Mayor’s Messages

  • Mayor’s Message – November It is hard to believe that 2016 is almost over. It has been a busy and productive year. Following a great Summer, Fall activities began quickly. Menands has to be one of the most generous communities around with all the events that are held to recognize and help others! COMMUNITY The 2nd Annual FUEL FOR SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE was held in August to help replenish the supplies for the Food Pantries of the Capital District in time for school to begin. Spearheaded by Menands resident, Joe Legnard, over 1200 pounds of food was collected from village residents and businesses. In October, the 4th ...
  • Mayor’s Message – August The 2016 Summer Concert Series and Village Picnic were a huge success. Mother Nature was very generous with perfect weather for each event resulting in a great turnout for the season. A very special thank you goes to the MFC, DPW and MPD for their participation at the concerts, and also at the Village Picnic. Together with the Village Board, Youth, Seniors, Auxiliary, Clerk John Berry and the Library, the picnic was a wonderful time. This annual community event offers many fun activities for the kids, food and beverages provided by our organizations, neighbors getting together and everyone enjoying awesome ...
  • Mayor’s Message – July Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates. Whether preschool, elementary school, high school or college we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. In continuing with sharing the achievements of Village residents, Mikayla Rossier is being recognized. Mikayla was a 2013 graduate of Menands School and will be entering her senior year at Shaker High School in the fall. She is planning on becoming an Elementary School Teacher and is well on her way, having earned 12 college credits in high school. In addition to her academics, Mikayla has also been involved in Student Government, Volleyball, Basketball, Track & ...
  • Mayor’s Message – June With Spring coming to a close and Summer right around the corner, I wanted to send an update on activities over the last few months. Things continue to be busy, which is always a good thing. PUBLIC SAFETY: As the temperatures rise over the next couple of months, anyone in need of assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Menands Police @ 463-1681 or call 911. What may seem like a bother to some is not to our first responders as the health and safety of our residents is a priority. With schools closing soon, please be mindful of the increased number ...
  • Another proud moment for Menands Barbara Cohen, daughter of Helen & Andy Cohen and sister of Matthew and Betsy, grew up in Menands and attended Menands School. Barbara was active in a number of activities while in Menands, including service programs at St. Joan of Arc Parish and the Odyssey of the Mind local and statewide competition. Barbara graduated from Mercy High School in Albany where she was the Valedictorian of her class.  She was accepted to the first Honors Program at SUNY Stony Brook where she earned her BS in Geology. Barbara continued on to earn her PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. ...
  • Mayor’s Message – January Things have been pretty busy since my last message. This is always a wonderful time of year where the community comes together to support those in need. Infrastructure projects have continued and economic development agendas are ongoing. COMMUNITY The Village Halloween Party was held in October with the traditional parade to the park and the kids dressed up in their favorite costumes. Once at the park, there were food, beverages and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to Brianna and her counselors for providing a festive afternoon. Thank you also to the MFD, MPD and DPW for their participation and ...
  • 2015 End of Year Review It was with deep sadness to learn of the passing of former Village Trustee Ron Miller on January 23, 2016. Ron was passionate about everything he did and was a true gentleman. I had the privilege of attending Ron’s funeral and hearing remembrances of his life, some of which I knew and others hearing for the first time, which further emphasized his commitment and service to others. My condolences to Ron’s family and friends. 2015 was another busy and productive year in Menands. There was quite a bit of movement on an economic front, new personnel, continued hard work from our ...
  • Mayor’s Message – December 21st, 2015 Things have been pretty busy since my last message. This is always a wonderful time of year where the community comes together to support those in need. Infrastructure projects have continued and economic development agendas are ongoing. COMMUNITY The Village Halloween Party was held in October with the traditional parade to the park and the kids dressed up in their favorite costumes. Once at the park, there were food, beverages and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to Brianna and her counselors for providing a festive afternoon. Thank you also to the MFD, MPD and DPW for their participation and ...
  • Mayor’s Message – October 16th, 2015 I would like to send a special thank you to the Menands Fire, Police and Public Works Departments for continuing to protect our Village, including responding to numerous calls during the recent heavy rains that fell in our area. We are very fortunate to have the commitment and dedication of the members of each of these departments in Menands. The Menands Fire Dept. hosted an open house during Fire Prevention Week. There were many activities for the kids to do, including rides in the fire truck and going up in the bucket. This annual event saw another great turnout of ...
