Town Of Poestenkill

The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2018 @ 7PM, Poestenkill Town Hall.    A Public Hearing will be held at 7PM on a local law that will extend certain Cold War era veteran real property tax exemptions permanently. 

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The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2018 @ 7PM, Poestenkill Town Hall.    A Public Hearing will be held at 7PM on a local law that will extend certain Cold War era veteran real property tax exemptions permanently. 


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. MY email is and you can call me at 518-283-5100 ext. 104 .



Dom Jacangelo



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

Dominic Jacangelo
Public Hearing on Cold War Era Real Property Tax Exemption
January 31, 2018
On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7 PM the Town Board will seek public input on amending the Cold War Era Tax Exemption local law to remove the ten year sunset that had been imposed on this measure by the State Legislature.  The State Legislature recently took action to allow local governments to extend the exemption permanently.  Written comments may be submitted to the Town Board up to the time of the Public Hearing. 
Waste Management Transfer Station
January 26, 2018

Waste Management, Inc. has once again resumed operations of their transfer station at the intersection of NY 66 and NY 351.   Several residents have raised questions regarding the operation of this facility.  This article is intended to answer some of those questions. 

The facility operates under a NYS DEC permit that has been kept current since the facility first opened in the 90's.   The permit has been amended over time and now allows the facility to handle 200 tons of garbage per-day.  Site approval for the project was given through a Planned Development District in 1992.  The Planning Board did approve a site plan revision in 1995 which raised the the throughput of the facility to 200 tons and called for a "Host Community Agreement" between the Town and the operator (Benson Brothers).  The agreement was executed but only contained a term of three years. 

Waste Management's state permit provides that they may handle up to 200 tons per-day; only operate between the hours of 7AM to 5PM, Monday through  Saturday;  may only enter and exit the facility from NY 66; may only handle municipal solid waste for transfer to larger vehicles; any overnight waste must be stored in these larger vehicles; must control litter generated by their operation and may not have idling vehicles in or near the property.    Transport vehicles should be completely covered. 

The original host agreement was not written for the life of the facility but rather had a term of three years.  Several prior administrations have tried to create a new agreement with the various operators without success.   

As Town Supervisor, I sent Waste Management correspondence stating in part that if they wanted to be a community asset they should consider entering into a new Host Community Agreement with the Town.  The components of that agreement would include their adoption of NY 66 and NY 351 for some distance under the states adopt a highway program and provide routine litter removal along that section of highway and that they also provide an opportunity for residents to directly dispose of their household solid waste at the facility.  I have also requested a host community fee from the company. 

Several residents have raised concerns regarding the potential for groundwater contamination.  They have also raised concerns about past contamination.  In 1998 several drinking water wells were tested by the State Health Department at the insistence of Supervisor Zwaig who came into office at that time.  All the wells tested clean except a well associated with a home owned by the Benson's across NY 66 from the site.  Toluene was identified in that well and was attributed to a fuel oil tank that leaked and was subsequently cleaned up on the property.  This finding was mis-characterized as coming from the operations of the facility.   All garbage is currently tipped onto a concrete pad with a leachate collection system that is monitored and tested. 

While the actions of a prior board have limited the Town's options with this facility, residents are encouraged to report any problem with the facility and its operations to the Supervisor, any Town Board member or the Code Enforcement Officer.   The company has been put on notice that we will be keeping a close eye on the facility and will insist and enforce the provisions of their NYS Solid Waste Management permit. 

Barbervill Natural Resource Area Control Measures
January 09, 2018




          Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Poestenkill will conduct a public hearing pursuant to Town Law § 184 (2) at the Poestenkill Town Hall, 38 Davis Drive in the Town of Poestenkill, County of Rensselaer at 7:00 P.M. January 18, 2018, to consider Local Law No. 1 of the Laws of 2018, the “BARBERVILLE NATURAL RESOURCE AREA LAW,” which will enact certain measures for public access to be effective upon the Town’s acquisition of the Barberville Falls Nature Preserve from the Nature Conservancy.


          At the aforesaid time and place of hearing, all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed agreement and resolution.


DATED: January 5, 2018


By Order of the Town Board

of the Town of Poestenkill

Susan Horton, Town Clerk


Approved as to form by

John T. Casey, Esq., Town Attorney    


The public hearing is to solicit comments from the public regarding local legislation to control visitors to the Barberville Natural Resource Area when and if the Town acquires the property from "The Nature Conservancy".  The Nature Conservancy is planning on providing the Town with a stewardship check to care for and maintain the property but a local law is needed to ensure the public's conduct on the property is acceptable and appropriate.  A copy of the draft local law can be accessed by opening this announcement on the News page.  The public comment period will remain open at least through March 1, 2018. 

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