Town Of Austerlitz
Columbia County
New York

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Preliminary Budget of the Town of Austerlitz for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022 has been completed and filed in the office of the Town Clerk located at 816 Route 203, Spencertown, New York, where it is available for inspection by all interested persons during the regular hours of the Town Clerk.

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Austerlitz will hold a public hearing thereon, via Zoom, at 5:00 p.m. on the 4 day of November, 2021 and at such hearing any person may be heard in favor of or against the Preliminary Budget as complied for or against any item or items therein contained. If you wish to attend remotely via video conference, please contact the Town Clerk at 518-392-3260 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible in order to timely receive sign-in information or see instructions posted on the Town’s website at www.austerlitzny.com. Written comments will be accepted prior to the hearing via email to the Town Clerk.

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that immediately following the close of the public hearing, the Town Board will hold a Special Meeting to discuss the Preliminary Budget.

Pursuant to §113 of Town Law, the proposed salaries of the elected Town Offices are hereby specified as follows:

Town Supervisor $ 7,217.00
Town Councilmen (4) 2,317.50 (each)
Town Clerk/Tax Collector 32,356.00
Highway Superintendent 57,396.00
Town Justices (2) 11, 255.00 (each)

By order of the Town Board,
Susan A. Haag
Town Clerk
Dated: October 25, 2021

To View the Preliminary Budget, click here:  pdf Town of Austerlitz 2022 Preliminary Budget

The Town of Austerlitz Climate Committee has a new website. Please go to https://austerlitzclimateaction.org/ and don’t forget to bookmark it!

The Town of Austerlitz Climate Committee is launching its new, stand alone website. Please check it out, visit regularly and don’t forget to bookmark it.
Thank you to all who made this happen, at no cost to the town. The website is at: https://austerlitzclimateaction.org/

Town of Austerlitz
Columbia County
New York

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Austerlitz has called a Budget Workshop on October 21, 2021 starting at 6:30 p.m. to review the 2022 Tentative Budget. Workshop will be held virtually. Please contact the Town Clerk for Zoom instructions.

By Order of the Town Board
Dated: October 1, 2022
Susan A. Haag, Town Clerk

Columbia County Solid Waste Station Replaces Bags with Tags.  Be Prepared! 

Because the County has been experiencing issues with restocking their inventory of County garbage bags from their vendor and because they have not been able to find a replacement vendor, they have decided to change how trash is now packaged to take to the County Solid Waste Stations.

A new ‘tag system’ has started to roll out across the County replacing the different size bags now offered.  Bags will continue to be sold until the inventory runs out at which time only tags will be sold.  As in the past, PLEASE BUY YOUR BAGS AND TAGS FROM THE TOWN CLERK as the Town receives a portion of the payment price. 

The new tag system will consist of 3 different color tags;

Tag Requirements:

  • One tag is required for each plastic trash bag
  • Tag must be affixed to the bag, either around neck of bag or the bag itself

Garbage tags will be sold as a sheet (5 tags/sheet)

Zoom:

Topic: Austerlitz September Climate Committee
Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click Here for the Climate Committee Agenda

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Attention All Caregivers

Are you caring for a loved one? Would you like to learn tools to help you balance your life and assist in meeting the challenges you may face? The Office for the Aging is looking to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a FREE 6-week, 90 minutes per class, educational program for family and friends who are caring for individuals with chronic conditions. To make it convenient for caregivers, the program will be online and will focus on providing caregivers with skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Self-care tools to reduce personal stress, assist caregivers in dealing with difficult feelings and making tough caregiver decisions will be taught. Caregivers will also learn how to communicate their needs to family members and healthcare providers as well as how to communicate more effectively in challenging situations. Class participants will also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, which was developed specifically for the class. The Office for the Aging needs your help in determining interest in the program.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 518-828-4258, and let us know if you would be interested in this research based program and whether you would prefer it be offered on a weekday or weekend and what time, afternoon or evening. Thank you for your help and we hope to be contacting you with a start date for the fall.

Rep. Delgado Secures Investment in House-Passed Funding Package to Connect Over 300 Columbia County Homes and Businesses with Broadband

August 2, 2021 

Press Release

 GHENT, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined local leaders and state representatives to announce broadband funding for the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz. Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, a package of seven appropriations bills funding various federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2022. Within the legislation, Rep. Delgado secured $829,594 to connect over 300 homes and businesses with broadband across Columbia County.

Local leaders from the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz joined together to request federal broadband funding to address gaps in access. Leaders submitted a request to Rep. Delgado's office, who successfully advocated to secure funding in House-passed appropriations legislation.

