Town Supervisor

Responsibilities

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.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES (SEE BELOW)

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 remained in effect for 30 days.  On April 15, 2020, I declared and extended a State of Emergency in the Town of Niskayuna, which will remain in effect for 30 days unless rescinded by another order.  My goal is to provide updated information to help Niskayuna residents remain safe, health and calm throughout this State of Emergency. 


Update as of Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Today, the Capital Region entered Phase 2 of “NY Forward,” a four-phase plan for reopening non-essential businesses and business activities in New York State, with two weeks between each phase. Essential businesses and business activities that are currently open will remain open and are not covered by “NY Forward.”  Included in Phase 2 are the following industries: (1) Offices/Professional Services; (2) Real Estate; (3) Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail; (4) Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals; (5) Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning; (6) Commercial Building Management; (7) Hair Salons and Barbershops; and (8) Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services.  Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted as of tomorrow.

Assuming all goes well with Phase 2, the Capital Region will be in a position to commence Phase 3 on or around Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  For more information on New York State’s Reopening Phases: https://forward.ny.gov/ny-forward.  Schenectady County is offering free cloth face coverings (masks) to Phase 1 and Phase 2 businesses for their employees. Masks can be requested by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling (518) 388-4355.​

In its daily update, Schenectady County Public Health Services reported 5 new positive cases.  There are currently 15 positive cases of individuals residing in the zip code 12309, and 56 individuals subject to an order of quarantine.

I encourage you to view the serene and scenic photos taken by Town resident, Jennifer Jeffers. During these uncertain times, it is now more important than ever to recognize the beauty in nature all around us, including right here in our very Town.  Thank you to Jennifer for capturing these breathtaking local photos: jennifermjeffers.weebly.com

Tentative Town Reopening Timeline:

  • Week of June 8th: All Town playgrounds open to the public; Open Driving Range
  • Week of June 21st:  OpenSplash Pad
  • Week of June 29th: Open Niskayuna Town Pool(subject to issuance of permit); Begin Summer Concert Series; Reintroduce 75% of non-essential staff to workplace
  • Week of July 6: Begin Summer Playground Camps at River Road, Blatnick Park, and Avon Crest; Open Town Hall by appointment only; open Senior Center for outdoor activities;
  • Wek of July 15th: Reintroduce 100% of non-essential employees; Open Town Hall to public;
  • Week of July 22nd: Resume regular hours at Senior Center 
  • Week of July 29th: Resume meal program at Senior Center; Tenative opening of Town Court

As a reminder, Rosendale Road will be closed until Monday, June 13, 2020, due to the installation of a roundabout at the juncture of Rosendale and River Roads. Many of you have reached out asking for a detour to our beloved local restaurant, Mario’s Restaurant and Pizzeria located at 2850 River Road. You can still reach Mario’s by way of the following detour: from Route 7 West (Troy-Schenectady Road), turn right onto Union Street, turn right onto NY-146 East/Balltown Road, slight right onto Van Antwerp Road, at the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto River Road; Mario’s will be on the right approximately 2 miles down.

Over the past three months, we have been focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota has underscored the urgency to focus and address another pandemic plaguing our nation: systemic racism and injustice.  No one has the perfect words to address atrocities such as the killing of George Floyd, yet alone myself, but the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ring in my ears and remind me that I must try to find the right words, because “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

I firmly believe that any person who demonstrates racism or commits a racist act does not understand that we are all created equal. Those ignorant of this fundamental human right should be pursued and punished to the full extent of the law.  Racism doesn’t just hurt communities of color; it hurts all of us because it erodes the fabric of society and faith in the integrity of government. Systemic racial injustice cannot be ignored, normalized, or tolerated.  

In peaceful protest, we all must stand in solidarity and strongly speak out against racial injustice occurring in our country and in our community.  I encourage you today and always to stand against racism in any form and not shy away from challenging or uncomfortable discussions about racial injustice.  Now more than ever, I hope we get through this together and do our best to advance this dialogue in our community. 

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor


Update as of Thursday, May 21, 2020 

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Yesterday, the Capital Region satisfied the seven metrics required to begin Phase I of “NY Forward,” a four-phase plan for reopening non-essential businesses and business activities in New York State, with two weeks between each phase. Essential businesses and business activities that are currently open will remain open and are not covered by “NY Forward.”  Included in Phase I are the following industries: (1) Construction; (2) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting; (3) Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off); (4) Manufacturing; and (5) Wholesale Trade.  Assuming all goes well with Phase I, the Capital Region will be in a position to commence Phase II on or around Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  For more information on New York State’s Reopening Phases: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase 

Yesterday, the Town of Niskayuna lifted the stop work order that was placed on all building permits ad non-essential construction.  The Building Department prepared detailed guidance regarding construction, permits, inspections, and complaints, which can be found here: 

https://www.niskayuna.org/home/news/phase-i-reopening-construction-niska... Tuesday, May 19, the CDC issued updated guidance specifically geared for construction workers, which can be found here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/constr...

