The official website of the Village of Hoosick Falls, NY—the Grandma Moses Discovery Village. Located on the Hoosic River, among the bucolic foothills of the Green Mountains in the town of Hoosick, in northeast corner of New York's Rensselaer County. Home of the historic Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machinery Company—once the largest company of its kind in the world. The former factory town is now a picturesque quaint village with scenery that still inspires artists like it did with Grandma Moses in years past.

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Village Offices

Hours:
8:30am-3:30pm M-F

Phone number:
518-686-7072

Address:
24 Main Street
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090

POLICE:
911 or 518-686-7900

NOTICES
will be posted here.

Economic Development

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Next Board Meeting:
March 10th, 2020

The Village Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Municipal Building at 24 Main Street, unless otherwise noted. Download the Regular Meeting Agenda.

Smokey the Bear

BURN BAN: The Village of Hoosick Falls is reminding Citizens that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Open Burn Ban is currently in effect and has been set by Governor Andrew Cuomo until May 16, 2020.

Local State Of Emergency declared; Changes to Services announced

A Local State of Emergency for the Village of Hoosick Falls has been declared by Mayor Allen through Executive Order No.1 of 2020, in response to:

At this time, the Village is announcing the changes in services for our various departments. Please review all the changes here with this printer friendly version. Additionally, here are the most pertinent changes:

  • The Ann Bornt Municipal Building is now closed off to the public, except for the main lobby.
  • With the side door of the building now locked, please access the main lobby to reach the Police Department. If they are not in, use the silver phone next to the police office window and push the first button. This will connect you with County Dispatch. Simply state if it is an emergency or not, and ask that they send an officer back to the Municipal Building.
  • The Village Office is closed and will not be accepting anyone at the windows. Office hours are 8am - 11am, MWF. Voicemails and emails will be checked daily.
  • The Village Office will no longer be accepting cash payments. Please use check or money order (which can be obtained at banks or at the post office) made out to "Village of Hoosick Falls."
  • The requirement for bi-annual inspections is temporarily suspended. Pre-tenant inspections can still be setup, but now have several requirements that have to be met for the safety of the Village Code Enforcement Officer. Please contact him for more details.
  • The Transfer Station is immediately using its summer schedule, and is open Tuesdays from 8am to noon, and Saturdays from 8am to 2PM. With the Village Office closed, you can purchase permits directly from the Transfer Station for Village Residents ($10) or for others ($20). Permits last for the year.
  • Village Court has been closed through the end of April, as per the Governor's Executive Order.
  • Funeral home employees who need assistance from Village Officials should call the police department.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival postponed

It is with a heavy heart that the Village of Hoosick Falls, in conjunction with the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day Committee, announces that we are postponing this Saturday's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. This includes the parade in the Village and the Irish Festival scheduled for after the parade in the Hoosick Falls Armory. After consulting with County and State officials, we feel that this is the correct choice, and follows in the steps of similar cancellations of the parade in Boston, New York, and just this morning, Albany NY.

We understand the economic impact this will have on our amazing local businesses and our community, as the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day festivities are one of the biggest and best celebrations of the year, bringing in people from all around the tri-state area. We understand the stress this will put on them, as well as the committee, who has worked countless hours on preparations. We are very sorry for this, and are looking ahead to a possible September 2020 date to reschedule this great event.

The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) is a serious concern across the globe, and is becoming increasingly a focus in New York State. While there have not been any confirmed cases in Hoosick Falls or Rensselaer County, neighboring counties Albany, Saratoga, and Bennington (VT) have had their first confirmed cases in the past week. This action is being taken in an abundance of caution to protect public health. The Village urges people to review the CDC guidance on coronavirus. All high-risk groups should exercise extreme caution in participating in any other events this weekend.

Village Board to vote on draft cost sharing agreement regarding Village Landfill

The Village Board will be voting on a Cost Sharing Agreement with Honeywell International Inc. at tonight's Board Meeting.

This agreement addresses how the Village and Honeywell will share costs as it relates to the DEC Order on Consent for the Landfill. This has been discussed in several recent public meetings, with the Board approving the execution of the Order on Consent with DEC at last month's meeting, subject to the approval of tonight's agreement. This agreement will cover up front costs, specifically the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study.

Village Offices Closed on Friday, February 21st

Please be aware that the Village Offices will be closed all day on Friday, February 21st. Village Office staff will be taking part in training. Offices will open as normal on Monday, February 24th at 8am.

Notice of Change of Meeting Time - Tuesday, February 11th

Notice is hereby given that the regular meeting to be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, will commence at 5:45PM at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of entering into executive session to discuss pending and potential litigation. The regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees scheduled for February 11, 2020 shall commence immediately upon the close of such executive session.

Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 7th 2019 at 6PM

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Tuesday, January 7th 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of for the purpose of discussion of the ongoing sewer project, together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees shall enter into executive session at 6:00pm, and the meeting shall continue upon the close of the executive session at 6:30pm or as soon thereafter as may be determined.

