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.
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.
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.
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 www.villageofgreenisland.com. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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!
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.
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Public Meeting will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Island Municipal Center. The purpose of the meeting will be to explain the MS4 permit process, our relation with the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and to highlight Green Island’s efforts to maintain clean water as outlined in our annula report. The DRAFT Joint Annual Report for the 2018-2019 reporting period and our Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) is for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org . Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged by May 17th and these can be shared electronically using the Stormwater Coalition website interface ( http://www.stormwateralbanycounty.org); by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org); by contacting 518-447-5645; or by contacting the individuals listed as Public Contacts on the Coalition website. Comments will also be accepted at the annual public meeting on May 20th. 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.
Notice from NYSDOT:
ROUTE 787 CONSTRUCTION WORK REQUIRING NORTHBOUND CLOSURE TIBBITS AVENUE – DYKE AVENUE 6 P.M. FRIDAY MAY 10 – 6 A.M. MONDAY MAY 13 As part of our effort to transform Cohoes Boulevard, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will need to CLOSE northbound Route 787 between Tibbits Avenue and Dyke Avenue to traffic from 6 PM Friday, May 10 until 6 AM Monday, May 13. The closure is necessary so that our contractor can reconstruct the northbound left turn lane at the Dyke Avenue intersection and prepare the roadway for a new northbound alignment that will be in effect when that side of the road reopens on Monday. Note that the detour goes a block past Dyke Avenue, returning traffic to Route 787 via Bridge Avenue. Please plan for heavier than normal traffic on Route 32 during the closure/detour period. All homes in the area will continue to be accessible during construction, and local deliveries and other services will continue to be provided in the area. Please watch local media outlets and NYSDOT social media – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYSDOT Twitter: @NYSDOTAlbany – for additional information and schedule changes for this work.
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.