In its daily update (May 21), Schenectady County Public Health Services has reported 626 positive cases of COVID-19, 13 hospitalizations, 29 deaths, 377 individuals in quarantine and 156 individuals in isolation. There have been 597 recoveries.  As of May 19, 2020, Schenectady County has reported 15 current lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of individuals residing in the zip code 12309, and 141 individuals subject to an order of quarantine in the zip code 12309.

Schenectady County will be giving twice-weekly Facebook live video updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. To view these updates: https://www.facebook.com/SchenectadyCounty/. Residents can submit questions to Schenectady County by the following means: 

The County continues to offer assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition. The Coalition’s mission is to deliver 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.

We are finalizing plans to reopen Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities to the general public. Once it has been determined that we can safely welcome back the general public, we will issue revised guidance. Until then, please check our website’s departmental information page to reach a member of our staff: https://www.niskayuna.org/home/urgent-alerts/important-update-town-super...

While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service. If you would like to utilize the Senior Bus service, you must wear a mask. If you cannot obtain a mask due to lack of availability or financial hardship, one can be provided to you. 

While our Town Hall remains closed to the public, we encourage you to pay your water bills online.  To encourage residents to pay online, there will be no credit card processing fees for paying your bills online: https://www.invoicecloud.com/portal/(S(xtyz4uo3gexooypllbc5xl5e))/2/Site2.aspx?G=7423642f-d425-4c43-bd50-4def7ff92f34

Please note the following set to take place beginning Saturday, May 23rd (subject to change pending NYS Guidance and CDC Guidance):

  • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Niskayuna Dog Park will reopen to the public. 
  • Town-owned playgrounds will re-open to the public on a park-by-park basis, with one week between each reopening, as outlined below:
    • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the playground at River Road Park will reopen to the public
    • Effective Saturday, May 30, 2020, the playground at Blatnick Park will reopen to the public
    • Effective Saturday, June 6, 2020, the playground at Avon Crest will reopen to the public
  •  Town-owned pavilions remain closed to the public until further notice.

We are closely following Governor Cuomo’s guidance regarding whether it is safe to allow use of Town fields/facilities available for sports play/organized play.  New York State Department of Economic Development recently issued guidance that  “Outdoor, low-risk recreational activities are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place:

  • tennis;
  • non-motorized boat use and rentals, such as row boats, kayaks, canoes; and
  • golf and driving ranges, except miniature (mini) golf, with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region.”

With that said, we are working to re-open our tennis courts and are in communication with sports organizations regarding how to safely “reopen” Town fields, courts, and facilities.  Please be mindful to maintain social distancing while using any public spaces, including on the bike paths and in the parks. Please where a mask in situations where you cannot maintain at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others, including on the paths and in the parks. Failure to adhere to social distancing may result in fines up to $1,000.

While we may not be able to travel this year for Memorial Day weekend because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can still reflect on this holiday from the comfort of our homes because of the brave. To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you this Memorial Day and every day.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor​


Update as of Thursday, May 14, 2020 

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

In his daily briefing, Governor Cuomo announced that certain regions of New York State met the State’s required metrics and were cleared to reopen on May 16th. Our region, the Capital Region, has reached five of the seven metrics needed in order to safely reopen. According to the NY Forward reopening guide, reaching all seven metrics will ensure that:  

  • The infection rate is sufficiently low;
  • The health care system has the capacity to absorb a potential resurgence in new cases;
  • Diagnostic testing capacity is sufficiently high to detect and isolate new cases; and
  • Robust contact-tracing capacity is in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The metrics that our region has yet to achieve is a fourteen day decline in hospital deaths, or fewer than a three day average of five deaths and we have yet to reach the threshold of contact tracers.  To view the Regional Monitoring Dashboard: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard

Once our region is cleared to un-pause, we will begin the phased reopening of businesses. Between each phase there will be a two-week period to evaluate the effects of the reopening on the hospitalization and infection rate. The phases are as follows:

• Phase I: Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Select Retail Curbside Pickup, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

• Phase II: Professional Services, Finance and Insurance, Retail, Administrative Support, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing

• Phase III: Restaurants and Food Service

• Phase IV: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, Education

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 570 positive cases of COVID-19, 20 hospitalizations, 28 deaths, 457 individuals in quarantine and 204 individuals in isolation. There have been 481 recoveries.