  • Mayor’s Message – October 2nd, 2015 I hope everyone had a great summer. Construction continues on Dutch Village IV, Family Dollar, The Lofts @ Albany International and the former Two Guys property. We look forward to seeing these projects completed and up and running soon. One business that has completed their renovations is Il Faro, the new Italian restaurant at the former Other Co. site. On Friday, September 25th, Il Faro had a soft opening. It was nice to see many Village residents come out to welcome new owners, Chris and Jessica, to Menands. With jazz music playing in the background, the servers passed delicious samples ...
  • Mayor’s Message – September 2015 It is hard to believe that summer is quickly coming to an end but a lot of exciting things happened over this short period of time: The Summer Concerts in the Park were a great success. Despite the threat of rain every week, the concerts were well attended and the music was awesome. Thank you to the Menands Fire Co., DPW, Police, residents and the bands for supporting these events. The Annual Village Picnic was also a wonderful time. It is always nice to see old friends and neighbors while enjoying a family night out. Thank you to the Menands Fire Co., ...
  • Mayors Message – August 2015 Congratulations to Carol and Lyle Darmetko and the Pay It Forward Together committee on receiving the Hudson Shores Rotary Club Citizens of the Year award in recognition of “Service Above Self.” This award was presented to the group at the Rotary awards dinner on July 15th for their service to our community. In a short period of time PIFT membership has grown significantly and continues to support the Watervliet/Menands Communities. Congratulations to Aidan & Ryan Nicoll, Logan Testo, Meredith Apfelbaum, Leah Sposito, John Paul, Evan & Kaelyn Kulpa, Danny Sanchez, Michelle Ferraino, Nadia, Pat Kenyon and Sydney & Jim Lemire in ...
  • Mayors Message – July 2015 As my new term begins as Mayor I am excited about the next four years. Together with Trustees Aileen Nicoll and Seth Harris, we look forward to continuing the efforts already begun, as well as working on future projects with newly elected Trustees Diane Foley and Steve Boulet. I wish to thank Mike Mackay and Mark Lansing for their hard work and dedication to the Village during their terms in office. I was pleased to be invited to participate in the Menands Community Education Summit held in June. The summit included an evening of community interaction put on by the Menands ...
  • Mayors Message – June 2015 I wanted to share some exciting news that started circulating around Facebook last week. In the 2015 Niche Survey for Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in the Albany Metro Area, Menands ranked #2. With our year round youth programs, awesome school district and continuous community events this does not come as a surprise. This weekend alone there were fundraising efforts which not only help those in need but also serve as a great example to our youth in community involvement. A spaghetti dinner was held in support of the REACH Youth Work Camp that was first introduced to Menands in ...
  • Mayor’s Message – May 2015 I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while serving in the military. We remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families. It also marks the start of the summer season. With more kids playing outside, people walking and motorcycles on the road now, please be extra cautious especially around our parks. Congratulations to Menands resident and Youth Counselor Kristi Hayes on her outstanding accomplishments in track & field at Bryant University. Kristi holds 8 school records in 4 indoor and 4 outdoor track events. Sophomore year she was the 400M ...
  • Mayor’s Message – April 2015 April has been a busy and exciting month in Menands. Village: The 2015/2016 Village Budget was passed. Staying within the 2% tax cap at 1.54%, the tax rate increase is $0.14 per $1,000 over last year. This equates to an increase of $14.00 for homes assed at $100,000.Thank you to Treasurer Bill Smith, Dept. Heads and the Village Board for their efforts in achieving this budget. Public Safety: With the recent retirement of members from the Menands Police Dept., Chief Mike O’Brien introduced new members, Officers Paul Stone and Ty Bariteau, to the Village Board. Officer Bariteau is a Village resident and both officers ...
  • Mayor’s Message – March 2015 I am very pleased to report that Tim and Melinda Boyd have returned home. Upon arrival to his residence, the first thing that Tim saw when the ambulance door opened was all of his DPW guys waiting to welcome him home. That brought a huge smile to Tim’s face. There was also a small gathering at Poppy’s for the rest of the Village staff and others to see Tim. He was as happy to see us as we were to see him. We continue to keep Tim and his family in our thoughts and prayers. I had a nice visit with ...
  • Mayor’s Message – 2014 Year End Review MAYOR’S MESSAGE – YEAR END REVIEW 2014
  • Mayor’s Message – December 2014 We continue to keep DPW Foreman Tim Boyd and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he recuperates. Cards can be mailed to the Village Office at 250 Broadway and we will forward them on to Tim. As part of our ongoing efforts for Emergency Preparedness, an evacuation drill was conducted for the residents living on the west side of the railroad tracks between Menands and Upland Roads. Thank you to all who participated and to Chief O’Brien and Chief Franklin for coordinating this effort, as well as members of their departments and neighboring departments who assisted. Thank you also ...
