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The District 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
January 2017

As legislative representatives of District 4, including the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the January 10, 2017 legislative meeting.

Along with the meeting, we attended a meeting on January 26 called by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to provide information regarding the Loeffel toxic waste site in Nassau. Several years ago, the EPA assumed control of the clean-up process after several decades of oversight by the state.

As elected officials representing the area, we are very frustrated with the overall lack of progress in dealing with the toxic contamination. Problems at the site have been known for more than 50 years, and residents living in the area have experienced many problems and difficulties. It is our hope the EPA will deal will accelerate efforts to bring about a comprehensive and much-needed remediation of this problem.

The January meeting follows the adoption of the 2017 county budget in December. The 2017 budget is the sixth consecutive county budget to stay under the tax cap, and we will continue our efforts to protect taxpayers during the coming year.

We also contributed funds to The Anchor food pantry in Castleton to help with the annual Christmas donation to area families.

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.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature is Tuesday, 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 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
February 2017

As legislative representatives of District 4, including the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, 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.  

As legislators, we are proud to have voted for six consecutive budgets under the state tax cap. 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 new state fee or surcharge increases. 

We also supported a resolution commending Bernhard Peter on his retirement after service as Schodack police chief and four decades of law enforcement. 

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 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
March 2017

As legislative representatives of District 4, including the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken 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. 

Legislators heard from County Executive Kathleen Jimino as she delivered her annual State of the County address. Kathy again discussed the pressures placed on counties by unfunded state mandates. Despite the millions in these added costs from mandates, the county has been able to stay under the state tax cap for six consecutive years. Kathy also discussed recent economic development successes in the county, including at Regeneron. The Legislature played an important role in fostering development at Regeneron through extension of sewer service. 

Kathy credited legislators for their efforts in keeping the county under the state tax cap, and also recognized legislators for contributing $200,000 in legislative savings to expand road repair and improvement efforts in 2017. The Legislature approved resolutions related to the upcoming road work during the March meeting. 

As part of efforts to control costs, we have worked hard to maximize every tax dollar and pursue any opportunity to reduce spending. We are proud that at the March meeting, legislators 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 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 Tuesday, 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 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
April 2017

As legislative representatives of District 4, including the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, we are happy to provide our constituents with a report on actions taken at the April 11, 2017 legislative meeting.

We had the opportunity to recognize some outstanding residents during the April 11 meeting. We welcomed Trent Svingala, a sophomore at Maple Hill High School in Schodack, who captured a state wrestling title. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates talent and commitment by Trent and his coaches. Congratulations to Trent.

We also sponsored and approved a resolution commending Schodack Police Officers Mike Miller, Jordan Harrington and Matt Montross for heroic and life-saving action on March 19. On that day, a despondent man led police on a chase from Columbia, eventually driving the wrong way on Exit 11E before he was stopped by police. Without the quick action of the police, there would likely have been serious injuries or worse due to this man’s actions.

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 by operating under budget in recent years. In 2016, the Legislature was under budget by $166,000. We were proud to pass a resolution at the April 11 moving the $166,000 to the Taxpayer Stabilization Fund, which has been used to reduce taxes and protect needed services.

The Legislature was also 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 other resolutions related to upcoming road work in 2017 for purchase of materials and supplies.

We also mourned the passing of Peter J. Corsi, a Schodack resident and businessman who passed away earlier this year.

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 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
May and June 2017

 

As legislative representatives of District 4, including the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, 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 4 Report from Legislators Shannon, Breselor & Loveridge
September 2017

As legislative representatives of District 4, which includes the towns of Schodack, Sand Lake and Nassau, we are happy to provide our constituents 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.