We are working diligently to formulate our own reopening plan so that when our region is cleared to un-pause, we will be ready to safely welcome back the general public to Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities. Consistent with Schenectady County’s declaration issued May 11, 2020, I signed a proclamation extending the local state of emergency in the Town of Niskayuna for an additional thirty days.  While we hope our region is soon cleared to re-open, until then, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public.

While our Town Hall remains closed to the public, we encourage you to pay your water bills online: https://www.invoicecloud.com/portal/(S(xtyz4uo3gexooypllbc5xl5e))/2/Site2.aspx?G=7423642f-d425-4c43-bd50-4def7ff92f34

Please note the following set to take place beginning Saturday, May 23rd:

  • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Niskayuna Dog Park will reopen to the public. Individuals must wear masks or face coverings while at the Niskayuna Dog Park and must maintain social distancing (6 feet) from other members of the public.
  • Town-owned playgrounds will re-open to the public on a park-by-park basis, with one week between each reopening, as outlined below. Individuals must wear masks or face coverings (unless age 2 or younger) while using Town-owned playgrounds. Individuals must maintain social distancing from members of the public while using playgrounds.
    • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the playground at River Road Park will reopen to the public
    • Effective Saturday, May 30, 2020, the playground at Blatnick Park will reopen to the public
    • Effective Saturday, June 6, 2020, the playground at Avon Crest will reopen to the public
  • Town-owned pavilions remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Town-owned basketball courts, baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, lacrosse box, volleyball courts, and tennis courts are available for passive use only until further notice.

Please be mindful to maintain social distancing while using any public spaces, including on the bike paths and in the parks. Please where a mask in situations where you cannot maintain at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others, including on the paths and in the parks. Failure to adhere to social distancing may result in fines up to $1,000.

We understand that these uncertain times can be challenging for many but there are resources to help.  While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service. If you would like to utilize the Senior Bus service, you must wear a mask. If you cannot obtain a mask due to lack of availability or financial hardship, one can be provided to you. 

Thank you for calmly making it through these past few months. As we reach the precipice of reopening our community, let’s still remember that social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering in situations where social distancing isn’t possible and consistent hand washing for at least twenty seconds are great methods of infection prevention.

I look forward to soon saying, “We made it through this together.”

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor​


Update as of Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 

PROCLAMATION DECLARING AND EXTENDING A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA

WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York founded upon the threat that COVID-19 poses to the health and welfare of its residents and visitors; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, in my capacity as Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer of the Town of Niskayuna, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article 2-B of the New York State Executive Law,  I declared a State of Emergency within the territorial limits of the Town of Niskayuna, in effect for thirty days; and

WHEREAS, on April 15, 2020, in my capacity as Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer of the Town of Niskayuna, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article 2-B of Executive Law,  I declared a State of Emergency within the territorial limits of the Town of Niskayuna, in effect for thirty days; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202.4, Governor Cuomo directed all local governments “shall, effective March 17, 2020, allow nonessential personnel as determined by the local government, to be able to work from home or take leave without charging accruals, except for those personnel essential to the locality's response to the COVID-19 emergency. Such non-essential personnel shall total no less than fifty-percent (50%) of the total number of employees across the entire workforce of such local government or political subdivision”; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202.10, Governor Cuomo ordered that “[n]on-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time”; and

WHEREAS, on April 15, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202.17, Governor Cuomo ordered: “any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance”; and

WHEREAS, on April 16, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202.18, Governor Cuomo directed the continuation of the provisions of Executive Orders 202.3 – 202.13, “such that all in-person business restrictions and workplace restrictions will be effective until 11 :59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, unless later extended by a future Executive Order;” and

WHEREAS, on May 7, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202. 28, Governor Cuomo directed the continuation of “the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202 and each successor Executive Order up to and including Executive Order 202.14, for thirty days until June 6, 2020;” and

WHEREAS, on May 8, 2020, by Executive Order No. 202.29, Governor Cuomo continued “the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202.15, 202.16, 202.11; 202.18, 202.19, 202.20, and 202.21, for thirty days until June 7, 2020”; and

WHEREAS, Governor Cuomo directed that New York re-open the economy on a regional basis conditioned upon each region satisfying seven metrics, after which, businesses located in that region will re-open in four phases, with at least two weeks in between each phase; and

WHEREAS, as of May 12, 2020, the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington) is not eligible for re-opening because it has yet to satisfy metric #2 (decline in deaths); and

WHEREAS, on May 11, 2020, the County Manager of the County of Schenectady declared and extended the local state of emergency in the County of Schenectady in effect for thirty days; and

WHEREAS, as of May 12, 2020, there were 566 reported positive COVID-19 cases in Schenectady County, 758 individuals subject to an order of quarantine in Schenectady County, and 21 individuals hospitalized in Schenectady County.

