The Rensselaer County Legislature kicked off 2018 with several new legislators and new leadership. Mike Stammel from Rensselaer was chosen to serve as the new Chairman. Our own Kelly Hoffman was picked to be Vice-Chair. Bob Loveridge was chosen to be the Chair of Finance and Ken Herrington stayed on as Majority leader. Tom Grant started his first term as a legislator, and will serve on the Judiciary & Public Safety, Contracts & Agreements, and Education committees. Rob Bayly returned for his second term and will chair the Aging, Planning & Tourism committees. Leon Fiacco was chosen to lead the Environment committee.
At our January 9th meeting we passed a resolution honoring North Greenbush police officer John Hudson and NYSP Sr. Investigator Eric Cullum for their heroic rescue of a missing woman. We also accepted grant funding from NYS from the Drinking Water Enhancement Program. This program is essential in assessing and identifying issues affecting drinking water in our County.
We also took the time to congratulate some amazing young women that are a source of pride for our community. We welcomed the Rensselaer Pop Warner Jr. Varsity Cheerleaders to be recognized at the beginning of our meeting. The Rams had just returned from Richmond, Virginia where they won the YCADA Global Cheer Competition, beating teams from around the Country. These young ladies are a testament to what can be achieved through practice, teamwork, and dedication.
Our next regular meeting is February 13th, 2018 at the County Office Building 1600 7th Ave in Troy. We are always eager to hear from you, feel free to call our office at (518) 270-2880.
Is it too early to think about Spring yet? Well we sprung into action at our February 13th meeting of the Legislature. We took several steps to improve our County government and provide better services. We approved the purchase of a new van to provide safe transportation for our senior citizens. We also supported the creation of new committees to examine the county purchasing policies and to review parking and accessibility issues at the County Office building. We also supported the County Executive’s initiative to create the position of an Opioid Recovery Coordinator because we realize that the scourge of addiction is growing and affecting more families every day.
We also participated in several community events such as the Veteran’s Honor ceremony at Rosewood Rehabilitation, the Miracle League‘s Valentine’s Dinner at the East Greenbush YMCA, and the” Walking Out” ceremonies for retiring North Greenbush Police Chief Robert Durivage and East Greenbush Sgt. Richard Edberg. We were thrilled to get a tour of the Southern Rensselaer County Boys and Girls Club during their Legislator’s Appreciation Day. They thanked all government officials for their continued support of their wonderful programs.
Our newest member, Tom Grant, attended the New York State Association of Counties Conference in Albany and attended several training seminars with other members of the Legislature. Tom completed the NYS Emergency Management training and is now National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified.
Our next meeting of the Legislature is March 13th. We can be reached at 518-270-2880.
The March meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature kicked off with the State of the County Address. County Executive McLaughlin delivered an energetic and optimistic speech that stressed that our County’s best days are ahead of us, and we agree with him. Well now that Spring is here, our better days are ahead of us too.
To help with your spring cleaning efforts, the Legislature is proud to announce our annual Electronics Recycling Day. It will be held on April 21st from 9:30 am until 2 pm at the Rensselaer County Office building, so mark your calendars. There is a list of those items that will be accepted at this event. The flyer is available will on our website www.RensselaerCounty.org or our Facebook page, Rensselaer County Legislature.
During the monthly meeting we adopted several resolutions of importance. We passed several measures to purchase equipment and materials to begin infrastructure improvements in the County and to prepare for the road paving and striping season.
We adopted a local law declaring the Opioid Epidemic a public nuisance, and established a cost recovery procedure to recoup the costs incurred in providing services related to fighting the epidemic. This continues our commitment to tackle this deadly epidemic before it spreads deeper into our community.
We authorized the Sheriff to use grant funding to purchase a high tech video driving simulator that will be used to educate high school kids and adults about the impacts of driving while under the influence. This will come in handy soon because prom and graduation season are just around the corner.
We also passed a resolution supporting the Sheriff’s efforts to use federal resources to determine if anyone remanded to the county jail is wanted by the Department of Homeland Security for violating immigration law. This passed along party lines with all Troy legislators in opposition.
Finally, our own Legislator Tom Grant was appointed to County Fire Advisory Board, and he looks forward to representing all of the dedicated volunteers in our County.
As always, we can be reached at (518) 270-2880, we look forward to hearing from you.
Rensselaer County is proud to be the home of Hudson Valley Community College.
The County Legislature is a sponsor of this ever-growing, gem of a learning
institution, and we are thrilled to see even more expansion. In April, the
Legislature approved the contracts that will allow the construction of the Gene
F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills.
In other business, we adopted a resolution urging NYS DEC to take a look at the operating permit of the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, on the East Greenbush border. We want to make sure that there are no violations that will further affect our community.
Our conservative spending of the legislative budget resulted in additional savings in 2017. We transferred over $108,000 into the Tax Stabilization Fund.
Honoring people of great achievements is one of our pleasures, so we adopted a resolution declaring May 19, 2018, “Burke Adams Day” in Rensselaer County. This date coincides with the Opening Day ceremonies of the Capital Region Miracle League at the Jaime M. Adams Field in East Greenbush. On that day we will honor Burke for 25 years of providing young people with special needs and physical disabilities with recreational sporting activities and more. Everyone is welcome to attend and honor Burke Adams for his selfless dedication to the young people of the Capital District and beyond. Visit www.capitalregionmiracleleague.org to learn more about Burke and his programs.
Finally, we held our Annual Electronics Recycling Day on April 21st. We collected over three large truckloads of electronics that will now be kept out of landfills.
Our next meeting is on May 8th.