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The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman, Bayly
January 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the January 12, 2016 legislative meeting.

The Legislature has made it a priority to save taxpayer money whenever possible. We are happy to report that in 2015, the Legislature saved approximately $200,000. The savings is thanks to efficiencies in legislative offices, including a reduction in personnel costs and benefits, fewer supply purchases, and use of new technology and other methods. A recent switch to electronic tablets has also reduced costs for paper and copying.

Thanks to these efficiencies, the cost for operating legislative offices is comparable to the early 1990s. A comprehensive rebid of the county’s insurance policy also recently led to a savings, which brought insurance costs below what was paid by the county in the early 1990s.

Along with the savings, the Legislature voted on January 12 on authorizing appropriations included in the 2016 county budget. The 2016 budget is the fifth consecutive budget to remain under the state tax cap.

The Legislature also designated The Record and The Times Union as official newspapers for 2016. We also adopted a resolution supporting a series of reforms authored by the New York State Association of Counties that would reduce mandates on county government and help save taxpayer money and protect needed services.

The Legislature approved resolutions for various repairs and staff training at the Van Rensselaer Manor county nursing home. Legislators also pooled personal funds during the holidays to purchase a new stove for use by residents at the Manor.

We passed resolutions mourning the passing of William Chamberlain and Kenneth Governor, who each lived in District 2.

A schedule of meetings for 2016 is listed on the legislative website. The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
February 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the February 9, 2016 legislative meeting.

 We were very happy to learn that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is planning another expansion in East Greenbush. This new expansion follows an expansion by Regeneron two years ago that was made possible by an extension of sewer lines at the direction of Legislature. The expansion two years ago helped create nearly 300 new jobs, and it is expected the new round of expansion will bring about significant job growth.

 Investments made in our sewer system have helped create new jobs and improve service. Unfortunately, there is still a shortage of funding by state and federal governments to assist infrastructure development at the local level. We approved a resolution requesting additional infrastructure investment to help improve roads, bridges, sewer and water systems.

 This year marks the 225th anniversary of the founding of Rensselaer County. The Legislature adopted a resolution recognizing the anniversary at the meeting, with events and observances to be announced.

 We also sponsored a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of the East Greenbush Fire Company. Thank you to the members of the EGFC for their generations of outstanding service for community and county.

 We were also honored to be joined by the family of Ralph Vartigian, a former legislator and legislative majority leader from District 2 who passed away late last year. Ralph was a great public servant after a career as a popular newscaster with WTEN.

The Legislature also coordinated a donation to the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society animal shelter of nearly $600 from the collection of redeemable cans and bottles at the County Office Building and a memorial gift.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
March 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the March 8, 2016 legislative meeting.

The March meeting includes the annual State of the County address by the County Executive. County Executive Kathleen Jimino discussed the county’s success in staying under the state tax cap each of the past five years, a series of positive financial reviews and a recent upgrade in the county’s bond rating. She also discussed how the county has been able to maintain needed services during a difficult economy.

The Legislature has been able to do our part by reducing costs in legislative offices, and assigning those savings to a Tax Stabilization Fund to help maintain needed services and ensure tax stability. The Legislature also oversaw a comprehensive re-bid of the county insurance coverage, bringing costs below what was spent in the early 1990s.

At the March 8 meeting, the Legislature approved a resolution approving a collaborative solar initiative that will enable the county, and eleven municipalities and organizations to save an estimated $22.5 million over the coming 25 years. The project with Monolith Solar will help reduce power costs while utilizing clean sources of energy.

The Legislature also voted to reappoint Joseph Kapp, a resident of North Greenbush, to the Hudson Valley Board of Trustees.

We were also happy to be on hand for the opening March 5  of the Jiff-E-Mart on Route 4 in North Greenbush.

The Rensselaer County Legislature is teaming up with Pro-Tek to sponsor a spring Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the County Office Building, 1600 7th Avenue, downtown Troy. The event is open to county residents.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
April 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the April 12, 2016 legislative meeting.

