The following are highlights of the February meeting:
The Minority legislators submitted and voted on a resolution recognizing March 10 – 16, 2019 as Sunshine Week in Rensselaer County. This national initiative promotes the importance of open government and the free flow of information from government to county citizens, ensuring that our government is accessible, accountable and open.
The Legislature also recognized March as American Red Cross (ARC) Month. We would be amiss not to extend our gratitude to the thousands of volunteers, who so willingly assist after a disaster hits. The blood donor program provides nearly half of the United States needed blood supply and encourages everyone to donate, if possible. The ARC also offers training classes in water safety and first aid, as well as youth programs and elder care to name a few.
STOP-DWI – A grant from the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation was rolled over into the 2019 budget for the Rensselaer County Special Traffic Operations Department, in order to expend any left-over monies to keep cracking down on DWI drivers.
Environment – The legislators unanimously supported a resolution urging Governor Cuomo to preserve the Environmental Protection Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund for their designated purposes. At present, these loans are used to pay for other non-related purposes, while our communities would benefit from infrastructure improvements and investments in parklands, swimming pools, and the restoration and preservation of public spaces.
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.
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