Local Government

Local Government 11.03.22

Constituent Report for October 2022 from Schodack Supervisor Charles Peter

Over the past two months, Town Department heads and my staff have been working to prepare and assemble the initial draft of our 2023 budget for the Town. This year presented challenges, and next year looks likely to be just as volatile. However, due to strong and resilient financial planning, Schodack has weathered these challenges remarkably well.

Despite unforeseen expenses relating to inflation, we were still able to purchase a new mini excavator, pave more miles of road than initially planned, take part in a series of hazardous waste clean-up days, expand the “Music in The Park” concert series, host our first ever Easter Egg hunt for our families, and we’ve purchased all the necessary equipment to start another new tradition next year with our first ever “Movie in The Park” nights. All of this was in addition to what was originally budgeted for 2022 and utilized previous cost savings and reallocation of funds, and we are still on track to end the year with a surplus.

These achievements would not have been possible without the hard work and support of my fellow Town Board members, the financial oversight and assistance of our comptroller Paul Harter and his assistant Laura Palmer, my assistant Dawne Kelly, and each of the department heads who continually work to ensure they best utilize the resources provided to them.

Work on the budget is not yet complete, and I do not have final rates to share with you currently. I feel confident however in saying that at a time when our residents are dealing with rising living costs and supply issues, we are finding ways to avoid adding additional burdens to our taxpayers. The 2023 budget will fund expanded recreational opportunities at the park, increases our road program, and provides resources to better engage with our residents to find out what services they use, what they want to see expanded, and what we may offer them in the future. I look forward to sharing the final version with you all in the coming weeks.

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report, published every month since I took office in 2016, is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events. 

All Town Board meetings can be viewed live or later at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

During October, the Town Board appointed Thomas Finn and Carrie Kane as Police Sergeants.

The Town Board also honored Peter Schweigert upon his retirement after more than 40 years of dedicated service as Fire Investigator with the Town of Schodack. Peter continues to serve our town as a Life Member of the East Schodack Fire Company and as a member of the Board of Assessment Review.

In addition to our regularly scheduled Town Board meetings in October, we held a series of budget meetings to review and discuss the 2023 Preliminary Budget for the Town of Schodack.

Our department heads did an excellent job of outlining and itemizing recommended expenditures and appropriations for the upcoming year. We look forward to adopting a town budget that continues our commitment to providing high-quality services to our residents while also being fiscally responsible.

The Town of Schodack is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following job vacancies: Highway Department Mechanic, Director of Planning & Zoning and Police Chief. For more information about these positions, visit www.schodack.org/human-resources and click on “Employment Opportunities” or call 518-477-3628.

With the holidays fast approaching and recognizing that these are very difficult times for several local families, please consider making donations to our wonderful food pantry located in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson — The Anchor. Staff at The Anchor are dedicated to assisting local families during times of need. For more information, call 518-732-4120 or email: pmsnana@nullaol.com.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Board Member

Town of East Greenbush Polling Locations for Residents on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Ellen Pangburn, East Greenbush Town Clerk, would like to remind residents, and also let new residents know, of their respective polling location on Election Day.

District 1 – EG VFW Post 7338, 100 Hayes Rd.

District 2 – EG Community Library, 10 Community Way 

District 3 – Town Hall, 225 Columbia Tpk.

District 4 – Melvin Roads Post 1231, 200 Columbia Tpk.

District 5 – Melvin Roads Post 1231, 200 Columbia Tpk.

District 6 – Town Hall, 225 Columbia Tpk.

District 7 – Community Gospel Church, 487 3rd Ave. Ext.

District 8 – EG VFW Post 7338, 100 Hayes Rd.

District 9 – Melvin Roads Post 1231, 200 Columbia Tpk.

District 10 – EG Community Library

District 11 – Community Gospel Church, 487 3rd Ave. Ext.

District 12 – Melvin Roads Post 1231, 200 Columbia Tpk.

Links to Rensselaer County Board of Elections information:

District Maps | Rensselaer County, NY (rensco.com) 

https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ 

Please call East Greenbush Town Clerk’s Office if you have any further questions at 518.477.7145.  Ellen Pangburn, Town Clerk, or Deputy Town Clerk, Michelle Eckler, would be glad to help you.  Your Town Clerk’s Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The hours of voting will be 6:00 AM TO 9:00 PM.

The Town of North Greenbush will have 3 Polling locations:

Districts 1,3,4 and 7 will vote atTown Hall located @ 2 Douglas Street Wynantskill,NY

Districts 5 & 8 will vote at St. Michael’s Church located @ 175 Williams Road Troy, NY 

Districts 2 & 6 will vote at Defreestville Fire Department located @ 350 North Greenbush Road Troy, NY

If you should have any questions or concerns pertaining to Election Day, please feel free to contact my office and I will be more than happy to assist you in any way that I can. My office hours are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ 518-283-4306.

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