Important Update from Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed

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Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Thank you all for staying calm and being patient throughout the many changes impacting you during these uncertain times. We at Town Hall miss seeing you and look forward to opening our doors again soon. Until then, we remain ready to serve you by phone, email and the web (www.niskayuna.org). Click here for a list of the essential services that we continue to provide as well as a departmental summary.

While Schenectady County does not provide specific statistics for individual municipalities, they have confirmed 56 positive cases of COVID-19 Countywide. It’s now more important than ever we heed the advice of Public Health officials to stay home unless there is an urgent reason to be elsewhere. It is important to note that even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still be contagious. Think about your impact on those around you, especially the most vulnerable among us, and make every effort to stay home.

We understand there are many difficulties facing you, including the need for essential items. In response, we are partnering with Schenectady County on their recently launched COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition. A word from the County on this program:

The Coalition was created to help address non-medical, coronavirus-related issues and ensure those who are quarantined or isolated, seniors, and other at-risk individuals get the basic supplies they need while they remain at home. The main focus of the Coalition is delivering groceries and other essentials during this difficult time, while also identifying services offered by partner organizations for those with additional needs.

Schenectady County residents in need of supplies should call (518) 621-3536. Staff will work with callers to identify their needs, including any dietary or allergy restrictions, and set up a drop-off time. Representatives from the County Department of Social Services will also be on hand to assist with shelter, temporary assistance programs and Medicaid issues. Staff will also have information about resources available to address other identified needs.

As we all do our part and practice social distancing, feelings of isolation are common. Thankfully, more than 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered to provide free online mental health services to all New Yorkers; call the State's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to take time to thank the incredible people that continue to work throughout this crisis despite being at great risk themselves: doctors, nurses, first responders, military personnel, delivery drivers, shelf stockers, grocery clerks, and countless others. They are truly heroes among us.

We will get through this together.

Sincerely,
Yasmine Syed
Town Supervisor