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.


Monthly Meeting Agenda

Village Board of Trustees – Meeting Agenda – April 20th, 2015

BT – Agenda for 4-20-15

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     In response to the recent New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) ban on residential brush burning, Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois has also ordered that there be no outdoor burning allowed within the limits of the Village of Green Island until 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 said, “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 making this very difficult decision to ban 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 implement a 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 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).

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Homeowners are reminded to call Dig Safely New York every time you dig into the ground, even if in your own back yard. This is so that all utilities in the ground can be located before digging. The number is 811 or 1-800-962-7962. Failure to do so can result in the obvious danger, and can be very expensive, as the utility companies will charge you back for any damages, which could be in the thousands of dollars. We recommend that you call our building department at 273-2201 beforehand if you have any questions. They also have literature about the Dig Safely program for your use.

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Village, Town and GIPA Offices are closed on Friday afternoon

The Village, Town and GIPA Offices will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

Happy Easter to all.

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Notice of Budget Hearing for 2015-2016 – April, 2, 2015

Notice of Budget Hearing for 2015-2016

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Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mike Cocca, Sr. celebrating his 90th birthday!

Cocca Mike 90th BD proclamation cropped photo 2015

Proclamation for Mike Cocca’s 90th Birthday

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Important Notice from the Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service has asked that we forward this information to help prevent unlawful use of your identity:

Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use

IR-2015-54, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website,, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

Taxpayers may receive a letter when the IRS stops suspicious tax returns that have indications of being identity theft but contains a real taxpayer’s name and/or Social Security number. Only those taxpayers receiving Letter 5071C should access

The website will ask a series of questions that only the real taxpayer can answer.

Once the identity is verified, the taxpayers can confirm whether or not they filed the return in question. If they did not file the return, the IRS can take steps at that time to assist them. If they did file the return, it will take approximately six weeks to process it and issue a refund.

Letter 5071C is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the address on the return. It asks taxpayers to verify their identities in order for the IRS to complete processing of the returns if the taxpayers did file it or reject the returns if the taxpayers did not file it. The IRS does not request such information via email, nor will the IRS call a taxpayer directly to ask this information without you receiving a letter first. The letter number can be found in the upper corner of the page.

The letter gives taxpayers two options to contact the IRS and confirm whether or not they filed the return. Taxpayers may use the site or call a toll-free number on the letter. Because of the high-volume on the toll-free numbers, the IRS-sponsored website,, is the safest, fastest option for taxpayers with web access.

Taxpayers should have available their prior year tax return and their current year tax return, if they filed one, including supporting documents, such as Forms W-2 and 1099 and Schedules A and C.

Taxpayers also may access through by going to Understanding Your 5071C Letter or the Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter page. The tool is also available in Spanish. Taxpayers should always be aware of tax scams, efforts to solicit personally identifiable information and IRS impersonations. However, is a secure, IRS-supported site that allows taxpayers to verify their identities quickly and safely. is the official IRS website. Always look for a URL ending with “.gov” – not “.com,” “.org,” “.net,” or other nongovernmental URLs.

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Notice of Water Break and Service Interruption

A water break has occurred at the intersection of George and Bleecker Streets in the village. Water will be shut off at approximately 12 noon for only the one block area of George Street between Arch and Bleecker Streets. It is not known at this time when it will be turned back on.

Bleecker Street between George Street and Hudson Avenue is closed to allow workers access to the repair. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in the area especially when school is being dismissed from approximately 2:15pm to 3:00pm.

Further updates are available here at


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Garbage Pickup Running Late on Tuesday

Tuesday’s garbage pickup is running a few hours late due to a truck malfunction. Please leave your garbage out, crews will be around to pick it up as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  March 16, 2015
Contact:          Michael V. Franchini, Executive Director

Capital District Transportation Committee

One Park Place, Albany, New York 12205-2676


The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), which is responsible for federal transportation funding and programming in the 4-county region of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, has announced the schedule for its public information meetings to introduce their new long-range, regional transportation plan, known as New Visions 2040.

CDTC is inviting the public to these meetings to learn about CDTC and what we do, to learn about our New Visions 2040 plan, and to share feedback on the plan.  The meetings will consist of a short presentation, followed by a general question & answer session, and then several interactive workstations where the public can ask specific questions and provide specific comments to CDTC staff.

The agenda for all the meetings will be the same.  Listed below are the dates, times, and locations of each meeting.

CDTC Public Information Meetings:

  • Thursday, March 19th – Sand Creek Middle School, Auditorium, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 25th – Hudson Valley Community College, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 31st – Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 7th – Saratoga Springs City Hall, 3rd Floor Music Hall, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

The public can learn more about New Visions 2040, the draft subject area papers, and the draft recommendations at our webpage,, and can comment or send questions to

“Transportation and transportation technologies are changing rapidly.  Self-driving cars and trucks, smart traffic signals and street lights, and drone freight deliveries are just some of the new technologies for which we must plan,” said Mike Franchini, CDTC Executive Director.  “In order to plan for the future transportation system in the Capital Region, CDTC needs and welcomes the community’s input!”

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