Town of Schodack Supervisor’s Report for January 22, 2018
Hello and a belated Happy New Year. I would like to thank all of you for the honor to serve as your new Supervisor. These first few weeks have been largely spent getting up to speed on the business of the town as well as further familiarizing myself with the people who staff and run our various departments. I have had the privilege to get to talk to some residents in person as well as on the phone about various issues and concerns they might have. I welcome any resident to reach out to me and do the same. During the campaign I pledged to make Town government more accessible and approachable. I’m encouraged by the level of enthusiasm I have received from my fellow elected officials and department heads in this regard and look forward to reaching this goal together.
On January 1st I had the privilege to attend the Rensselaer County swearing in ceremony for our new County Executive, Steve McLaughlin, as well as our three representatives to the Rensselaer County Legislature, Bob Loveridge, Scott Bendett and Jake Ashby. I’m impressed with the vision County Executive McLaughlin has laid out for Rensselaer county and his commitment to Schodack. I share his excitement for what our future could hold and I’m eager to start working with him and our legislators to making it a reality.
Later in the day our town held its swearing in ceremony. I was joined by re-elected Town Board members Jim Bult and Scott Swartz as well as our newly elected Town Clerk Debra Curtis in having our Oaths of Office be officiated by Schodack Town Justice Paul Peter.
Much like the year of 2017 ended, the start of 2018 had plenty of cold temps and snow. As always, our town employees worked to ensure as safe as possible road conditions in some exceedingly difficult circumstances. I have reached out to Highway Superintendent Ken Holmes and Transfer Station Director Bruce Goodall to thank them as well as their crews for their commitment and dedication as well as showing remarkable flexibility in their handling of these tough situations.
The Town Board held its organizational meeting on January 5th. While many positions and staff remained unchanged we did welcome some new people to the town. After accepting some other offers and their additional commitments Dave Gruenberg will no longer be continuing on in his role as Town Attorney. In his place we are very happy and excited to welcome Ryan Mullahy in that position. Ryan and his family call Schodack home and were excited to have him. Additionally, we welcome Craig Crist as our Planning Board attorney, William Better as our Zoning Board Attorney and the law firm of Girvin & Ferlazzo as our Labor Counsel to the town.
As I stated at the start of this letter I made a commitment during the campaign to make your town government more open and accessible. To this end, I recommended the creation of a Public Information Officer and would like to welcome Charles Peter to this role. I have tasked Chuck with finding ways the town can improve how it conveys information with its residents as well as expand opportunities residents have to interact with the town. To that end I would encourage any resident who utilizes social media platforms to look for us on Facebook by searching for Town of Schodack or on twitter by following @TownofSchodack. These platforms will be used to inform residents of pertinent news and events happening in and regarding the Town. In addition, we’ll be exploring more options over the coming weeks and months to help further improve and expand our engagement and ability to share information with residents.
I wish you all good health and fortune in the year ahead and hope for a prosperous and productive 2018 for our town.