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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COVID-19: Green Island Department by Department

Village of Green Island Emergency Services including Police, Fire & EMS, Waste Collection, and Water & Sewer Services Continue to Be Available

Many Non-Emergency Services Will Only Be Available Remotely, Including Bill Payments and Permit Applications

Green Island Mayor Ellen M. McNulty-Ryan and Town Supervisor Rachel A. Perfetti to Prohibit the General Public from Entering any Village and Town Buildings Unless Expressly Stated Below and to Prohibit Certain Actions during COVID-19 Outbreak

ORIGINAL 3/16/2020 UPDATED 4/6/2020

GREEN ISLAND, NEW YORK – Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and Town Supervisor Rachel A. Perfetti have announced that the Village and Town Offices and all Green Island public buildings, including fire and police headquarters, will now be closed to the public through Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by the Governor’s Executive Order, except in very limited circumstances as detailed below. That date will be re-evaluated as it nears.

The Green Island Police Department and Green Island Fire Department will continue to respond to all emergency calls, and the Department of Public Works will continue curbside waste collection pickup as scheduled.

“We apologize for any inconveniences created by these closures and changes in procedures, but the health and well-being of our employees and our residents must be our highest priority. We will continue to re-evaluate these changes as we learn more”, said Mayor McNulty-Ryan. 

A department-by-department list of municipal services currently available and unavailable can be found below:

Green Island Police Department:

  • GIPD will continue responding to all emergency calls 24/7. Officers will be practicing social distancing procedures when interviewing and may not enter buildings unless the emergency warrants it.
  • Minor calls for service, such as minor property complaints, may be handled via phone or through report.
  • Access to administrative reports, including police incident reports and FOIL responses, will be handled via email and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Police Headquarters. The Police Department will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Call 911 for any non-emergency or emergency Police Department call or use the callbox located in the front of the Police Station.

Green Island Fire Department:

  • GIFD will continue responding to all fire and EMS emergency calls for service 24/7. For EMS calls, dispatchers will be asking questions related to COVID-19 symptoms so that responding personnel are aware of the situation. If COVID-19 symptoms are reported, personnel will respond as per protocols established through our Medical Director.
  • Access to administrative reports, including fire incident reports, will be handled via email to the Village Clerk at annes@villageofgreenisland.com.  No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Fire Headquarters.
  • The fire department will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Call (518) 273-1041 for more information on non-emergency Fire Department information.  In an emergency, please dial 911.

Department of Public Works/Green Island Power Authority Garage:

  • All curbside waste collection and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled.
  • The DPW/GIPA garage is closed to the public.   Individuals can call (518) 273-5565 or email dpw@villageofgreenisland.com with any questions.
  • Thursday bulk pickup has been suspended until further notice. No new tags will be distributed at this time.
  • Green Island Power Authority bills may be paid online at www.villageofgreenisland.com or by mail. Exact payment can also be put in a sealed envelope and through the mail slot at 20 Clinton Street as per normal procedures. The office is closed to the general public.
  • If you have a power emergency, the Green Island Power Authority can be contacted through Albany County dispatch by dialing 911.

Department of Water & Sewer:

  • Your tap water is safe to drink – the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water.  Learn more about the virus and water/sewer infrastructure by visiting https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#boil
  • With the reports of toilet paper being hard to get, we are anticipating that some are considering the use of baby wipes or other paper towels. Please do not flush these down the toilet. They will cause clogs and backups, which may bog you down with costly plumber bills or messy backups during these already trying times. Those deemed “disposable wipes” also cause problems with our sewer system and could cause the same issues. The only items that should be flushed down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper.
  • Water/Sewer bills may be paid online at www.villageofgreenisland.com or by mail. Exact payment can also be put in a sealed envelope and through the mail slot at 20 Clinton Street as per normal procedures. The office is closed to the general public.
  • If you have an emergency (back up, sink hole, water main break, flooding) please call 911.
  • Non-emergency Water Department calls can be made to 518-273-4959.

Village Clerk:

  • FOIL Requests or questions about Village bids must be done via email to annes@villageofgreenisland.com.
  • Handicap Parking Permit requests can be made by calling 518-273-2201. If no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Certificates of Residency will not be issued during this time.
  • Notary services are not available at this time.

