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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Village Office closed Monday, July 22nd

Due to renovations being done on the building, the Village Office, including the GIPA and Water/Sewer billing office, will be closed on Monday, July 22nd. All other departments will be operating under their normal schedule.

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High Heat Alert

THURSDAY 7/18 3:25PM-NWS HAS UPGRADED TO EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING; SEE TEXT BELOW

Extreme hot and humid conditions will develop for Friday, Saturday and Sunday resulting in dangerous heat conditions with heat indices potentially reaching or exceeding 100 degrees during the afternoon hours. Heat Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) already. There is also a chance of thunderstorms Friday through Monday, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. There is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms across eastern New York for Friday afternoon and evening, with damaging wind gusts possible.

Due to the extreme heat predicted, the Paine Street Park Spray Park, open to residents, will extend their regular hours and be open on Friday and Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.

High heat and strong thunderstorms always bring the risk of power outages. If we experience a power outage in Green Island, we will immediately open cooling center(s) and emergency alerts will be sent out with locations and hours. The Green Island Community Center at 5 George Street would be the first to open in an emergency. Further information will be posted on this website.

If you are not yet signed up for emergency alerts, please stop in the Village Office and do so as soon as possible. This is how we communicate with you during an emergency. The deadline for submission is Friday at 12 noon if you want to assure that you will receive an alert this weekend.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

• Drink plenty of fluids

• Stay in an air-conditioned room

• Stay out of the sun

• Check up on relatives, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly

• As always, please call 9-1-1 if you have any emergency and do not hesitate to contact them to ask for a check on the welfare of any resident.

Please click here to see link to heat related safety precautions:

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING This is an important message from NY Alert HEADLINE: Excessive Heat Warning issued July 18 at 3:25PM EDT until July 20 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS Albany DESCRIPTION: …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO NOON EDT SATURDAY… …EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY… The National Weather Service in Albany has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM EDT Saturday. A Heat Advisory has also been issued. This Heat Advisory is in effect from noon Friday to noon EDT Saturday. The Excessive Heat Watch is no longer in effect. * Location…Mohawk and Hudson River Valleys, southern Taconics, and Litchfield County in Connecticut. * Heat Index Values…Up to 105 on Friday due to temperatures in the low 90s and dew points in the low 70s. Up to 110 on Saturday due to temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, and dewpoints in the lower to mid 70s. * Timing…12 noon Friday through 8 PM Saturday. * Impacts…Heat illnesses likely for those spending prolonged periods of time outdoors or in non-air conditioned locations. Prolonged heat is most dangerous for young children and the elderly. Car temperatures can reach lethal temperatures in minutes. Temperatures will remain very warm and muggy Friday night, preventing non-air conditioned buildings from cooling off. INSTRUCTIONS: An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun… and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Issued By: NWS Albany (Eastern New York and Western New England)

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GIG concert moved to rain location

Due to the inclement weather predicted, tonight’s GIG concert will be held at our rain location under the Collar City Bridge on Hudson Avenue. Please note that Hudson Avenue, between Market and Clinton, will be closed to traffic during the concert.

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LITTLE LIBRARY AT THE PAINE STREET PARK

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 rifenburghalisha@yahoo.com.

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.

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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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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GREEN ISLAND SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM APPLICATION PERIOD

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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