It is my pleasures to report to the residents of Rensselaer as the new Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature. It is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly; it is an honor to serve as chairman.
We held our Organizational meeting on January 2nd where I was chosen to serve as Chairman and Kelly Hoffman was picked as the first woman to ever serve as Vice Chair of the Legislature. Bob Loveridge was picked to be the Vice Chair of Finance and Ken Herrington stayed on as Majority Leader.
There are several new faces on the Legislature and they were all given their committee assignments and they went right to work
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 new Legislator Scott Bendett to join me as County representatives to the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.
On a lighter note, I 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 from our community beat teams from around the Country and are a great example of what can be achieved through practice, team work, and dedication. It was great seeing so many friendly faces from Rensselaer at our first meeting.
On Sunday, January 14th I held a meeting at Renwyck Place Apartments in Rensselaer after hearing multiple complaints from residents. I joined with the County Executive’s office in calling on the NYS Attorney General and HUD to force the owners of the building to take immediate action and make necessary repairs. Our seniors shouldn’t have to live in substandard conditions.
Our next meeting is February 13th at the County Building at 1600 7th Ave in Troy. As always, I am eager to hear from you, I can be reached at (518) 270-2880.
It is my pleasure to provide the Rensselaer County Legislature District 6 report as Chairman of the Legislature. We have been very busy in county government and there is no shortage of things to report. As chairman, I have the pleasure of meeting with the County Executive and his staff regularly. Good communication is important in government and it helps us to accomplish a lot, working together.
As a result of those discussions, 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. Now more than ever, we need to focus on this addiction that is hurting families in our neighborhoods.
We also approved the purchase of a new van to safely transport our county’s senior citizens. You’ve seen the county seniors van in Rensselaer, we want to make sure they all look good and are in good condition. 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.
I, along with several other legislators, 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 talk about issues facing all of the counties of New York.
For several months, county employees have collected items for the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society and the Hope 7 Food Pantry in Troy. I had the pleasure of delivering those items to both organizations, and thanking them for their work.
It may be hard to believe, but Spring is around the corner and soon it will be time to”Play Ball”. Youth sports are important to me, so I encourage parents to enroll their kids in baseball or softball programs. In Rensselaer, we have the RensselaerLittleLeague.org and RensselaerGirlsSoftball.com. I hope to see you all on the ball fields soon.
As always, I am eager to hear your concerns. I can be reached in my office, at (518) 270-2880
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.
Many residents of Rensselaer have had concerns with the operation of the Dunn Landfill. After listening to their concerns, we adopted a resolution urging NYS DEC to take a look at the operating permit of the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer. I was pleased to see a greater presence of DEC personnel in the area of the dump, and I look forward to hearing their findings.
Our conservative spending of the legislative budget resulted in additional savings in 2017. We transferred over $108,000 into the Tax Stabilization Fund.
Everyone knows of my passion for youth sports. That is why I was pleased to adopt a resolution declaring May 19, 2018, “Burke Adams Day” in Rensselaer County. 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. This date coincides with the Opening Day ceremonies of the Capital Region Miracle League at the Jaime M. Adams Field in East Greenbush. 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.