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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Beginning December 7th, 2020, the Town of Colonie Municipal Buildings will be open by appointment only. The Public Safety Building will remain open.

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.


Town and Community Updates


The Colonie Town Hall is currently closed to the public and the town departments are open by appointment only. The Town Board meetings will be held on their normal schedule by live-streamed video conference. The public may view these meetings by using the portal located here.

Town of Colonie Municipal Buildings Open by Appointment Only starting December 7th

On December 3rd, Supervisor Paula Mahan announced that as of Monday, December 7, 2020, the Town of Colonie Municipal Buildings will be open by appointment only. Supervisor Mahan stated, “As a community, we have done a great job in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, with the recent increase of cases, we need to take further measures to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.”

Anyone needing to conduct business with the town should contact the specific department and make an appointment. A list of departments and contact information can be found by visiting our website at www.colonie.org.

The Public Safety Building will remain open. Follow the regulations posted on the entrance doors to ensure everyone’s safety.

The William K. Sanford Town Library will allow a maximum of 15 people in the building for 15 minutes to browse and check out material and/or use an express computer. Curbside pickup is also available.

The town parks remain open to the public to use the outdoor trails. Anyone using the parks should adhere to social distancing and wear a mask while in the park.

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.

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 50 people are being allowed in Phase Four.

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.
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
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. If you are emailing us the completed marriage worksheet, please scan and email the documents as a PDF attachment format only. No pictures of the documents will be allowed. Once received, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. At this time, you must email or fax your documents in order to get 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

  • Youth Advisory Board Food Drive scheduled for Saturday, December 5th has been CANCELLED - High School students from the Town of Colonie Youth Advisory Board will NOT be holding a food drive on Saturday, December 5th as this event has been CANCELLED.
  • The Farmers Market is closed for the season.