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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Green Island Memorial Day Parade on Thursday

The Green Island Memorial Day Parade will be held on Thursday, May 26th, forming at 5:30 p.m. near the point at Hudson Avenue and George Street. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and after a brief wreath ceremony will proceed north on George Street, then west on Arch Street and finally north on Cohoes Avenue to the Legnard Curtin Post 927 at 35 Cohoes Avenue. A ceremony remembering our fallen soldiers as well as honoring Vietnam Veteran and Grand Marshall David Carl and our other veterans will be held at the finish. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served by the Legnard-Curtin Post 927. All are invited and encouraged to come out to honor and support our heroes.

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STREET CLEANING ON THURSDAY, MAY 19th

Street Cleaning will be held in the Village on Thursday, May 19th starting at 8:00 a.m.  The street cleaning will be conducted like our snow removal.  The Police Department will travel the streets and 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. Vehicles that interfere with street cleaning will receive a TICKET.  If you have any questions about street cleaning operations, please call the Department of Public Works at 273-5565. Rain date is Friday, May 20th.

During Street Cleaning operations, streets are generally swept in the following order.  However, this procedure is subject to change based upon various emergency or other conditions which may arise.

Tibbits Avenue
George Street
Hudson Avenue
Arch Street
Bleecker Street
Center Street
Paine Street
James Street
High Street
West Street
John Street
Swan Street
Lafayette Street
Lafayette Park
Lower Paine Street
Hamilton Street
Market Street
Albany Avenue
Lower End Side Streets -Walnut, Harlem, Saratoga, Pine and Whitehall
Lower Hudson Avenue

To avoid getting a ticket, residents who work out-of-town or who leave their cars on the streets should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to move their car for street sweeping operations.

You can also register for the emergency alert notification system by filling out and returning a form which is available at the Village Offices, located at 20 Clinton Street. Notifications about street sweeping and other important emergencies and announcements will be sent directly to you by email, text and/or phone.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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Sex Offender Registry

The Green Island Police Department and the New York State Department of Criminal Justice want residents to know who is living in our neighborhoods. One tool that they have provided, for information purposes only, is the sex offender registry. A link is provided below to sign up and be able to obtain information related to sex offenders living in our area.

NYS Sex Offender Registry Website

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DRAFT Joint Annual Report SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP)

The Joint Annual Report and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) are both for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org.

DRAFT Joint Annual Report SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Permit No. GP-0-10-002 Reporting Period March 10, 2015 to March 9, 2016

A requirement of all regulated “MS4” municipalities, including the Village of Green Island, is the submission of an Annual Report to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation due in FINAL form by June 1. As stated in SPDES Permit No. GP-0-10-002, Part V. C. 2 and referenced in the MS4 Annual Report Form, “MS4s” may submit a Joint Annual Report provided they have a legally binding agreement with other regulated “MS4s”. Effective October 15, 2008, twelve “MS4s” in Albany County formed via an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County. In July, 2009 the State University of New York (SUNY Uptown Campus) joined the Stormwater Coalition and as a University partner entered into a legally binding agreement which listed as one of the shared activities the preparation of a Joint Annual Report. As a consequence of these two legal agreements, thirteen regulated “MS4s” in Albany County can submit a Joint Annual Report. Sean Ward (Green Island) had been the uncompensated Chairman of the Board of the Coalition since its inception until recently when he stepped down and John Dzialo from the Town of Colonie assumed leadership. For this reporting period (March 10, 2015 to March 9, 2016) the Stormwater Coalition is submitting a Joint Annual Report (Option 3) such that activities pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 1 and 2 (Public Education and Public Participation) have been recorded for each “MS4”, but submitted as aggregate totals. Information pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 3, 4, 5, and 6 (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination; Pre and Post Construction Stormwater Management; and Municipal Good Housekeeping) is submitted individually. The entire document is submitted under one Cover Page, followed by Municipal Compliance Certification (MCC) Forms for each “MS4”, followed by joint information (Water Quality Trends; MCM1; MCM2), followed by individual “MS4” information pertaining to Minimum Control Measures 3, 4, 5, and 6. The following MS4/municipalities are participating in this report and in parenthesis is their SPDES permit number:

Village of Green Island (NYR20A377)
Albany County (NYR20A359)
City of Albany (NYR20A464)
Village of  Altamont (NYR20A550)
Town of Guilderland (NYR20A211
Village of Menands (NYR20A144)
Town of Bethlehem (NYR20A208)
Town of New Scotland (NYR20A463)
City of Cohoes (NYR20A243)
Town of Colonie (NYR20A190)
City of Watervliet (NYR20A087)
Village of Colonie (NYR20A076)
State University of New York at Albany (NYR20A234)

This DRAFT Joint Annual Report and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) is for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org as of May 9th. Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged by May 20th and these can be shared electronically using the Stormwater Coalition website interface ( www.stormwateralbanycounty.org); by e-mail (swcoalition@albanycounty.com); by contacting 447-5645; by contacting the individuals listed as Public Contacts on the Coalition website. 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.

