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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Pet Waste Stations installed on Cannon Street

Please note that our DPW has installed two new pet waste stations on Cannon Street that were awarded to us through a grant from the Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District. They will be installing two more near the Black Bridge and two others on Cohoes Avenue in the near future. Please look for them and use them if you are walking your pets in that area.

It is also a good time to remind all pet owners that they are responsible for picking up their pet waste anywhere in the Village, whether or not an official waste station is available where they walk. The Village has a “pooper scooper law” that is enforced and has resulted in fines of up to $250 for unlawful pet owners. Please bring a bag with you when walking your pet, simply clean up after them and dispose when you get home. Your neighbors thank you for your cooperation.

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George Street Crosswalk Painting on Monday and Tuesday

Department of Public Works crews from Albany County with assistance from Green Island will be painting George Street crosswalks on Monday (7/9) and Tuesday (7/10) of next week. Expect delays and detours from 6:30 am to 12 noon each day. The workers will begin at the north end of George Street (at Tibbits) and work their way south to Lafayette Street over the course of the two days. Please drive carefully or avoid the area altogether. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Heatly School Library Cooling Station, Paine Street Park and other Heat Related Information

Due to the anticipated high heat coming our way Dr. Teresa Snyder, Superintendent of Schools, has graciously offered use of the Heatly School Library located at 171 Hudson Avenue for use as a cooling station. The Library will be open today and Monday through Friday of next week from 7am to 5pm. All residents in need are invited to stay, watch movies and enjoy the air conditioning during this time.

Those in need when school is not open should contact the Village Office at 518-273-2201 during regular business hours and we will make arrangements.

As always, if you have any emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

Parks and Recreation Director Maggie Alix and Park Director Tom Mullins have announced that the Paine Street Park opens for the season starting on Monday, July 2nd. The hours are 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday, although the park will be closed on July 4th. The sprinkler park will be open during the day, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm.

Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, Fire Chief Bob Bourgeois and Police Chief Chris Parker offer the following Heat Safety Tips:

1. Schedule outdoor activities carefully: Avoid strenuous outdoor work, especially during the late morning and afternoon hours. Pace yourself if you must work outside.
2. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids
3. Wear appropriate clothing: remember light weight, light-colored, loose fitting
4. Wear sunscreen outdoors
5. NEVER leave children or pets in vehicles
6. Avoid hot and heavy meals
7. Stay away from sugary or alcoholic drinks
8. Keep pets hydrated
9. Check on vulnerable or elderly family members or neighbors
10. Stay informed: watch or listen carefully for media warnings related to heat emergencies
11. Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency
12. STAY COOL

Happy Independence Day, stay safe and enjoy.

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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 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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Holiday Garbage Pickup will still be held on Independence Day

Please note that next week’s refuse will still be picked up on the two normally scheduled days (Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 4th). The Public Works garage will be closed on Friday, July 6th so that our employees can observe Independence Day then and still keep refuse pickup on its normal schedule.

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Traffic Advisory through Friday

Arch Street between Paine and James Streets will be closed periodically between now and Friday for utility excavation and demolition work. Expect detours in that area during this time. Thank you for your cooperation.

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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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