NOW, THEREFORE,  I, YASMINE SYED, Supervisor and the Chief Executive Officer of the Town of Niskayuna, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article 2-B of N.Y. Executive Law and pursuant to Executive Law § 24(1), hereby extend and declare a State of Emergency within the territorial limits of the Town of Niskayuna, effective immediately upon my execution of this declaration, founded upon the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to imperil the public safety, health and well-being of residents, visitors, and employees in the Town of Niskayuna; and

FURTHERMORE, this State of Emergency shall remain in full force and effect for thirty (30) calendar days from the date of its execution, unless rescinded by a subsequent declaration; and

IN ADDITION, I hereby direct all departments of the Town of Niskayuna, to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide emergency assistance as I shall from time to time direct; and

FURTHERMORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Executive Law § 24(1), I hereby issue the directives listed below:

  • All Town buildings (including the Town Hall, Highway Garage, Water and Sewer Garage, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Niskayuna Town Court, Senior Center) are closed to members of the public.  The Niskayuna Police Department remains open to the public. 
    • If a member of the public seeks entrance to any Town buildings (excluding the Niskayuna Police Department and Town Court), for any reason and for any length of time, the Supervisor must first approve of the entry. 
    • Any individual granted access to a Town building must provide their name and contact information, to be documented and maintained by the Supervisor’s Office (or by authorized designees).
    • Any individual granted access to a Town building must wear a mask or face covering at all times and shall utilize hand sanitizer prior to entry
  • Town employees must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering at and during work.  Town employees may remove face coverings when they are alone (i.e. outside the presence of another coworker or member of the public) or when they are able to maintain social distance (6 feet) from another coworker.
  • Meetings of the Town Board, Committees of the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals shall be conducted remotely by conference call or similar service until further notice, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed and uploaded to the Town of Niskayuna YouTube channel.
  • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Niskayuna Dog Park will re-open to the public. Individuals must wear masks or face coverings while at the Niskayuna Dog Park and must maintain social distancing (6 feet) from other members of the public. 
  • Town-owned playgrounds will re-open to the public on a park-by-park basis, with one week between each re-opening, as outlined below.  
    • Effective Saturday, May 23, 2020, the playground at River Road Park will re-open to the public
    • Effective Saturday, May 30, 2020, the playground at Blatnick Park will re-open to the public
    • Effective Saturday, June 6, 2020, the playground at Avon Crest will re-open to the public
  • Individuals must wear masks or face coverings (unless age 2 or younger) while using Town-owned playgrounds in accordance with Executive Order 202.17 (extended through June 7, 2020 by Executive Order No. 202.29).  Individuals must maintain social distancing from members of the public while using playgrounds.
  • Town-owned pavilions remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Town-owned basketball courts, baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, lacrosse box, volleyball courts, and tennis courts are available for passive use only until further notice.

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Update as of Friday, May 8th, 2020

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

As we draw closer to New York’s target re-opening date of May 16th, Governor Cuomo and the State’s health officials will be carefully and closely monitoring infection and hospitalization rates to determine whether a region can re-open. Once a region achieves a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate, they may begin a phased re-opening. Phase 1 will be comprised of re-opening low-risk construction and manufacturing. Phase 2 will be comprised of re-opening lower-risk, more essential businesses followed by businesses considered higher-risk and less essential. Between each phase there will be a two-week pause to evaluate the effects of the re-openings on the hospitalization and infection rate. 

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 547 positive cases of COVID-19, 15 hospitalizations, 28 deaths, 573 individuals in quarantine and 246 individuals in isolation. There have been 420 recoveries.  Schenectady County reports that as of May 7, 2020, 88 individuals are quarantined located in the 12309 zip code. 

Additionally, a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will open today, Friday, May 8th, in the parking lot of the Rotterdam Walmart located at 1320 Altamont Avenue. The site is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., weather permitting. For more information visit: https://www.schenectadycounty.com/content/schenectady-county-announces-w...

We are working diligently to formulate our own re-opening plan so that when our region is cleared to un-pause, we will be ready to safely re-open our Town Hall and Town facilities to Town employees currently working remotely; followed by the public. 

