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Department Contact Info

Clermont Town Hall
1795 Route 9
Clermont, NY 12526

Town Hall Phone:

Town Hall Fax:

Raymond Staats, 518-537-6868

Town Clerk:
Mary Helen Shannon, 518-537-6868,

Cheryl Kaszluga, 518-537-6928

Building Inspector/ZEO:
Sam Harkins, 518-537-6868,

Planning Board:
Larry Saulpaugh, 518-821-7964

Zoning Board of Appeals:
Hank Himelright, 518-537-6880

Dog Control Officer:
Desiree Webber, 321-863-3875 (cell);

Highway Superintendent:
James Potts, Jr., 518-537-6869

Dawn Brownson,

Town Court/Town Justices:
Richard Christensen, 518-537-5302
Ronald Banks, 518-537-4218

Tax Collector:
Joan Buser, 518-537-6102 – By Appointment

Planning & Zoning

Building Inspector/ZEO:
Sam Harkins, 518-537-6868,

Hours: Thursdays · 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Services: Building Permits; Certificates Of Occupancy; Zoning Information

Planing Board:
Larry Saulpaugh, 518-821-7964

Zoning Board of Appeals:
Hank Himelright, 518-537-6880

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend Application Night so they will be better prepared for coming before the ZBA and submitting their applications.

Zoning and Building Documents are available in the Resources & Documents section.

Available Zoning and Building Documents include info packets, zoning books, maps, permit applications, fee schedules, as well as other forms and procedural information.

Tax Information

Tax Collector
Joan Buser (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021)
518-537-6102 – By Appointment

Tax information can be looked up online by Tax Map ID# at:
You can find your Tax Map ID# through the County Assessment Rolls. Columbia County assessments for all municipalities in the County may be viewed on the County website.

Sole Assessor
Cheryl Kaszluga (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2019)
Hours: Tuesdays · 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Services: Star Programs; Agriculture & Veterans Exemptions.

Property Tax
More information about Columbia County Real Property Tax can be found here.

Tax Grievances
If you wish to grieve your property tax assessment, you can do so at the Grievance Day for the town of Clermont. The Board that hears the grievances is the Board of Assessment Review.

Tax Exemption Report 2018
The Assessor’s Tax Exemption Impact Report for 2018 can be found here.

Board of Assessment Review 
John Gall, Chairman (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2021)
Ripley G. Hathaway (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2022)
Mary Howard (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2018)
John Halterman, IV (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2019)
Sara Takacs (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020)

School Taxes
To learn more about budget and financial information of the three school districts, here are the schools’ websites:

Here are the links for the School Tax Bills:

Germantown Central School Taxes go to

Germantown Central School
Tax Processing Unit
P.O. Boz 16186
Albany, NY 12212-6186

For Pine Plains and Red Hook Central School District Taxes go to Info-Tax Online.

Pine Plains Central School District
PPCSD – School Tax Collector
2829 Church Street
Pine Plains, NY 12567

Red Hook Central School District
Kristie L. Lukach
9 Mill Road
Red Hook, NY 12571


Clermont Town Court
Town Hall
1795 Route 9
Germantown, NY 12526
Phone: 518-537-6868

Town Justices
Richard Christensen (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2019)
Phone: 518-537-5302

Ronald Banks (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021)
Phone: 518-537-4218

Court Hours
The Court Hours will begin at 5:00 P.M. on Thursdays.

Other Courts
Here’s a link to all the other Columbia County Courts.


Clermont residents vote at Town Hall.

1795 Route 9
Clermont, NY 12526

For General Elections polls are open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

For Primary Elections polls are open from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Remember, you can’t vote unless you’re registered. Register here.

For more information about voting in the State of New York click here or for voting in Columbia County click here.

Please note that Election Day Dinners are held at the Community House on the grounds of the Clermont Town Hall.

