August 2021 Meeting Highlights:

Environment – A resolution submitted by the Minority Office was unanimously supported by the legislature urging the United States Senate to pass the Assistance Quality, and Affordability Act (AQUA) of 2021 as part of the infrastructure bill. This bill would provide federal funding for the reconstruction and decontamination of the nation’s waterway systems, prevent water shut-offs for struggling households and ensure access to safe drinking water for all Americans.

Health – The legislature accepted NYS grant funding for a lead poisoning prevention program for the identification and correction of lead based paint hazards in high risk housing and authorized an agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany to provide EPA accredited training classes to contractors, landlords and anyone disturbing a painted surface to pre-1978 residences.

Youth – A $ 50,000 “Safe Summer NY 2021” grant was awarded to the Department of Youth for the remainder of the year to provide positive youth engagement activities in neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence. Local, non-traditional partners, deeply rooted in those communities are to receive those funds and offer programs and activities at extended hours and on weekends, when gun violence is most prevalent.

The legislature also amended and increased the funding for the Youth Summer Food Program due to the increased number of participants and food pricing.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, September 14, 2021 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.  Residents are welcome to contact our office at 518 270-2890.    &    follow us on Facebook: “Rensselaer County Legislature – Democratic Team”