Along with the meeting, thanks to the many residents who came out for the Electronics Recycling event sponsored by the Legislature on April 23. Many residents, including a number from District 2, safely disposed on unwanted electronics, appliances, computers and other items during the collection.

The Legislature has made it a priority to improve infrastructure to maintain needed quality of life services and boost job creation efforts. We approved a resolution supporting a request for grant funding by the county sewer district to continue to make improvements at the district. Work continues to improve pump stations in the district and other upgrades that have won praise from federal, state and regional leaders.

The Legislature also approved resolutions for the repair and improvement of county roads, including roads in District 2. We are working to ensure adequate funding is provided to maintain our county roads.

Each month, the County Legislature recognizes a Young Outstanding Leader of the Month. We were happy to honor Brigid Mack as our April Young Outstanding Leader. She is a seventh grader at Wynantskill Union Free School District, and created a calming room for students with autism, and raised more than one thousand dollars for autism awareness.

We also approved a resolution commending the Columbia High School Girls Bowling team for winning the 2016 New York State championship. Congratulations to the players, coaches, fans and parents on this terrific accomplishment.

We were happy to participate in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 season at the East Greenbush-Castleton Little League and East Greenbush Girls Softball. Best wishes to all on a great season.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
May 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the May 10, 2016 legislative meeting.

Along with the meeting, we are pleased to report Rensselaer County received the latest in a series of positive independent audits. The audit for 2015 follows five consecutive budgets that have remained under the state tax cap, and an upgrade in the county’s bond rating. The 2015 audit shows Rensselaer County remains a solid investment choice for new business and homeowners, and that county finances are being managed in an effective and efficient manner.

At the May 10 meeting, legislators approved distribution of revenues for mortgages filed in the county. Under the resolution, East Greenbush receives $249,815, North Greenbush $145,800, and Poestenkill $49,672.

Legislators also voted to accept grants for public safety services and for maintenance of county roads.

We were proud to participate in the 62nd commencement exercises at Hudson Valley Community College on May 14, and extend best wishes to the graduates, parents, family and friends. The groundbreaking at the college’s new outdoor athletic center on May 10 was attended by Kelly.

Players kicked off the 2016 seasons at Twin Town Little League and Classie Lassies, and we were proud to attend those openings.

We were also happy to attend a ground-breaking on May 16 for a new Recovery Room at the Rensselaer County Plaza on Route 4.

 The popular Rensselaer County Officials and Services Directory is a handy guide to the people, places and things that make our county such a great place to live and work. The 2016 version of the Directory is now available, and can be obtained by calling the legislative offices at 270-2880 or email at renscoleg@rensco.com.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
June 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the June 14, 2016 legislative meeting.

We welcomed Brigid Mack of North Greenbush to present her with a proclamation recognizing her as April 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Month. A seventh grader at Gardner Dickinson, Brigid created a plan for a calming room for autistic and special needs students, and raised money for autism awareness.

Legislators approved resolutions for repair of county roads, and work for sewer system upgrades. We are pleased improvements have been completed to the Wynantskill sewer pump station to help safeguard quality of life.

We authorized improved lighting in the legislative chambers. The new lighting replaces an out of date and potentially unsafe system, and will be more efficient and less expensive.

We also attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Poestenkill Fire House June 12 for Michael Stackrow, Donald Nash and Ryan Nolan.  The Court of Honor included a moving tribute to Dylan Valentine, a Boy Scout who recently passed away, and was given the Spirit of the Eagle Award.

Congratulations graduates of the Class of 2016, and their family and friends. We also learned of the decision of Hudson Valley Community College President Dr. Drew Matonak to retire in two years. We recognize Dr. Matonak’s efforts, and HVCC’s stand as one of the top two-year colleges in the country.

The popular Rensselaer County Officials and Services Directory is a handy guide to the people, places and things that make our county such a great place to live and work. The 2016 version of the Directory is now available, and can be obtained by calling the legislative offices at 270-2880 or email at renscoleg@rensco.com.

 The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
July 2016

 As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the July 12, 2016 legislative meeting.

