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The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman, Bayly
January 2017

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 at the January 10, 2017 legislative meeting.

The meeting was the first of the year and follows approval a few weeks before by legislators of the 2017 county budget. The 2017 county budget is the sixth consecutive budget to stay under the state tax cap, while protecting needed services and the county’s strong fiscal standing and bond ratings.

Legislators continued our effort to protect taxpayers by supporting a resolution advocating for comprehensive reform of unfunded state mandates. We also supported a resolution supporting a proposal to provide $800 million in infrastructure funding to municipalities across the state.

The Legislature also approved resolutions for the maintenance of trucks, including snow plows, and purchase of materials for snow removal during the coming weeks.

We joined to present funding supporting to the Poestenkill Library, which will use the funding to provide WiFi to patrons. We also joined to provide funding support to the Sullivan Jones Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

We also joined with local elected officials for the opening in late January of the Community Resource Federal Credit Union near the intersection of Routes 4 and 43 in Defreestville.

The schedule for meetings of the County Legislature in 2017 has been set, with legislators meeting February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 13, October 10, November 14, and December 12. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with public presentations, and consideration of the agenda at 6 p.m.

Each month, legislators and other elected officials join with veterans for the Honor a Deceased Veteran ceremony. To nominate a veteran for recognition at this ceremony, please call 270-2760.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is February 14, 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.

 

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
February 2017

           

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 at the February 14, 2017 legislative meeting. 

The county road system is one of the more important services provided to our residents. At the February 14 meeting, we approved resolutions to set in motion one of the biggest county road repair and improvement projects in years. The resolutions total $3 million in funding for the improvement work.  

The Legislature helped support the road improvement work by contributing $200,000 in legislative savings. The work is slated to begin when the weather turns warmer. We will keep residents informed on the progress of this important project. 

As legislators, we are proud to have voted for six consecutive budgets under the state tax cap. We have also supported policies that have improved the county’s fiscal position. We asked state leaders to also protect taxpayers, and opposed a series of new fees and surcharges included in the proposed 2017-2018 state budget. 

We were honored to be joined at the February 14 meeting by Burke and Carol Adams to receive a resolution we adopted in memory of their daughter Jaime Adams. Jaime was the inspiration for the Miracle League and Burke and Carol worked hard with many other volunteers to create a place for special needs people to play and enjoy sports and other outdoor activities. We were sad to see Jaime pass, but recognize the legacy of caring and compassion she left for so many. 

Work was also completed on a project to improve access to the legislative chambers, with installation of a new ramp. The ramp follows installation of new lighting in the legislative chambers, with the work done at a modest cost. 

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is March 14, 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.

 

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
March 2017

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 at the March 16, 2017 legislative meeting.  

The meeting was rescheduled from March 14, when a major snowstorm hit the area. Thanks to snow plow operators, emergency services personnel and others who responded to the storm, which was one of the biggest in recent years. 

As legislators, we have worked hard to protect taxpayers, recently adopting the sixth consecutive county budget under the state tax cap. We are proud that at the March meeting, we approved a new insurance contract that will save county taxpayers over $800,000 in coming years. The Legislature is responsible for administering the insurance contract, and we are equally proud that county insurance costs are less than what they were in the early 1990s. 

The Legislature also approved resolutions that reach an important milestone for our sewer district. Several years ago, the state ordered a series of improvements for the county sewer district involving handling of storm water, possible sewage overflows and overall efficiency. The resolutions approved at the March meeting are for the final phases of this project, which will help protect the Hudson River and improve the operation of the sewer district. 

County Executive Kathleen Jimino delivered her annual State of the County address, and noted recent economic development successes in the county. She also discussed the pressures placed on the county budget from unfunded state and federal mandates. Kathy credited legislators with using $200,000 in funds from legislative savings to expand county road repair and improvement efforts in 2017. 

The Legislature also welcomed Jeff Wysocki to replace Lester Goodermote, who retired as legislator due to health issues. Jeff will serve with Chair Stan Brownell in District 5. 

