Message from Green Island Mayor Ellen M. McNulty-Ryan

Welcome to Green Island, New York

Our village is unique in that it couples the benefits of a close-knit, value oriented community with the richness of industry. Our history shows that we have always been at the forefront of economic growth. Green Island was once home to locomotive and railroad manufacturing plants as well as a Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant. Even though many years have passed since they were operational, Green Island continues to be a village of economic and cultural prosperity.

Today the Green Island Power Authority owns and operates a hydroelectric power plant on the Hudson River, underscoring our commitment to social responsibility by supplying clean, environmentally friendly power. Our Village's Industrial Business Park provides many opportunities for growing businesses, making Green Island the essential location for development, while our close knit community makes Green Island the ideal location to live and raise a family.

Here at Green Island, you can find a home, a community, and a future.

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Village of Green Island Traffic and Parking Alert

We are anticipating a large crowd for a rally to be held in support of the United Auto Workers (UAW) on Wednesday, June 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Cohoes Avenue from Tibbits Avenue to Veterans Memorial Drive will be closed to all (except local) traffic starting at 4:00 P.M. Those needing to get to businesses located at 60, 70, 75, 80, 85 and 90 Cohoes Avenue and all of Veterans Memorial Drive will need use the I-787/Dyke Avenue exit to access those sites.

There will be No Parking: 1) on the west side of Cohoes Avenue from Bleecker Street to Tibbits Avenue, 2) on both sides of Tibbits Avenue between Cohoes Avenue and West Street, and 3) the Tibbits Avenue parking lot for Veterans Memorial Stadium. Parking in private lots will be prohibited without the express consent of the owners.

Members of the media should report to event staff on Cohoes Avenue between Tibbits Avenue and Bleecker Street for further direction (GPS: 35 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183).

All UAW Rally participants should park at the former Ford Motor Company parking lot (GPS: 50 Tibbits Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183) located at the intersection of Tibbits Avenue and Cannon Street. This site can be accessed by exiting at Tibbits Avenue from I-787.

Residents on Tibbits Avenue should be aware that there could be significant vehicle (including trucks) and pedestrian traffic during this time.

Those not a part of the rally should avoid this area if at all possible and enter Green Island from the south end of the Village.

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No Parking on George Street on Monday, June 13th

Albany County will be doing crack seal maintenance on George Street on Monday, June 13th from 9am to 3pm. There will be no parking on George Street from Tibbits Avenue to the Green Island Bridge during this time and some traffic delays may occur. Sign boards have been placed at both ends of the street as a reminder. Vehicles not moved may be towed so that damage does not occur to your vehicle. Vehicles will be allowed to park in the former Ford Motor Company parking lot, behind the basketball courts on Cannon Street, and the municipal lot at 11 Hudson Avenue. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

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Raccoon Sightings in Green Island

We have received a couple of reports of raccoon sightings in Green Island recently. Thus far the complaints have come from the area along Paine and James Streets and north of Arch Street to Tibbits Avenue. It is not unusual to see raccoons in a populated setting and while they prefer to roam at night they do come out during the day too. It is important to know that raccoons in a populated area are probably looking for food and shelter. Please be sure to close garbage can lids (and strap them if possible) and do not leave food (such as pet food, bird feeders, etc.) outside. Please seal up your home and shed so that they cannot access inside them or under porches. You may have to fence in gardens if they become a nuisance (and eat your product).

We have attached a link to the NYSDEC website with a raccoon fact sheet:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9358.html

If you see a raccoon acting strangely and aggressively, salivating heavily or if it has paralyzed hind legs, this may be a sign of illness and you should call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

 

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Paine Street Park Basketball Courts Closed for 7-10 Days

Starting today the basketball courts at the Paine Street Park will be CLOSED temporarily. The Village is having the basketball courts resurfaced and giving the backboards a fresh coat of paint! While this will be an inconvenience for the next 7-10 days, it’s going to worth the wait.

The basketball court area will be barricaded, NO ONE is allowed on the basketball courts or in the work area until the project is complete. The play ground will remain open. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Green Island Memorial Day Parade on Thursday

The Green Island Memorial Day Parade will be held on Thursday, May 26th, forming at 5:30 p.m. near the point at Hudson Avenue and George Street. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and after a brief wreath ceremony will proceed north on George Street, then west on Arch Street and finally north on Cohoes Avenue to the Legnard Curtin Post 927 at 35 Cohoes Avenue. A ceremony remembering our fallen soldiers as well as honoring Vietnam Veteran and Grand Marshall David Carl and our other veterans will be held at the finish. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served by the Legnard-Curtin Post 927. All are invited and encouraged to come out to honor and support our heroes.

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STREET CLEANING ON THURSDAY, MAY 19th

Street Cleaning will be held in the Village on Thursday, May 19th starting at 8:00 a.m.  The street cleaning will be conducted like our snow removal.  The Police Department will travel the streets and announce the time that street cleaning operations will begin.  If you do not hear the announcement, it will not be considered a legitimate excuse for not moving your vehicle. Vehicles that interfere with street cleaning will receive a TICKET.  If you have any questions about street cleaning operations, please call the Department of Public Works at 273-5565. Rain date is Friday, May 20th.

During Street Cleaning operations, streets are generally swept in the following order.  However, this procedure is subject to change based upon various emergency or other conditions which may arise.

Tibbits Avenue
George Street
Hudson Avenue
Arch Street
Bleecker Street
Center Street
Paine Street
James Street
High Street
West Street
John Street
Swan Street
Lafayette Street
Lafayette Park
Lower Paine Street
Hamilton Street
Market Street
Albany Avenue
Lower End Side Streets -Walnut, Harlem, Saratoga, Pine and Whitehall
Lower Hudson Avenue

To avoid getting a ticket, residents who work out-of-town or who leave their cars on the streets should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to move their car for street sweeping operations.

