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The following are highlights of the January 10, 2017 meeting:

Soil & Water: At the January meeting we re-appointed members to the Soil & Water Conservation Board.

We introduced a Resolution Honoring Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools: The Week of January 29 through February 4, 2017 has been designated as Catholic Schools Week. The theme for 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”.

State & Federal mandates for 2017: We supported a resolution seeking comprehensive reform of State and Federal mandates for 2017. NYS is the only State requiring Counties to pay for both required and optional federally mandated programs, making it an even greater burden to local taxpayers.

We also supported a resolution requesting $ 800M in State Infrastructure Funding to improve our sewer and water infrastructure. Our aging system is in need of repair and these funds would help to avoid costly emergency repairs.

A resolution amending the 2016 and 2017 Rensselaer County Budget was adopted for the Bureau of Economic Development and Planning. This resolution is rolling over unexpended grant funds for the Rensselaer County Homeownership Program.  See link on the Rensselaer County website www.rensselaercounty.org for more detailed information on the application process and grant eligibility for first time home buyers.

Next Meeting: The Rensselaer County Legislature will hold its next meeting on:  February 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Legislative Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue , Troy. 

 

The following are highlights from our February 14, 2017 meeting:

 The Minority Legislators introduced a Resolution Honoring Unity House of Troy founder and life-long advocate for the less fortunate Mary Jane Smith who passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at age 88.

All Minority Legislators voted to Oppose State Legislation to repeal the NY Safe Act, as well as a Resolution seeking a delay or cancellation of recertification for pistol permit holders, now required under the NY Safe Act.

The Legislators unanimously voted to Oppose the Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline Project.  Basic environmental questions have not been addressed, since it was originally proposed in 2016. The environmental threat to historic districts in Rensselaer County far exceed the benefits to our local communities and provide no access to energy.

Resolution recognizing March 12- 19, 2017 as Rensselaer County Sunshine Week:  The free flow of information from the government to the people instill trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable and open to engage and increase public participation.

World War II Memorial Project – Legislators accepted State Funding to pass along to the World War II Memorial Project Committee.  The funds shall be used to design a website to host information for the proposed project to erect a World War II Memorial at the Troy Waterfront.

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

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The following are highlights of our March 16, 2017 meeting:

 The Legislature unanimously voted to Reform Indigent Legal Services. State lawmakers passed Bill S.8114/A.10706 entitled the Public Defense Mandate Relief Act, only to have Governor Cuomo veto the Bill on December 31, 2016, stating it would unfairly shift the burden from County to State.

Indigent Legal Defense is a federally mandated State responsibility costing the County 100% of collected property taxes and becoming increasingly unsustainable to Counties, that are subject to a State imposed tax cap.

 Upon review of the Rensselaer County Insurance policy  and re-bidding requests, proposals received legislative approval for a new contract with New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) offering the County not only better coverage (annual cost $ 866,138), but also savings of $ 156,000 over past policies.

 In Health - Legislators accepted a Federal grant for training the Medical Reserve Corp, a group of volunteer nurses and practitioners helping first responders in case of a major emergency, as well as a State grant for breast feeding education.

 Coats for Kids campaign - The Legislators authorized an agreement with the Troy Country Club for the annual and successful Fall Golf Event fundraiser. In 2016 the proceeds resulted in the purchase and donation of 780 winter coats. 

In its continued effort to improve the quality of life for Van Rensselaer Manor (VRM) residents, VRM has been working with Spectrum to purchase bulk cable, which lets VRM manage the output, deliver services more efficiently and reduce cost.

 NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.
 

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The following are highlights of our April, 11 2017 Meeting:

The Legislature unanimously voted on a Resolution honoring the memory of John Hedley, a Troy businessman, humanitarian and loyal city advocate, who passed away on March 2, 2017. His deep affection for the city and his optimistic views altered the city’s declining state and inspired others to follow suit.  Also honored, philanthropist Dr. Heinrich Medicus, who passed away February 26, 2017. A retired RPI professor, who wanted to inspire others by leading by example, his generosity to the city and the Capital District include cultural gifts, as well as monetary donations; his latest being a ten million dollar gift to Samaritan Hospital.

 Social Services - the Legislature amended the budget to authorize additional investigating staff due to a spike in fraud referrals. Over the last year fraud referrals nearly doubled.  

Also authorized was the restructuring of positions to better meet all federal and state requirements for the Able Body Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) work program, which qualifies recipients for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), if they meet certain requirements.

 Youth Services - the Legislature authorized a contract renewal for the Summer Food program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and State Education Department. In its 42nd year, this worthwhile federally funded program serves breakfast, lunch, and a snack for a 10-week period at 27 sites. In 2016 alone 86,035 meals were served.  

 

Sheriff’s Department – the Legislature approved the acceptance of a Grant to purchase police protective equipment and rifles to provide the greatest level of protection to our law enforcement personnel in case of active shooting incidents or terror attacks.

  

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.


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The following are highlights of our May 9, 2017 Meeting:

Mental Health - The Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously accepted a $ 500,000 award from the Foundation for Mental Hygiene. Rensselaer County is one of three Counties selected to receive this award, after meeting specific criteria and characteristics, which will allow the Mental Health department to establish a 5 year pilot program. Data shows this program to be highly effective in providing assistance and highly individualized plans to families with children/adolescents experiencing serious emotional disturbances.