Until we receive directives from the State on whether our region’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate allows for “unpausing,” the Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public and non-essential employees. Additionally, as a reminder, playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, outdoor grills and the Dog Park remain closed. Town basketball courts, tennis courts, fields and paths remain open for passive use only (no organized games or groups). We are collaborating with various Town sports organizations together with our office of community programs to tackle the task of developing a comprehensive plan for reopening (or resuming) these activities. 

While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service. If you would like to utilize the Senior Bus service, you must wear a mask. If you cannot obtain a mask due to lack of availability or financial hardship, one can be provided to you. Please check the following page for a list of the essential services that are available to you: https://www.niskayuna.org/home/urgent-alerts/important-update-town-super...

Please be mindful to maintain social distancing while using any public spaces, including on the bike paths and in the parks. Please wear a mask in situations where you cannot guarantee that you will be able to maintain at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others, including on the paths and in the parks. Failure to adhere to social distancing may result in fines up to $1,000.

As we enter the eighth week of the COVID-19 pandemic together, on behalf of the Town of Niskayuna, I want to thank everyone in Town who has shared encouraging words, made donations to our Police Department of PPE supplies, colored our Town with rainbows, volunteered and for the outpouring of support that the Town has received. Our saving grace during this time has been our Town’s residents and employees’ willingness and ability to adhere to social distancing directives, a multitude of executive orders, and adapt to a frenzy of change in such a short period of time.  I appreciate all of you now more than ever and am so proud of our community.

Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed
Town Supervisor

Update as of Friday, April 24th

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order to ensure every New York voter receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application stating: “We're making great progress to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of infection, but we don't know when this pandemic will end and we can't put democracy on hold.” Additionally, the Governor outlined the economic impact of the pandemic on the state with an approximate 14% decline in revenue from the Executive Budget forecast.

In its daily update, Schenectady County reported 373 positive cases of COVID-19, 25 hospitalizations, 15 deaths, 680 individuals in quarantine and 164 individuals in isolation. There have been 198 recoveries.

As a reminder, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public through May 15th.  Town playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, outdoor grills and the Dog Park remain closed. Town courts, fields and paths remain open for passive use only (no games or organized groups). Please check the following page for a list of essential services that are available to you and changes to Town operations and services: https://www.niskayuna.org/home/urgent-alerts/important-update-town-supervisor-yasmine-syed-re-coronavirus-updated-friday-april 

Please check our website meeting calendar for a schedule of upcoming legislative meetings that will take place via live-streamed videoconference and for instructions on how to stream those meetings and submit comments.

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As the weather continues to improve, it will undoubtedly become more challenging to stay home or adhere to social distancing protocols but we must accept this “new normal” and make sure we are maintaining at least a six foot distance between ourselves and others, even while outdoors, and make sure that we are wearing a mask or face covering.

We understand that these uncertain times can be challenging but there are resources to help.  While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service. If you would like to utilize the Senior Bus service, you must wear a mask. If you cannot obtain a mask due to lack of availability or financial hardship, one can be provided to you.

As a reminder of the services available to you, we have partnered with the Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition 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. To reach the Coalition, call (518) 621-3536.

Lastly, tomorrow, Saturday April 25th, I look forward to participating in our Town’s annual Arbor Day celebration and to reading a proclamation commemorating the planting of a tree on the Town Hall green. I hope you are able to join us via our Live-streamed Arbor Day event or to pick up a tree sapling during our drive-thru pick-up from 11am-12pm at Town Hall. For more information: https://www.niskayuna.org/home/news/our-arbor-day-celebration

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor​


Update as of Thursday, April 16th

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that ‘NYS on PAUSE’ is extended through Friday, May 15th.  All non-essential workers must continue to work from home, schools will remain closed, and all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) are cancelled through May 15th- 29 days from today.  Additionally, effective 8pm tomorrow, all New Yorkers over the age of two must wear a mask or a nose and mouth covering while in public, in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, on public transportation systems, and while taking private or for-hire transportation. 

Governor Cuomo has made clear that “unpausing” New York is a process that will take months and will involve the coordination of several neighboring states.  According to Governor Cuomo, New York will formulate a regional plan to re-open “more essential” and “less-risky” businesses and entities in phases in a way that doesn’t cause a second wave of the virus.  To learn more please visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-nys-pause-extended-until-may-15

To learn more about how to properly wear a facemask or how to make your own face covering click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.htmlgov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s recent Executive Orders, yesterday, I extended the Local State of Emergency in the Town of Niskayuna by an additional 30 days. As such, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public through May 15th. Please check our website meeting calendar at http://www.niskayuna.orgfor a schedule of meetings that will take place via live-streamed videoconference and for more information on essential Town services that will be available during this period of time. To view the Local State of Emergency Extension please click here: https://www.niskayuna.org/town-supervisor

