The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge, Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in New York State, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.
Based on an individual’s behavior, the COVID-19 tool provides an analysis of the likelihood to contract, spread, be hospitalized and die from the virus.
It includes a mental health assessment to gauge depression and outcomes as a result of loneliness. The tool links people to local services should they have a need, i.e.) food, testing, paying bills, etc.
As the holidays approach and more indoor activities occur, it is important that older individuals with chronic conditions take this test to protect themselves. It is equally important that young individuals, who are often asymptomatic, take this test to help prevent them from becoming super spreaders. Information is power and understanding how we live and how our day to day routines impact the chances of getting and spreading the virus is critical.
The tool is FREE, anonymous and analyzes behavior, using scientific data that is being updated weekly. It only takes five minutes to complete and can be taken as many times as one wishes.
To take the five minute free online test, please go to:

Columbia County Department of public Works is now accepting applications for the following position:


This is a laborer class position in the Highway Department which will run from  November 1, 2020 through April 1, 2021 (Grade 11), Salary $16.12/HR. To view more information, click here:  pdf Seasonal Laborers 3 Highway - 10/16/20

The latest edition of the Social Security newsletter is now available! Within it, you will find Social Security’s latest information, current news items, and FAQs.

pdf Social Security Star - October 2020

The success of the Office for the Aging’s Meals-on-Wheels program relies on the network of volunteers that deliver meals to the homes of our community’s senior population. Due to the pandemic, the need for home delivered meals has increased significantly and the Office for the Aging is in immediate need of more volunteers. Can you spare an hour or two a week? Meals are delivered every week day; however, most volunteers only deliver one or two days per week.

For many recipients, the Meals-on Wheels volunteer is the only contact the individual has all day. Volunteers knock on the recipient’s door, place the meal on a chair or table and wait for the individual to come to the door. Social distancing and safety protocols, ie) masks, gloves, are practiced.

Please help us to care for those who cared for us! If you are interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, please contact Lisa DeStefano today at 518-672-5323. Thank you!

Saturday August 1, 2020 OLD AUSTERLITZ, Initial opening of Old Austerlitz Museum and Shop and Art Austerlitz between Noon-4:00pm, and continuing Saturdays & Sundays thru Sept. 6th. Admission to the museum which features self-guided tours of the Morey-Devereaux House, The Blacksmith Shop, The Barn and Carriage Shed is $7 (free for members). "Art Austerlitz", the contemporary art gallery in the historic Austerlitz Church and The Shop are free.

Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Location: 11550-11565 State Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017. 518-392-0062. For more information please go to

Due to a medical issue, the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer will not be available from Wednesday July 15th thru Friday July 17th. He will be available by phone so leave a message and he will call you back as soon as possible.

Thank You
Glenn T. Smith CEO/ZEO
518-392-5007 ext 303