Ann Bornt

Ceremony honoring Ann Bornt Tuesday 12/10 at 5:45PM

A stone monument will be unveiled as we name the Municipal Building in her honor

On Tuesday December 10th, at 5:45PM at the steps of the Municipal Building, the Village of Hoosick Falls will hold a brief ceremony in honor of former Village Clerk and Village Trustee Ann Marie Bornt, who served the Village for almost 40 years.

We will be naming the Municipal Building in her honor, and unveiling the stone monument that will permanently reside next to the main stairs of the "Ann Bornt Municipal Building".

We hope you are able to join us. Light refreshments will be available in the main lobby. The regular Board meeting will begin afterwards, approximately at 6PM.

VOCs discovered in Sewer Improvement Project near John Street Superfund Site

Honeywell International has addressed the situation with plans to remediate in 2020

This is to provide an update on a situation that recently occurred during the ongoing Sewer Improvement Project in the areas of John Street, Lyman Street, Superior Street, and Church Street.

On Thursday, November 14th, while the Village’s contractors were working in John Street, an old culvert was discovered. Once equipment began working to uncover and remove the culvert, strong fumes were detected. Air monitoring results showed elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Work was immediately halted, and the culvert was covered.

The Village, along with its environmental consultants Sterling Environmental Engineering, contacted New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who visited the site. The Village, its consultants, and attorneys immediately initiated discussions with Honeywell International, who is responsible for the John Street Superfund Site. The Village also reached out to a small business owner near the site to make sure they were aware of what had been found and to keep them informed throughout the process.

Results from soil samples taken inside the culvert showed high levels of localized contamination. The highest detection of VOCs in the samples were 11,000 ppm of Trichloroethene (TCE) and 120,000 ppm of 1,1,1-Tricholoroethane. These values are over a thousand times higher than any results obtained in the Remedial Investigation that is being conducted by Honeywell at the John Street site.

Honeywell has accepted responsibility for the situation and has taken the lead on addressing it. As an interim measure and with DEC’s approval, they have properly covered and filled in the area where the culvert was unearthed, temporarily addressing the immediate hazard within a week of its discovery. Honeywell has also started developing a work plan to remediate the culvert, and once the work plan receives DEC approval, they will address the situation, likely in the spring of 2020.

The Village and its engineers and contractors modified the existing Sewer Improvement Project plans so that the John Street portion of the work could be eliminated. This allows the project to continue without delay and/or extra cost to the Village.

As any additional updates come, the Village will post them on their website.

Updated road closings/openings - Thanksgiving week

Monday, 11/25/19: A few updates on road closing and openings related to the Sewer Improvement Project:

  • First Street underpass is now OPEN.
  • The Mechanic Street bridge will be closed for one more day, and will be opened up at the end of the work day on Tuesday, 11/26. Emergency vehicles can still make it through that section.
  • Water Street will have one end (Church Street end) closed off beginning next week, and work will continue down Water Street for the remainder of next week.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, and the lack of noticing last week. We hit some unanticipated sub-surface conditions that added some delays and forced some schedules to be modified. The Village will be providing additional information on this shortly.

From Honeywell International: John Street Investigation Activity for 2019

A number of Village residents have requested updates as to what would be going on regarding the John Street Superfund work. The Village passed this on to Honeywell, who prepared a summary of work over the next couple of months.

1st Street Underpass Closed November 4th to 8th

Due to the ongoing Sewer Improvement Project work in the area of John, Superior, and Lyman Street, the underpass at the end of 1st street will be closed off beginning Monday morning, November 4th, and will remain closed (including overnight) through likely the end of the week.

For those of us who avoid the train crossing on River Street/Route22 by taking the 1st street underpass below the train track, this will not be an option next week. Very sorry for the inconvenience.

Public Notice: Comprehensive Plan & Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy

Friday, November 11th: PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there has been presented to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, New York, on October 8, 2019, a Comprehensive Plan and Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy for the Village of Hoosick Falls.

The full text is available here for public review and at the Office of the Village Clerk, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, during regular business hours.

FURTHER, PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of teh Village of Hoosick Falls will hold a public hearing on the aforesaid Comprehensive Plan and Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy in the Meeting Room in the Hoosick Falls MUnicipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY, at 6:00P.M. on the 12th day of November, 2019, at which time all interested persons will be heard.

Click here for the full report with the appendix. A smaller file without the appendix is available here.

MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY STUDY RELEASED

Presentation on the report this Wednesday, October 23rd, at Hoosick Falls Central School at 6:00PM

Monday, October 21st: The long-awaited Municipal Water Supply Study has been released, detailing five potential options for a future long-term water source for the Village of Hoosick Falls municipal water supply. The report is available at the DEC website.

For your convenience, we have broken down the report into the following ways, so that you can easily navigate the report:

You can also watch the video below that explains the report and the Wednesday meeting.

This Wednesday, October 23rd, there will be a presentation on the report beginning at 6PM at the Hoosick Falls Central School auditorium. There will also be availability sessions in the gymnasium that run from 3:00-5:00PM and 7:30PM-9:00PM. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY TO CONSIDER PROPOSED AGREEMENT BETWEEN VILLAGE AND HONEYWELL

Agreement related to sewer improvement project taking place around John Street Superfund Site

Friday, October 11th: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of consideration of a proposed agreement to accept funds from Honeywell International, Inc. in connection with the current sewer improvement project, SEQRA review of Woods Brook Drainage Improvements Project, together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees.