The Village of Green Island will hold a public meeting to discuss our program on Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm at the Green Island Municipal Center located at 19 George Street in Green Island. Questions will be answered and comments can also be made at that time.

Click here: Coalition DRAFT 2016 MS4 Permit Annual Report.

 

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Update and Extended Traffic Advisory

5/6:UPDATE: THE BUILDING HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED AND GEORGE STREET WILL BE CLOSED THROUGHOUT MOST OF FRIDAY WHILE CLEANUP EFFORTS CONTINUE.

5/5:Due to an emergency building demolition, George Street between Clinton and Market Streets is presently closed to all traffic in both directions. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be prohibited from entering the area and will be detoured toward Paine Street or Hudson Avenue.

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Notice of Sewer Rate Increase

This information will be mailed to every customer with the May 2016 billing:

The Village Board of Trustees has approved an increase in our sewer rates effective with the August 2016 billing. This is the first rate increase since the Village upgraded the sewer system thirty nine (39) years ago.  The rate will increase from a flat rate of $7.54 per 1000 cubic feet to $15.08 per 1000 cubic feet of metered water usage. To put that in dollars and cents, for the average residential user of 10,000 cubic feet annually it will cost an additional $75.40 per year.

Please note that for decades our sewer rates have been the lowest by far of what DEC refers to as the “Albany Pool”, a group of communities along the Hudson River with similar sewer structures. Even with this increase we still remain the lowest.

The rate change is solely attributed to two issues, 1) a recent agreement with DEC and the “Albany Pool Communities” to make mandated and expensive changes to our operations to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act, and 2) a very large reduction of metered flow from our largest industrial customer, Lydall, due to decreased production.

Since residential sewer usage is measured by metered water usage, it is important for property owners, particularly those who do not reside in the property, to inform their tenants of the increase in rates and to ask the tenants cooperation in promptly reporting any water leaks, no matter how small they may be. The water meters are read at three-month intervals and in that period of time, a small leak, even a slight drip, can result in a very high water and sewer bill.  It is also suggested that property owners read their own meters several times during the three-month period so they may detect any unusual use of water.

If you have any questions, please call the Village Office at 273-2201.

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2015 Annual Water Quality Report

To comply with State regulations, the Village of Green Island annually issues a report in May describing the quality of your drinking water during the previous year. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources. Please click on Green Island Annual Water Quality Report 2015 to view.

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BEWARE OF SCAMS

Over the last few weeks our office has been contacted by concerned residents that have been solicited by email, phone, door to door and US Mail about such items as bail money for a relative they know, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), utility insurance, gas and electricity suppliers, contractors and even the Nigerian Bank scam. Even though some of these may be legitimate businesses (the Nigerian Bank is not, bail money is normally not legit, IRS does not solicit information by phone), we advise you to never give personal information out to anyone by email, mail or phone unless they have been checked out as legitimate.  Do not answer your door unless that they have proper identification with them and it is visible.  Any person soliciting a product or service door to door must also have a permit from the Village Clerk’s office with them at all times. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to immediately report it to our Police Department by calling 9-1-1. They have no objection coming and checking on your home or business. You can also check out websites for scam prevention information and tips from the Better Business Bureau at www.upstateny.bbb.org or the NYS Consumer Protection Board at www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/.   Both sites have a “scam alert” button on their home page.

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FIRE CHIEF ROBERT BOURGEOIS ALERTS ALL OF BURN BAN THROUGH MAY 15th

Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois is alerting all residents to the current 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).

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Honeywell to Close Parking Lot to Public

Honeywell has informed us that due to insurance and liability concerns they will close their Tibbits Avenue (at High Street) parking lot to the public on April 1st. All vehicles and other personal items must be removed from the lot by that time or it will be towed or otherwise removed.

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