Town Of Poestenkill

The regular monthly Town Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7PM at the Poestenkill, Town Hall. A public hearing on the Barberville Natural Resource Area is scheduled for 7PM (see news). New Assessor office hours starting August 17, 2017 every Thursday 1pm-5pm.

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The regular monthly Town Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7PM at the Poestenkill, Town Hall.  A public hearing on the Barberville Natural Resource Area is scheduled for 7 PM (see news).   The Town Assessor's hours have been changed to every Thursday from 1PM until 5PM starting August 17, 2017. 

Quiet, safe, and far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern urban society, Poestenkill is a quaint community located in Rensselaer County, New York, with a population just over 4,500 in 2010. As a "gateway" to the Rensselaer Plateau, we offer residents and visitors a unique opportunity to experience a wealth of outdoor recreation activities and easy access to some of the Plateau's most celebrated state parks, forests, and natural landmarks. Our area is home to a number of unique shops, diverse dining, and community events.

Letter from the Supervisor,

Whether you have lived in Poestenkill your whole life, are a recent resident or seeking to become a resident, we hope that you will find our website helpful. I know that our folks at Town Hall are always willing and happy to serve and assist you. Our community is proud of our small town atmosphere and our special heritage anchored in agriculture and forest products. We are proud to be a "Right to Farm" community that has enjoyed modest growth without sacrificing our small town feel and ample open spaces.


Do you have a question? Can't find something on the website? Or have a suggestion on how this site can better serve the public? Stop by our historic Town Hall, give me a call or send me an email, I would love to hear from you.



Dom Jacangelo



"The Town of Poestenkill  is an equal opportunity employer and provider of municipal services." 

Dominic Jacangelo
Barberville Natural Resource Area
August 09, 2017

The Poestenkill Town Board will undertake a public hearing on Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7PM at the Poestenkill Town Hall, 38 Davis Drive, Poestenkill, NY 12144, regarding a local law that will govern activities at the Barberville Natural Resource Area.  The local law will make clear what activities are permitted and what activities will be prohibited when the property comes under the control of the Town of Poestenkill.  The Nature Conservency has proposed giving the property to the Town with financial support so that it can be properly supervised for generations to come.  The local law will allow certain passive recreational activities.  Prohibited activities will be prosecuted as civil trespass. 

The public is invited to provide comments in person or in writing.  Written comments should be emailed to or sent to the Town Supervisor Dominic Jacangelo at  by August 25, 2017.  

A full text of the local law is attached to this story.   

Poestenkill Emergency Medical Services
July 26, 2017

Currently emergency medical services are provided by the Poestenkill First Responders and Mohawk Ambulance.  The First Responder Corps has grown significantly over the past two years to a core group of 15 with several having EMT certifications.   Mohawk Ambulance holds an operating certificate for the Town of Poestenkill and is consistently on scene within an appropriate period of time.  Our first responders are consistently on scene in under 8 minutes. 

On July 20, 2017 a majority of the Town Board voted to reject two RFPs (Requests for Proposals) which had been presented to the Town Board and chose not to progress them to a referendum.    Each Board member had their reasons for making that choice but be asured that the choice was not taken lightly or without good cause.

Why the RFPs were rejected.

  1. Neither proposal would have resulted in mutual aid from surrounding towns such as Sand Lake.  While mutual aid is a program usually worked out by the ambulance services, in this case the town was expected to coordinate all such agreements.  Placing the onus back on the Town would not have not put us in a better position to acquire mutual aid compared to where we are today.  Mutual aid ensures that if one ambulance service is busy another will respond. 

  2. Both proposals would have substantially improved ambulance services in the adjoining towns but Poestenkill residents would have carried the complete financial weight of those improvements.  

  3. Both proposals would have resulted in the largest town tax increase in the Towns history with a negligible improvement in response times and no improvement in patient outcome from what we can determine. 

While both RFPs were rejected at this point in time it does not mean that the issue is done or that the Town Board is unwilling to take actions to improve emergency medical services.  We will continue to work towards that goal and be resolute in our effort to find a solution that benefits all town residents.

Both proposals which were rejected could have great promise if there was a different apportionment of costs so that the entire burden for improvements in other Towns does not fall on Poestenkill Town Taxpayers.  The board will continue to have discussions with these services and with the adjoining towns to see if it is possible to put the suitable components that would allow us to move forward with one of the proposals. 

As we begin the Town Budget discussions we will be looking for actions that we can take that will improve our communitys response to medical emergencies. 

More information is available by clicking on the headline of this story.

Emergency Medical Services Public Information Session
June 19, 2017

Additional documents have been associated with this story!   

Thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday Night's meeting.    

Emergency Services Information Meeting

The Poestenkill Town Board invites interested Poestenkill residents to attend an information meeting regarding two responses to a Request for Proposals relative to Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance Service) received by the Town.   The two responses which appear the most feasible will be explained in a public session of the Town Board along with an explanation of existing services provided by Mohawk Ambulance and the Poestenkill Fire Company.  Residents may ask questions and are encouraged to submit those questions in advance of the meeting to Town Supervisor Dominic Jacangelo at or to Town Clerk Sue Horton at . Submitting questions in advance will allow for a comprehensive response. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7PM Wed, 7-12-17 at the Poestenkill Fire House, 182 Main Street, Poestenkill, NY 12140.

The two leading proposals may be found at by clicking on this news item.

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