Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

December 2nd, 2019

December 2-December 13



Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

September 19th, 2019

September 9-September 20

December 2-December 13



Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

June 10th, 2019

June 10-June 28

September 9-September 20

December 2-December 13



April Town Board Meeting

April 9th, 2019
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Accept minutes
  3. Brief Presentation by Consolidated, Jaime Montes, Director, Content Acquisition, Digital TV & Strategic Partnerships
  4. Franchise Agreement Timeline
  5. Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  6. Public Comments
  7. County Update (Cipkowski)
  8. Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  9. Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  10. Fire District (Hanselman)
  11. Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  12. Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  13. Committee Reports: Broadband (Dash), CAC (Lewis), Clean Energy (Carty), Development and Marketing (Carty/Ward) Housing (Levy), Safe at Home (Lapenn)
  14. Old Business/New Business
    • Hillsdale WWTP
    • Whippoorwill Improvement Project Update
  15. Amendments
  16. Public Comments
  17. Pay Bills
  18. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, May  @ 7 pm



April 9th, 2019





Notice is hereby given that there has been presented to the Hillsdale Town Board proposed Local Law No. 1 of the year 2019.

Said Local Laws, if enacted, will chnge definition of minor project in zoning code

Draft Local Law #1

Therefore, the Hillsdale Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on said proposed Local Law on April 9, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. at the Hillsdale Town Hall, Route 23, Hillsdale, New York, at which time all interested persons will be heard.


Reading and Discussion Program: The Serious Side of Food at Library

April 2nd, 2019

The Roe Jan Community Library presents a 7 session Reading and Discussion program, “The Serious Side of Food,” facilitated by Tessa Edick of FarmOn! Foundation based in Copake.  The program will meet Tuesdays: April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 11, 25, from 6:00-8:30pm. Participants should plan on attending all 7 sessions.

With texts selected by noted restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, the series will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure, of course, but under the surface of each meal lies a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. Texts include historical accounts, novels, and narrative nonfiction.

Tessa Edick is founder and director of FarmOn! Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  FarmOn! seeks to promote honest and responsible food, combine agricultural and entrepreneurial training for the next generation of farmers and create impactful food experiences.  The foundation owns and runs the 217-acre Empire Farm in Copake and hosts events and programs.

Participants in the library program should plan on attending all 7 sessions. Space is limited. Register by visiting the library or calling 518-325-4101. Several copies of the books for discussion are available to borrow. The reading list can be found at

This program is funded by a grant from Humanities NY.



Cartoonist Barbara Slate Teach Art of the Graphic Novel

March 28th, 2019

Cartoonist Barbara Slate will teach the Art of the Graphic Novel, a 4-session workshop series for teens and adults, on four consecutive Thursdays from 6-8 pm at the Roe Jan Library beginning March 28. Students will learn how to create a graphic novel, with emphasis on the creative process and how to write a character study, create layouts, and focus on the narrative of the story. No experience or drawing skills are necessary.

Participants must commit to all four sessions. Advance registration is also required: please call 518-325-4101 or visit the Roe Jan Library.

Barbara Slate has written, drawn, and created over 300 stories for Marvel, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. She is featured in the book, A Century of Women Cartoonists, and is the author of You Can Do a Graphic Novel.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.



Hester Velmans Speaks on Her Book Slipper at Library

March 23rd, 2019

As part of Women’s History Month, local author Hester Velmans will speak on her book Slipper, a retelling of the Cinderella story, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, on Saturday, March 23, at 4 pm.

Velmans says, “The fairy tale is the frame on which I set out to hang a more realistic story—what might really have happened to someone living in the 17th Century …. I was interested in the essence of Cinderella—the romantic longing, the childhood / adolescent dream that some day you’ll be recognized as someone more special than you are now—but without the magic.”

Reviewers say: “Part romantic love story, part fairy tale, part feminist commentary, this is a wonderful, old fashioned novel to be savored.”— Daniel Klein, best-selling author.   “A satisfying blend of history and myth that breathes new life into Cinderella.”  —Kirkus Reviews

Hester Velmans is a novelist and translator of literary fiction. Born in Amsterdam, she has lived in Europe and New York City. After a career in TV news, she moved to Western Massachusetts to devote herself to writing. Her children’s book, Isabel of the Whales, was a national bestseller.  She is a recipient of the Vondel Prize for Translation and a National Endowment of the Arts Translation Fellowship.


Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

March 18th, 2019

March 18-March 29

June 10-June 28

September 9-September 20

December 2-December 13



The Pomeroys at the Roe Jan Historical Society

March 17th, 2019

Armen Donelian Returns with Friends

March 16th, 2019

Pianist/Composer Armen Donelian has performed at the library several times, always to very enthusiastic audiences.  He will be joined this time by Bassist Jay Anderson and Drummer Dennis Mackrel in a program of contemporary jazz on Saturday, March 16, at 5pm.

Armen Donelian has distinguished himself in 25 countries as a performer, recording artist, educator and author.  His music reflects a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz including Sonny Rollins.  He is co-founder of Hudson Jazzworks and a Professor at New School Jazz.

Bassist/composer Jay Anderson has performed/recorded with a wide range of Jazz artists and been featured on over 400 recordings. He conducts clinics around the world and is a Professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  Jay also co-leads the group BANN.

Drummer Dennis Mackrel played with the Count Basie Orchestra. After Basie’s death in 1984, Dennis became the drummer of choice for other large ensembles and acted in various capacities from leader, to international conductor, arranger and/or soloist.  Dennis’s works have been widely commissioned.  He teaches globally and is a Professor at Queens College.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.


Ecology Walk at Overmountain

March 16th, 2019

Join the Farmscape Ecology Program for an Ecology Walk at Overmountain Conservation Area, Ancram, Saturday, March 16 rom 1 – 3 pm.  They plan to explore both field and forest to see where insects might be spending the winter, which plants we can identify in their “off season”, and which ones might be turning the page on winter. This walk is free, but please register with email hidden; JavaScript is required to reserve your space and get directions for the meeting place.




Soup and Bread Supper Series Begins

March 13th, 2019

Shredding Program Begins

March 13th, 2019

At Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.

ZBA Meeting Minutes 3/5/19

March 11th, 2019

ZBA Meeting Minutes 3/5/19

The Plastic Bag – Icon of Waste

March 9th, 2019


Local Libraries and Taconic Hills Celebrate Community Read

March 7th, 2019

Local libraries join with THCSD for Community Read of Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing

In partnership with the Taconic Hills Central School District, three local libraries are excited to announce the 2019 Community Read, a community-wide reading program and series of events for children in grades 4-8. This year’s featured book is Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing, a novel about a young bat’s struggle to survive after being separated from his colony.

Participating libraries include Claverack, Philmont, and Roeliff Jansen. The program will begin on March 7 at the Roe Jan Library in Copake and conclude on April 12 with a finale sponsored by all three libraries at the AB Shaw Firehouse in Claverack.

Young community members are welcome to check out a copy of Silverwing from their local library, and to attend any or all of the following events (with an adult):

Thursday, March 7, 6:30pm: Mud Creek Talk on Creatures of the Night at the Roe Jan Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake.; 518-325-4101.

Learn about northeastern nocturnal animals from Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center. Includes a hike (weather permitting) through Roe Jan Park to search for nocturnal animals and test our own night vision.

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30pm: DEC Bat Education with Robyn Niver at the Claverack Library, 629 NY-23B, Claverack. 518-851-7120.

Robyn Niver, an endangered species biologist from the DEC, will share her expertise and experiences with bats. Learn about echolocation and the eating and sleeping habits of these at risk-flying mammals.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30pm: Caves at the Philmont Library, 101 Main Street, Philmont. email hidden; JavaScript is required; 518-672-4367.

Heidi Bock from Columbia County Land Conservancy will introduce readers to the adventures of spelunking. Learn what it feels like to be a cave explorer!

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm: Owls, with Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center at the Claverack Library, 629 NY-23B, Claverack.

Learn about all the features that are unique to owls: their habitats, behavior, and much more. Owl pellets will be available for dissecting.

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm: History and Physics of Aviation at the Roe Jan Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake.

Kevin Millington, board member and 2nd Vice President of the Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM), will speak about the history and physics of human flight—from the Wright brothers to jet airplanes—using model airplanes as examples. The library will provide foam gliders for children to assemble and fly.

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30pm: Bat Houses at the Philmont Library, 101 Main Street, Philmont.

Heidi Bock from Columbia County Land Conservancy will return to help make comfy homes for local bats. Children will work in groups to make a bat house for each library and one for THCSD so that children will have places to observe bats over the summer.

The finale will be held on Friday, April 12, 6:30pm at the AB Shaw Firehouse, 67 NY-23, Claverack. Readers will be treated to popcorn and a viewing of the Silverwing TV show. (Prizes will be awarded.)



Community Training on Disaster Preparedness

March 5th, 2019

New York State is offering two hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Each family participating will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit.