You can also register for the emergency alert notification system by filling out and returning a form which is available at the Village Offices, located at 20 Clinton Street. Notifications about street sweeping and other important emergencies and announcements will be sent directly to you by email, text and/or phone.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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Sex Offender Registry

The Green Island Police Department and the New York State Department of Criminal Justice want residents to know who is living in our neighborhoods. One tool that they have provided, for information purposes only, is the sex offender registry. A link is provided below to sign up and be able to obtain information related to sex offenders living in our area.

NYS Sex Offender Registry Website

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DRAFT Joint Annual Report SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP)

The Joint Annual Report and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) are both for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org.

DRAFT Joint Annual Report SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Permit No. GP-0-10-002 Reporting Period March 10, 2015 to March 9, 2016

A requirement of all regulated “MS4” municipalities, including the Village of Green Island, is the submission of an Annual Report to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation due in FINAL form by June 1. As stated in SPDES Permit No. GP-0-10-002, Part V. C. 2 and referenced in the MS4 Annual Report Form, “MS4s” may submit a Joint Annual Report provided they have a legally binding agreement with other regulated “MS4s”. Effective October 15, 2008, twelve “MS4s” in Albany County formed via an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County. In July, 2009 the State University of New York (SUNY Uptown Campus) joined the Stormwater Coalition and as a University partner entered into a legally binding agreement which listed as one of the shared activities the preparation of a Joint Annual Report. As a consequence of these two legal agreements, thirteen regulated “MS4s” in Albany County can submit a Joint Annual Report. Sean Ward (Green Island) had been the uncompensated Chairman of the Board of the Coalition since its inception until recently when he stepped down and John Dzialo from the Town of Colonie assumed leadership. For this reporting period (March 10, 2015 to March 9, 2016) the Stormwater Coalition is submitting a Joint Annual Report (Option 3) such that activities pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 1 and 2 (Public Education and Public Participation) have been recorded for each “MS4”, but submitted as aggregate totals. Information pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 3, 4, 5, and 6 (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination; Pre and Post Construction Stormwater Management; and Municipal Good Housekeeping) is submitted individually. The entire document is submitted under one Cover Page, followed by Municipal Compliance Certification (MCC) Forms for each “MS4”, followed by joint information (Water Quality Trends; MCM1; MCM2), followed by individual “MS4” information pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 3, 4, 5, and 6. The following MS4/municipalities are participating in this report and in parenthesis is their SPDES permit number:

Village of Green Island (NYR20A377)
Albany County (NYR20A359)
City of Albany (NYR20A464)
Village of  Altamont (NYR20A550)
Town of Guilderland (NYR20A211
Village of Menands (NYR20A144)
Town of Bethlehem (NYR20A208)
Town of New Scotland (NYR20A463)
City of Cohoes (NYR20A243)
Town of Colonie (NYR20A190)
City of Watervliet (NYR20A087)
Village of Colonie (NYR20A076)
State University of New York at Albany (NYR20A234)

This DRAFT Joint Annual Report and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) is for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org as of May 9th. Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged by May 20th and these can be shared electronically using the Stormwater Coalition website interface ( www.stormwateralbanycounty.org); by e-mail (swcoalition@albanycounty.com); by contacting 447-5645; by contacting the individuals listed as Public Contacts on the Coalition website. Hard copies of this Annual Report are located at 175 Green Street, Albany, NY 12202 and at 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, New York 12183 upon request.

The Village of Green Island will hold a public meeting to discuss our program on Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm at the Green Island Municipal Center located at 19 George Street in Green Island. Questions will be answered and comments can also be made at that time.

Click here: Coalition DRAFT 2016 MS4 Permit Annual Report.

 

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Update and Extended Traffic Advisory

5/6:UPDATE: THE BUILDING HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED AND GEORGE STREET WILL BE CLOSED THROUGHOUT MOST OF FRIDAY WHILE CLEANUP EFFORTS CONTINUE.

5/5:Due to an emergency building demolition, George Street between Clinton and Market Streets is presently closed to all traffic in both directions. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be prohibited from entering the area and will be detoured toward Paine Street or Hudson Avenue.

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Notice of Sewer Rate Increase

This information will be mailed to every customer with the May 2016 billing:

The Village Board of Trustees has approved an increase in our sewer rates effective with the August 2016 billing. This is the first rate increase since the Village upgraded the sewer system thirty nine (39) years ago.  The rate will increase from a flat rate of $7.54 per 1000 cubic feet to $15.08 per 1000 cubic feet of metered water usage. To put that in dollars and cents, for the average residential user of 10,000 cubic feet annually it will cost an additional $75.40 per year.

Please note that for decades our sewer rates have been the lowest by far of what DEC refers to as the “Albany Pool”, a group of communities along the Hudson River with similar sewer structures. Even with this increase we still remain the lowest.

The rate change is solely attributed to two issues, 1) a recent agreement with DEC and the “Albany Pool Communities” to make mandated and expensive changes to our operations to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act, and 2) a very large reduction of metered flow from our largest industrial customer, Lydall, due to decreased production.

Since residential sewer usage is measured by metered water usage, it is important for property owners, particularly those who do not reside in the property, to inform their tenants of the increase in rates and to ask the tenants cooperation in promptly reporting any water leaks, no matter how small they may be. The water meters are read at three-month intervals and in that period of time, a small leak, even a slight drip, can result in a very high water and sewer bill.  It is also suggested that property owners read their own meters several times during the three-month period so they may detect any unusual use of water.

If you have any questions, please call the Village Office at 273-2201.

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