Our History

Austerlitz was organized from parts of the towns of Hillsdale, Chatham, and Canaan, March 28, 1818. A little more than one-fifteenth of the present town was taken from Chatham, a little over one-eighth from Canaan, and a little less than five-sixths from Hillsdale. This area was first settled in 1757 under a deed from Mohican Indians to 75 settlers, who established the proprietorship of Spencers Town, there being 12 Spencer families in the group. The Mohicans and the settlers thought Spencers Town was in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, but New York's jurisdiction was established before the Revolution.   

Notice of Special Election
Town of Austerlitz

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Municipal Home Rule Law sections 10 and 23, and Article 6 of the Town Law, a special election of the qualified voters of the Town of Austerlitz, Columbia County, New York, will be held at the Austerlitz Town Hall located at 816 Route 203 in Spencertown, New York, in said Town, on Tuesday, the 25th day of May, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 o’clock PM and 7:00 o’clock PM. (EST) for the purpose of voting on the adoption or rejection of Local Law No. 1 of 2021 adopted by the Town Board of said Town on February 21, 2021, which Local Law provides for the abolishment of the elected position of Town Highway Superintendent and creation of an appointive position of Highway Superintendent.

The polls will be open for the receipt of ballots during the aforesaid hours and ballots will be substantially in the following form:


Shall Local Law No. 1 of 2021 of the Town of Austerlitz, which provides that the elective office of the Town Superintendent of Highways be abolished and the duties and responsibilities of the elective Office of Superintendent of Highways be transferred and vested in a newly- created appointive Office of Superintendent of Highways which is appointed by the Town Board, be approved?

Further notices and information regarding registration of voters and absentee ballots will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.


By Susan Haag
Town Clerk
Dated: March 25, 2021

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