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Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer
January 2017

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to report to you on the actions taken by the Rensselaer County Legislature at our January 10, 2017 legislative meeting.

Rensselaer is home to many outstanding youths. I sponsored a resolution commending the Rensselaer Pop Warner Junior Varsity cheerleaders, who qualified for national competition in Florida.

The meeting follows approval by legislators of the 2017 county budget. The 2017 county budget is the sixth consecutive budget under the state tax cap, while protecting needed services and the county’s strong fiscal standing.

Work was underway during January on installing a ramp in the legislative chambers. The ramp will make the chambers more accessible, and follows improvements to lighting. The improvements and changes were done at reasonable cost.

There was a meeting on January 24 regarding the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. I was represented by a legislative colleague and a staffer. The proposed pipeline would cross the Hudson River twice in or near Rensselaer, and create various environmental and quality of life disturbances. I have opposed the pipeline and will continue to work to protect our community.

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 Boys and Girls Club in Rensselaer is holding bingo on Friday nights at the Club, starting at 6 p.m.

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.

Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer
February 2017

 

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to report to you on the actions taken by the Rensselaer County Legislature at our February 14, 2017 legislative meeting. 

At the meeting, I sponsored a resolution opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline due to potentially negative impacts on quality of life and the environment in our city. The Pilgrim Pipeline would cross the Hudson River at two points and come close to the Fort Crailo neighborhood. A number of residents have discussed their concerns to me regarding the project. 

The Pilgrim Pipeline would bring a number of potentially negative impacts, while generating little to no jobs, no local access to energy and little in the way of revenue. I believe our city and county deserve better. I will continue to keep residents informed on this project as events dictate. 

The Legislature also completed work improvement to the chambers, including construction of a new ramp. The ramp will make the chambers more accessible. The ramp is also accompanied by new lighting to improve visibility in the chambers. 

I also supported resolutions for improvement of county roads, with $3 million in work scheduled for 2017. The Legislature supported the effort by contributing $200,000 in legislative savings as part of our approval of the 2017 county budget. The 2017 budget is the sixth consecutive budget under the state tax cap, while protecting needed services like the Rensselaer Area Senior Center. 

Recognizing that our residents already pay enough in state fees and surcharges, I joined with legislators in supporting a resolution opposing any new state fees and surcharges in 2017. I also spoke out in favor of a resolution seeking repeal of the NY SAFE Act, and the required recertification of pistols. 

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.

 

Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer 
March 2017

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to report to you on the actions taken by the Rensselaer County Legislature at our 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. Thanks also to the many Rensselaer residents who looked out for their neighbors during what was a tough storm. 

The March meeting included the annual State of the County address by County Executive Kathleen Jimino. Kathy detailed the challenges presented from unfunded state mandates, which represent tens of millions in expenses for the county. Despite these challenges, the county has carefully budgeted and been able to stay under the state tax cap during the past six consecutive years. Kathy credited legislators for helping keep property tax stable as mandates increase. 

Kathy also detailed the work to provide needed services to county residents. Thanks to those at the Rensselaer Senior Center for continuing to do the great work to care and provide for our seniors. 

I am also proud of the Legislature’s efforts to save taxpayers $800,000 through a rebid of the county insurance. The Legislature is responsible under the County Charter for administering the insurance contract and the $800,000 in savings will come over the next several years of the contract. Thanks to efforts like this, the county now pays less in insurance costs than it did 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.

 

 Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer 
April 2017

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to report to you on the actions taken by the Rensselaer County Legislature at our April 11, 2017 legislative meeting.

The Legislature has focused on protecting taxpayers and needed services. We recently adopted the 2017 county budget, which is the sixth consecutive budget under the tax cap. In March, we approved a new insurance contract that will save county taxpayers over $800,000. During 2016, the Legislature operated $166,000 under budget.

At the April meeting, we moved that $166,000 in savings to the Taxpayer Stabilization Fund. The Taxpayer Stabilization Fund has been used in the past to reduce taxes and protect needed services, including the Rensselaer Area Senior Center. Having these funds available will help ensure needed services like the Senior Center are continued in the coming months.

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.

I joined volunteers during Easter weekend to help prepare the Rensselaer Little League fields. Opening day at the Little League is April 29, with the parade starting at 8:30 a.m., ceremonies at 9 a.m. and the first game at 9:30 a.m.

The Rensselaer Senior Center has provided an outstanding level of service for our seniors for decades. Congratulations to Director Gloria Fonda and everyone at the Senior Center as they celebrate the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Center with a dinner dance on April 27.

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.

Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer 
May and June 2017
 

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to provide my 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 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 the Legislature extended it sincere gratitude to The Melvin Roads Post No. 1231 Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion as they celebrated their 40th Anniversary. The work they do in our community volunteering, promoting Veteran programs, and working to improve our Veteran’s Hospitals is second to none and they deserve our thanks.

At our May meeting we also 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.

 

Legislator Mike Stammel Reports to Rensselaer
September 2017

Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the City of Rensselaer. As Rensselaer’s representative to the County Legislature, I am happy to provide my 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.