Local Government

Local Government 10.31.19

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Legislators deliver funding for flags at Snyder’s Lake

Vice Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman and Legislator Tom Grant present a check to Mike DonVito of the Snyder’s Lake Association.

The funds will be used to beautify the lake with American Flags.




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Reminder: Early Voting Is Here In Rensselaer County!

Don’t forget that Early Voting started this past Saturday 10/26/19 and continues daily through Sunday Nov 3, so here are the details about it, in case this option works for you!:

The following is the information for Early Voting in Rensselaer County, as posted on the Renss. Co. Board of Elections website, including the dates and specific times you can vote & the Two County locations, which likely differ from your normal voting locations:

Early Voting allows any registered voter in Rensselaer County to vote in-person at any one of the early voting poll sites located in the county before Election Day.

Rensselaer County Early Voting Locations:

Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd, Castleton, NY 12033

Brunswick Office Bldg, 336 Town Office Rd, Troy, NY 12180

The Remaining Early Voting Days and Hours for 2019 are as follows:

Wednesday October 30th Noon to 8pm

Thursday October 31st 9am to 5pm

Friday November 1st 9am to 5pm

Saturday November 2nd 9am to 2pm

Sunday November 3rd 9am to 2pm

Please note: There is No early voting the day before Election Day.

Voting during early voting is the same as voting on Election Day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote, receive your ballot, and vote as in any other election. There will be instructions available, and the election inspectors will be there to assist you as well.

If you vote during the early voting period, you are not eligible to vote again for that election on any other day during the early voting period, nor on Election Day.

If you vote during the early voting period, you will be ineligible to vote by absentee for that election.


Respectfully submitted by Dominic Indelicato

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East Greenbush October 16th Town Board Meeting by Councilor Bridget Fritz

All were unanimously adopted

202-2019 Meeting Minutes

203-2019 November Adoption Awareness Month

204-2019 Preliminary Budget for 2020

205-2019 Refund Filing Fee Small Claims Assessment Hearing

206-2019 Resignation Scott Gallerie

207-2019 Appointing Daniel Fiacco Commissioner DPW

208-2019 Appointing Scott Gallerie Deputy Commissioner DPW

209-2019 Appointing Marc Tobio DPW

210-2019 Repair at DPW

211-2019 Utilizing GovtPortal integrated Debit & Credit Card Program

212-2019 FMLA Request

213-2019 FMLA Request

214-2019 CDPHP Medicare Advantage Plan for Retired Employees

215-2019 Public Hearing on Transfer Station

216-2019 Kevin Hitchcock Building Inspector on Permanent Basis

217-2019 Creation & Filling 2 Part-Time Asst Bldg Inspectors Positions

218-2019 Amending Resolution 195-2019

219-2019 Supervisor Contract w/ NYSDEC Grant Received from WQIP for MS4 Mapping & Use of GEIS Funds

220-2019 Supervisor Sign Contract w/ CSEA Local 1000, AFL-CIO Unit #8257 of Renss County Local #842

221-2019 Form Template Agreement for Post-Construction SWMF

222-2019 Supervisor Sign Agreement for Post-Construction SWMF Maint.

223-2019 Additional GEIS Funds to Fund Amendment Agreement w/ Tighe & Bond

224-2019 Soliciting Bids & Use GEIS Funds Upgrades to Pump Stations & Conveyance System

225-2019 Soliciting Bids & Use GEIS Funds Prepare Survey & Title Search Pump Station

226-2019 Soliciting Proposals Final Design, Bid Specification & Provide Construction Inspection 2 Pump Stations

227-2019 Enter Agreement w/ Meridian IT Inc. for Phone System Maint. & Support

228-2019 Implementing Town Hall Streams into Court Room for Live Streaming of Town Hall Mtg.

229-2019 Enter Agreement Annual Avaya Manufacturers Support

230-2019 DEC to hold Dunn Landfill Operators Responsible

231-2019 Town Board as Lead Agency for Proposed Sidewalks Along US 9&20

232-2019 Major Site Plan

233-2019 Sign Contract EG Emergency Communications Association Local 3708 Council 82 AFSCME, AFL-CIO

10/31/2019 – 11/07/2019

North Chatham Free Library: Why Does the Constitution Matter?

The North Chatham Free Library has a colorful assortment of fall activities and entertainment for the month of November. On Sunday, November 10, at 3 pm, join us for “Why Does the Constitution Matter?” to discuss the role of the Constitution in everyday life with peers and a specialist in Constitutional Law. Professor Stephen Gottlieb will lead a lively debate about the day-to-day impact of this historic document. What does it mean to say the Constitution matters in this age when there are such deep differences about how to read it? And what does it mean when we say it needs to be understood under current circumstances and in context? Does it matter if people are sincere? In a way these questions really get to the heart of what role a Constitution plays in public life.

