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.
At the regular meeting of the Village of Green Island Board of Trustees held on Monday, July 20, 2015, it was unanimously approved that the Green Island Community Center (former Italian Fraternal Society of Green Island) at 5 George Street be renamed the Michael A. Cocca, Sr. Community Center in honor of his memory and his contributions to that building, our community and our Country.
Mr. Cocca was a United States Navy veteran, serving our Country valiantly during World War II, and receiving many honors for his service and heroism. He was a longtime member of the Italian Fraternal Society and was involved when the “Italian Club” was built and subsequently dedicated on November 2, 1963. He remained active with the Italian Club throughout its existence there, including time as President, and was the key player with the Italian Club and as Deputy Mayor of the Village, in the transaction when the Village purchased the building from the Italian Fraternal Society in 2006. His longtime involvement with the Green Island Senior Citizens, which occupies the Community Center, as former Chairman of the Board of Directors and as Board member until he passed away solidifies why the building should be named in his honor. Mike’s involvement with the building through the Italian Club, Village Board and Senior Citizens will be long remembered along with his brave service to Green Island and the United States of America.
An official dedication service will be planned in the near future.
Lots of fun at the Paine Street Park this morning as the Tri City Valleycats Street Team showed up to play some games with our kids. Thank you to Southpaw and the team for an enjoyable day. Just a reminder that tonight is “Green Island Night” at the Joe as the Valleycats take on West Virginia at 7pm. A few tickets are still available by calling Maggie Alix at 273-2201 or they can be purchased at the Stadium tonight.
The Village Office will be closed Wednesday, July 8th, from 9:30am-11:30am, so that staff may attend Michael Cocca Sr’s funeral.
The Village, Town and GIPA Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day (4th of July). The DPW and GIPA Garages will also be closed. All will reopen on Monday, July 6th. The Police, Fire and Water Departments will all operate on regular schedules.
Please be safe and enjoy the weekend!
Tonight’s GIG concert with the Swing Docs will be held under the Collar City bridge due to inclement weather.
The 2015 Green Island Gazebo (GIG) Concert Schedule has been released. Please click here GIG Concert Schedule 2015 and don’t forget to bring your appetite as the Gig A Bites crew is ready to provide good food, drinks and dessert as well.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – The Village of Green Island will submit a funding application to the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal through Round V of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process on or before July 31, 2015, in an amount not to exceed $600,000 under the Community Development Block Grant Program. The purpose of this public hearing will be to discuss the Village’s needs, this year’s application, and other community project ideas. Proposed activities for this year’s application includes the reconstruction of Tibbits Avenue and improving village-wide water pressure.
A public hearing will be held at 3:00 p.m. on July 2, 2015 at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island, New York 12183. The Village will describe the Community Development Block Grant program and will seek public input on the proposed 2015 Competitive Round CFA Application. Citizens are encouraged to attend.
Written comments concerning the proposed application may be submitted to the Village Board, Village of Green Island Offices, 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, New York 12183, to the attention of Sean Ward, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, regarding the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Competitive Round CFA Application.
Dated: June 24, 2015
Anne M. Strizzi
Village of Green Island
Thank you to Rachel Perfetti, Lynn McGivern, Kristin and Maddie Swinton, Tod Ward, Tony Cesare, Barb Cornelius and her grandsons, Bryden and Bryce, Cole, Michele, Donna, Bob and Ross Bourgeois and Barb Belokopitsky who came to the River Park on Saturday, June 20th to help Mark and Ellen get the Gazebo and park in shape for our Summer Concerts at The GIG. Thanks also to Rachel Files (not in photo) for grilling us a great lunch after our hard work.
The following notice is from the Green Island Power Authority. Emergency maintenance will be performed on the substation Sunday, June 14th from 6 AM until approximately 9:30 AM. This outage is expected to last for about three hours and will affect only those industrial customers north of 50 Cohoes Avenue. The outage may activate alarms at businesses, so you should notify your monitoring companies ahead of time or have someone on site to reset the alarms. No residential customers will be affected.
FIRE CHIEF ROBERT BOURGEOIS ALERTS ALL OF GOVERNOR’S BURN BAN DECLARATION THROUGH MAY 21ST
Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois is alerting all residents to a recent extension and expansion of the current New York State burn ban which will now run through May 21st. 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 previously 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 making this very difficult decision to ban all outdoor fires.” Since that time, we have had several recent days of Red Flag Alerts where there was an extreme danger of fire hazard. 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 extension of the ban.” Bourgeois has also stated that even after May 21st 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).