While our facilities and offices remain closed, we remain ready and willing to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web.  Even though our Senior Center is closed, our senior center staff is available and ready to assist senior residents (whether it be by coordinating meal services, phone call check-ins, exercise videos, etc.) and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service.   Our Senior Bus driver will be provided with and will wear a mask while on duty per Governor Cuomo’s directive today.  If you will be utilizing the Senior Bus, you must wear a mask in order to ride. If you have difficulty in obtaining a mask and are utilizing the Senior Bus, you can request one by calling 518-495-6202or emailing: [email protected]

While our facilities have been closed to the public, we have taken this opportunity to disinfect all of Town buildings and vehicles currently in use by staff, including the Senior Bus. This process not only keeps our employees safe during this time but will also ensure that our facilities will be ready to safely re-open to the public.  We are scheduling another sanitation and disinfection for all Town buildings (including the Senior Center) prior to re-opening to ensure that our buildings are as safe as can be.  Thank you to KPM Restorations for sanitizing and disinfecting our Police Department and vehicles free of charge, and for prioritizing our request for sanitization and disinfection services.  

A special thanks goes out to Schenectady County’s Emergency Management Office and our Town’s Safety Officer, Charles Bergami, for working together to get face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and wipes for our Town employees who need them.  

Let’s also remember to thank the essential medical personnel who are keeping our ICUs, Emergency Rooms and Hospitals running. Recently, one Capital Region local started Hope for Health Care Workers for individuals to share messages of gratitude and uplifting art with healthcare workers.  If you would like to share your thanks for healthcare workers, please visit: https://www.hopeforhealthcareworkers.com

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 279 positive cases of COVID-19, 27 hospitalizations, 13 deaths, 612 individuals in quarantine, and 160 symptomatic individuals in isolation. There have been 83 recoveries.  Schenectady County continues to operate the “Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition” in partnership with local municipalities, including the Town of Niskayuna to deliver groceries and other essentials during this difficult time to those in need.  If you are in need of supplies, groceries or other essential items during this difficult time, we are here to help.  Please call the Coalition’s Hotline at 518-621-3536. 

Do your part to stop the spread by wearing a mask when required, maintaining social distance even while outside, and washing your hands frequently or anytime you return indoors for at least 20 seconds. Remember to stay homeunless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere. Staying home saves lives.

Please visit the Town of Niskayuna Facebook page tomorrow at 5:00pm for a special Facebook Live community update: https://www.facebook.com/TownofNiskayuna/

Stay calm and stay well.  We can get through these next 29 days together as a community.  

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor​


Update as of Wednesday, April 15th

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Update as of Monday, April 13th

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Today, Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with Governors from six eastern states to gradually reopen the economy; those states are New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware. Health officials from those states, including New York, will use data and available research to develop strategies to ease restrictions on business closures in a way that will not imperil us to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Governor Cuomo also noted several key statistics to show that the severity of the pandemic is leveling off including but not limited to a decrease in new deaths, intubated patients, hospitalizations and new individuals who test positive for the virus. 

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 207 positive cases of COVID-19, 26 hospitalizations, 8 deaths and 849 individuals in quarantine. There have been 63 recoveries. The County continues to operate its COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition in partnership with local municipalities, including the Town of Niskayuna. If you are in need of supplies, groceries or other essential items during this difficult time, we are here to help. Please call the Hotline at 518-621-3536. To date, the Coalition has made 4,418 deliveries to Schenectady County residents in need. To Coalition volunteers, I extend a sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” for your efforts. 

As a reminder, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public through April 29th. Please check our website meeting calendar at www.niskayuna.org for a schedule of legislative meetings that will take place via live-streamed videoconference and for information on the essential services that will be maintained during this period of time. 

While our facilities and offices remain closed, we remain ready and willing to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Please visit http://www.niskayuna.orgto reach a specific department. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service. 

Please be mindful of how your actions can impact others and stay homeunless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere. Many of our paths and parks have been congested with pedestrians and bikers, making it more difficult to maintain adequate social distances. Please instead walk or bike in your neighborhood. Failure to adhere to social distancing protocols may result in fines up to $1,000. 

We can take heart in the words spoken today by Governor Andrew Cuomo that “the worst is over if we continue to be smart.” Let’s continue to be smart in maintaining social distancing measures, consistently washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and staying at home.  

Thank you all for remaining calm. We will get through this together. 

