Local Government

Local Government 10.20.22

Rensselaer County Legislature Majority’s October Meeting Report

After observing Columbus Day on Monday, the Legislature held its monthly Honor A Deceased Veteran program on Tuesday, October 11th ahead of its monthly meeting. The Legislature honored the life and service of Robert E. Miller of Troy. Bob was a US Army paratrooper during the Vietnam War, and returned to Troy to start the Uncle Sam’s Boxing Club that trained countless young men and women in the Capital District and beyond. Bob worked with many amateur and professional boxers, and was credited with helping Mike Tyson become a professional boxer. Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman read Bob’s biography that outlined Bob’s dedication to his family and the sport of boxing.

On Tuesday night, the Legislature held its monthly meeting. Among the notable actions taken by the Legislature included authorizing the purchase of 1,000 winter coats for local children. The funding was raised by the County’s golf fundraiser for the Coats for Kids program. The Legislature also took steps towards continuing the construction of the new Troy Senior Center. Legislators Tom Choquette and Leon Fiacco sponsored legislation that provides the funding for new furniture in the senior center that will be located at City Station on 6th Avenue near the current county office building.

Vice Chair Bob Loveridge and Majority Leader Ken Herrington sponsored several resolutions to provide funding for the purchase of new snowplowing equipment, road salt, and parts and equipment to maintain our highway department’s fleet in anticipation of winter.

As another season of our County’s robust paving program winds down, the Legislature approved additional funding for road improvement and new paving for Pershing Ave in North Greenbush. This well-travelled street will benefit from better drainage and stability for the newly paved roadway.

The Legislature adjourned their meeting in memory of Colonel Peter Goebel who served as the County’s Director of Veterans Services. Peter passed away in September.

The Town of East Greenbush
Department of Public Works

Fall Cleanup will begin Monday, October 24th, 2022, 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 24th, 2022

October 31st, 2022

November 7th, 2022

November 14th, 2022

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.

Rensselaer County Legislative Majority Seeks Pet Supplies for 2022 Golden Tradition “Izzy’s Cause”

Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman has announced the Rensselaer County Legislature’s 2022 “Golden” Tradition: “Izzy’s Cause”. 

Each year, the legislature has partnered with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in collecting much needed supplies for their furry friends. The tradition was started by our former legislative colleague, Linda Golden and now, we have added to the cause by honoring a special pet. 

This year we are dedicating the drive in memory of a sweet girl named Izzy, whose parents both work for the county. Harry and Francesca Tutunjian lost their English Bulldog Izzy last November. She was a local “celebrity” with a huge following and loved by many. 

If you are interested in donating, please visit us on Facebook at Rensselaer County Legislators for a full list of items needed. A sample includes canned dog/cat food (any brand), Kongs (L/XL), food puzzles, cat beds, clay cat litter, flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Advantage, Advantix), Greenies pill pockets, leashes and slip leads, dog treats, paper towels, bleach, Swiffer WetJet multipurpose floor cleaner refills, Swiffer WetJet pad refills, new or gently used towels, flat sheets, high efficiency laundry detergent, dishwasher pods, hand soap, lightweight fleece blankets or throws for them to cuddle up in (no comforters, bedspreads or pillows filled with batting). 

There will be a blue drop box located at the 3rd floor entrance of the County Office Building located at 1600 7th Ave in Troy, NY 12180. For more information, please call (518) 270-2886.

Election News From The LWV of Rensselaer County

Do you know which election district you are in for November 8th elections for Congressional Seats? Rensselaer County no longer is part of District 19 – most of Rensselaer County is now within District 21. The cities of Troy and Rensselaer and parts of North Greenbush are now in District 20. Changes have also been made to the districts for NYS Senate and NYS Assembly? An easy way to find out for sure is to go to Vote411.org. Based on your address/residence, you will be able to see what district you now live and vote in, who the candidates are and information about what each candidate stands for. 

Be Informed Ahead of Election Day! 

Remember that early voting starts on October 29 and continues until November 6 at 3 locations: 

Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd, Castleton

Brunswick Town Hall, 336 Town Office Road, Troy

500 Federal Street, Troy

Hours: Sat/Sun 9 AM – 5 PM

M/W 12 Noon – 8PM

T/Th/F 9 AM – 5 PM

Town of Schodack Tax Office

All school tax bills for Schodack and East Greeenbush Schools are now in the penalty period. Please make sure penalty amount is included with your payment or your payment will be returned as unpaid. Please write your phone number on your check so we can contact you if there are any issues with your payment. All school taxes must be received at my office by 4:00pm October 31st. 

After that, you will need to contact Rensselaer County Bureau of Finance at 518-270-2754. The Tax Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm during the month of October.

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