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The District 5 Report from Legislators Bruce Patire & Jeff Wysocki
January 2018

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.  Jeff Wysocki began his first full term as a Legislator and was picked to chair the Personnel committee and to serve on the Local Government and Agriculture committees. Our newest legislator, Bruce Patire, was chosen to lead the Local Government committee and to serve on the Personnel committee.

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 are both committed to continuing to aggressively pursue any viable solutions to the ongoing issues with water supplies in our community.

Our infrastructure is important to maintain for future generations. To that end, we allocated funding to conduct an engineering assessment of the Dyken Pond Dam to make sure that it will continue to protect the pond and the beautiful areas around it.

We also authorized a resolution to fund the demolition of the property at 48 Main Avenue in Petersburgh. Rensselaer County acquired the property through a tax foreclosure and is taking action to remove the dangerous structure. CWG Excavation of Berlin was the lowest acceptable bidder.

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.

The District 5 Report from Legislators Bruce Patire & Jeff Wysocki
March 2018

 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 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 authorized the replacement of the bridge on Black River Road over the Black River in Stephentown.

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 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.

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.

It was great to see many residents at the annual Berlin Fire Company clam bake fundraiser. We loved to food and the opportunity to speak to so many residents.

As always, we can be reached at (518) 270-2880, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

The District 5 Report from Legislators Bruce Patire & Jeff Wysocki
April  2018

Rensselaer County Legislators Bruce Patire and Jeff Wysocki are proud to report to the residents of District 5.

It looks like spring has finally found us, and we couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately the winter took a toll on some of our roads. We have been in contact with the County highway department to notify them of county owned roads that need attention. In the coming months we expect to see improvements on parts of Babcock Lake Road near the Route 2 intersection and Taconic Lake Rd near Route 2 in Grafton. In Hoosick, we hope to see repairs on Ball St, Johnson Hill Road, near Route 22, and Pine Valley Road. We will keep you posted as more county roads are added to the list.

We were proud to visit the Louis Miller Museum in Hoosick Falls. We presented museum director, Joyce Brewer, with a check to help promote the important work of preserving and teaching our areas rich history.

Our 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.
This $14.5 million, 37,000 square foot building will allow for the doubling of the enrollment of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree program, and will help fill a critical need for skilled employees in our region. This major expansion was made possible by a $1 million challenge gift from the Gene Haas Foundation, and we are truly grateful for his generosity.

Our conservative spending of the legislative budget resulted in additional savings in 2017. We transferred over $108,000 into the Tax Stabilization Fund.

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.

As always, we can be reached at (518) 270-2880