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.


Halloween Parade tonight at 6:00 pm; Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

The Village of Green Island wishes everyone a Happy Halloween. Don’t forget our annual Halloween Parade starts at 6pm sharp from the corner of George and Hamilton Streets and ending at the Paine Street Park. The lineup will begin forming at 5:30pm. The costume/float contest award winners will be announced at the park and cider and donuts will be served.

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, below is a list of Halloween Safety Tips, including do’s and don’ts:

•A responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
•If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
•Agree on a specific time children should return home
•Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car
•Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
•Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home; it is always best to go to houses/neighborhoods familiar to you
•All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
•Avoid masks which obstruct vision
•If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
•When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
•Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

Safety Tips for Motorists

•Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
•Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
•At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
•Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

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Power Outage Due to Storm

UPDATE 7:18am: Power has been restored. Thank you for your patience. Special thanks to GIPA crew and all employees for working in tough conditions to alleviate this issue.

UPDATE:There appears to be further issues that will prolong this outage. No timetable for return. We will keep you posted with any updates.

GIPA crews are on the scene and fixing a line knocked down by a fallen tree. They are also inspecting the rest of their system for damage. If this is the only issue, they are hopeful that power will be restored around 6am.

The wind associated with this storm was extreme. Property owners are advised to inspect your property for any damage.

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Annual Food Drive – October 21st

The Annual Food Drive to benefit the Green Island Food Pantry will be on Saturday, October 21st starting at 10:00 a.m. Residents are asked to contribute whatever they can to help the needy families in our community. (Please refrain from donating expired items). We are in need of ALL items at this time, in addition to the traditional items for the upcoming holiday baskets; stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy. THERE WILL BE NO BAG DROP OFF. Please use whatever bag you deem necessary to handle your donations and leave them on your front porch for pick up.

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Green Island Power Authority Upgrade Outage

Due to required upgrades to maintain system reliability throughout the upcoming months, a power outage will be required for work being completed on Friday, October 13th, from 9am-1pm. This outage will only affect GIPA customers in the 1 block radius of Center Court, Paine Street, Swan Street and George Street.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

Please contact 911 for any emergencies that may occur during the outage.

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Maggie Alix Named to Statewide Seat

Green Island Assessor Maggie Alix was recently installed after being elected to a two year term on the Executive Board for the New York State Assessors Association. Leadership positions are not new to Maggie, as she is Past President of the Albany-Schenectady County Assessors Association as well.

She has been the Green Island Assessor since October 2006.

Congratulations Maggie, we are proud that you are representing our community at the statewide level.

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Black Bridge Trail Project Construction to Begin on Tuesday

Construction on the Black Bridge Trail Project will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd and is expected to last throughout October. Please note that the trail will have slight detours, delays and periodic closure (one or two days) during the construction. We will make every effort to post any closures that are expected during this time. Detours and delays may be noted by signage in the area. Please obey signage and show caution while the construction is being done. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated, we look forward to a new and improved trail on our side of the Black Bridge. This project has been made possible with funding from our good friends at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), New York State Canal Corporation and the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Many thanks to them for their support.

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Green Island Police Department to host “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

Green Island, NY—On October 4th, 2017, officers from the Green Island Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at the Green Island Community Center (5 George Street). Please contact Sgt. Steven Barker at with questions.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Green Island.

The majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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Green Island Heroin Awareness Town Hall Meeting

The Village of Green Island and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office will be co-sponsoring a Heroin Awareness Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heatly School, 171 Hudson Avenue, Green Island, New York 12183. The meeting will be led by Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and will feature speakers from Catholic Charities, Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc., Albany Medical Center Hospital and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Amongst the topics will be the status of the heroin epidemic, where overdoses are occurring, preventive tips, how addiction starts and where to get help. All attendees will have an opportunity to receive lifesaving NARCAN training while there. Please make every attempt to attend this meeting and learn valuable information about what is now a public health epidemic. Everyone, including parents and students, are invited and encouraged to attend. This issue has no boundaries and can effect anyone. A link to the event flyer is below, feel free to distribute.

Heroin Town Hall Meeting in Green Island 10-11-17

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National Grid Street Cleaning on Monday morning; Vehicles must be moved

In conjunction with the completion of the gas main replacement project, National Grid will be performing street cleaning operations in the project areas of the Village on Monday, September 11th, starting at 8:00 am. All vehicles must be moved from the entire length of West Street, High Street, Upper Paine Street, Bleecker Street and the one block section of Cohoes Avenue from Bleecker to Arch Streets. The Police Department will announce street by street prior to the sweeper coming through. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Vehicle Accident Causes Power Outage, Traffic Detours in South End of Village

UPDATE: Power has been fully restored as of 5 p.m. George Street will be open to all traffic shortly. Thank you to GIPA and Harlan Electric crews for their hard work and dedication on Labor Day.

Due to a vehicle accident early this morning near the corner of Lafayette and George Streets, customers are experiencing a power outage from the Collar City Bridge and south. Repair crews are on the scene and en route but it may take several hours to repair the damage caused by this accident.

In addition, George Street is closed entirely between Lafayette Street and the Green Island Bridge causing detours there. Traffic entering or exiting Green Island should do so in the north end of the Village at Tibbits Avenue.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

As always, if you have an emergency or otherwise need assistance from the Police or Fire Departments, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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