The Town of Austerlitz is looking for an interested to serve on the Board of Assessment Review for a 5 year term.  The BAR reviews assessment grievances.  Must be available for grievance day each year at the end of May and any additional meetings needed.  For additional information, please contact Town Clerk Susan Haag at 518-392-3260, ext. 300.  Please send letter of interest to Town Clerk, Susan Haag, PO Box 238 Spencertown, NY 12165 or email


The Town of Austerlitz is seeking applications for temporary help within the Highway Department. Position would be through the spring and summer season. Applicants must be able to operate motorized highway equipment including dump trucks, graders, backhoes, front-end loaders, rollers, tractors, tiger mowers, chippers and chainsaws. Class A or B CDL required and prior roadwork experience is preferred. Will also be required to do manual labor such as shoveling ditches and removing litter and debris from roadways as well as any other duties that may be assigned. For additional information, please contact highway clerk, Mary Davis at 518-392-3260 ext. 301 Please send resume to Austerlitz Highway Department, PO Box 238 Spencertown, NY 12165 or email to

Dirt Roads

While most of us have enjoyed the January thaw, it, along with the recent moisture laden storms have taken a toll on our dirt roads.

Any attempt to repair the roads at this time would be futile and risk further damage to the roads as well as the town’s equipment. It is not possible to repair these roads until spring after things dry out and we can come in with the heavy equipment needed to do the work.

As a preventive measure, we ask that you schedule delivery of oil or propane after the roads refreeze and are frozen. This will help reduce the damage that heavy vehicles inflict. It is in everyone’s best interest to minimize heavy traffic on dirt roads this time of year so that if there is an emergency, Fire and Ambulance crews can respond without delay.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Robert Meehan
Highway Superintendent

K.I.S.S. – Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe is a free program implemented by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner.  You can bring sensitive documents to the Austerlitz Town Hall between March 20th – March 31st for free destruction!

Documents will be signed over to the Town Clerk and will be placed into a secured, locked container.  This container cannot be unlocked by any County or Town employee, only by the vendor.  The shredding vendor is a trusted, bonded company.

Seniors can rest assured that their documents will be secure from the moment they are placed in the locked receptacles in the town hall.

This service is FREE to seniors and the town.  The costs are covered out of the County Clerk’s records management expenses budget which is funded through the mortgage taxes collected in the Clerk’s office.

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We need your speed! As you may know, Governor Cuomo has launched a statewide initiative to bring high speed internet to rural New York State, with Columbia County identified as the #1 priority region. Internet service providers will rely on maps of existing conditions to determine which households will receive upgraded service. It is therefore critical that those maps are as accurate as possible.

To help ensure that every town in Columbia County has access to 21st century internet, several town broadband committees, county committees and citizen groups are seeking your input. Please take two minutes to complete this survey – even if you have answered similar surveys in the past. The data collected will be used to correct and update existing service maps for Columbia County.

Thank you for your input. We cannot do this work without you!

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On February 18, 2016 the Town Board passed Local Law 1-2016 expanding town property tax exemptions for qualifying veterans who have served in the United States Armed Services. The new exemptions match the county levels and those of most of the municipalities in Columbia County. The new exemption amounts on the assessed value of your property are:

  • For wartime service, the exemption amount is $24,000
  • For combat service, the exemption amount is an additional $16,000
  • For service connected disability, the exemption is up to $80,000
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2017 Town Budget

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E-ZPass sold here!

E-ZPass now available at the Town Hall.
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