The K.I.S.S. Program (Keeping Seniors Safe Shredding), will be back in 2023!  The invaluable program is provided by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanneer.  Quarterly dates are as follows:

1st Quarter: March 13-March 24th

2nd Quarter: June 5-June 23rd

3rd Quarter: August 28-September 8th

4th Quarter: November 27-December 8th

Bins will be set up in the office level of the Town Hall.


The NY State Public Service Commission is requesting that the public give comments regarding NYSEG’s proposal to increase their electric delivery revenue by $274 million (31%increase in base delivery revenue) and a 43.4 million increase in natural gas delivery revenue (19% increase). For details see the attached letter.

To comment by internet or mail:
Go to click on Search and enter case number 22-G-0318, 22-E-0319 or
22-G-0320 in the Search By Case Number field, then click on “Post Comments”.
Comments may also be mailed to:
Honorable Michelle L. Phillips
Secretary, Public Service Commission
3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223-1350
(Filing electronically is encouraged)
All comments will become part of the public record considered by the Commission.

All comments are requested by March 31, 2023.

NYS Department of Public Service Proposed Changes to Annual Electric and Natural Gas Delivery Rates and Practices

Come and visit the Austerlitz Climate Smart Community Task Force at the Columbia County Climate Carnival!  

The inaugural event will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY, on Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 10am to 4pm. 

This family-friendly celebration will feature a Repair Café, Free Store, bike recycling, live birds of prey and beekeeping exhibitions, demonstrations and education about renewable energy, help with composting, perennial wildflowers and “biochar,” children's programming, music, food trucks, and entertainment.  

Whether you live in Austerlitz or elsewhere in Columbia County, drop by our table and hear about our work, how you can join in on whats next, and participate in fun children's and adults activities! See you at the Carnival!

Austerlitz Climate Carnival 2022

The Town of Austerlitz is proud to announce we are now a bronze certified Climate Smart Community.  One of only three towns in Columbia County, we are proud to show if we can do it, any town can.

CSC certified bronze

The Town of Austerlitz has approved a Community Solar Provider for the Solarize Austerlitz Campaign which will run from November 1st 2021 to October 2022. Astral Power, Inc has been recommended to Austerlitz enrollees in NYSERDA’s Community Solar Program. The board and the Climate Committee sub-group agreed that Astral Power had the advantage with regards to overall quality and marketing support. For example, the group was impressed with Astral Power’s dedicated focus on community solar. Astral also seemed more community oriented about outreach events. Austerlitz Town Board member Greg Vogler said, “the Town of Austerlitz has selected Astral Power to lead the Solarize Austerlitz campaign. Their vast experience and good reputation will help the people of Austerlitz in the fight against climate change, and save money while doing it. Austerlitz has a robust climate committee and getting solar power to all residents who want it is a prime objective, and this is a great way to achieve that.”
Solarize Austerlitz will highlight the advantages of Community Solar for Austerlitz Area residents and businesses. Supervisor Rob Lagonia stated, “The Solarize Austerlitz program is a great opportunity for the residents of the town to save money on their electricity bill while at the same time helping the environment. I recommend everyone check it out and see if it benefits you."
The key advantages of enrolling in Community Solar are the savings on electric charges and reduction of carbon emissions. The savings is passed to the utility account holder for supporting renewable energy produced in a remote location, without having to have solar panels on the home or in the yard. These discounts are available to renters as well.
A subscription to Community Solar requires no upfront costs, no credit checks or confusing billing. All billing is consolidated with the utility bill with net savings on the subscribers NYSEG bill.
When a resident or business owner subscribes to Community Solar, the utility (NYSEG) passes along “credits “to the subscriber’s utility bills as a separate line item which discounts supply and delivery charges. This savings can cut electricity costs by up to ten percent annually.
Astral Power is offering $100 (signing bonus) to the 1st fifty subscribers, and making a donation to the Austerlitz sustainability fund for each enrollment.

To sign up visit

Or call the Astral subscriber support line (866) 922-7335