Town Clerk & Vital Statistics:

Services that will continue to be accessible by calling the Town Office at 518-273-0661 or email jiannone@townofgreenisland.com:

  • Death Certificates

Services that are suspended until further notice include:

  • License applications for Marriages & Domestic Partnerships
  • Sporting licenses

Buildings & Codes Department:

  • All permit applications and other transactions will take place via phone at (518) 273-2201 (leave message) or email to maggiea@villageofgreenisland.com.
  • All non-emergency inspections are suspended until further notice.
  • Construction inspections (for essential projects only), emergency inspections, and vacant building inspections will continue to occur.
  • Transactions that must be facilitated in-person may only occur by appointment.  Individuals must email maggiea@villageofgreenisland.com to set up an in-person appointment.

Planning, Zoning & Industrial Development Agency:

  • All permit applications and other transactions may take place via email to annes@villageofgreenisland.com to the Village Clerk. 
  • Meetings of the IDA, Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals may be held via teleconference and will not be open to the general public during this emergency.  More information will be included as part of each meeting’s public notice.

Department of Recreation/Green Island Senior Citizens:

  • All indoor Recreation facilities and programs will be closed effective immediately to evaluate further precautions necessary to safeguard the health and well being of community members and staff.
  • The Paine Street Park is closed. All other parks and trails remain open. Please do not use tables and benches, including the gazebo at the River Park.
  • For Food Pantry requests, call (518) 273-2201 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • All Senior Citizen in house programs are suspended until further notice. A lunchtime meal delivery program started Monday, March 23rd for Green Island residents only. ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THE DAY BEFORE DELIVERY. See separate website post and Village newsletter for more details.

Parking Violations Bureau:

  • Tickets can be paid as per the instructions on the tickets themselves, with the exception being that in person payment must be put in the sealed envelope provided and left in the mail slot at the Village Office, 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, NY 12183. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau by calling (518) 273-2201 (leave message) or micheleb@villageofgreenisland.com.

Assessor:

  • For questions regarding exemptions or anything Assessor related, please contact (518) 273-2201 phone (leave message) or email brad.canning@villageofgreenisland.com.

Public Meetings, including meetings of the Village Board of Trustees, Town Council, Green Island IDA, Planning & Zoning Boards, Green Island Power Authority and all Public Hearings:

  • Effective March 17th, all municipal meetings and other gatherings of Green Island public boards, authorities, and commissions that have not already been cancelled will be physically closed to the public until further notice.
  • Public hearings may be required to be open to the public but will have restrictions. In lieu of appearing personally, speakers are encouraged to submit comments via the procedure outlined below and your testimony will be entered into the meeting minutes.
  • Meetings that continue as previously scheduled may be held via teleconference and would be available by podcast or live stream. Public comment can be submitted ahead of time via mail at Village Clerk, Village of Green Island, 20 Clinton Street, Green Island, New York, 12183 or email to annes@villageofgreenisland.com.  All messages will be entered into meeting minutes as is already done in the normal course of business. 

Town Court:

Effective immediately, the following changes to the Town Court schedule have taken effect as per the New York State Office of Court Administration’s memo:

  • All scheduled court dates have been adjourned until June 2nd.
    • A notice will be sent that will include a new adjudication date
    • Please do not come to Court to adjudicate the applicable case – a notice will be sent that will include a new adjudication date
  • Please contact the Court Clerk at (518) 273-0661 or via email at jiannone@townofgreenisland.com with any additional questions.

COVID-19 Prevention and Symptom Information:

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.  You may also find a variety of COVID-19 response information specific to the Village and Town of Green Island by visiting www.villageofgreenisland.com.

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Water Service Interruption

Due to repair of a water main break, there will be no water service on Hudson Avenue, from Center Street to Tibbits Avenue, from 11am until approximately 1pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. As a reminder, please see these important tips once water service resumes.

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Notice of Public Hearing: 2020-2021 Village Budgets

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 8, 2020 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 2020-2021. The tentative budgets are available for inspection at www.villageofgreenisland.com.  Due to the COVID-19 situation, we recommend emailed comments in lieu of personal appearance. Comments pertaining to any of the above noted budgets will be accepted via email addressed to annes@villageofgreenisland.com until 5pm on April 8, 2020 and will be added to the minutes of the hearing.

DATED:  March 30th, 2020

Anne M. Strizzi, Village Clerk

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Green Island Senior Citizens Will Provide Delivered Meals

As you may know, we were mandated to close our lunch program for Seniors because of the COVID-19 situation.  We have been given permission to prepare meals and deliver to our Senior population in Green Island.  In order to make this work, we have some guidelines.  Any Green Island resident over the age of 60 can call and reserve a lunch for Monday through Thursday by calling to Senior Center at (518) 272-7262 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. THE DAY BEFORE the requested meal.  The day of the delivery, someone will bring the meal to your home around 12 noon, ring your doorbell and leave.  If you do not have a working doorbell, please be watching for the person delivering.  They cannot have direct contact with you, so keep track of the number of meals delivered to you and the donation that is usually collected at Seniors can be settled up at a later date when everything calms down.  All this is possible because of the hard work of Green Island Senior Citizen Executive Director, Jill Alix, who is determined to make sure her Seniors are fed, along with some volunteers from law enforcement and village and GIPA employees. 