School District

The Town of Clermont sends its children to three school districts. Our western and northern areas are in the Germantown Central School District, the middle part of town, along Route 9, is in the Red Hook School district, and our eastern reaches are located in the Pine Plains School District. The three school district websites are listed below:


Red Hook:
(Red Hook School District Map)

Pine Plains:

Fire District

Line Officers
Chief: Lloyd Kukon, 518-537-6811, Station #1
1st Assistant Chief: Collin Brown
2nd Assistant Chief: Vacant
Captain: Les Coon
1st Lt.: Ryan Brown
2nd Lt.: Natasha Moyer

Fire Commissioners
Ronald Miller (1/1/2016 – 12/31/2020)
Ronald Rifenburgh (1/1/2015 – 12/31/2019)
Laurence Saulpaugh (1/1/2017 -12/31/2021)
Susan Rifenburgh (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2018)
Raymond Bauer (1/1/2018 – 12/31/2022)

Denise Fiore, Treasurer, Yearly Appointment
Mary Helen Shannon, Secretary, Yearly Appointment

The Commissioners meet on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall, Clermont.

Related Websites
Fire Chiefs:
NYS Fire Website for Fire Training:

About the Company
One of the most vigorous groups in a small community is its all-volunteer firemen and women’s auxiliary. Their labors are not only essential to lives and property of the community, but they provide a setting for many enjoyable social gatherings. They brighten the celebrations of the communities with their marching in various parades. The 1976 Bi-Centennial Parade at Hudson with the firemen of Clermont in colonial dress followed by the Ladies Auxiliary in delightful colonial gowns, was a crowning example of such participation. In addition they provide a working nucleus for many community projects. A booklet such as this cannot exclude a heartfelt salute to all the men and women who have served their fellow townspeople so valiantly through the decades.

From the Dedication of the Clermont Firehouse, in August, 1961, the following information is excerpted. “As a result of a discussion between Mrs. Mary Livingston, mother of Robert R. Livingston of Cheviot, and the Supervisor of the Town of Clermont, Harold Wilson, Jr., the Clermont Fire District was established and the company organized. The first fire truck was purchased in 1928. An organizational meeting was called on June 28, 1928, by Supervisor Wilson. The first officers of the company were: Captain, Paul Poleschner; First Lieutenant, Alonzo Every; Secretary, R. Lasher; President, T.A. Gaty, Jr.; Vice President, Edmond Hamm; and Treasurer, Walter Decker. On the director’s committee-Wesley Potts, Frank Finger, and Charles A. Dunker; and representative to the town board, Harold Wilson.

The first fire was at the Joseph Wagner farm at Blue Stores. In October of 1958, Bingo was started at the Community Hall. Need for protection on the west side of town led to the new firehouse on 9G at the Old Cross District Schoolhouse. Renovation was completed by 1961.

To bring history up to date: Soon after the basement in the new firehouse was completed. Within five years a well-equipped recreation room was finished. There is additional space if the upstairs hall becomes too crowded. Storage and a utility room with an outside entrance to the basement were added.

Mr. George Fonti donated land to the south of the firehouse on which a 50 x 96 foot steel pavilion was erected. It accommodates about 500 people during firemen’s outdoor affairs. Later land was purchased from Mr. G. Fonti and Mr. Raymond Fonti for a parking area and highway access to 9G.

In 1967 a new firetruck arrived, a 750 gallon a minute, 3 stage pump, with a 1,000 gallon reserve tank capable of delivering high pressure fog. Later additional land was purchased from Mr. Richard Denegar in back of the main firehouse-this in anticipation of building cooking facilities in proximity to the pavilion.

The Fire Department purchased a new firetruck in 1988 – 1,250 gallon per minute pump.

Clermont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1959. Its main purpose is to help the firemen when needed. This very active group has raised monies to help maintain and furnish the Firehouse which is located on Route 9G. The well-equipped kitchen, air conditioner, and the drapes are just a few of their contributors. Their activities include the catering of parties, banquets, weddings, anniversaries, and dinners. The annual card party is a fund-raising affair. Refreshments at the Thursday night Bingo games are also part of the Auxiliary activities.

They are called upon to serve refreshments at fires which can be quite a chore especially in freezing weather. This group helps out financially if a family has suffered severe fire losses. It also makes donations to the various organizations in the county. Clermont is extremely fortunate in having an active Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary.

Regular Monthly Meetings are held the third Monday of each month except for July and August.