March 5 at 6:30 pm
Taconic Hills High School: Performing Arts Center
73 County Route 11A, Craryville, NY 12521

An “A Cappella Afternoon” with Berkshire Hillsmen and Taconic Hills Select Choir

March 3rd, 2019


The Berkshire Hillsmen will be joined by students from Taconic Hills High School Select Choir in a concert on Sunday, March 3 at 4 pm at the Roe Jan Library.

The Berkshire Hillsmen is a men’s a cappella barbershop chorus.  Founded in 1957, their members come from New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

The Taconic Hills Select Choir consists of students who are in grades 10-12 at Taconic Hills. They perform throughout the school year at assemblies, school concerts, churches, nursing homes, and at varying venues throughout Columbia County. They will also be performing March 21st, 2019 at the Empire State Plaza.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.


Flight: Birds of the Hudson Valley – Opening for an Exhibit of Photographs

March 2nd, 2019

Eagle, Hillsdale, NY, photo by Heather Kitchen

An exhibition of photographs by Heather Kitchen and Stephen Schumacher will be held from March 2 – May 6, 2019 in Burke Hall Gallery, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls.  The images by the two nature photographers display the abundant and varied bird habitats of the Hudson Valley.

The public is invited to the exhibition opening, at Burke Hall, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, on March 2 at 5 pm.

The Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal) is in Copake Falls, New York at the northern end of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

The Rev. John P. Thompson is Rector.  The church has 70 members and serves the Columbia County region.  The church is located at 261 State Route 344 in Copake Falls, on the road to Bash Bish Falls.

All welcome.

Wood Duck, Pleasant Valley, NY, photo by Stephen Schumacher





Concerts at the Church featuring the Copake Quintet Playing American Jazz Standards

March 2nd, 2019

Five local area musicians bring their talents together for an entertaining afternoon of jazz standards.  Some of the pieces they will perform include:

  • I Can’t Give You Anything but Love by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy fields
  • Black Orpheus by Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Maria
  • Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
  • Up Jumped Spring by Freddie Hubbard
  • North Atlantic Run by Gerry Mulligan and
  • Four by Miles Davis

The group includes Daniel Galliher (piano & vocals), Peter Tenerowicz (drums), Madeleine Civilli (bass), Constance Lopez(vocals), and Stephen Sanborn (woodwinds).

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale
State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529

Presented by Cheryl Jones, Music Director

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation and donations from patrons.



Planning Board Minutes 1/14/19

February 28th, 2019

Planning Board Minutes 1/14/19

Farming our Future Conference

February 24th, 2019

The Fifth Biennial Farming Our Future “Enhancing Agricultural Literacy in the Community” Conference will take place Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Taconic Hills Central School Performing Arts Center, Craryville, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. The conference will focus on the importance of knowing where our food comes from as well as looking at sustainability, best management practices, land use, community engagement and farming techniques.

Jessica Ziehm, former Executive Director of the New York Agriculture Animal Coalition, will open with a keynote address that will be followed by a variety of one hour-long workshop offerings. A lifelong agriculture advocate, Ziehm grew up on a dairy farm in eastern New York. She has marketed livestock feed for Cargill, promoted milk in the Southeast through the dairy check-off program, worked on member publications for the New York Farm Bureau, and served as the sole spokesperson for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for twelve years.

Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, a group dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness and understanding of modern animal agriculture. In this role, Ziehm empowered farmers to tell their story, while enticing consumers to learn about the industry she loves and lives. One way she accomplished that was through the creation of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair that brings together more than 300 dairy industry volunteers and attracts over 300,000 people annually.

Conference attendees will be able to take part in two workshops following Ziehm’s keynote address as well as mingle and network with a variety of agriculture-related exhibitors. Workshops will address such topics as food system interconnectedness, agricultural resiliency, agricultural mediation, NY Grown & Certified and more. Confirmed exhibitors include Columbia-Greene Community College, Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columba and Greene Counties, and Columbia County Farm Bureau.

The conference is designed to attract a diverse audience from the community including established farmers, beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community officials, industry leaders, and students. A $25 registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

The conference is being sponsored by Berkshire Ag Ventures, Columbia-Greene Media, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, Columbia Land Conservancy, Farm Credit East, and Taconic Hills Central Schools. For more information on the conference, contact steering committee members Steve Hadcock at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Sandra Gardner at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Taconic Hills Central Schools Performing Arts Center is located at 73 County Route 11A, Craryville, NY 12521. Individuals can register online at .

Contact: Theresa Mayhew (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or 518-828-3346, x-217



Whole Lot of Love Dinner

February 16th, 2019


Town Board Meeting Minutes 1/8/19

February 15th, 2019

Town Board Meeting Minutes 1/8/19