For more than 60 years, Rensselaer County has been proud to sponsor Hudson Valley Community College. Hudson Valley has grown into one of the top two-year colleges in the nation, and has been a positive force in the lives of thousands of county and area residents. We have worked to ensure education is kept affordable and excellent at HVCC.

The July 12 meeting included a public hearing on the proposed 2016-2017 and consideration of the annual budget. Following a presentation by HVCC President Dr. Andrew Matonak, legislators gave unanimous approval to the budget.

The Legislature also voted to use $900,000 received from casino licensing fees for tax stability and road improvements. The funds are assigned to neighboring counties as part of the siting of a casino in Schenectady County.

A resolution for purchase of a handicap accessible wheelchair bus for use in transporting county veterans was approved. Legislators also supported resolutions accepting state funds for upgrade of public safety technology and equipment.

We were happy to see an announcement by State Senator Kathy Marchione of state funding to help fire companies in the county purchase new emergency pagers. Sheriff Pat Russo also announced the county Project Lifesaver program to help provide monitoring devices to families with loved ones dealing with Alzheimer’s or other wandering conditions. To learn more about Project Lifesaver, call 266-1952.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Scott Higgins of East Greenbush. Scott had recently donated his services to improve the VFW on Hays Road and supported numerous other community projects. Our condolences to his friends and family.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
August 2016

 

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the August 9, 2016 legislative meeting.

The Rensselaer County Sewer District provides important health and quality of life services. The Sewer District has also spurred important job creation projects, including the expansion of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. The Legislature helps oversee operation of the Sewer District, including recent efforts to improve and expand District services and capabilities.

We received some good news in August, as the Sewer District was selected to receive a $2.1 million state grant to support improvements at the District. The improvements include upgrades to pump stations in Troy and one in Wynantskill, helping make these pump stations operate more cleanly and efficiently.

The Legislature is also proud to have sponsored Hudson Valley Community College since the college was founded over 60 years ago. At the August meeting, we appointed two new members to the HVCC Board of Trustees, including District 2 resident and businessman Wayne Pratt, and Legislator Judith Breselor.

We were proud to support confirmation of Theresa Beaudoin as Department of Social Services Commissioner. Theresa is a longtime DSS employee, East Greenbush resident, and is qualified and experienced for the job. Her father, John, also a District 2 resident, guided DSS for decades, and was a highly regarded DSS commissioner. We look forward to working with Theresa in her new role.

Legislators joined with other elected officials past and present, residents and family to add former Majority Leader Ralph Vartigian to the Legislature’s Memorial Wall. Ralph served from 1989 to 2001, and was a great legislator and legendary broadcaster, sadly passing away last year.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The meeting is moved to a Wednesday because of Primary Day. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
September 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the September 14, 2016 legislative meeting. 

We were honored to be invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Defreestville Fire House on September 17. The new Fire House will carry on the proud Defreestville Fire Department tradition of providing life-saving service to the community, and we congratulate the DFD on completion of the impressive project. 

We were proud to support a resolution accepting a $2.1 million state grant to help fund a project to improve three sewer district pump stations, including the Wynantskill pump station. Improvement of these pump stations will maintain important quality of life services and help encourage job creation. 

Legislators supported three resolutions seeking to provide relief to residents of eastern Rensselaer County affected by the PFOA issue. The resolutions introduced by Chair of the Legislature Stan Brownell seek income tax credits for residents, a national PFOA standard, and a dedicated website to inform residents of remediation efforts. 

We supported a resolution recognizing the Devil Cats 10U Gold Team for advancing to the national level of competition and regional competition. 

We were also honored to be invited to participate in a 9/11 remembrance at the Melvin Roads American Legion in East Greenbush, with speakers including veterans, local elected officials and Congressman Chris Gibson. On September 17, we supported a fundraiser for Sydney Rose Davey, a young girl from Wynantskill recently injured in a horse riding accident. 

We were sorry to learn of the passing of former DFD member and current Clinton Heights Fire Department member Douglas Noble in an accident in Schodack in September. Our condolences to Doug’s many friends, family and emergency services colleagues. 

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
October 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the October 11, 2016 legislative meeting.

