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.
Hydrants will be flushed in Green Island and Maplewood on the Monday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 21st, and Wednesday, May 22nd. 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.
Street Cleaning will be held throughout the Village starting on Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 am. All vehicles must be moved when the Police Department announces or risk getting a ticket. Thank you for your cooperation. Rain date is Friday, May 17th. During street cleaning, the streets are generally done in the following order. However, this procedure is subject to change based upon various emergency conditions, which might arise. 1. Clinton Street 9. James Street 17. Hamilton Street 2. Tibbits Avenue 10. High Street 18. Market Street 3. George Street 11. West Street 19. Albany Avenue 4. Hudson Avenue 12. John Street 20. Lower End Side Streets 5. Arch Street 13. Swan Street Walnut, Harlem, Saratoga, 6. Bleecker Street 14. Lafayette Street Pine, Thames, Whitehall, Cannon 7. Center Street 15. Lafayette Park 21. Lower Hudson Avenue 8. Paine Street 16. Lower Paine Street. All vehicles which are not moved for street cleaning operations will be ticketed. All fines and fees must be paid at the Green Island Village Offices.
Residents who are on vacation, work out-of-town or who leave their cars on the streets for any reason should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to move their car. The Police Department travels the streets to 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. The Village will also be using the Emergency Alert System to notify residents. Forms to register can be picked up and dropped off at the Village Office. Forms can also be downloaded on our website home page at www.villageofgreenisland.com. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
County Executive Announces Clear Winner in 33rd Annual Water Taste Test Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced this year’s winner in another refreshing round of the annual Albany County Tap Water Taste Test: returning county champion, the Village of Green Island. Green Island also won in 2016 and 2018. With 69 total points allotted to Green Island by the blind taste tests, they were the favorite of this year’s heated competition at the Empire State Plaza, though rest assured, the water was served cold. The village garnered 28 first place votes, valued at 2 points apiece, and 13 second place votes, worth one point each. “While I commend the Village of Green Island for once again showing they are committed to providing clean and delicious tap water to our judges and residents alike, I have to give credit to each municipality and their workforces,” said County Executive McCoy. “This annual competition is a fun way to highlight something near and dear to everyone’s hearts – safe drinking water – which is critical for public health and cuts back on our reliance on plastic intensive bottled water. I know the Village of Green Island will make all of Albany County proud in the next two rounds.” The close runner up was the City of Albany, securing 46 total points, with 14 first place votes and 18 second place votes. The other municipalities that once again took part in the competition were the City of Cohoes and the Latham Water District. Green Island will now represent Albany County and advance to the regional contest that will be held over the summer, taking on the likes of 2018 statewide runner-up, Saratoga County Water Authority. After that, regional winners will go head-to-head at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Congratulations to the Green Island Water Department Plant Operations team, John Heffern, Robert Foster, Bill Heffern, Elijah Legault, Zach Mason and Nick Richmond, all of whom do a great job every day.
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Public Meeting will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Island Municipal Center. The purpose of the meeting will be to explain the MS4 permit process, our relation with the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and to highlight Green Island’s efforts to maintain clean water as outlined in our annula report. The DRAFT Joint Annual Report for the 2018-2019 reporting period and our Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) is for the public to read and is available at www.stormwateralbanycounty.org . Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged by May 17th and these can be shared electronically using the Stormwater Coalition website interface ( http://www.stormwateralbanycounty.org); by e-mail (email@example.com); by contacting 518-447-5645; or by contacting the individuals listed as Public Contacts on the Coalition website. Comments will also be accepted at the annual public meeting on May 20th. 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.
Notice from NYSDOT:
ROUTE 787 CONSTRUCTION WORK REQUIRING NORTHBOUND CLOSURE TIBBITS AVENUE – DYKE AVENUE 6 P.M. FRIDAY MAY 10 – 6 A.M. MONDAY MAY 13 As part of our effort to transform Cohoes Boulevard, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will need to CLOSE northbound Route 787 between Tibbits Avenue and Dyke Avenue to traffic from 6 PM Friday, May 10 until 6 AM Monday, May 13. The closure is necessary so that our contractor can reconstruct the northbound left turn lane at the Dyke Avenue intersection and prepare the roadway for a new northbound alignment that will be in effect when that side of the road reopens on Monday. Note that the detour goes a block past Dyke Avenue, returning traffic to Route 787 via Bridge Avenue. Please plan for heavier than normal traffic on Route 32 during the closure/detour period. All homes in the area will continue to be accessible during construction, and local deliveries and other services will continue to be provided in the area. Please watch local media outlets and NYSDOT social media – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYSDOT Twitter: @NYSDOTAlbany – for additional information and schedule changes for this work.
The Village, Town and GIPA Offices and the DPW and GIPA Garages will close Friday, April 19th at 12 noon in observance of Good Friday. All other essential departments will remain open for business. Happy Easter to all.
With the nice weather here, it is a good time for parents to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings, especially near our parks and playgrounds. If they have suspicions or feel afraid of a person or situation they should contact 911 or an adult they trust immediately. Please talk to your kids and please report any suspicious behavior to the Green Island Police Department as soon as possible and remind them if they see something, say something.
National Grid just contacted us to let us know that they need to make emergency repairs to an outside feeder line that brings power into the Village. They plan on turning power off at approximately 6:00 pm tonight and the repairs will take approximately 1 to 2 hours. Please contact 911 if you have an emergency. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
To all residents, please take notice that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Green Island will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 5:00 P.M., at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider the proposed budgets for the General Fund, Water Fund, Sewer Fund and Section “8” Fund for fiscal year 2019-2020. The tentative budgets are available for inspection at the Village Office, 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, NY. Dated: March 26, 2019 Anne M. Strizzi Village Clerk