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, and Kelly Hoffman was chosen as Vice-Chair. Our own Bob Loveridge was chosen to be the Chair of Finance and Ken Herrington stayed on as Majority leader.
Our newest Legislators, Jake Ashby and Scott Bendett were sworn in and received their committee assignments. Jake’s military service to our Country made him a natural choice to chair the Veteran’s committee, he will also serve on the Environment committee. Scott Bendett was picked to chair the Social Services and Health committees, and will serve on the Planning & Tourism committee as well.
Our first meeting on January 9th addressed several annual contracts that are renewed each year. We accepted funding from the NYS Department of Health for the Drinking Water Enhancement Grant program. This program is essential for assessing and identifying drinking water quality throughout Rensselaer County.
We passed a resolution appointing Legislator Scott Bendett and Chairman Mike Stammel as representatives to the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.
We also authorized a contract with Creighton Manning Engineering to provide services to begin the rehabilitation of the bridge that carries County Route 4 (Van Hoesen Rd) over the Amtrak rail line. We understand the need for safe roads and bridges and the need for a strong infrastructure to sustain the growth of our communities, and this is a good step.
On a lighter note, we had the pleasure of honoring the Rensselaer Pop Warner Jr. Varsity Cheerleaders that had just returned from Richmond, Virginia where they won the YCADA Global Cheer Competition. This team of hard working young ladies beat teams from around the Country and are a great example of what can be achieved through practice, team work, and dedication.
Our next meeting is February 13th at the County Building at 1600 7th Ave in Troy. As always, we are eager to hear from you, we can be reached at (518) 270-2880.
We are so fortunate to represent a part of Rensselaer County that has so many great organizations that host so many events. It certainly keeps us busy, but best of all it gives us the opportunity to meet you and listen to your concerns. In the past month we, as individuals, have attended many great events such as the “United to Fight It” discussion at Averill Park High School. It was a very informative community focus group to discuss the opiate epidemic that we are battling.
To that end, at our February meeting of the Legislature we supported the county executive’s initiative to create the position of an Opioid Recovery Coordinator to assist the community in battling the deadly scourge of opioid addiction.
We also approved the purchase of a new van to safely transport our county’s senior citizens. We also supported the creation of new committees to examine the county’s purchasing policies and to review parking and accessibility issues at the county office building.
Legislators Bob Loveridge and Scott Bendett attended the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) meetings in Colonie. It was a great opportunity to attend classes and listen to informative speakers.
Legislator Ashby met with officials in Schodack, Nassau, and Sand Lake to discuss issues they are facing. Legislator Ashby joined with all of the legislators in honoring WWII veteran Thomas P. Ryan during the monthly Honor a Deceased Veteran ceremony.
Our next meeting is March 13th and we can be reached at (518) 270-2880
Our 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 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. Most notably, we approved improvements to the bridge on Dunham Hollow Road over the Tsatsawassa Creek.
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.
We authorized the Sheriff to use grant funding to purchase a high tech video driving simulator that will be used by the Stop DWI program 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.
Legislators Bob Loveridge and Jake Ashby attended the 13th Annual Wounded Warriors Snowfest sponsored by STRIDE Adaptive Sports and the ceremony honoring our veterans at the Van Rensselaer Manor. Legislator Scott Bendett honored Clara Peters from the Sand Lake Senior Program for being named a Caregiver of the Year. We truly enjoy seeing everyone at all of the community events and we attend too many to list.
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.
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.
We have each been busy on our own projects too. Legislator Scott Bendett has been working hard to help revitalize Butler Park. Legislator Bob Loveridge continues his involvement with Kiwanis and other service groups. Legislator Jake Ashby won his special election to the NYS Assembly.
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.
We can always be reached at (518) 270-2880