CLICK HERE to Watch Rep. Delgado’s Press Conference

“Broadband is not a luxury -- it is a necessity. I am committed to helping secure critical funding to deliver this essential service to folks in the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz,” said Rep. Delgado. “Thanks to the tireless work of local leaders and House passage of funding for the project, we are one step closer to securing affordable, reliable broadband to over 300 homes and businesses in Columbia County. I will keep working to ensure every upstate family, small business, farmer, and veteran has broadband.”

“As an elected official in a rural community, I recognize that investment in this infrastructure is essential for small businesses to be profitable, for our children to thrive, and to protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents,” said Patti Matheney, Ghent Town Councilperson. “This project will make huge strides towards providing our residents without internet an overall better quality of life, more economic opportunity, access to better healthcare, and enhanced educational opportunities. We are very grateful that Congressman Delgado continues to fulfill his promise of listening to the people of New York's 19th Congressional District and delivering on the things that matter most to us.”

"The town of New Lebanon would like to thank Congressman Delgado and all of his staff for working hard to ensure funding is available to provide access to broadband for all of our residents,” said Supervisor Houghtling, Town of New Lebanon. “The COVID pandemic has shown clearly that broadband is necessary infrastructure. The Town of New Lebanon is working hard to ensure that every single road has fiber access, and this funding through Delgado's office is helping us reach that very important goal! We would also like to thank the Town of Ghent, specifically Councilwoman Matheney and broadband chair Dave Berman, for developing this idea and spearheading the efforts for the four towns to collaborate on this application.”

“The Town of Austerlitz is very proud to be a part of this fine group of people who have worked exceptionally hard to make this almost impossible task attainable. The ability to fill in the gaps of broadband in our community will be life-changing for some,” said Robert Lagonia, Austerlitz Town Supervisor. “I want to personally and on behalf of our community thank Congressman Delgado and all of his staff for giving us the opportunity to be a part of such an important funding opportunity and want to thank Congressman Delgado for having the vision to push forward such an important initiative for all of us involved. I also want to thank everyone that has worked so hard to make this all happen, especially Councilwoman Matheney and Dave Berman. Without both of them, this initiative would not have happened.”

“Though we already knew Columbia County residents were struggling with inadequate broadband service, the COVID pandemic laid bare the huge gaps in broadband access in our region. From remote education to telemedicine to working from home, almost every family learned first-hand the importance of reliable broadband access just to function in the 21st Century,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett. “The critical funding Congressman Delgado has secured and announced today shows what federal, state and local governments working together can accomplish for the people of our communities.”

“I am proud to join with our community in thanking Congressman Antonio Delgado for securing this essential investment in local broadband connectivity, marking a tremendous step forward for Columbia County,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R, C, I - Castleton). “Today’s announcement also highlights the importance of working together, building coalitions and putting aside petty differences. This bipartisan, multi-municipality and public-private coalition is a testament to the strength and unity still found in our community and all we can accomplish together.”

Rep. Delgado is a leading voice for expanding access to rural broadband. He is a member of the House Task Force on Rural Broadband and voted to pass historic investments in expanding broadband and closing the digital divide. This Congress, Rep. Delgado has introduced legislation to address flawed federal broadband mapping practices and slow broadband speeds.

Tell Us Your Opinion!

Please take part in a quick survey on the Town's website.  Click here to access the 2021 Austerlitz Town Resident Survey

Here's why it matters:

The Town of Austerlitz’ Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPOC) is beginning the process of preparing amendments to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan for public input and subsequent Town Board adoption. The survey results will serve as the basis for amending the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which outlines the priorities and goals regarding policies and programs undertaken by Town government.    In collaboration with the Town’s Climate Committee, CPOC is seeking input from Town residents focusing on two areas:

  • issues affecting our senior population, and
  • identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions/climate by residents, businesses and agriculture.

Please take a moment to complete all questions in both parts of the brief survey.  You may access the survey by clicking the link above or visit the homepage of the Town's website (austerlitzny.com) -- by clicking on the red ribbon at the top of the page, entitled "2021 Austerlitz Town Resident Survey".

If you prefer to respond on paper, copies of the survey are available at the Town Hall. Paper responses should be mailed to CPOC, PO Box 238, Spencertown, NY 12165, by September 1.  Thank you!

In 2019, a team of researchers from Boston University reached out to municipalities regarding a Municipal Deer Survey. The survey collected information from town, village and city officials about the perceived status of deer populations, local concerns about deer, municipal bylaws that restrict hunting, municipal deer management strategies in use or under consideration, and the ways municipalities have learned about deer and deer management.

Survey responses were analyzed and results described in a report that can be accessed by clicking here: NYS Municipal Deer Survey Report.

You can also find the report on our website sub(urban) Wilds, along with additional information on the project.