Local Government

Local Government 12.12.19

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North Greenbush Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

On Saturday December 7, 2019 the Town of North Greenbush will host its 5th Annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. Please bring your holiday cheer and help us celebrate. The parade will kick off from the front parking lot of St. Jude the Apostle School promptly at 6:00 pm. The parade will continue directly to Town Hall for a tree lighting celebration complete with refreshments and surprises for the children from Santa himself.

Your participation is welcomed – so bring on your floats, decorated classic cars, and costumed pets and join the parade! If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact the Supervisor’s office at 518-283-5313 ext 10 or email at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely, Lou Desso, North Greenbush Town Supervisor

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of East Greenbush Holiday Events

December 13th- Senior Holiday Paint and Punch Event with artist Noreen Powell. Cost is $10 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-477-4194

December 18th- Senior Holiday Luncheon- A catered lunch sponsored by your EG Police Benevolent Association and the Town of East Greenbush. Space is limited. Please call 518-477-4194 to make a reservation.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

2020 Transfer Station Permits-Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the 2020 Transfer Station permits are now available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday 9 AM – 12 noon and Thursday evening 6 PM to 8 PM. They are also available at the Transfer Station, now on winter hours, Tuesday and Friday 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or the Transfer Station at 518-766-2844 during business hours. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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New Electric Car Charging Station in Sand Lake

There is a new electric car charging station at the Sand Lake Town Hall in the lower parking lot. The street address is 8428 Miller Hill Rd, in Sand Lake (12153)! If you’re traveling via the route 43 corridor, It is the only charging station on the way to Jiminy Peak in MA. We are very grateful for the grant we received to provide this service -at no cost to the town.

Dee Erickson

Sand Lake Town Council

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Rensselaer County Legislature writes letters to Santa

Hoosick Falls resident Luke Hoag collects letters to Santa each year to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Before the big vote on the 2020 Rensselaer County Budget, legislators took time to write letters to Santa to support Luke’s efforts.

Last year Luke delivered 77,000 letters to Santa to Macy’s in Colonie Center. Macy’s donated $2 for each letter to Make-A-Wish.

Luke received a trip to Disney from Make-A-Wish when he was 3 years old and he has been paying it forward for years.

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Schodack Supervisor’s Report for November 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 November of 2019. As always, further information can be found on the Town’s website or it’s social media pages.

Even though this is a report for November, with the amount of snow I’m looking at as I write this, i would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank everyone in our Highway Department. These men worked through some exceedingly difficult conditions and incredibly long hours to keep our roads open during this sizable storm and I speak for everyone in the Town of Schodack when i say we’re proud of the work you do and thankful for the commitment you showed in overcoming the challenging conditions this storm presented. Thank you!

As i discussed in a previous report, New York State passed a series of criminal justice reforms that are going to have sweeping impacts on how our police and courts operate going forward. It is my opinion that many of these reforms are ill-advised and put victims and witnesses of crimes at risk. Additionally, they put added financial stress on municipalities without providing any State funds to help in their implementation. Numerous officials across NYS have joined in voicing their concerns and objections. On December 18th at 6pm, a forum to discuss and inform residents about these changes will be held at the Town Hall. Officials from the Town and County will be on hand and I encourage all those interested to attend.

And finally, on December 16th, a fundraiser to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of Tommy O’Neil will be held at The Hill Restaurant in Castleton. Tommy grew up in Schodack and was away attending college in Virginia when he was tragically killed while driving home. Please consider joining myself and others as we pay tribute to this extraordinary young man and work to ensure his memory and positive impact on our Town continues for years to come.

Supervisor David Harris

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Rensselaer County hosting Naturalization Ceremony

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola is pleased to announce that a naturalization ceremony will be held at the Rensselaer County Courthouse on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 9:30am. Mr. Merola will be participating in the ceremony along with representatives of the NYS Supreme Court and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

“I am honored to be able to participate in these ceremonies to welcome our newest citizens. My wife is a naturalized citizen so I feel a connection to those, like my wife, who choose to become citizens by studying and going through proper channels. We in Rensselaer County are encouraged and excited to welcome our new citizens and hope they take advantage and enjoy what our nation has to offer.”

