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January 2018 May 2018 September 2018
February 2018 June 2018 October 2018
March 2018 July 2018 November 2018
April 2018 August 2018 December 2018

 

January  2018

The following are highlights of the January meeting:

Due to the 2017 election and the changes it entailed, an Organizational Meeting was held on January 2nd to appoint new members and re-appoint re-elected members of the legislature, as Chair, Vice-Chair, Finance Chair as well as the Majority and Minority leaders. We also re-appointed the Clerk and Auditor and confirmed a new Deputy County Executive.

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

At the monthly Regular Meeting, the legislature renewed several recurring annual contracts to continue providing services to the County and all its departments, as well as Van Rensselaer Manor.

Health: We accepted additional grant funding from the NYS Department of Health for the Drinking Water Enhancement Program. This essential program assesses and identifies drinking water quality issues. 

For February, the Minority legislators will re-submit the T21 Local Law and a Resolution Urging Sheriff Russo to withdraw his application to the 287(g) program. We invite the public to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the legislative chambers to voice their opinion.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, February 13, 2018, 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.

 

 

February 2018

The following are highlights of the February meeting:

The Minority legislators submitted and voted on a resolution recognizing March 11 – 17, 2018 as Sunshine Week in Rensselaer County.  This national initiative promotes the importance of open government and the free flow of information from government to county citizens, ensuring that our government is accessible, accountable and open.    

Minority legislators will re-submit, for the March 13th meeting, the Resolution Urging Sheriff Russo to withdraw his application to the 287(g) program, which had been defeated in committee this month. We invite the public to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the legislative chambers to voice their support.  

Social Services: The Legislature unanimously approved an agreement with Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council to register and inspect day care homes, which includes criminal history record checks, fingerprinting, employment history, personal and employment references and any child abuse records.

Opioid Crisis: Approved was the creation of an Opioid Recovery Coordinator, as a liaison that would support efforts to fight the disease by providing assistance, support and avenues for recovery. A Local Law was also introduced to offer the County the possibility to recover costs from responsible parties associated with the treatment expenses paid for by the County. These efforts dovetail resolution G/319/17 to sue opioid manufacturers at no cost to the county, alleging drug makers and distributors lied about the possibility of addiction.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, March 13, 2018, 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.

March 2018

The following are highlights of the March meeting:    

Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo has signed an agreement with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to implement the 287(g) program in Rensselaer County. Minority legislators will continue to represent their constituents and will file a request to end the program at the April 10th meeting.  Resolution P/73 filed by the Minority legislators in March, urging Sheriff Russo to end the 287(g) program, was defeated in committee. A resolution submitted by the Majority legislators supporting the actions of the 287(g) program was approved by a 13-6 vote along party lines. We invite the public to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the legislative chambers to voice their opinion.  

Local Law T-21: While the Local Law to raise the age for tobacco to 21 was defeated in committee, health legislator Cindy Doran plans to submit it again for the April meeting, in order to give the new health committee legislators (Bendett and Casale) of the majority more time to study the issue, as they requested.

 The Legislators unanimously passed a resolution to authorize the sale of the Fort Orange Paper Company in Castleton, subject to meeting several contingencies. The mill is owned by the County due to back taxes and has been abandoned for 16 years. While some remediation of contamination has been done, it is still considered contaminated and the buyer (CorrVentures) offered to clean it up. A positive sign in the revitalization progress, with offers of future employment opportunities in the area. 

Sheriff: The Legislators unanimously approved the purchase of a mobile ID unit for the Sheriff’s department to create identification cards for senior citizens who suffer from memory related medical issues, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which would aid in locating those individuals, when he/she wanders off or fails to remember how to return.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, April 10, 2018, 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 the April meeting:

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) – Due to the high demand for skilled staff in the workplace, HVCC has begun construction on a new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) and requested the approval of several construction contracts from the Legislature. The CAMS building broke ground on April 11 and will offer a two-year program starting in September 2019.  This program will double the number of graduates in this field, with a 90% employment rate at graduation.

Coats for Kids Campaign - The Legislature authorized an agreement with the Troy Country Club for the annual, and traditionally successful, Fall Golf Fundraiser. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Last year’s proceeds provided over 700 winter coats for children in need in Rensselaer County. For information on how to attend, please contact the Youth Department at 518-266-7501.

 Tax Stabilization Fund – As a result of 2017 cost reductions in the legislative budget, the legislators unanimously approved the transfer of these savings, totaling to $ 108,476.45, from the 2017 budget to the Tax Stabilization Fund. Staying under the tax cap and saving the taxpayers any additional funds remains our priority.

 The T21 Local Law – A law to raise the age to when our youth can purchase smoking products was introduced at the April meeting and will be voted on at the May 8 meeting.

This month, Minority Legislators filed a Resolution Urging Sheriff Russo to end to the 287(g) program and it was defeated in committee, never making it to the floor for a vote. This bill will be submitted again in May and we invite the concerned public to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the legislative chambers to voice their opinion on this and any other issues they may be concerned about.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, May 8, 2018, 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 the May meeting:

Youth – The Legislature unanimously accepted a State grant for a 10 week USDA/State Education Summer Food program providing nutritious meals to children of the county. This $ 248,233.- grant provides 126,460 meals, including breakfast, lunch and snack.

 Health – As Summer approaches and the 2017-2018 flu season comes to an end, the Legislature authorized the purchase of flu vaccine in preparation of the next winter flu season.

 The T21 Local Law – A law to raise the age to when our youth can purchase smoking products was introduced at the April meeting and failed to make it out of the Health committee. As “juuling,” an e-cigarette vaping practice, is becoming a serious health issue in schools among teenagers, we will continue to monitor any developing legislation at the state level.  

This month, Minority Legislators filed a Resolution Urging Sheriff Russo to end to the 287(g) Program. The resolution was defeated in committee and never made it to the floor for a vote. We will continue the fight to stop the implementation of 287(g) in Rensselaer County and we urge the public to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the legislative chambers, where they may voice their opinion on this and any other issues they may be concerned about.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, June 12, 2018, 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.