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 of Green Island is starting a “Little Library” program and have recently installed a box in the Paine Street Park. The Little Library is a free public book exchange (take a book, return a book) that aims to inspire reading throughout the community. There will be books for children and adults, we are encouraging reading as a family. Special thank you to Green Island resident Alisha Hope for the idea and more importantly for volunteering to help start the program and keep it up and running.

Please see more information, including rules and regulations for the program below:

Welcome to our Paine Street Park Little Free Library 

It’s a community library for everyone to enjoy!

The Paine Street Park Little Library is open during park hours.

We encourage everyone to take a book to read and enjoy!

When do I need to return a book I’ve taken?

Whenever you have time!

Can I donate books to the library?

Absolutely!! Donations are encouraged. We take books for all ages!

Books for all ages and reading levels are almost always in short supply. If you would like to make a donation please email

Please NO textbooks, old books in poor condition, NO pornography, NO marketing or advertising flyers, NO political or religious materials, leaflets, or pamphlets.

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Fireworks Facts: Sparklers Legal, All Others Illegal

We at the Village of Green Island encourage everyone to celebrate our independence on the 4th of July. However, your safety is more important than anything, which is why Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Police Chief Christopher Parker and Acting Fire Chief Matt Lansing want you to know what is legal and what is not. A change in New York State Penal Law and Albany County Law a few years ago now allows for the sale and use of only a specific category of consumer fireworks known as Sparkling Devices. All other fireworks are still illegal in New York State. Sparkling Devices are ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke. The law limits the type, size and construction of Sparkling Devices and requires that these devices must be hand held or mounted on a base or spike and be limited in sizes that range from 1 to 500 grams of pyrotechnic composition. Sale and use of Sparkling Devices are legal only in counties and cities that have enacted a local law pursuant to section 405.00 of the Penal Law of NY. Albany County has enacted this law. There is still danger involved and precautions needed with legal sparkler devices. Please read below for further information.


• Always follow the directions located on the packaging

• All sparklers are for outdoor use only, never use indoors

• Always wear eye protection when using sparklers

• Never light more than one sparkler at a time

• Never point a sparkler tube towards anyone or any part of your body

• Keep sparklers and novelty devices in a safe secure location when not in use

• Never use sparklers when under the influence of alcohol or drugs

• Always keep an approved fire extinguisher nearby during a display

• Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.

• Douse malfunctioning and spent devices with water before discarding to prevent a fire

• Purchase sparklers and novelty devices from NY State registered retailers


• Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 F

• It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or use sparklers in NY State

• In 2013 there were 8 deaths and 11,400 reported injuries in the United States related to fireworks. Sparklers accounted for 31% of these injuries. Many of these injuries were to people under the age of 18.

• Sparklers and certain novelty devices are the only consumer fireworks that are legal in certain parts of NY State. Learn more at:

Please follow the law and use common sense so that nobody gets hurt. Happy Fourth of July!

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National Grid Power Outage

We are experiencing a National Grid power outage on their line coming into the Village. Crews are on the scene making repairs now. There is no timetable for the length of time it will take to repair. Please call 911 if you have an emergency.

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2019 Village Tax Collection

The 2019 Village taxes will be collected at Catskill Hudson Bank, located at 148 George Street, Green Island, NY 12183. From 06/03/19 to 07/01/19, taxes will be collected without penalty. Any payments made on or after 07/02/19 will be subject to penalty/interest charges as noted on your tax bill. For additional information, visit our Treasurer‘s page.

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Memorial Day Parade: 4:30 pm Update

Due to the inclement weather predicted, the Memorial Day Parade has been shortened. We will be lining up in the former Ford parking lot (Tibbits Ave & George St) at 5:30pm. The parade will go up Cannon Street to Veterans Memorial Drive to Cohoes Avenue, to the American Legion. Please join us as we honor our Hometown Heroes. A brief ceremony will still be held at the Legnard Curtin Post, 35 Cohoes Avenue after the parade. The Legnard Curtin Post members will serve refreshments after the ceremony.

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Memorial Day Parade Information and Notice of Change of Route

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. on Hudson Avenue. Please note Hudson Avenue will be closed to traffic at George Street during lineup. All residents are encouraged to attend the parade and the brief ceremony at the Legnard-Curtin Post that follows. This year’s Grand Marshals will be life long residents and brothers, Arthur, Robert and Richard Connery. Please attend to honor our veterans and especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. The Green Island Power Authority puts a lot of effort into assembling a Veteran’s float for the parade. We would like to fill the float to show our appreciation to our military service men and women and this is the year to take the ride. THE PARADE ROUTE IS BEING CHANGED AND EXTENDED. The parade will march north on George Street to Tibbits Avenue. The parade will take a left on Tibbits Avenue and right on Cannon Street to Veterans Memorial Drive. The parade will make its way back to the American Legion going south on Cohoes Avenue. We are changing the route to honor our veterans. The veteran flags will be on display along Cannon Street, Veterans Memorial Drive and Cohoes Avenue. The parade will NOT be going on Arch Street. Click here to see map of new route. Please contact Tara Bourgeois at 518-273-2201 if you would like a ride on the float this year!