“America is a nation of immigrants who choose to become citizens, and their contributions, work and talent have greatly shaped our nation and way of life. Millions have come to this country to begin new lives, and America remains the great beacon of hope and freedom in our world. We look forward to welcoming our newest citizens in this important ceremony,” added County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

The public is invited to the ceremony which will take place in the Main courtroom on the first floor of the County Courthouse located at 80 Second Street in Troy.

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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 monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board can be viewed live or at a later date at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

During November, the Town Board approved the 2020 town budget that stays below the state property tax cap and maintains essential services such as public safety, emergency medical services, water and sewer, street maintenance, libraries, and parks and recreation.

The Town Board adopted a resolution for Girl Scout Troop 1493 to place a Little Library at the Schodack Town Park. Troop 1493 has agreed to provide the books and maintain the library for visitors of the park. We applaud Troop 1493 and their initiative to encourage reading and community engagement.

I had an enjoyable time on Small Business Saturday purchasing a tree and wreath at Maple Hill Trees, warming up with coffee and pastries at The Crisp Cannoli, shopping at The Dirty Bird antique store, and dining at The Hill restaurant. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economy and it is important that we support our local businesses not just during the holiday season but all year round.

Rensselaer County elected officials will be holding forums during December to address New York’s criminal justice reforms that take effect in January. One of the forums will be held at Schodack Town Hall on Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Election Day, I was honored to be re-elected to a second term on the Town Board. I am grateful to the people of Schodack for placing their trust in me and I look forward to working with my colleagues in government to make Schodack the best it can be.

At this special time of year, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

– Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

North Greenbush Historical Calendars Available

The 2020 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available. It contains old time pictures of Wynantskill, Snyder’s Lake and features a picture commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Defreestville Fire Department and a photo of the Gardner Dickinson 8th Grade graduating class of 1993. The calendars are $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s .in Wynantskill (283-4306 or from Town Historian Jim Greenfield (265-4254

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at townofnassau.org, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email sandra.rings@nulltownofnassau.org.

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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Town Hall Closes for Christmas Holiday

Debra L. Curtis, Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents of Schodack that the Town Hall Offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, and Thursday December 26, 2019 for the Christmas Holiday. The Town Hall offices will resume standard business hours on Friday, December 27, 2019.

The Highway Department and Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and will resume standard business hours on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The Highway Department will be available for any and all emergencies.

The Town Hall offices and the Highway Department and the Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the New Year Holiday and will resume standard business hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

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 and Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm.

11/14/2019 – 01/02/2020

New Campaign Encourages Parents to “Talk2Kids” and Stop Problem Gambling Before It Starts

To raise awareness about the growing dangers of underage gambling in New York state, The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) has launched a comprehensive multimedia marketing campaign urging parents to talk to their young children ages 6-10 about the risks and realities of underage gambling.

The campaign, titled “Talk2Kids,” is designed to address troubling statistics that reveal that a staggering 39.5 percent of youth age 12-17 have gambled over the past 12 months. Thirty percent of these youth state they began gambling at age 10 or younger. Gambling is defined as risking something of value on a game of chance for a desired result. Some examples of gambling include betting with friends on sports, games of skill and dares for money or possessions; raffles; lottery and scratch off tickets (obtained illegally or received as a gift); poker and other card and dice games; and, gambling online in video games, or on the outcome of video game matches.

“The goal of Talk2Kids is to have parents and community leaders — those who interact with young children — to start a dialogue with kids about gambling so that youth can be better informed and make healthier decisions for themselves,” said Michelle Hadden, assistant executive director, NYCPG.

Parents can make an important difference in their child’s future by talking with them about gambling, even if they’re as young as six years old. By asking questions, listening and showing interest in what their child is doing on their phone, tablet or gaming system, parents can stop problem gambling before it starts.

For more information and to learn helpful tips and view brief educational videos showing real life scenarios of parents speaking with their children about the possible serious consequences of their gambling activities, please visit Talk2Kids.org.


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.

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