The agreement to be discussed is available here for review. It is specific to costs related to managing contaminated soil and/or water near the John Street Superfund Site as it related to an ongoing Sewer Improvement Project.

Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 6PM

Tuesday, September 24th: Notice is hereby given that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of performing a State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review of the Woods Brook Home Buyout Program, to provide an update on discussions with Honeywell International, Inc. concerning the pending sewer improvement project, together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees.

The tentative agenda is available here.

Mayor Allen's letter to the NYS Department of Health about MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

Village of Hoosick Falls Mayor Robert Allen sent a letter to New York State's Department of Health, commenting on the state's proposed MCLs (Maximum Contaminant Levels) for PFOA and PFOS. You can read the letter here.

The newspaper of record for the Village of Hoosick Falls is the Troy Record. Public notices will be posted in the paper.

Community

Volunteer Opportunities in Hoosick

Local Girl Scout Samantha Brewer has created a Volunteer Opportunities booklet as a resource for those looking for information about community organizations in Hoosick. The project was for her Girl Scout Gold Award. This is a great resource for anyone looking for a way to help out the greater Hoosick community. The booklet can be downloaded here. Thank you Samantha!

Things To Do

Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail

The Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail is ready! A community-wide celebration of art and rural culture in Hoosick created by members of the community. 31 barn quilts have been hung throughout the Hoosick area, all built, painted and hung thanks to a coordinated community effort. Maps are available at the HAYC3 Armory to drive the route and view the quilts among our pastoral countryside. If you drive the trail, be sure to take a selfie and share it on your social networks using the hashtag #BQSelfie!

A printable version of the map is available to download.

Waste Water news

Public Notices

Emergency: Dial 911
911 is the quickest way to receive help from the Police, Fire Department or Rescue Squad in an emergency. In non-emergency situations, dial the police at 686-7900. If the desk officer is on patrol, your call will be rolled over to 911 automatically and County Dispatch will forward your request to the Village Police.


The Village Board meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Municipal Building.


Water and Solid Waste information can be found under the Village Departments tab.

Regulations for open burning in the village have been adopted and can be viewed here.

The Village of Hoosick Falls Annual Water Quality Report is available here.

Hoosic River Greenway logo
The Hoosic River Greenway is a joint project between the Village of Hoosick Falls, the Hoosic River Watershed Assn. (HooRWA), and a committee of volunteers. The mission is to develop a greenway along the east bank of the Hoosic River with hiking and biking trails, river access, and other recreational amenities.

The steering committee is always looking for new members. Meetings are held monthly at 6:00 pm in the Village offices. The meeting dates are posted on the Village calendar.

Notice

leaf pick-up

Leaf Pick-up

Fall leaf pick-up will begin October 21 and will end November 15th. The highway crew will begin in the 4th Ward, and then move on to wards 3, 2, and 1. After initial run-through, the Highway Department will return to any areas that have to be picked up through November 15th. After the 15th, leaves may be bagged in proper leaf bags and left curbside, or brought to the transfer station. Residents are strongly urged to obey the Leaf Pickup Rules.

Notice

Sidewalk Improvement Program

The Village of Hoosick Falls sidewalk improvement program works with homeowners and contractors to repair/replace sidewalks that have become difficult to comfortably traverse because of wear, age, or damage. This is a cost-sharing program between the Village and homeowner whose sidewalks are being replaced, and generally saves the homeowner 50% of the total cost to repair/replace the problem sidewalk. Forms and guideline sheets for the program can be picked up at the Village Clerk's office or downloaded here.

Did You Know?

CO Be Aware

Bottle Redemption for the HACA Food Pantry.

If you take your empty bottles and cans to Nickel Back Redemption at 25 Carey Avenue you can donate the money to the Hoosick Area Church Association (H.A.C.A.) Food Pantry? This money would go toward purchasing food for the pantry, preparing Thanksgiving baskets, and outfitting and supplying backpacks to children at the start of the school year. Every nickel counts!

Home Safety

CO Be Aware

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the “invisible” killer. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. Every year more than 100 people in the United States die from unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide associated with consumer products. To read more about CO poisoning, and what you can do at home to prevent it, read the literature below from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Invisible Killer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Fire Safety in the Home

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection would like to remind consumers of fire dangers and pass along useful tips that will help you stay safe.
Consumer Alert: Fire Safety Tips

Notice

Used Clothing Drop-off now at the Transfer Station

drop-off signAll USABLE clothing and fabric items such as; clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, table linens, and stuffed toys will be accepted. (Please, no rags, fabric scraps, pillows, plastic toys, or non-fabric household items.) Your donations will not be cut up or shreaded, but will be used to help people in need.

  • Send clothing to people who can use it all over the US and the world.
  • Help the environment by keeping usable clothing out of landfills
  • Receive a tax deduction for your donation (forms are at the drop-off location)
Please help us keep your donation clean and dry by putting items in sealed plastic bags.