As Chief Executive Officer of the Town, directs the day-to-day activities of Town affairs and coordinates the activities of Town Department heads. Establishes the standing committees of the Town Board and names their chairpersons and membership. Appoints the Deputy Supervisor and the Town Historian.
The Town's priority is to ensure that our community is kept up-to-date on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Schenectady County. I declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Niskayuna on March 15, 2020, which remains in effect for 30 days. My goal is to provide updated information to help Niskayuna residents remain calm throughout this State of Emergency.
Update as of Sunday, March 29, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 220.1 issued on March 12, 2020 suspending the Open Meetings Law, the Town Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00PM will be held electronically and will not be open for the public to attend in person. Please submit comments to be read into the record by Supervisor Syed during the “Privilege of the Floor” portion of the meeting by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00PM, Tuesday, March 31st. Residents may also drop off written comments at the Town Hall using the drop box.Update as of Thursday, March 26, 2020
Dear Niskayuna Residents,
Yesterday I announced that the Town of Niskayuna joined “Schenectady County COVID-19 Response Coalition,” to work together with other community partners to provide relief and support to families in Schenectady County during this pandemic. The Schenectady Foundation formed this Coalition of non-profits and is coordinating between local governments and school districts to align our collective resources whenever and wherever possible.
Significantly, the Schenectady Foundation relaunched its Rebuilding Families Fund to support the Coalition’s response efforts and has made an initial commitment of $100,000, with an additional $25,000 offered for matching gifts to the Fund. The Fund will be used to provide food, supplies and direct assistance to Schenectady County residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the, the Schenectady Foundation’s Rebuilding Families Fund or to donate, please click here: https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org/index.php
As of now, the Schenectady County COVID-19 Response Coalition is focused on feeding and supplying families affected by COVID-19 -- delivering food and supplies to quarantined families and those in most need. People under quarantine or isolation, seniors, or others at high-risk who are unable to provide for their basic needs may call (518) 621-3536 to request an emergency ration of groceries and other basic supplies. Because supplies are limited, the Coalition asks that Schenectady County residents only use this number in emergency situations.
In its daily update today, as of 10:00am, Schenectady County Public Health reported that there are 60 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Schenectady County; up 4 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 from yesterday (March 25th). The County did not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines in a particular municipality. Please remember that these statistics should not give a false sense of security about the spread of COVID-19 in Schenectady County and we must all continue to do our part and practice social distancing.
I will continue to provide you with frequent updates throughout this State of Emergency and I encourage Town residents to feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions. As a reminder, the Town Board’s regular meeting was moved to Tuesday, March 31st. We are working diligently to set up our videoconference platform and will provide information to residents on how to submit comments to be read during “Privilege of the Floor” tomorrow.
I will conclude this update with remarks made by Governor Cuomo today, which resonated with me, as I hope they do you: “During this difficult time let's listen to the voices of our better angels as individuals, as families, as a community, and as a society. We're going to get through this. The only question is how we get through it and when we get through it. But let's make sure at the end of the day that we can say we are the better for it and our children are the better for it - and I believe they will be.”
Update as of March 25, 2020
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: dotors, 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.
Update as of March 23, 2020 Update as of March 20, 2020 at 5:08pm Emergency Order
Update as of March 19, 2020
Update as of March 18, 2020
Update as of March 17, 2020
Update as of March 16, 2020 at 12:00PM
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
Please be advised that there shall be an emergency Special Meeting of the Town Board, Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. to implement various proactive measures to protect our community and employees from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.
Guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends minimizing contact “by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications and implementing telework if feasible.” Executive Order 202.1, issued by Governor Cuomo on March 12, 2020, authorizes “any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.” Based on these directives, this Special Meeting of the Town Board will be held remotely by conference call. The audio from the call will be posted on the Town’s website, as well as minutes prepared by the Town Clerk.
Update as of March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020, 5PM: State of Emergency in the Town of Niskayuna