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Links to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health (Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19)

Columbia County, NY Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This post will be pinned to the top of Announcements, there may be newer announcements below.

COVID-19 Plasma Donations.
Have you tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered?
Would you like to help critically ill COVID-19 patients in need?
For more information, please visit: Columbia County Department of Health

Governor’s Executive Order 202.17– Simple Face Mask
Effective 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020

In an effort to support the above order, the Town of Clermont will continue to pursue additional distribution of face masks.
Additional cloth face masks will become available again at the Clermont Town Hall in the near future. Date and time to be announced soon. There will be limited supplies, but all supplies of masks will be distributed until they are gone. Also, small bottles (2 – 4 once) of hand sanitizer can be refilled if you bring your own bottles.

School Budget Votes

Message from the Pine Plains Central School District:

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.26, the Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only.  Qualified voters of the Pine Plains Central School District will receive absentee ballots by mail.

The Public Hearing on the Budget Vote and Election will be held remotely on May 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm, it will stream live at this link https://media.dcboces.org/Watch/a7G4RrYe.  The budget materials are available on the Budget Vote tab and in BoardDocs on the Pine Plains Central School District website.  If any community members have questions and/or comments regarding the budget, please email the district clerk at j.tomaine@ppcsd.org.  Please email your questions by 7:30 pm on the night of the Public Hearing, or email before the meeting.

No specific information has yet been provided to the town from the other school districts, but their web sites are provided here:
Germantown Central School District
Red Hook Central School District

Clermont Town Hall closed to the public until further notice.

May 14, 2020: The Town Hall will continue to be closed until further notice. Meetings normally held in the Town Hall will not take place until the Town Hall reopens.

April 6, 2020: Reminder that all meetings normally held at the Town Hall will NOT take place while the Town Hall is closed. This includes the month of April and will continue until further notice.

March 16, 2020: Due to the Corona virus and health concerns of the staff, the Clermont Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Please leave a message for the Town clerk at 518-537-6868 for assistance and/or scheduling if necessary. Sorry for this inconvenience and hope to be open as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding our concerns and efforts to protect as many people as possible.

Raymond Staats
Clermont Town Supervisor

Grievance Notice 2020, Assessment for the Town of Clermont

Pursuant to Sections 506 and 526 of the Real Property Tax Law:

  1. Notice is hereby given that the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Clermont is completed, and a copy thereof is available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The Roll may also Be viewed online at https://clermontny.org and www.columbiacountyny.com.
  2. Notice is hereby given that the Assessor will be in attendance with the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Clermont on the following days:
    • May 5, 2020 by phone appointment only from 8:30am-12:30pm
    • May 8, 2020 by phone appointment only from 8:30am-12:30pm
    • May 14, 2020 by phone appointment only from 4:30pm-6:30pm
    • May 16, 2020 by phone appointment only from 8:30am-12:30pm

      (Due to Covid-19 restrictions the assessor is available for appointment by phone only. Please call the office at 518-929-3845 to schedule an appointment if needed.)
  3. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Clermont will meet to hear and examine all properly filed complaints in relation to assessments of Real Property on June 2nd, 2020 3:00pm-5pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm BY APPOINTMENT.

    Contact the Town Assessor’s Office prior to June 2nd to schedule an appointment.
    Grievance Day will be conducted through Zoom.

    (Due to Covid-19 restrictions, property owners needing to grieve their 2020 tentative assessment are strongly encouraged to submit their grievance application and supporting documentation to the Town Assessor prior to June 2nd either by emailing tocassessor@yahoo.com or by mailing to

    Town of Clermont Assessor,
    1795 Route 9,
    Clermont, N.Y. 12526 )
  4. A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available online at:
    http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf .

      Dated this 1st day of May, 2020
      Cheryl Kaszluga
      Assessor, Town of Clermont

Additional Information as of May 24, 2020:

The Town of Clermont Board of Assessment Review meeting will be held virtually. Residents are invited to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube. Residents are also welcome to participate via telephone.

YouTube  Clermont NY Board of Assessment Review June 2nd at 3 pm
Telephone (646) 558 8656
Meeting ID: 868 2324 9073
Password: 153687

Are you in need of Assistance?

New York State web site: Programs and Services by New York State

New York State web site: Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Columbia County HEAP contacts:
Columbia County Department of Social Services
PO Box 458
25 Railroad Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-9411
Days Open: Monday – Friday

New York State web site: Am I Eligible?

With the summer soon approaching, there is Cooling Assistance!
The Cooling Assistance program provides assistance for a free air conditioner to eligible older adults and people with certain medical conditions who are at higher risk of heat-related illness. Households that include an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat are eligible. To qualify, you must have no working air conditioners, your air conditioner must be at least five years old or you must not have received a HEAP-funded air conditioner in ten years. In situations where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided. The air conditioner or fan is not to exceed $800.00 with installation. The program usually opens around the beginning of May, and closes around the end of August, or until funds are exhausted. Applications are usually accepted through the end of August. 

For information on both programs, please call the Columbia County Department of Social Services, at 518-828-9411, and speak to someone in the HEAP Department.

Resources for assistance provided by the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County
CCNCC_Color Resources Sheets.pdf

Regional food bank of Northeastern New YorkEvents & Dates. Find your area and check the dates.

Senior Grocery Shopping (Volunteers)

Most towns have assembled a group of volunteers to assist seniors with grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Columbia County Office for the Aging is compiling a list of these contacts, which will enable our staff to make referrals should a senior from a particular town need assistance with these tasks.  Please contact Councilmember Dawn Brownson at 518-537-6272 to volunteer.