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor​

Update as of Wednesday, April 8th

Dear Niskayuna Residents:

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that flags on state government buildings would be flown at half-staff in honor of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Flags will remain lowered through the duration that New York State is on PAUSE. The Town of Niskayuna will follow suit and will lower our flags in solidarity and in recognition of those who have tragically passed due to COVID-19.  We hope for peace for the families of those who have departed.

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 150 positive cases of COVID-19, 79 hospitalizations, 8 deaths and 621 individuals in quarantine. There have been 51 recoveries.

The County continues to operate its COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition in partnership with local municipalities, including the Town of Niskayuna. If you are in need of supplies, groceries or other essential items during this difficult time, we are here to help. Please call the Hotline at 518-621-3536.

While New York State remain on PAUSE, please note that the Presidential Primary has been moved from April 28, 2020 to June 23, 2020 with early voting taking place June 13-21, 2020. Please check the Schenectady County Board of Elections page for information at: https://www.schenectadycounty.com/boe

As a reminder, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public through April 29th. Please check our website meeting calendar at www.niskayuna.org for a schedule of legislative meetings that will take place via live-streamed videoconference and for information on the essential services that will be maintained during this period of time.

While our facilities and offices remain closed, we remain ready and willing to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Please visit http://www.niskayuna.org to reach a specific department. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service.

During this period of prolonged social distancing, we understand that staying at home can be challenging but there are resources to help. Recently, Governor Cuomo, together with Headspace, launched the “New York State of Mind” content hub created for New Yorkers to access free meditation and mindfulness content. Visit here at: https://www.headspace.com/ny

Please be mindful of how your actions can impact others and stay home unless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere. Many of our paths and parks have been congested with pedestrians and bikers, making it more difficult to maintain adequate social distances. Please instead walk or bike in your neighborhood. Failure to adhere to social distancing protocols may result in fines up to $1,000.

Last but not least, please be vigilant in locking your car doors. Since the beginning of April, there have been several reports of thefts of personal property from unlocked cars throughout Town. Our dedicated Police officers are investigating several reports of thefts and urge you to call 911 if you see anything that looks suspicious or out of place.

Thank you all for remaining calm. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor

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Update as of Monday, April 6th:

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 138 positive cases of COVID-19, 69 hospitalizations, 7 deaths and 592 individuals in quarantine. There have been 21 recoveries. Additionally, the Plotter Kill and Indian Kill preserves are closed until further notice. The County’s household hazardous waste collection event scheduled for May 8th has been cancelled. 

In his daily address to New York State, Governor Cuomo presented statistics that suggest a possible “flattening of the curve”. To ensure that this flattening of the curve continues, and while it remains unclear that New York State has reached a true plateau in new cases, Governor Cuomo has extended the closure of schools and non-essential businesses until April 29th. 

Accordingly, Town Hall and other Town-owned facilities will remain closed to the public until April 29th. Please check our website meeting calendar at www.niskayuna.org for a schedule of legislative committee meetings that will take place via live-streamed videoconference and for information on the essential services that will be maintained during this period of time. 

As the weather warms and the sun shines, it will undoubtedly become more challenging to stay home or adhere to social distancing protocols but now is the most crucial time to slow the rate of infection. The only way to do that is to continue to stay home unless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere.Please also continue to maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. As a reminder, Town playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, outdoor grills and the Dog Park remain closed. Town courts, fields and paths remain open for passive use only (no games or organized groups). As the Governor expressed today, “none of us has the right to be reckless in our own behavior.” Consequently, the state of New York has raised the minimum fine for breaking social distancing protocols from $500 to $1,000. I urge you to please take social distancing seriously.

We understand that staying at home can be challenging but there are resources to help.  While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service.

As a reminder of the services available to you, we have partnered with the Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition 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. To date, the Coalition has provided 2,000 meals and supply kits to folks in need. To reach the Coalition, call (518) 621-3536.

Additionally, there are several mental health resources available to you during this difficult time. Call New York State’s Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314. Please also avail yourself of the many mental health resources available through the Office of Mental Health: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/pandemic_influenza/

Thank you for continuing to stay calm and, remember, we will get through this together. 

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed
Town Supervisor​

Update as of 4:00PM, Friday, April 3rd:

Special Notice: The Niskayuna Police Department is advising residents to make sure to lock their cars and remove any valuables. We have been seeing a recent uptick in reports of property being stolen from unlocked cars.

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

In its daily update, Schenectady County has reported 101 positive cases of COVID-19, 21 hospitalizations, 5 deaths and 335 individuals in quarantine. There have been 21 recoveries. In his address to New York State on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo presented COVID-19 apex models that suggest the State’s apex may occur at the end of April, possibly sooner. Given this expectation, now is the critical time to adhere to social distancing mandates and to stay home unless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere.

