Local Government

Local Government 12.10.20

Town of Poestenkill Recycling Day

POESTENKILL – Recycling Day at Waste Management for Town of Poestenkill Residents – Saturday, December 12th 2020; 9am-12pm. Waste Management- Corner of Rt 66 and Rt 351. Poestenkill Residents may bring white goods (refrigerators and air conditioners) and all types of metal (tire rims, metal cabinets, etc.) can be brought to Waste Management for a fee. Bulk items will also be accepted (couches, mattresses) for a fee. Waste Management does NOT accept computer monitors, tires or TVs. Credit Cards and Checks accepted. Any questions, please contact Sue Horton, Town Clerk at 518-283-5119.

Town Clerk’s Office Closed for the Holidays

NASSAU – Sandra Rings, the Nassau Town Clerk, would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and to let everyone know that the Town Clerk’s Office will be closed December 24th and 25th for the Christmas holiday and also December 31st and January 1st for the New Year’s holiday. We are in the office Monday through Friday from 9am until noon, with the exception of those two holiday weeks and available by appointment. Please contact us by phone at 518-766-2343, or by email at sandra.rings@nulltownofnassau.org for an appointment or with any questions you may have. Also as a reminder, the 2021 Transfer Station permits are now available. There is a form on the Town Website, townofnassau.org, that can be filled out and mailed to Nassau Town Clerk, P. O. Box 587, Nassau, NY 12123 or you can still obtain a permit at the Town Clerk’s Office or the Transfer Station. May your holidays be blessed!

Sincerely,

Sandra L. Rings, RMC, Nassau Town Clerk

“A Note from Your North Greenbush Tax Receiver”

NORTH GREENBUSH – Here are a few reminders and useful information for the upcoming 2021 Tax Season:

As we know, the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to cause many changes in our daily lives, and it goes without saying that this year’s property tax season will be a little different than previous years. Due to the pandemic the Town of North Greenbush will not collect “in-person” 2021 property taxes at the Tax Receiver’s Office or any other Office within Town Hall. Instead, you have three safe payment options: payment by mail; payment at the two Pioneer Bank Branches in Town; and payment online with a credit card.

When paying at the Pioneer Bank Branch you must bring your entire tax bill and your payment check or cash for the full amount of your bill. In return, the Bank will supply you a stamped receipt for your payment in full. Pioneer Bank does not accept credit cards for payment.

When paying by mail, please return the tax bill along with your check for the full amount shown on the tax bill. If you request a receipt of payment, please check off the box located at the bottom half of your tax bill and send in the entire bill. A receipt will not be issued without the return of the entire bill.

Please do not send cash thru the mail! Only checks will be accepted. Make checks payable to: Thomas F. McGrath, Jr. Rec. of Taxes and mail them to 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill, NY 12198. Please be certain that the written dollar amount on your payment check is the same as the numerical dollar amount on the tax bill. Also, please sign and date your payment check. Neither the Town nor the Bank will be able to process your payment with such errors and your payment will be returned, which could result in a late payment. (Optional, please write your phone number on the memo portion of your check, so we can call you if we find any payment discrepancies).

You will avoid late fees by mailing your tax bill and payment check with a postmark before the late date printed on your bill. Your check date cannot be used as the payment date to avoid penalties.

If your taxes are paid by your Bank or Mortgage Company through escrow and you receive a tax bill directly, please do not send payment unless you are certain that your bank has discontinued your escrow payment. Please call us if you are not sure.

When calling the Town Tax Receiver Office (518-209-7506), please leave a clear and concise voice message along with your phone number.

As I enter my fourth year as Receiver of Taxes, I have truly enjoyed working in this capacity and will continue to work hard for all the residents of the Town of North Greenbush.

Sincerely, Tom McGrath Jr.

North Greenbush Tax Receiver, 518-209-7506 email: TMcGrath@nullnorthgreenbush.org Town Website: http://www.townofng.com/

A copy of your 2021 Town of North Greenbush tax bill is available online at: egov.basny.com/northgreenbush/

North Greenbush Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

NORTH GREENBUSH – On Saturday, December 12th the Town of North Greenbush will be hosting Santa in a Drive-By parade around Town. The parade will look a little different this year. The Wynantskill Fire Department, the Defreestville Fire Department and the North Greenbush Police Department have graciously volunteered to drive Santa around the neighborhoods to wave to everyone. Each fire department will start their parade from their station at 2:30pm. The parade with Santa will end at Town Hall for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The full parade route will be listed on the North Greenbush Town website. Go to townofng.com to view the schedule.

We can not predict the arrival time in your neighborhood. However, if you follow the facebook page of the Wynantskill Fire Department and the Defreestville Fire Department, they will be updating their progress in the parade. Please come out on your porch, lawn or driveway to wave to Santa as he goes by.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Joseph Bott, North Greenbush Town Supervisor

Town Hall Closes for Christmas Holiday

SCHODACK – Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents of Schodack that the Town Hall Offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24th, and Friday December 25, 2020 for the Christmas Holiday. The Town Hall offices will resume standard business hours on Monday, December 28, 2020.

The Highway Department and Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020. The Transfer Station will resume standard business hours on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The Highway Department will be available for all emergencies.

The Town Hall offices and the Highway Department and the Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for the New Year Holiday. The Transfer Station will resume standard business hours on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 477-7590,

Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, November 17, 2020

POESTENKILL – A representative from New York Power Authority provided information to the Board regarding their proposal to replace selected town streetlights. The goal is to provide a more energy and cost-efficient system to the Town. The payback period for the town is 20 years.

