Supervisor’s Report – July 1, 2019

Last Friday we said farewell to Chief of Police Chris Lavin who retired after 29 years as Chief and fifty years in law enforcement. Chief Lavin joined EGPD in 1974 and was appointed Chief in 1990. When he started he was only the fifth full-time patrolman in the Department; by the time he retired he had built a department of 24 officers with a reputation for even-handedness and effective enforcement of the law. East Greenbush is a safe community and to appreciate that we must thank Chris Lavin for his professionalism and dedication to duty. Chris is a person of intelligence and integrity who brought honor to the uniform he wore and the Town he loves. Thank you Chief Lavin! We wish you good health and fortune in your retirement.

Friday was also the day that new Chief Elaine Rudzinski assumed command of the Department.Chief Rudzinski is a 24-year veteran of the force, most recently in the rank of Detective Sergeant. Elaine is East Greenbush born and bred, a graduate of Columbia High School and Hudson Valley Community College. She holds a B.A. from Siena College and an M.A. from Sage Graduate School. Chief Rudzinski has had a distinguished career with EGPD and her appointment was received enthusiastically in Town. She is the first female police chief in the history of Rensselaer County. We wish Chief Rudzinski the best, and we know she will make us all proud.

If you haven’t already checked out the changes in the Town Park, please do so at your earliest convenience. Beside building the Red Barn, we have installed a new playground and paved the parking lot and road leading into the Park. Summer is here and we wanted residents to have a place to bring their families, relax and play in the sunshine. Our Department of Public Works has done a great job in the Town parks!Special mention must be made of Jimmy Hempstead and Dave Williams who work extremely hard to keep the parks in shape. Here’s hoping everyone has a great summer!