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.
The Village, Town and GIPA Offices and the DPW and GIPA Garages will close Friday, April 19th at 12 noon in observance of Good Friday. All other essential departments will remain open for business. Happy Easter to all.
With the nice weather here, it is a good time for parents to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings, especially near our parks and playgrounds. If they have suspicions or feel afraid of a person or situation they should contact 911 or an adult they trust immediately. Please talk to your kids and please report any suspicious behavior to the Green Island Police Department as soon as possible and remind them if they see something, say something.
National Grid just contacted us to let us know that they need to make emergency repairs to an outside feeder line that brings power into the Village. They plan on turning power off at approximately 6:00 pm tonight and the repairs will take approximately 1 to 2 hours. Please contact 911 if you have an emergency. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
To all residents, please take notice that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Green Island will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 5:00 P.M., at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider the proposed budgets for the General Fund, Water Fund, Sewer Fund and Section “8” Fund for fiscal year 2019-2020. The tentative budgets are available for inspection at the Village Office, 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, NY. Dated: March 26, 2019 Anne M. Strizzi Village Clerk
On Friday, March 29th at approximately 9:00 am, a limited number of GIPA customers, approximately twenty five (25) properties in a specific area of the Village around High, Bleecker, Tibbits and West Streets, will experience a power interruption. Any GIPA customer who will be affected by the interruption has already been notified by GIPA. If you have not been contacted by GIPA, your power will not be interrupted. Again, this is scheduled in a very limited area, there will not be a widespread outage as a result of this upgrade.
From NYSDOT: As you have probably noticed, the Cohoes Blvd project is gearing up to start and we wanted to provide everyone with an update. Starting the week of 3/25 you can expect non-peak lane closures on Route 787 from Tibbets Ave to New Courtland/Route 32. Typical times to expect closures will be Northbound Route 787 from 4am to 2pm; Monday thru Friday and Southbound closures will be 9am to 7pm, Monday thru Friday. We also plan to shift traffic into the shoulder and right lanes and close the median and Left lanes in order to complete the median portion of the work. This will also begin next week and last about 2 months and the traffic shift will be continuous for the duration 24/7. Once completed traffic will shift back to normal and the work will all be primarily on the shoulders. Throughout you can still expect the above mentioned lane closures. Starting on the week of 4/1 we also plan to work at night from 8pm until 6am to do embankment work, this will go on for about 4 weeks, so crews will be working around the clock. This work will only take place Monday thru Friday. Looking ahead to this summer, we will be having a series of weekend shutdowns at the Intersections of Dyke Ave, Ontario St and Bridge Ave. This is to install precast panels for the new raised intersections. Each of these intersections will be shut down for at least 2 weekends, one for NB and one for SB. Detours will be signed. We plan on sending out the exact schedule of this once the dates can be confirmed. We will send this schedule out well ahead of any closures so that you can adjust and plan accordingly as this work will probably be the biggest impact to most of the emergency services as well as the travelling public. Pedestrian access will be maintained thru the intersections for this work. There will continue to be more nightwork throughout the season as well. And very likely work occurring on weekends other than the closures as well. As the project progresses we will inform you of any other relevant updates.
Forty two years ago, on March 15, 1977 (“The Ides of March”), the collapse of the Green Island Bridge made the national news. At about 2:25 pm that day, New York Telephone Company employees Bill McLaughlin and Larry Marinucci, Green Island native Rob Bouchey and a few others heard loud noises and realizing that the bridge was collapsing, sprung into action. They quickly stopped traffic from going on the bridge and were credited with saving many lives. They were later honored by local officials afterward for their actions. Soon afterward, one span fell off and collapsed into the Hudson River. Five hours later, at around 7pm, the 85 foot west tower collapsed into the river as well. The collapse was blamed on old age and high waters from Spring runoff and 2.7 inches of rain the weekend prior. It was amazing that nobody was hurt as the bridge carried over 22,000 vehicles per day at that time. The collapse affected life in the Village for several years as we were isolated from downtown Troy. The present bridge was opened on September 12, 1981 and it cost $23,000,000 to build. Click on link to see rare video of the bridge taken shortly after the collapse:
Green Island Bridge Collapse March 15, 1977
*Information was compiled from media reports
Green Island Bridge headline in Record 3-16-77 Green Island Bridge postcard 3-15-1977
Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois is alerting all residents to the New York State burn ban which will run through May 15th. Exceptions will be made for those that are cooking on a grill provided that the flame is no higher than 6” from the burner source and the cooking grill is equipped with an attached fire proof cover. All other fires are banned during this time. Chief Bourgeois stated, “We are at a very critical time over the next few weeks where the Spring conditions in place now with a dry atmosphere including low humidity and wind put us at the highest risk of fire. We need to do whatever we can to alleviate that risk, which is why I am emphasizing the ban on all outdoor fires.” Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan added, “Green Island is a community where many of the homes are located in close proximity to each other and the risk of fire from backyard burning during these dry times is too great to allow it to happen. I commend Chief Bourgeois for recognizing this and making the decision to reinforce the ban.” Bourgeois has also stated that even after May 15th he will extend this ban on burning during any period in the future in which the National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag” fire advisory for Eastern Albany County. As always, in case of emergency dial 9-1-1 immediately. Other suggestions from Chief Bourgeois: 1. Those cooking should never leave the grill unattended. 2. Make sure the grill is a safe distance away from your home, deck railings or other structures that can ignite. 3. If the grill flame flares up, try to safely close the cover to smother the flame. 4. Have a source such as a fire extinguisher or baking soda ready to extinguish the grill in case it flares up and out of control (do not use water on a cooking fire). 5. Keep the garden hose ready and nearby in case a structure is accidently ignited while cooking (and call 9-1-1).
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced his eighth State of the County Listening Tour, providing village residents with an opportunity to ask their questions on the issues most important to them and their neighbors. He will be speaking in Green Island on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 5:30 pm, at the Green Island Municipal Center for the event hosted by Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and the Village Board, Town Supervisor Rachel Perfetti and the Town Council and Albany County Legislator Sean Ward. County Executive McCoy will discuss the financial strength of the county, the progress being made and some of the newest initiatives that will continue improving the lives of those from the entire County and specifically Green Island.
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