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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Beginning June 15, 2020, select Town of Colonie municipal buildings will be open to the general public. For additional information, see the Town and Community Update section on this page.

The Town of Colonie continues to work with its partners at the town, county, state and federal levels to monitor the global outbreak, implement practices recommended to contain its spread and take steps to keep residents and Town employees healthy, safe and informed.


Moving New York Forward

On July 1st, the Capital Region entered Phase Four of Reopening. Read the press release. Face coverings are still required in public places, and social distancing and occupancy limits should be expected. Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings of up to 25 people are being allowed in Phase Three.

Town and Community Updates

Select Town Buildings to Re-open starting June 15

On June 11th, Supervisor Paula Mahan announced that as of Monday June 15, 2020, Town of Colonie will begin to re-open select Town municipal buildings. The following buildings will be open to the public:

  • Memorial Town Hall - 534 New Loudon Road,
  • Public Operations Center - 347 Old Niskayuna Road,
  • Colonie Senior Resources - 12 Metro Park Road, Suite 103,
  • Public Safety Building - 312 Wolf Road has been opened and will remain open to the general public.

For a list of Town Departments by building / location, see Town department directory.

On June 5th, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan issued a local civil emergency order to assist local restaurants, bars and eateries when applying for a permit as part of Governor Cuomo's New York On PAUSE Order. Read the Emergency Order.

Temporary Outdoor Seating information

To apply for a Temporary Outdoor Seating Approval, please complete this form in its entirety. Your response will be reviewed and validated prior to issuing any approvals. There is no cost for this temporary approval.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Common signs of infection include: fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In some cases, infection can cause more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

COVID-19 Prevention:

Because there is currently no vaccine for the disease, the use of preventative measures is recommended. We urge residents to take the following steps to protect you and your family from getting sick or spreading illness to others:

  • Stay home.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others when in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings as required by Governor Cuomo's executive order. Read more about this recommendation here.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Town Department Updates

Building and Fire Services
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site). Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
    For additional information view the essential vs. non-essential guidelines in New York.
Division of Latham Water
  • If you are Commercial Property Owner, be aware that the "New York On Pause" order from Governor Cuomo due to COVID-19 has left many large buildings such as schools, offices, hotels, factories, and medical facilities unoccupied or under-occupied for several weeks. Lack of water use during this period results in stagnation that can allow chlorine to drop to undetectable levels. Learn More.
  • Notice to Businesses and Residents of the Town of Colonie: The Latham Water District will continue its yearly flushing of the water system from 9:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 a.m. Sunday nights through Wednesday nights. Flushing during the night hours will continue until Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Learn More.
Department of Public Works
Environmental Services
  • The landfill is continuing to operate normal hours. Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am - 12 noon (Winter Hours).
  • The Colonie Solid Waste Facility will accept yard waste at no charge to residents with proper identification. Click here for more information.
  • The Yard Waste Collection program has began since April 27th, 2020. See updated weekly schedule.
General Services
Senior Resources Department
Parks and Recreation
  • The Farmers' Market opened for the season on June 13th, 2020 at the Colonie Town Library.
Justice Department
  • Colonie Court: Regular Court Sessions are postponed until further notice due to the recent pandemic. Once the court is permitted to resume sessions, cases will be re-scheduled and notification of the new date will be sent. If you have a change of address and/or contact information, please submit this in writing to the Court.

    If you have received a traffic summons or criminal appearance ticket and wish to retain private counsel, your attorney may contact the Court or submit a letter of representation.

    If you have public defense or seek public defense, you may contact the Albany County Public Defenders Office at (518) 447-7150.

    When reporting to the Courthouse, the following protocols are in place: Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.17, you must wear a mask or face covering while inside. Persons without such mask or face covering will not be permitted to enter.

    Social distancing will apply. Seating and Courtroom capacity have been reduced to provide for minimum required physical separation.

    If you have been diagnosed or close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, directed to quarantine/isolate at home, have traveled to another country in the last 14 days or are experiencing flu- like symptoms, YOU SHOULD NOT ENTER THE COURTHOUSE. Instead, contact your attorney immediately. If you do not have an attorney, please call the Court at (518) 783-2714.

Town Clerk
  • Certificates of Residency applications for community college summer semester: Albany County has sent up a hotline for Certificates of residency at (518) 447-7053 and is open, from 8:30am-4:30pm, at 112 State Street Rm 117 to issue the certificates. The Commissioner of Deeds is onsite to witness/notarize the applications which are available there as well.
  • Marriage Licenses: we will be scheduling appointments to facilitate obtaining a marriage license. We ask that you visit our website, complete the marriage worksheet (please DO NOT list your complete social security numbers) and submit it back to us by fax (518) 783-3409 or email Infoclerk@colonie.org . Once received, we will contact you to schedule an appointment
  • Other applications such as handicap parking permits and dog licenses can be submitted electronically or by mail. Please use the icons below for applications and step by step instructions. Applications, along with additional documentation where required, may be submitted by mail to our office at 534 New Loudon Road, Latham, New York 12110, faxed to (518) 783-3409, or e-mail infoclerk@colonie.org as there is no in-person transactions. Kindly include a contact phone number in the event that our office requires additional information.

Event Updates

  • Conservation Day is scheduled for this Saturday, May 23, 2020 – The event will take place at the Memorial Town Hall on Rt. 9 from 9:00am – 12:00pm while quantities last. There will be curbside service only.
  • The Farmers Market opened for the season on June 13th, 2020 at the Colonie Town Library.