Topic: October 2021 Austerlitz Climate Committee
Time: Oct 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Town of Austerlitz Climate Committee has a new website. Please go to https://austerlitzclimateaction.org/ and don’t forget to bookmark it!

Topic: Town Board Workshop and Regular Monthly Meeting
Time: Oct 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Town of Austerlitz Climate Committee is launching its new, stand alone website. Please check it out, visit regularly and don’t forget to bookmark it.
Thank you to all who made this happen, at no cost to the town. The website is at: https://austerlitzclimateaction.org/

Town of Austerlitz
Columbia County
New York

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Austerlitz has called a Budget Workshop on October 21, 2021 starting at 6:30 p.m. to review the 2022 Tentative Budget. Workshop will be held virtually. Please contact the Town Clerk for Zoom instructions.

By Order of the Town Board
Dated: October 1, 2022
Susan A. Haag, Town Clerk

Columbia County Solid Waste Station Replaces Bags with Tags.  Be Prepared! 

Because the County has been experiencing issues with restocking their inventory of County garbage bags from their vendor and because they have not been able to find a replacement vendor, they have decided to change how trash is now packaged to take to the County Solid Waste Stations.

A new ‘tag system’ has started to roll out across the County replacing the different size bags now offered.  Bags will continue to be sold until the inventory runs out at which time only tags will be sold.  As in the past, PLEASE BUY YOUR BAGS AND TAGS FROM THE TOWN CLERK as the Town receives a portion of the payment price. 

The new tag system will consist of 3 different color tags;

Tag Requirements:

  • One tag is required for each plastic trash bag
  • Tag must be affixed to the bag, either around neck of bag or the bag itself

Garbage tags will be sold as a sheet (5 tags/sheet)

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Topic: Austerlitz September Climate Committee
Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Attention All Caregivers

Are you caring for a loved one? Would you like to learn tools to help you balance your life and assist in meeting the challenges you may face? The Office for the Aging is looking to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a FREE 6-week, 90 minutes per class, educational program for family and friends who are caring for individuals with chronic conditions. To make it convenient for caregivers, the program will be online and will focus on providing caregivers with skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Self-care tools to reduce personal stress, assist caregivers in dealing with difficult feelings and making tough caregiver decisions will be taught. Caregivers will also learn how to communicate their needs to family members and healthcare providers as well as how to communicate more effectively in challenging situations. Class participants will also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, which was developed specifically for the class. The Office for the Aging needs your help in determining interest in the program.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 518-828-4258, and let us know if you would be interested in this research based program and whether you would prefer it be offered on a weekday or weekend and what time, afternoon or evening. Thank you for your help and we hope to be contacting you with a start date for the fall.

Rep. Delgado Secures Investment in House-Passed Funding Package to Connect Over 300 Columbia County Homes and Businesses with Broadband

August 2, 2021 

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 GHENT, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined local leaders and state representatives to announce broadband funding for the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz. Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, a package of seven appropriations bills funding various federal agencies for Fiscal Year 2022. Within the legislation, Rep. Delgado secured $829,594 to connect over 300 homes and businesses with broadband across Columbia County.

Local leaders from the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz joined together to request federal broadband funding to address gaps in access. Leaders submitted a request to Rep. Delgado's office, who successfully advocated to secure funding in House-passed appropriations legislation.

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“Broadband is not a luxury -- it is a necessity. I am committed to helping secure critical funding to deliver this essential service to folks in the Towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz,” said Rep. Delgado. “Thanks to the tireless work of local leaders and House passage of funding for the project, we are one step closer to securing affordable, reliable broadband to over 300 homes and businesses in Columbia County. I will keep working to ensure every upstate family, small business, farmer, and veteran has broadband.”

“As an elected official in a rural community, I recognize that investment in this infrastructure is essential for small businesses to be profitable, for our children to thrive, and to protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents,” said Patti Matheney, Ghent Town Councilperson. “This project will make huge strides towards providing our residents without internet an overall better quality of life, more economic opportunity, access to better healthcare, and enhanced educational opportunities. We are very grateful that Congressman Delgado continues to fulfill his promise of listening to the people of New York's 19th Congressional District and delivering on the things that matter most to us.”

"The town of New Lebanon would like to thank Congressman Delgado and all of his staff for working hard to ensure funding is available to provide access to broadband for all of our residents,” said Supervisor Houghtling, Town of New Lebanon. “The COVID pandemic has shown clearly that broadband is necessary infrastructure. The Town of New Lebanon is working hard to ensure that every single road has fiber access, and this funding through Delgado's office is helping us reach that very important goal! We would also like to thank the Town of Ghent, specifically Councilwoman Matheney and broadband chair Dave Berman, for developing this idea and spearheading the efforts for the four towns to collaborate on this application.”

“The Town of Austerlitz is very proud to be a part of this fine group of people who have worked exceptionally hard to make this almost impossible task attainable. The ability to fill in the gaps of broadband in our community will be life-changing for some,” said Robert Lagonia, Austerlitz Town Supervisor. “I want to personally and on behalf of our community thank Congressman Delgado and all of his staff for giving us the opportunity to be a part of such an important funding opportunity and want to thank Congressman Delgado for having the vision to push forward such an important initiative for all of us involved. I also want to thank everyone that has worked so hard to make this all happen, especially Councilwoman Matheney and Dave Berman. Without both of them, this initiative would not have happened.”

“Though we already knew Columbia County residents were struggling with inadequate broadband service, the COVID pandemic laid bare the huge gaps in broadband access in our region. From remote education to telemedicine to working from home, almost every family learned first-hand the importance of reliable broadband access just to function in the 21st Century,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett. “The critical funding Congressman Delgado has secured and announced today shows what federal, state and local governments working together can accomplish for the people of our communities.”

“I am proud to join with our community in thanking Congressman Antonio Delgado for securing this essential investment in local broadband connectivity, marking a tremendous step forward for Columbia County,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R, C, I - Castleton). “Today’s announcement also highlights the importance of working together, building coalitions and putting aside petty differences. This bipartisan, multi-municipality and public-private coalition is a testament to the strength and unity still found in our community and all we can accomplish together.”

Rep. Delgado is a leading voice for expanding access to rural broadband. He is a member of the House Task Force on Rural Broadband and voted to pass historic investments in expanding broadband and closing the digital divide. This Congress, Rep. Delgado has introduced legislation to address flawed federal broadband mapping practices and slow broadband speeds.