Due to the COVID pandemic and an Executive Order delaying local elections, the town board discussed the need to amend the action taken in September in regards to a special election on the potential creation of an ambulance district. In September, when the resolution was passed, Governor Cuomo had an active Executive Order prohibiting local elections due to COVID.  A motion was made by Councilman Wohlleber and seconded by Councilman Van Slyke to temporarily postpone the September resolution and allow the Board to reissue in the near future. The motioned passed with Councilman Hass voting no. The Board will discuss this issue at the December board meeting.

The Town Board unanimously approved the appointment of Matthew Guilbault to the Board of Assessment Review.

Resolution to enact a two percent increase in the resident water fee was passed unanimously.

Resolution declaring the week of January 24-30, 2021 as School Choice Week in the Town of Poestenkill was passed unanimously.

Resolution to honor Bob Brunet on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Bob is currently the water manager in town, but he has held several positions in his years of service to the town.

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, December 19th at 7pm.

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Rensselear County Legislators Adopt 2021 Budget That Cuts Taxes

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Rensselaer County Legislature adopted the 2021 County budget by a unanimous vote of 17-0 Monday November 30th.

The $349.5 million budget reduced spending by 1 percent and included a property tax cut of about 3.6 percent. The budget also included additional funding for the County Health Department to continue the fight against COVID-19 and to conduct expanded contact tracing.

The Legislature received a request from Cornell Cooperative Extension to restore $48,616 that they had trimmed from their budget in anticipation of a difficult budget process. Majority Leader Ken Herrington and Legislators Chuck Peter and Jeff Wysocki worked with County Executive Steve McLaughlin to find the funding for the important programs at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension provides many important services for residents throughout the county, including 4H, food and nutrition education, and the Master Gardener programs and more. We want to make sure these programs continue to flourish in Rensselaer County”, said Majority Leader Ken Herrington-Brunswick.

“This is a solid budget that is the result of hard work and many hours of budget committee meetings and discussion. Thanks to County Executive McLaughlin and his staff for providing us a good conservative financial plan for 2021”, said Chairman Michael Stammel- Rensselaer.

“Governments are facing challenging times, and Rensselaer County is no different. This budget trims expenses, preserves important services and programs, and slightly lowers property taxes. I am proud to support it”, said Vice Chair Kelly Hoffman- North Greenbush.

“Our county has had several years of fiscal stability with strong sales tax revenues, healthy surpluses, and bond rating increases. This budget will continue the practices that the Legislature has utilized to manage the budget, and keep us on the right path”, said Chair of Finance Robert Loveridge- East Schodack.

Nassau Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates for Town and County Offices

NASSAU – The Nassau Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from residents interested in running for the following town offices in 2021: Town Supervisor (two-year term), Town Council Member (two seats to be filled, each with a four-year term), Town Justice (four-year term), Tax Collector (two-year term), and Superintendent of Highways (two-year term). Interested candidates are invited to inquire and/or submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Pat Piniazek, Chair; Nassau Democratic Committee; via email: patpen1018@nullgmail.com.

The Nassau Democratic Committee also encourages Rensselaer County residents who are interested in running for County Executive, County Clerk, or 1 of 3 seats on the Rensselaer County Legislature (representing District 4: Towns of Nassau, Sand Lake, and Schodack) to submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Michael J. Monescalchi, Chair; Rensselaer County Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 846; Troy, NY 12181 or via email: renscodemschair@nullgmail.com.

Brunswick Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates for Town and County Offices

BRUNSWICK – The Brunswick Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from residents interested in running for the following town office in 2021: Town Council Member (two seats to be filled, each with a 4-year term). Interested candidates are invited to inquire and/or submit a resumé and letter of qualifications by Feb. 3, 2021 to: Jennifer Mann, Chair; Brunswick Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 91; Cropseyville, NY 12052 or via email: BrunswickDems@nullgmail.com.

The Brunswick Democratic Committee also encourages Rensselaer County residents who are interested in running for County Executive, County Clerk, or 1 of 3 seats on the Rensselaer County Legislature (representing District 3: Towns of Brunswick, Pittstown, and Schaghticoke) to submit a resumé and letter of qualifications by Feb. 3, 2021 to: Michael J. Monescalchi, Chair; Rensselaer County Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 846; Troy, NY 12181 or via email: renscodemschair@nullgmail.com.

East Greenbush Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates for Town and County Offices

EAST GREENBUSH – The East Greenbush Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from residents interested in running for the following town offices in 2021: Town Council (two seats to be filled, each with a four-year term). Interested candidates are invited to inquire and/or submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Judith Condo, Chair; East Greenbush Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 434; East Greenbush, NY 12061 or via email: jcondo604@nullgmail.com.

The East Greenbush Democratic Committee also encourages Rensselaer County residents who are interested in running for County Executive, County Clerk, or 1 of 4 seats on the Rensselaer County Legislature (representing District 2: Towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush, and Poestenkill) to submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Michael J. Monescalchi, Chair; Rensselaer County Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 846; Troy, NY 12181 or via email: renscodemschair@nullgmail.com.

North Greenbush Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates for Town and County Offices

NORTH GREENBUSH – The North Greenbush Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from residents interested in running for the following town offices in 2021: Town Supervisor (two-year term), Town Council (four-year term) and Town Justice (four-year term). Interested candidates are invited to inquire and/or submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Joshua A. Sabo, Chair; North Greenbush Democratic Committee; 40 Buckbee Rd., Troy, NY 12180 or via email: northgreenbushdemocrats@nullgmail.com.

The North Greenbush Democratic Committee also encourages Rensselaer County residents who are interested in running for County Executive, County Clerk, or 1 of 4 seats on the Rensselaer County Legislature (representing District 2: Towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush, and Poestenkill) to submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to: Michael J. Monescalchi, Chair; Rensselaer County Democratic Committee; P.O. Box 846; Troy, NY 12181 or via email: renscodemschair@nullgmail.com.

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