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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Hydrant flushing in Green Island and Maplewood

Hydrants will be flushed in Green Island and Maplewood on the Monday, May 21st, Tuesday, May 22nd, and Wednesday, May 23rd. 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.

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NYS Burn Ban lifted; Chief Bourgeois stills urges caution

The New York Statewide Burn Ban ended yesterday. Chief Bourgeois still has the authority to impose a ban and has also stated that even after May 14th 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 or for any other factors that compromise the safety of the Village.

The Village still falls under the International Fire Code and Section 307 of that code spells out requirements related to open burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces. Click below for link to that section for your own information:

Section 307 International Fire Code

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Street Cleaning

Street cleaning will be held in the Village on Thursday, May 17th, starting at 8am. Street cleaning is conducted like our curb-to-curb snow removal (both sides of the street at once, not even/odd) and all cars must be moved. The Police Department will travel the streets and announce as the cleaning operations begin so cars can be moved from that street. If you do not hear the announcement, it will not be considered a legitimate excuse for not moving your vehicle. Vehicles that are not moved and interfere with street cleaning will receive a TICKET. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. (Rain date is Friday, May 18th). If you have any questions about street cleaning, please call DPW at 518-273-5565.

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Green Island Wins 2018 Albany County Tap Water Taste Contest Again

Congratulations to the Green Island Water Department for being voted as First Place Winners in the 2018 Albany County Tap Water Taste Contest. They have won this honor for two of the last three years. This year’s runner up was our friends from the City of Cohoes who came in a close second. Ironically, we also purchase secondary water from Cohoes, giving us two quality sources of water. The Village of Green Island will now move onto the regional contest held this summer which will eventually decide who has the best drinking water in New York. In 2004, Green Island won both the County and Regional competition and advanced to the state finals at the New York State Fair, finishing second overall. Water Plant Operators John Heffern and Robert Foster and their entire team are hopeful of winning our first state championship this year. Win or lose, they should be commended for providing us with safe, fresh and great tasting water every day.

Green Island Water Department:
Albany County champions 2004, 2005, 2016, 2018
Eastern Regional champions 2004
New York State runner-up 2004 (lost to Troy by 1 vote)

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2018 DRAFT Joint Annual Report SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP)

UPDATED MAY 3, 2018: 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, 2017 to March 9, 2018.

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 which have since been renewed by all of the communities, thirteen regulated “MS4s” in Albany County can submit a Joint Annual Report. Sean Ward (Green Island) had been the Chairman of the Board of the Coalition since its inception until he stepped down in 2016 and John Dzialo from the Town of Colonie assumed leadership. Sean is still a member of the Board of Directors representing Green Island. For this reporting period (March 10, 2017 to March 9, 2018) 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)
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 3rd. Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged by May 18th and these can be shared electronically using the Stormwater Coalition website interface ( www.stormwateralbanycounty.org); by e-mail (swcoalition@albanycounty.com); by contacting 518-447-5645; 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 on Monday, May 21st at 6:30pm at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island to discuss our Stormwater program over the last reporting period. Public comments will also be accepted at this meeting. Please contact Sean Ward at 518-273-2201 or seanw@villageofgreenisland.com if you have any questions.

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Chief Bourgeois Warns Residents of New York State Burn Ban through May 14th

Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois is alerting all residents to the current New York State burn ban which will run through May 14th. 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 14th 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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Forty One Years Ago……Green Island Bridge Collapses…..National News Story

Forty one years ago, on March 15, 1977 (“The Ides of March”), the collapse of the Green Island Bridge made the national news. At about 2:25 pm that day, New York Telephone Company employees Bill McLaughlin and Larry Marinucci, Green Island native Rob Bouchey and a few others heard loud noises and realizing that the bridge was collapsing, sprung into action. They quickly stopped traffic from going on the bridge and were credited with saving many lives. They were honored by local officials afterward for their actions. Soon afterward, one span fell off and collapsed into the Hudson River. Five hours later, at around 7pm, the 85 foot west tower collapsed into the river as well. The collapse was blamed on old age and high waters from Spring runoff and 2.7 inches of rain the weekend prior. It was amazing that nobody was hurt as the bridge carried over 22,000 vehicles per day at that time. The collapse affected life in the Village for several years as we were isolated from downtown Troy. The present bridge was opened on September 12, 1981 and it cost $23,000,000 to build. Click on link to see rare video of the bridge taken shortly after the collapse: https://youtu.be/9gXd6qb_LwY

Green Island Bridge Collapse March 15, 1977Green Island Bridge headline in Record 3-16-77  Green Island Bridge postcard 3-15-1977

*Information was compiled from media reports

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National Grid Improvement Project starts March 12, 2018

National Grid will be making additional improvements to the natural gas system on the following streets in Green Island:

Swan Street from George St to John St;
John St from Swan St to Arch St;
Arch St from James St to West St;
they will also be making service connections only on West Street from Swan St to Arch St and Arch St from West St to end.

Construction is expected to begin on Monday March 12, 2018 (as weather permits) and continue until approximately May 20, 2018. This may result in detours, street closures and parking restrictions. The Village will make every effort to keep residents informed by way of emergency alerts, website posts and Facebook.

Once the construction work is complete, National Grid restoration contractors will follow and make any necessary repairs, including concrete, asphalt or new topsoil and seeding.

Thank you for your patience as they upgrade our natural gas system and make it much more efficient and safe.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please call National Grid directly at 1-800-642-4272.

 

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No Snow Emergency

We are NOT declaring a snow emergency however DPW will continue to work clearing the streets and pushing back where they can over the next few days. Please move your vehicle to a cleared spot when possible so all streets can be plowed. Again, they have cleared the Ford lot on Tibbits Avenue if you want to park your car there. Please do not throw snow back in the road when shoveling your sidewalks. Parking is tight in most areas so please be considerate of your neighbors as well. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

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Storm update – no snow emergency at this time

We are not declaring a snow emergency at this time but are monitoring the accumulation closely. DPW is working hard to keep the streets clear of snow and pushing back where they can. Please move your vehicle to a cleared spot when possible so all streets can be plowed. They are also in the process of clearing the Ford lot on Tibbits Avenue if you want to park your car there. Please do not throw snow back in the road when shoveling your sidewalks. Parking is tight in most areas so please be considerate of your neighbors as well. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

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