Town Of Poestenkill

This next Town Board meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2018 @ 7PM, Poestenkill Town Hall.    A Public Hearing will be held at 7PM on a local law that will regulate visitor conduct at the Barberville Natural Area once the Town assumes ownership. 

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This next Town Board meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2018 @ 7PM, Poestenkill Town Hall.    A Public Hearing will be held at 7PM on a local law that will regulate visitor conduct at the Barberville Natural Area once the Town assumes ownership.


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
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. 

National Grid Takes the Air Out of Natural Gas
December 08, 2017

Recently Councilman David Hass and I met with National Grid, represenatives of the Public Service Commission and NYSERDA to discuss the Poestenkill Natural Gas Project.  The news was very disappointing and put a nail in the coffin of trying to expand gas service into the hamlet.   The bottom line is that National Grid would need to petition the PSC on expanding service and be able to demonstrat to the PSC that the cost of expanding service could be covered by the revenue generated.  To our disappointment revenue from the project could not even cover the taxes which would be levied on that distance of pipe. 

While this news is very disappointing we also learned about other innovative technology which can bring down the cost of home heating and cooling significantly.  The newest heat pumps are much more efficient than models made just 10 years ago.  They promise to heat and cool your house for less than oil, gas, or propane.  The technology especially geothermal heatpumps is so promising that we will look at it for the next generation of heating and cooling at Town Hall. 

If you would like more information on heat pumps contact NYSERDA at .  

Boil Water Order Lifted
November 30, 2017
Rensselaer County Health Department has informed the Town of Poestenkill that the municipal water supply is now in good order and there is no longer a Boil Water Order in place.
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