North Greenbush Report from Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo
NORTH GREENBUSH – At the December 9, 2021 town board meeting, Bernie Wiesen of Cornell Cooperative Extension presented the Town of North Greenbush’s Climate Resilience Vision statement to the town board. The vision statement is intended to represent the views of the community on the topic of strengthening the town’s climate resiliency capacity. The document was developed through several public meetings and the results of an online survey. The public input emphasized some of the following goals to enhance climate resilience: mitigating the impact of severe weather, becoming bike and pedestrian friendly, encouraging alternative renewable energy usage, and preserving natural resources and adequate green and open spaces. Ms. Wiesen called on the board to show its support for the principles put forward in the Vision Statement by passing a resolution. Despite the fact that the Vision Statement contained worthy, non-controversial goals, the supervisor refused to allow a vote on the grounds that he did not have sufficient time to review the Vision Statement. I hope that the newly constituted town board will swiftly approve the statement at the January meeting as adoption by the board will bring the town one step closer to becoming a “Climate Smart” certified community. The recently passed legislation legalizing legalized adult use recreational cannabis allows municipalities such as the town of North Greenbush to opt out of permitting the licensing of adult-use marijuana dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges. The North Greenbush town board 3-2 voted to prohibit on site consumption sites at a special meeting held in late December. I voted against the local law to broaden opportunities for entrepreneurs and because I believe cannabis served in a highly regulated setting is safer than purchasing it “on the streets”. I hope that North Greenbush can follow the example of California where onsite consumption sites offer yoga, music, art and comedy nights.
Submitted by Councilwoman Sabo
From the Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk
NORTH GREENBUSH – Please be informed that the Town of North Greenbush Town Offices will have limited offices open on Friday, December 31st in observance of the Holiday. We will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022. Thank you for your kind attention. Have a happy and healthy New Year!