We understand that staying home can be challenging but there are resources to help.  While our Town facilities remain closed to the public, our staff remains available to assist you via phone, email, mail and the web. Our senior center staff remains ready to assist and the Senior Bus continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.  Please call the Bus Driver at 518-495-6202 to schedule bus service.

We have partnered with the Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition 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. To date, the Coalition has provided 2,000 meals and supply kits to folks in need. To reach the Coalition, call (518) 621-3536.

Additionally, there are several mental health resources available to you during this difficult time. Call New York State’s Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314. Please also avail yourself of the many mental health resources available through the Office of Mental Health available here: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/pandemic_influenza/ 

Recently, and pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 and Executive Order  202.13, we issued a stop work order on all building permits except emergency and essential construction. This stop work order does not apply to homeowners working in their own home, under a valid building permit, with a current Affidavit of Exemption on insurance requirements. For more information visit click on this link: https://www.niskayuna.org/home/news/stop-work-order-town-niskayuna-building-permits

As a reminder, Town Hall and the Justice Court remain closed. As such, our monthly legislative committee and Town Board meetings will be held via live-streamed videoconference with streaming information available on our website www.niskayuna.org. The following meetings have been scheduled:

-       Police and Public Safety – Tuesday, April 7th at 8am

-       Highway, Parks and Recreation – Wednesday, April 8th at 9am

-       Public Works – Thursday, April 9th at 8am

-       Finance and General Government – Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm

-       Town Board Agenda – Tuesday April 14th at 7pm

-       Town Board Regular Meeting – Thursday, April 30th at 7pm

Town playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, outdoor grills and the Dog Park remain closed. Town courts, fields and paths remain open for passive use only (no practice, games or other organized groups) and you must maintain a 6 ft. distance between yourself and other members of the public.

In this time of social distancing, feelings of isolation are common. Remember that human contact can take place in many forms, from video chats to texts to phone calls. Use technology to stay connected and check-in on family members, neighbors and friends.

In these uncertain times, optimism seems scarce but remember, we’re in this together and we will get through this.  Stay calm, stay safe, and stay connected.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor


Update as of 5:00pm, Monday, March 30th 

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Much has transpired over the last 5 days. With each new day, a new set of challenges are before us but, even so, I continue to be amazed by all of you for maintaining calmness and patience and for your continued desire to help where and when possible.

Today I issued Emergency Order 2020-02 for the Town of Niskayuna which continues the directives set forth in my Proclamation Declaring a State of Emergency issued on March 15, 2020, including the continued closure of Town Hall and the Justice Court to the general public. Despite these continued closures, 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.

Also stipulated in today’s Emergency Order 2020-02 is the continued closure of Town playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, outdoor grills and the Dog Park. Town courts, fields and paths remain open for passive use only (no practice, games or other organized groups) and you must maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and other members of the public.

While Schenectady County does not provide specific statistics for individual municipalities, they have confirmed 70 positive cases of COVID-19 Countywide. In light of these statistics, please make every effort to stay home unless absolutely necessary to be elsewhere. Of the many urgings circulating our social media streams, one of my favorites is: You’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. Maintaining your social distances will not only protect you from the spread of COVID-19, it will protect your neighbors, friends and family.

As a reminder of the services available to you during this difficult time, we have partnered with Schenectady County on their recently launched COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition 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. Call (518) 621-3536.

Many of you have reached out in regards to Yard Waste pickup. I can confirm that random weekly Yard Waste pickup will begin, weather permitting, on April 6th and zoned pickup will begin on May 11th

Tonight at 6:00pm, licensed marriage and family therapist, Jeffrey Kaplan, will be hosting a Facebook Live event on behalf of the New York Marriage and Family Therapy Network titled, “School’s Out!” to provide advice to students and families on dealing with the stress of social distancing. Tune in at: www.facebook.com/NYMFTN/

Lastly, I want to commend our local Niskayuna Tire & service for providing ozone generators to our Niskayuna Police Department for disinfection of the department’s vehicle fleet. Read here: https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/03/29/schenectady-niskayuna-police-ramping-up-sanitation-safeguards

I remain confident that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor


 

Update as of Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:45PMEMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020 - 02123 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 ([email protected]) 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.”

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor

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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.

Sincerely,

Yasmine Syed

Town Supervisor

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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.


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Staff Contacts

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Yasmine Syed Supervisor
Stan Fiminski, Jr. Deputy Supervisor
Brian Backus Confidential Secretary
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