Legislators also met October 14 for presentation of the proposed 2017 county budget by County Executive Jimino. The budget is a solid spending plan, with the budget the sixth consecutive county budget to stay under the state tax cap.

The proposed budget also protects needed county services, and will safeguard the strong financial position, including a series of positive independent audits and bond ratings, earned by the county in recent years.  The budget will also help encourage further investment and job creation in our county.

The Legislature will begin conducting a review of the proposed 2017 budget during November, with consideration of the budget scheduled in early December. Please visit the legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org for a schedule of meetings and public hearings on the budget proposal.

The Legislature also approved purchase of road salt in preparation for the coming winter. Legislators approved resolutions related to maintenance and improvement of county roads. The Legislature also approved a resolution for acceptance of a grant to allow for improvement of the county’s emergency services communications network.

The Legislature also approved a resolution for the repair of the ramp and stairs at the County Court House.

The Legislature also became the latest municipality to adopt a resolution supporting the Think Differently initiative. Think Differently was formulated by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and seeks to integrate families and individuals with autism and other special needs. The initiative is supported by the New York State Association of Counties.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month, but the meeting is moved in November due to Election Day. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
November 2016

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the November 9, 2016 legislative meeting.

The Legislature approved the distribution of revenues from the filing of mortgages with the county, including $306,991 to East Greenbush, $202,318 to North Greenbush, and $54,081 to Poestenkill.

Along with the meeting, legislators continued to work on the proposed 2017 county budget, which is the sixth consecutive budget to stay under the state tax cap. The budget protects needed services, and the county’s solid financial standing. Legislators are continuing to work with the County Executive to protect taxpayers, and hopefully allocate more resources for road repairs and improvements.

At the Nov. 9 meeting, we renewed our call for coverage of 3D mammography, and renewed our call for review of expensive taxpayer-funded Medicaid ambulance transports for less serious medical issues.

Kelly coordinated delivery of turkeys for delivery to veterans to the East Greenbush VFW and Wynantskill American Legion. Thanks to our veterans and these organizations for their continued service to our country.

We were proud to join November 25 to recognize Paul and Linda Lombardi on the 30th anniversary of the founding of their popular restaurant, Paolo Lombardi’s. Congratulations to Paul and Linda, who are a great example of the many outstanding small businesses in our county.

Congratulations also to the Troy High School Flying Horses on winning the Class AA state football championship in Syracuse on November 26.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Beaudoin, who was commissioner of the Department of Social Services. John was a longtime resident of District 2, and helped many, many people during the course of his career. Our condolences to his many friends and family.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
December 2016
      

As legislative representatives of District 2, including the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the December 13, 2016 legislative meeting.

December is one of our busiest months. Along with the December 13 meeting, legislators met December 1 to adopt the 2017 county budget. We are proud the budget is the sixth consecutive budget to remain under the tax cap. Rensselaer County is in select company, with county budgets under the tax cap each year the tax cap has been in place.

Along with remaining under the tax cap, the 2017 budget maintains needed services, and protects the county’s solid bond rating and fiscal position. As legislators, we supported using $300,000 in legislative savings to reduce a very modest, small tax increase, and to increase funding for road repair and improvement.

At the December 13 meeting, we appointed Robert Loveridge as a representative of District 4. Bob served for years as Superintendent of the county correctional facility, and has been active in Kiwanis.

Legislators also met December 20 for a brief clean-up meeting to end 2016.

We were also glad to see the county qualify for farmland protection funds, including funds to help protect the Wagner Farm in Poestenkill.

We joined other legislators in donating personal funds to purchase a new refrigerator in the resident’s kitchen at the Van Rensselaer Manor. Donation of the refrigerator follows our donation of a stove in 2015 and a TV in 2014. We also donated legislative funds to help the Youth Department purchase toys for Christmas. Thank you to those who supported the Legislature’s collection of food, treats, toys and blankets for animals at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Our best wishes for a happy, safe and prosperous New Year. The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Residents are welcome to contact us at the legislative offices by writing to the Rensselaer County Legislature, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy NY 12180 or by e-mailing us via the official legislative website at www.rensselaercounty.org.