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Rensselaer County

Office of County Executive Steve McLaughlin

News Release: October 25, 2018

McLAUGHLIN AND LEGISLATURE TEAM UP TO OFFER EXTRA TIME TO THOSE AFFECTED BY NORTH GREENBUSH SEWER CONNECTION ISSUE

Rensselaer County will offer amnesty to any property owners affected by a failure to register properties with the county Sewer District, County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Chairman of the Legislature Mike Stammel and members of the County Legislature announced.

The county will be waiving late fees and penalties for those property owners affected by the failure of the town to properly and comprehensively list all properties connected to county sewer services.

“We are working together to make this offer to ensure families and small businesses are not unjustly impacted by this omission,” said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

“The situation with North Greenbush caught us by surprise and we working to remedy the situation with unnecessarily impacting property owners caught up in the situation,” said Chair of the Legislature Mike Stammel.

The amnesty on late fees and penalties will be extended until the end of 2018. The Sewer District’s fiscal year runs from January 1 through December 31.

“We believe extra time is fair and equitable and encourages a resolution of this issue involving the Sewer District,” said Vice Chairwoman of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman.

“We want to encourage growth in our town, and one way to do so is to ensure clarity and fairness in billing with properties across the town and the county,” said Legislator Leon Fiacco.

The offer is made to reduce impacts on property owners who may have been receiving the service while not being billed, county leaders said. The waiving of late fees and penalties is made to all property owners who have already received notice and a bill, and any property owners receiving the service and not yet notified.

Any property owner from North Greenbush seeking more information regarding the sewer issue is invited to call the Sewer District at 518-283-2235.

For more information, regarding this press release, call County Director of Operations Richard Crist, 518-270-2955 or 518-928-1920.