This program will give you the opportunity to dive deep into these questions, and others, with Dr. Gottlieb. As a graduate of Yale Law School, working lawyer, constitutional law professor, and author of multiple books about the Supreme Court and Constitutional law, Professor Gottlieb is well versed in how the Constitution affects our everyday lives. Needless to say it will be a fascinating and informative session closely related to political issues facing us right now. This event is made possible with funds from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation. For more information, contact the NCFL at (518) 766-3211 or mail@nullnorthchathamlibrary.org, or stop in and visit us at 4287 NY-SR 203, North Chatham.

10/24/2019 – 11/14/2019

East Greenbush Fall Pick up

The 2019 Fall Leaf Pick up will begin on Monday, October 28, 2019 and will continue for four weeks including:

The week of October 28th, 2019, November 4th, 2019, November 11th, 2019, and November 18th, 2019

DPW employees will begin leaf pickup on Mondays, and traverse the entire town each week in the same manner until every road has been done. The employees will resume pothole patching and other winter preparation after the leaves and brush have been picked up for that week, and resume the same route the following week. If it snows, leaf pickup will be resumed as weather permits.

Leaves must be in biodegradable bags and brush is to be cut into 4’ lengths and bundled. Bags of leaves and bundles of brush must be placed on the side of the road just off the pavement. Please do not block any drainage structures or culverts and DO NOT place anything on the pavement.

Please be advised these are the only dates the Department of Public Works will be picking up leaves and bundles of brush. If you miss these dates, you may bring these items to the Transfer Station with proof of address. No permit is required for disposal of leaves and brush at the Transfer Station.

Thank you,

Scott F. Gallerie Sr.

Commissioner, East Greenbush


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.


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:

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

Pets & Conservation


October Events at Dyken Pond EE Center

Grafton – The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering the following events in October.

Firewood Gathering Volunteer Day: Saturday, October 26: 9am – noon An annual event to help the Center cut, gather, haul, split, and stack enough firewood to last the winter. We’ll treat all hardy volunteers to a free lunch for your efforts. Please preregister by Thursday, October 24 so we can plan enough food for everyone.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motorized boating. Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or email dykenpond@gmailcom. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our fall events or visit www.dykenpond.org .

10/10/2019 – 10/31/2019

Upcoming Events at Grafton Lakes State Parks

For all events, please call ahead to pre-register at (518) 279-1155 ext. 2.

Sunday, October 27th — Batty about Bats 1:00 PM. With Halloween just around the corner, take a chance to learn about conservation concerns and what you can do to help one of the more misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom.

Saturday, November 2nd — Amazing Water Bear Hunt 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM. Stop in to help a scientist find microscopic creatures, known affectionately as water bears, that live in your own backyard! Learn about these incredibly resilient animals and get a chance to view one through a microscope.

Sunday, November 3rd — Sunrise Fire Tower Hike 5:30 AM. Start the day off by watching the sunrise over the green mountains from one of the best views on the Rensselaer Plateau, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower. Be sure to dress in layers and bring proper lighting.

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

Plateau People at Work: a talk with Soul Fire Farm

Thursday, November 14, 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall. “Working toward a just and sustainable food system,” presented by Jonah Vitale-Wolff of Soul Fire Farm, Grafton. Part of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series. Jonah will talk about how many of our cherished sustainable farming practices today have their roots in African & Indigenous wisdom. Yet, due to discrimination and violence against African-American farmers, they make up less than 2 percent of farmers today. Meanwhile, African-American communities are often cut off from healthy food systems. Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system, with programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training. Jonah will discuss how all of us can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help to build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community. $5 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Run Anytime in October

Animal And Pet Items In-House Garage Sale!

An on–going sale! Come and see nifty animal/pet knickknacks, bric-a-brac, pet toys & supplies. Items can be purchased during Venture Inward classes and events. Go to VentureInwardCenter.com to see Calendar for days and times we are open!

If you have items you would like to donate, contact Venture Inward at 518-477-6566 & please forward this to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, facebook friends!! All proceeds go directly to Jane Demartino’s CaringAboutTheStrays, a 501.c3 non-profit, so your generosity is tax deductable too!

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Enjoy the Majesty of Fall

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October and Receive 10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 colorful trees and bushes when you join the organization in October.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive 10 colorful trees and bushes selected for your area.

“Members will especially enjoy these trees during the autumn months because they’ll add abundant, vibrant color to any yard or landscape for years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions will be enclosed with each shipment of trees.

To receive your free trees, visit arborday.org/october or send a $10 membership contribution by October 31 to:

Arbor Day Foundation

10 Colorful Trees and Bushes

100 Arbor Ave.

Nebraska City, NE 68410

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