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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Parking Restrictions on Saturday, July 22nd

The following parking restrictions are in place on Saturday, July 22nd starting at 7:00 am:

1. The west side of High Street from Swan to Arch Streets and Bleecker Street to Tibbits Avenue.

2. The west side of West Street from Bleecker to Arch Streets.

3. The north side of Bleecker Street from George to Paine Streets.

These areas are posted with orange cones and signs.

Talham Construction will be seal coating portions of those areas during that time. Please cooperate so as to avoid any damage to your vehicles.

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Black Bridge Trail Project Final Design Presentation Materials

Village of Green Island officials and project engineers from Barton & Loguidice presented the final design of the new Black Bridge Trail Project to the community for the first time on Monday, July 17th at 6:45 pm (after the Village Board meeting).

This project has been several years in the making and the final product incorporates several ideas that were derived from a public meeting that was held in September of 2016 and during a public comment period held during the same timeframe. Amenities include two overlook areas with views of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, two seating areas with benches, trash and pet waste receptacles and a small parking area adjacent to the trail. A good group of residents and stakeholders attended Monday’s presentation which included a question and answer period afterward.

Contractor bids for the project will be opened on August 1st with the authorization of bid award expected to be acted on at a Special Village Board Meeting to be held on August 7th at 5:00 pm. Construction should be completed in Fall 2017.

A copy of the brief visual presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Black Bridge Trail Public Info Mtg Materials 7-17-17

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Power Outage Due to Storm

Update Tuesday 7:30 am: Power has been restored. Thank you all for your patience.

Update Monday 11:26 pm: It is confirmed that the storm damaged two sections of a National Grid transmission line coming into the Village. In order to make the repairs, all power has been shut off. National Grid repair crews are on the scene. No time frame for restoration yet, but this outage could last several hours. Please call 911 if you have an emergency.

Update Monday 10:20 pm: It appears the storm damaged two sections of a National Grid transmission line coming into the Village. In order to make the repairs, all power must be shut off immediately. This will happen shortly. National Grid repair crews are on the scene. No time frame for restoration yet. Please call 911 if you have an emergency.

Original Monday 8:40 pm: The Green Island Power Authority is presently experiencing a partial power outage related to the storms that just passed through. Crews are evaluating the situation at this time. Please turn off and unplug all appliances such as televisions, air conditioners, etc. to prevent power surge when electricity is restored.

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Fireworks facts; Sparklers legal, all others illegal

We here 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 Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois want you to know what is legal and what is not.

A recent change in New York State Penal Law and Albany County Law 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.

SAFETY TIPS:
• 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

FACTS:
• 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: www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/news/sparklingdevices.cfm

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

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Village Holiday Schedule for Independence Day; Garbage Pickup Remains on Regular Schedule

Just a reminder that the Village, Town and GIPA Offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.

The Department of Public Works will be working on Independence Day morning so garbage will be picked up as regularly scheduled. They will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday afternoon July 4th.

The Police, Fire and Water/Sewer Departments will be open as always.

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Black Bridge Trail Project Public Presentation on July 17th

Please join with Village of Green Island officials and project engineers from Barton & Loguidice as they present the final design of the new Black Bridge Trail Project to the community for the first time. This meeting will be held on Monday, July 17th at 6:45 pm (after the Village Board meeting) at the Green Island Municipal Center, which is located at 19 George Street.

This project has been several years in the making and the final product will incorporate several ideas that were derived from a public meeting that was held in September of 2016 and during a public comment period held during the same timeframe. Residents and stakeholders are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.

Contractor bids for the project will be opened on August 1st with the authorization of bid award expected to be on August 7th. Construction should be completed in Fall 2017.

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy Meet & Greet Tour in Green Island

Do you have a question about a local issue which is impacting you and others in the county? Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy is hosting a “Meet & Greet” tour which provides an opportunity for residents to ask their questions and to hear about various initiatives and issues in Albany County. He will be appearing:

Village of Green Island Board Meeting
Monday, June 19 @ 5:30 p.m.
19 George Street, Municipal Center, Green Island 12183

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Street Restoration Phase of National Grid Project to Begin

Contractors from National Grid (Talham) will begin the street restoration phase of their project beginning on Thursday, June 15th. They will start work on Paine Street between Center Court and Swan Street and work their way north. All vehicles will need to be removed during the time they are working, generally 7am to 5pm from Monday through Friday. The areas effected by parking restrictions will be marked by signage and orange construction cones on a day to day basis until the project is completed. This phase of the project will take 3-4 weeks and will effect Paine Street, Bleecker Street, High Street, West Street and a small portion of Cohoes Avenue near Bleecker Street.

Vehicles must be moved from the construction area so that damage does not occur. If you have any questions, please call National Grid at 1-800-642-4272.

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Special Village Board Meeting

As announced at the last regularly scheduled Village Board meeting, a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street.  The purpose of the meeting is to consider HOME RULE REQUESTS for Brian Stebbins and Jessica Strizzi to grant retroactive membership in the New York State and Local Retirement System due to a clerical error.

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National Grid Gas Main Project Schedule for May 22nd through 26th

National Grid service line replacement* will continue on High Street next week (South of Arch Street).

They will also be starting Paine Street services on Monday with a second crew, starting at Bleeker Street and working their way South.

Once the crew on High Street finishes they will move to finish the services on Bleeker Street and then team up with the crew on Paine Street.

Retirements of old mains are scheduled to start the week of 6/5.

Streets will be closed except for local traffic only when crews are working in the area.

*All service crew personnel must carry identification. Please be sure that they present it before letting anyone into your home. If you suspect that something doesn’t seem right, call 9-1-1 for the Green Island Police immediately and they will check things out.

Vehicles should be moved from the construction area so that damage does not occur. If you have any questions, please call National Grid at 1-800-642-4272.

 

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