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is April 11, 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.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
April 2017

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 at the April 11, 2017 legislative meeting.

Rensselaer County has led the way in protecting taxpayers, recently adopting the sixth consecutive budget under the state tax cap. The Legislature has done our part, including operating under budget. In 2016, the Legislature was under budget by $166,000. We were proud to pass a resolution moving the $166,000 to the Taxpayer Stabilization Fund, which has been used to reduce taxes and protect needed services.

The Legislature was able to contribute $200,000 in legislative savings in 2016 to boost road repair and improvement efforts in 2017. At the April meeting, we approved another resolution related to upcoming road work in 2017.

We were proud to welcome East Greenbush Department of Public Works employees Ryan Condo and Reggie Bonner to honor them for heroic action. Earlier this past winter, while plowing during a heavy snowstorm, Ryan and Reggie spotted a town resident who had fallen down and was motioning for help. They came to his aid, and helped secure needed medical assistance for the resident. Thanks to their quick action and attentiveness, the injuries were limited.

We were also proud to welcome the family of John Beaudoin, who served as county Department of Social Services Commissioner during four decades. We were joined by members of John’s family, including his daughter Theresa, who now serves as DSS Commissioner. John leaves behind a legacy of compassion and service to so many.

Legislators also mourned the passing of Peter J. Corsi III. Pete was a native of East Greenbush, and a co-owned of Garage Equipment Solutions. He was a friend to so many in our county and he will be missed.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is May 9, 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.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
May and June 2017

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 at the July 11, 2017 legislative meeting and a reminder of some of the actions taken at our May and June meetings.

At our July meeting we continued to do everything in our power to help end the opioid epidemic in our county. There is strong evidence to suggest opioid manufacturers and some prescribing doctors have worked together to create a complex web of false representations regarding the addictive nature of opioids. They then used these false representations to mislead consumers and other doctors into believing that opioids were not addictive and were a viable option for treatment of chronic pain.

With this evidence, we voted to hire a law firm, at no cost to county taxpayers, to commence litigation against these manufacturers and doctors to ensure that County residents are better protected and to seek reimbursement to the County for its expenses resulting from this opioid epidemic.

We also voted to authorize the County Executive to enter into an intermunicipal agreement to allow the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s office to provide a uniformed School Resource Officer to the Averill Park School District. This officer will have day-to-day contact with students, faculty and parents in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment within the school and will assist in defusing and solving problems before they become a detriment to the learning environment and the health, safety and welfare of the students and faculty of the school district.

We adjourned our July meeting in remembrance of former District 5 County Legislator Lester Goodermote who passed away in June after serving on the County Legislature since 2006. He made his mark here with the legislature and with the constituents he so strongly advocated for. He is missed by all of us.

At our May meeting we voted to recognize June 2017 as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness Month in Rensselaer County to educate the community, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and to help ensure those suffering from PTSD receive the treatment and attention they deserve.

 

The District 2 Report from Legislators Fiacco, Danaher, Hoffman and Bayly
September 2017

As legislative representatives of District 2, which includes the towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions at the September 13, 2017 legislative meeting.

The Rensselaer County Legislature voted to approve a county-wide shared services plan designed to provide high quality services to county residents while keeping costs to taxpayers as low as possible. Public hearings were held around the county to ensure that this plan would be a benefit to the residents and taxpayers in Rensselaer County.

We also approved an agreement to allow the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health to receive a $500,000 grant that will allow the Department to provide mental health services to high risk youth in the county. Rensselaer County was one of only three counties in the state to receive this important grant funding.

We voted to recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Rensselaer County.  The awareness campaign focuses on the importance of early detection of breast cancer through annual mammography screenings and clinical exams.

Finally, we passed a resolution honoring Joshua Kenna, a senior at Rensselaer Junior/Senior High School for winning the Capital Repertory Theatre’s Young Playwright Contest. His play, titled “Inside My Head” is about his 19 year old Autistic brother Joe. Congratulations Joshua.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, October 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.