Public Safety – The Legislature accepted a $ 798,760 State Grant from the NYS Division of Homeland Security to acquire Emergency Communications System equipment. The Legislature also approved the extension of a 2016 NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Grant in the amount of $ 750,000, as some funds remained unexpended to purchase communication devices.

The Rensselaer County Historical Society and historian Kathryn Sheehan were honored for their contribution to Rensselaer County’s 225th Anniversary celebration with creating the “Then & Now” exhibit, which was on display at the 2016 Schaghticoke Fair and now graces the walls of the Legislature Chambers. 

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, June 11, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

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The following are highlights of our June 13, 2017 Meeting:

Social Services - The Rensselaer County Legislature authorized an agreement with Hudson Valley Community College for the purpose of training and educational services. For 27 years HVCC has worked with the Social Service Education Program, where department employees are provided required services such as training, organizational support, and educational opportunities.

Department of Health – The Legislature voted to acquire an equitable inventory of the flu vaccine. This action will safeguard the health and well being of County residents, particularly our senior residents who are most vulnerable to influenza.

Aging – The Legislature secured a grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for $125,000. These funds will be used to make needed improvements to the Troy Senior Center.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Minority members presented a resolution, unanimously passed last month, honoring the life of longtime Capital Region philanthropist and Rensselaer County resident Dr. Heinrich Medicus to his Executor Dale Thuillez and dear friends of the Medicus’ family.

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

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The following are highlights of our July 11, 2017 Meeting:

Education - The Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously adopted the Hudson Valley Community College’s budget for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  This well-constructed budget of $111,088,177 had previously been recommended, and approved by the school’s Board of Directors, prior to the Legislative meeting. The budget will pose no increase from the previous year’s budget. 

Youth – The Legislature approved the acceptance of a grant funded through the Department of Mental Health for Unified Family Services.  These funds will be applied to the Summer Vocational Training Project at Dyken Pond and will be used for park maintenance, job preparedness, and conservation projects for our youth between the ages of 12 – 18 year olds.

Judiciary & Public Safety – The Legislature authorized a retainer agreement at no cost to the County with the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC to commence litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates. This was approved due to the increase in addiction to prescription and illegal opioids and follows suit with other Counties.

 NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

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The following are highlights of our August 8, 2017 Meeting:

The Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution declaring the month of September 2017 as a Month of Remembrance. This tribute honors the legacy of all who have died and suffered during this horrific act of terrorism on September 11, 2001.

Public Safety – The Legislature approved a grant agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. This grant will provide funding to the Bureau of Public Safety for the installation of a new 911 Emergency Service VHF Paging System.

Health - The Rensselaer County Department of Health received grant funding for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program. This funding will be used for the identification and correction of lead based paint hazards in high risk housing without a referral for a childhood elevated blood lead level.

Youth - The Rensselaer County Legislature accepted State monies that provide funding for the recreation and education of the children of Rensselaer County, encompassing a variety of programs, such as summer camps, youth programs and youth delinquency prevention programs.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Minority members presented a resolution honoring Principal Susan Merrill upon her retirement from Sacred Heart School. After 22 years of hard work and dedication to the community we wish Susan Merrill the best for the future.

 NEXT MEETING - Wednesday, September 13, 2017, due to Primary Day on Tuesday September 12th, in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

 

 

The following are highlights of our September 13, 2017 Meeting:

 Public Safety & Health – the Legislators unanimously accepted a grant from the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to purchase equipment and services for public health preparedness.

October is Anti-bullying Awareness Month! As, once again, a new school year begins it is important to raise awareness on the detrimental long-term effects of bullying, affecting millions of children and adolescents each year.

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. It is a widespread problem not confined to any socio-economic group. Public awareness and government programs nationwide are consistently working at eliminating domestic violence through education and prevention programs.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Minority members presented a resolution honoring Michael Cocca as the recipient of the 2017 Hart – Cluett Award.  A long time Troy native, he is recognized as a generous, compassionate and dedicated individual, whose efforts to improve and preserve Troy’s history have helped with the renaissance of the city of Troy. 

 NEXT MEETINGTuesday, October 10, 2017, in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.

 

The following are highlights of our October 10, 2017 Meeting:

 Hudson Valley Community College - The Legislature approved a successor agreement with the Hudson Valley Community College Non-Instructional Employees Union on wages and other terms of conditions of employment for the period of September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.

Sheriff - The Legislature accepted a $ 10,000 State grant awarded to the Office of the Sheriff to implement a new program, issuing ID cards to seniors suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of memory loss. This program will help in locating the individuals who are lost and can’t remember how to return.

 Mental Health - We also approved various school districts request to renew their contracts with the Department of Mental Health to offer Substance Abuse Prevention Services for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Rensselaer County Legislature Minority members presented a resolution honoring Deputy Police Chief Richard McAvoy upon his retirement from the Troy Police Department after 39 years of dedicated service. 

A Dedication of the Father Francis A. Kelley Bust will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2 pm in the Ned Pattison Government Center Hall of Heroes. Father Kelley is a World War I hero and priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, who advocated for Veterans upon his return to Troy.

2018 Budget Presentation will be presented by County Executive Kathy Jimino on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:30 am in the Legislative Chambers of the Ned Pattison Government Center.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, November 14, 2017, in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy. 

Residents are welcome to contact our office at 270-2890.