43 Church St. (Rt. 20) in the Village of Nassau. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Nassau Dems is welcome to attend. We plan to discuss the need to recruit new members as well as talking about future plans and new directions and ideas for the Town Dems to explore.

Join us for the fun of meeting and socializing with your fellow Democrats. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Judy at 518-522-2916 or email judyz_05262@nullyahoo.com.

2019 Poestenkill “Meet The Candidates”

On Monday Night October 21st the Poestenkill Business Association will present our annual “Meet the Candidates” Night Forum at the Poestenkill Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main Street. All Candidates running for Town Supervisor, Town Board, Highway Superintendent, Town Clerk and Town Judge have been invited to attend and will present their respective positions.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM with all Candidates offering a concise position statement. The floor will then be opened up for questions from any Town Resident in attendance. We sincerely hope that you are able to attend and participate in the robust discussion through thoughtful and pertinent questions on issues facing the Town of Poestenkill. Refreshments will be provided. Thank you for your interest. See U Monday Night 10/21/2019!!

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 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.

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.

October 21st-October 25th (last pick-up for season)

If you have any questions, please call 518-279-3461, ext. 100.

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, 2020

(If there is a Holiday on a Monday pick-up

will be Tuesday.)

Winter Schedule, Curbside by 7:00 AM

Every other Thursday as follows:

October 24

November 07,21

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

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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