The planned menu for the rest of March is:

          -Monday, March 23rd is Baked Ziti

          -Tuesday, March 24th is Beef Stew

          -Wednesday, March 25th is Meatloaf

          -Thursday, Marcy 26th is Boneless Pork Chop

          -Monday, March 30th is BLT Sandwich

          -Tuesday, March 31st is Oven Fried Chicken

We will post April’s menu on this website and put in a copy in next week’s meal deliveries.

We will also be doing “well checks” by phone on our Senior and Shut In lists.  If you are alone and would like to have someone check on you, please call the Village Office at (518) 273-2201 and leave your contact information.

Stay home and stay safe.

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Notice of IDA Meeting and Agenda

Please be advised that there will be a meeting of the Village of Green Island Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island starting at 3:00 p.m.   Because of the COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be closed to the public but please go to Village website at www.villageofgreenisland.com for viewing of live stream video.

AGENDA MARCH 16, 2020 3:00 P.M.

  • Call to Order by Chairperson Rachel Perfetti
  • Roll Call
  • Consideration of minutes from RM held on 2-19-2020
  • Consideration of monthly financial reports as submitted by Chief Financial Officer (No Reports for this month)
  • Consideration of Audit of Claims for February 19, 2020 to present
  • Consideration of accepting 2019 Annual Investment Report as forwarded by Chief Financial Officer on March 11, 2020
  • Consideration of  approval and acceptance of IDA Land Analysis for 2019 
  • Consideration and approval of 2019 Performance Goals and Measurements
  • Consideration and approval of 2019 Annual Report on Operation and Accomplishments
  • Consideration of approval and acceptance of 2019 IDA – Independent Accountant’s Report referred to as “Communications With Those Charged With Governance”
  • Consideration of approval and acceptance of 2019 Final Financial Statement as submitted by auditors
  • Consideration of authorizing the Chairperson and Chief Financial Officer to sign BST Representation Letter
  • Other Business
  • Adjournment
  • Next Meeting Date – Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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Acting Fire Chief Matt Lansing Warns of NYS Burn Ban through May 14th

Fire Chief Matt Lansing is alerting all residents to the 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 Lansing 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 Lansing for recognizing this and making the decision to reinforce the ban.” Lansing 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 Lansing: 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 accidentally ignited while cooking (and call 9-1-1).

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Senior Citizen/Community Center Closed

Albany County Dept. Of Aging has closed all Senior Citizen meal programs through Easter. All activities at the Green Island Community Center, including the Easter Bunny Breakfast, are also cancelled until further notice. We will provide additional information as we receive it.

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POSTPONED-State of the County Listening Tour Comes to Green Island

County Executive McCoy State of the County Listening Tour

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy will hold his ninth State of the County Listening Tour in Green Island, providing Village residents with an opportunity to ask their questions on the issues most important to them and their neighbors. The event will be held in Green Island on Monday, March 16 at 5:30 pm at the Municipal Center located at 19 George St., Green Island, NY 12183 . All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

County Executive McCoy will discuss the financial strength of the county, the progress being made and some of the newest initiatives that will continue improving the lives of those throughout the County, most notably in Green Island. He will be joined by County Legislator Sean Ward, Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and the Village Trustees and Town Supervisor Rachel Perfetti.

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Water Service Interruption

Due to a water main break repair, there will be no water service on Hudson Avenue, between Arch Street and Tibbits Avenue, from 3pm today until approx. 5pm.

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Village of Green Island Industrial Development Agency Agenda

FEBRUARY 19, 2020 3:00 P.M.

GREEN ISLAND MUNICIPAL CENTER

  1. Call to Order by Chairperson Rachel Perfetti
  2. Roll Call
  3. Consideration of minutes from RM, AM and Committee meetings held on 12-18-19
  4. Consideration of monthly financial reports for FYE 12/31/19 as submitted by Chief Financial Officer
  5. Consideration of Audit of Claims for December 18, 2019 to present
  6. Consideration of  Resolution Approving Additional Financial Assistance and Authorizing Execution and Delivery of Amended Lender Documents and Additional Lender Documents in Connection with a Certain Project for South Island Apartments, LLC and Determining Other Matters in Connection Therewith 
  7. Other Business
  8. Adjournment

Next meeting date is Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

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