  • Mayor’s Message – November 24th, 2014 Mayor’s Message – November 24th, 2014
  • Mayor’s Message – September 05, 2014 MAYOR’S MESSAGE On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to thank all those who helped make the Annual Village Picnic a great success. A special thank you to the Picnic Committee, Menands Fire Co., Auxiliary, Library, Seniors, Youth, Historian Kevin Franklin, Menands School (especially Superintendent, Dr. Maureen Long, Principal, Antonietta Schroeder and Art Teacher Pat Testo), Police Dept., DPW, Gardener Dianne MacFarland, Hudson Shores Rotary, Menands Farmers Market, Brad Gallotta and The Barrel Saloon (for use of their shuttle bus), Leslie Carolus, Barb Weidman, Kerry Wroblewski, Sheila Hyatt, Craig Scott, Bill Giering and all of the vendors for your ...
  • Mayor’s Message- April 11, 2014 MAYOR’S MESSAGE Public Safety: With the attention recently on the crude oil tankers traveling through the Capital District, we wanted to update you on the efforts the Village has made in this regard. We attended a meeting with other municipal leaders and the Albany County Executive to discuss concerns. Additionally, Chief O’Brien, Chief Franklin, Sgt. Lacosse and I attended a meeting with key leaders within Albany County and representatives from CP Rail. CP Rail stated Inspectors are out in our area daily and all cars get a Class I inspection when empty. There were discussions on train lengths, procedures when trains stop ...
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  • Mayor’s Message-10/25/13 Economic Development: New Zoning Regulations in Place After more than two years of dedication and commitment by the Broadway Corridor Rezoning Committee and with the help of a consultant, the Village Board enacted several changes to the zoning regulations affecting the Broadway Corridor. It is the first time in many years that any significant change has been made to our zoning law. The purpose of the changes is to encourage the development of a pedestrian friendly environment as a way to promote the livability and economic vitality of the entire Village. Building Permit Fees Reduced The Village Board recently reduced building permit fees for ...
  • Mayor’s Message-9/27/13 Beautification I want to extend a very special thank you to all those involved in creating the beautiful Fall display on Broadway. This project was spearheaded by our Director of Eco Dev, Bill Giering, who continues to come up with ideas to spruce up Broadway, in an effort to further attract businesses into Menands as part of his Economic Development agenda. Bill enlisted the help from our Village Gardener, Dianne MacFarland and our DPW. With donations from farmers from the Menands Farmers Market and assistance from Ralph and Hooter, an idea turned to reality. If you haven’t seen the display yet, ...
  • Mayors Message-8/16/13 MAYOR’S MESSAGE REACH Workcamps In 1997 Menands Bethany Church was introduced to REACH Workcamps, a weeklong mission trip that serves low-income communities. Joining other youth from around the country, REACH campers repair the homes of people who are unable to do so themselves. The kids do roofing, painting, sheet rocking, etc. for one week, traveling to different locations such as West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio and are housed at local schools. This year’s trip happened to be during the hottest week of the summer, but the kids gave up a week of their summer vacation to travel to Newfane, NY ...
  • Mayor’s Message-6/21/13 Safety I would like to pass along a reminder to all residents to be aware of scam artists. I recently received a call and the caller id said “block”. I usually let unidentified calls go to my answering machine but decided to pick up this call. The recording said “we regret to inform you that your bank card has been blocked. Press 1 to reactivate it.” Instead of pressing 1, we called the bank on the number on the back of our card and they confirmed it was a scam. They reiterated that a banking institution would NEVER ask for personal ...
  • Mayor’s Message-5/10/13 With the arrival of spring, I am pleased to announce a Village wide initiative, Grow Menands. This project is spearheaded by our Director of Economic Partnership, Bill Giering. 2014 will mark the 90th Anniversary of Menands and as part of that celebration, we would like the residents and businesses to participate in bringing color to Menands by planting additional flowers this year to make Menands as colorful as possible. With planting season upon us means the opening of the Menands Farmers Market. The Market is in full bloom with many special events throughout the season. Check out their website for details. ...
  • Mayors Message – 2/1/13 As we move into 2013, I thought I would re-cap some of the events of 2012 in the Village of Menands in my first Mayor’s Message of the year. Infrastructure: We have nearly completed the second phase of our infrastructure projects that will upgrade and improve our sewer and water service in various neighborhoods in the Village. Both the S. Lyons and the Sky Hollow/Sage Hill projects will resume in the spring with completion soon after. We will be continuing this program over the next few years in order to guarantee safe and reliable sewer and water services for our businesses and ...