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Effective June 3, 2019, APPLICATIONS will be issued for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Payment Program. This is a Federal Government funded program assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Please note: At the present time, there are no openings in the PROGRAM. The purpose is to establish a new waiting list. HOW DO I APPLY? If you are interested in applying, an informational meeting will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island, NY 12183. We will be advising about the qualifications on getting your name on the waiting list. We will also be issuing applications. If you are not able to come to the meeting on Monday, June 3rd, you can pick up applications at the Green Island Village Office at 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, NY 12183 on Monday thru Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. You may return completed Applications to the Green Island Village Office at 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, NY 12183 between 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday thru Friday starting Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until 50 completed and approved applications have been accepted for the waiting list. Applicants must supply proof of their current address at the time of submittal of the application. If you have any questions, please contact the Green Island Section 8 Office, Village of Green Island, 75 Hudson Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183. The telephone number is 518-629-0368 and ask for Ted Koniowka, Section 8 Administrator.

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Hydrant Flushing in Green Island and Maplewood

Hydrants will be flushed in Green Island and Maplewood on the Monday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 21st, and Wednesday, May 22nd. A slight discoloration in the water may occur and washing of laundry is not recommended during this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Treatment Plant at 518-273-4959, or the Village Office at 518-273-2201.

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Street Cleaning on Thursday

Street Cleaning will be held throughout the Village starting on Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 am. All vehicles must be moved when the Police Department announces or risk getting a ticket. Thank you for your cooperation. Rain date is Friday, May 17th. During street cleaning, the streets are generally done in the following order. However, this procedure is subject to change based upon various emergency conditions, which might arise. 1. Clinton Street 9. James Street 17. Hamilton Street 2. Tibbits Avenue 10. High Street 18. Market Street 3. George Street 11. West Street 19. Albany Avenue 4. Hudson Avenue 12. John Street 20. Lower End Side Streets 5. Arch Street 13. Swan Street Walnut, Harlem, Saratoga, 6. Bleecker Street 14. Lafayette Street Pine, Thames, Whitehall, Cannon 7. Center Street 15. Lafayette Park 21. Lower Hudson Avenue 8. Paine Street 16. Lower Paine Street. All vehicles which are not moved for street cleaning operations will be ticketed. All fines and fees must be paid at the Green Island Village Offices.

Residents who are on vacation, work out-of-town or who leave their cars on the streets for any reason should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to move their car. The Police Department travels the streets to 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. The Village will also be using the Emergency Alert System to notify residents. Forms to register can be picked up and dropped off at the Village Office. Forms can also be downloaded on our website home page at Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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Green Island Wins Albany County Water Taste Test Once Again

County Executive Announces Clear Winner in 33rd Annual Water Taste Test Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced this year’s winner in another refreshing round of the annual Albany County Tap Water Taste Test: returning county champion, the Village of Green Island. Green Island also won in 2016 and 2018. With 69 total points allotted to Green Island by the blind taste tests, they were the favorite of this year’s heated competition at the Empire State Plaza, though rest assured, the water was served cold. The village garnered 28 first place votes, valued at 2 points apiece, and 13 second place votes, worth one point each. “While I commend the Village of Green Island for once again showing they are committed to providing clean and delicious tap water to our judges and residents alike, I have to give credit to each municipality and their workforces,” said County Executive McCoy. “This annual competition is a fun way to highlight something near and dear to everyone’s hearts – safe drinking water – which is critical for public health and cuts back on our reliance on plastic intensive bottled water. I know the Village of Green Island will make all of Albany County proud in the next two rounds.” The close runner up was the City of Albany, securing 46 total points, with 14 first place votes and 18 second place votes. The other municipalities that once again took part in the competition were the City of Cohoes and the Latham Water District. Green Island will now represent Albany County and advance to the regional contest that will be held over the summer, taking on the likes of 2018 statewide runner-up, Saratoga County Water Authority. After that, regional winners will go head-to-head at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Congratulations to the Green Island Water Department Plant Operations team, John Heffern, Robert Foster, Bill Heffern, Elijah Legault, Zach Mason and Nick Richmond, all of whom do a great job every day.

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