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The District 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
January 2017

As legislative representatives of District 3, including the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the January 10, 2017 legislative meeting.

The January 10 meeting was the first of the year and came after approval by legislators last month 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 ratings. The county has stayed under the tax cap every year since the cap was enacted.

Legislators continued working 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.

Legislators approved resolutions for the maintenance of trucks, including snow plows, and purchase of materials for snow removal.

The Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District does important work supporting farmers and protecting important sources of water like the Tomhannock Reservoir. Both Ken and Todd were appointed as members of the RCSD.

Todd also participated in the graduation of fifth graders from the DARE program at Rensselaer Park Elementary School in late January.

The schedule for County Legislature meetings 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.

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.

 

The District 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
February 2017

As legislative representatives of District 3, including the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the February 14, 2017 legislative meeting. 

As representatives of rural communities, we recognize the value and importance of a quality county road system. We are pleased to report significant steps were taken at the February meeting to improve and repair our roads. 

The Legislature voted unanimously to approve allocation of $3 million toward improvement of the county road system in 2017. The improvement work will be the largest in a decade and will help repair a number of roads in District 3.

We are proud the Legislature was able to help increase the road system work by adding $200,000 to the road work fund. This was added during the adoption of the 2017 county budget, which was the sixth consecutive budget to stay under the state tax cap. 

Legislators also continued our fight against the NY SAFE Act. As we have each year since the SAFE Act was passed, we adopted a resolution calling for repeal of the law. We also asked for the recertification of pistols to be cancelled. The resolutions passed along party lines, with all Democrats voting against the request for repeal of the SAFE Act and cancellation of the pistol recertification. We will continue to defend all constitutional rights and freedoms. 

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. Upstate residents cannot afford any further state fee and surcharge increases. 

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, 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 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
March 2017

As legislative representatives of District 3, including the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions at the March 16, 2017 legislative meeting.  

The meeting was postponed 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 hold the line on costs, 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 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.

Rensselaer County has saved over 6,000 acres of farmland and open space thanks to the Agriculture and Farmland Protection plan launched in part by Ken Herrington. We passed a resolution seeking continued state support for the effort. 

County Executive Kathleen Jimino delivered her annual State of the County address, and noted recent economic development successes in the county. She discussed pressures placed on the county 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 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
April 2017

As legislative representatives of District 3, including the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken 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.

The Legislature also approved a resolution related to ongoing improvements at the county sewer district. The county sewer district has been an important resource in creating new jobs, along with protecting the quality of the Hudson River. The county sewer district is also the first in the region to be nearing completion on a state-ordered project to improve equipment to protect the river.

Legislators also approved a contract Compass Consultants for work on the new county insurance contract, which is administered by the Legislature according to the county charter. The new contract will save the county over $800,000 thanks a rebid by the Legislature.

Led by Tom Walsh, the Legislature unveiled the names of all veterans honored at the monthly Honor a Deceased Veteran ceremonies in 2016 in the Hall of Heroes on April 10. The Hall of Heroes is located on the third floor of the County Office Building and includes information on county residents who earned the Medal of Honor and other notable veterans.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, 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 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
May and June 2017

 

As legislative representatives of District 3, including the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken 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 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.

At our June meeting we passed a resolution commending The Rebuilding Warriors for their service to the veterans of Rensselaer County. Their organization provides service/companion dogs to Veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and to amputees.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is August 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 3 Report from Legislators Herrington, Walsh & Tesman
September 2017

As legislative representatives of District 3, which includes the towns of Brunswick, Pittstown and Schaghticoke, 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.