  • Mayor’s Message 12/7/12 With the holiday season upon us I am grateful for the community that I live in. Menands is such a generous Village and the extent of that generosity continues to amaze me. With many fund raisers throughout the year, November was another month filled with events to help those in need. Once again the support was overwhelming. The 5th annual food drive, sponsored by Menands Cares and Clark Moving and Storage, netted over 50 boxes of supplies to fill the shelves of local food pantries. The Menands Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary hosted a breakfast to raise money and collect pet ...
  • THANK-YOU FROM MAYOR MEG I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all who assisted in preparing for Hurricane Sandy in the event that it hit our area. Unlike our neighbors in Downstate NY, NJ and CT, we were very fortunate. We began making preparations on Thursday and continued through Sunday. I can’t thank everyone enough for their commitment and dedication to the Village of Menands, especially the Menands Fire Dept., Police Dept., DPW, Village Board, Schuyler Heights Fire Dept., Ladies Auxiliary, Village Office Staff, Pete Lattanzio, Diane Foley, Fred Cole and the management of Village One Apts. and the Schuyler Inn, for ...
  • Mayors Message October 26, 2012 One of my favorite things about living in Menands is the strong sense of community. There are events throughout the year but Menands was rich in community spirit during the month of October and especially the weekend of October 13th. The Menands Farmers Market held their annual Harvest Festival on October 13th, with farmers and other vendors selling locally grown and locally made products, hay rides, live music, etc. in support of our local farmers. The Market was bustling with activity, with plenty of seasonal products including pumpkins, apples, pies, cider donuts and more. I have come to know many of ...
  • Mayors Message -September 14, 2012 Now that school is back in session I wanted to take this opportunity to remind drivers to be aware of kids at bus stops and alert to stopped school buses. As the hours of daylight decrease it will become increasingly difficult to see the kids as they wait for the bus or walk to school. Keeping our kids safe is a top priority. I also thought it appropriate to highlight the Menands School District, (a portion of the residents in the Village of Menands are in the N. Colonie School District) better known as Menands School. Menands School has been ...
  • Mayors Message August 17, 2012 It is hard to believe how quickly the summer is going by but a lot of things have been happening in Menands during these summer months. The youth summer park program, under the direction of Brianna Coughlin, is winding down. The kids had a great time going on field trips, having their own version of the Olympics, including Opening Ceremonies which I had the pleasure of attending, and other activities in the park.  I would like to thank Brianna and her counselors for their dedication to our youth and providing a fun and safe program for the kids. The Summer Concerts ...
  • Mayors Message June 22, 2012 June saw the launching of the First Call notification system.  This system will provide a tool for the Village to stay in touch with the residents and businesses in Menands, in a matter of minutes, in the event of an emergency.  It can also be used for other notices of things going on in the Village, including the school community.  We are hopeful that everyone will take a few minutes to sign up for First Call by going to the Village website at www.villageofmenands.com On June 8th, I had the pleasure of joining the Pre-school class from the Academy of Holy ...
  • Mayor’s Message I would like to say thank you to all who have expressed your appreciation of this column. It is an easy way to keep the residents informed of what I am doing and what is happening around Menands. I had an opportunity to visit a couple more businesses. Paul Reuss and I were given a tour of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council at 91 Broadway. The transformation of the building was very impressive. The Council now occupies the entire facility and the work they do reaches far beyond the Menands borders. The Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council is ...
  • Mayor’s Message April has been a busy month in the Village of Menands. The special election held in March resulted in Aileen Nicoll and Lisa Proskin, who were appointed in 2011 to their positions, being sworn in as Village Trustee and Village Justice in April to begin their second year with the Village. The election also approved moving future Village elections from March to June. On April 2nd the Village Board unanimously approved my recommendation of resident Bill Giering for the position of part-time Director of Economic Partnerships. Bill brings with him 30 years of experience from NYS Dept. of Economic Development. Bill’s vast ...
  • Mayor’s Message In view of the positive feedback I have received from Village residents regarding my “Mayor’s Message”, I am going to post more frequently things going on in my role as Mayor of Menands. When I first took Office last year, one of my top priorities was to create a business friendly environment in Menands.  As part of that initiative, I have begun visiting businesses located here.  My first visit was to the Riverview Center where I was given an extensive tour by Mr. Joel Burtman, the General Manager.  I had an opportunity to meet with various people who do business in ...
  • Mayor’s Message On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. As I look back on 2011 and ahead to 2012, there have been a number of developments in Menands that I would like to share with you. 2011 saw changes in administration and personnel.  Two new board members were sworn in and three long standing Village employees, with 60 years of combined service, retired. This brought about the promotion of two part-time people to full-time and the return of a former Village employee. Additionally, on the advice of the Office of Court Administration, ...