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 

Press Release

 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.

CLICK HERE to Watch Rep. Delgado’s Press Conference

“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.

Tell Us Your Opinion!

Please take part in a quick survey on the Town's website.  Click here to access the 2021 Austerlitz Town Resident Survey

Here's why it matters:

The Town of Austerlitz’ Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPOC) is beginning the process of preparing amendments to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan for public input and subsequent Town Board adoption. The survey results will serve as the basis for amending the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which outlines the priorities and goals regarding policies and programs undertaken by Town government.    In collaboration with the Town’s Climate Committee, CPOC is seeking input from Town residents focusing on two areas:

  • issues affecting our senior population, and
  • identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions/climate by residents, businesses and agriculture.

Please take a moment to complete all questions in both parts of the brief survey.  You may access the survey by clicking the link above or visit the homepage of the Town's website ( -- by clicking on the red ribbon at the top of the page, entitled "2021 Austerlitz Town Resident Survey".

If you prefer to respond on paper, copies of the survey are available at the Town Hall. Paper responses should be mailed to CPOC, PO Box 238, Spencertown, NY 12165, by September 1.  Thank you!

In 2019, a team of researchers from Boston University reached out to municipalities regarding a Municipal Deer Survey. The survey collected information from town, village and city officials about the perceived status of deer populations, local concerns about deer, municipal bylaws that restrict hunting, municipal deer management strategies in use or under consideration, and the ways municipalities have learned about deer and deer management.

Survey responses were analyzed and results described in a report that can be accessed by clicking here: NYS Municipal Deer Survey Report.

You can also find the report on our website sub(urban) Wilds, along with additional information on the project.

Call for Volunteers!
Volunteers Needed to Water Seedlings in Austerlitz Town Park

Sign up with a partner for a day and time to water the 27 new seedlings that we planted at the Town Park in Austerlitz (behind the Austerlitz Fire House on West Hill Road).

Bring your water shoes, we’ll supply the buckets! Water must be collected from the adjacent stream in buckets to water the trees.

This planting is part of the Austerlitz Climate Smart Task Force’s participation in DEC’s Buffer in a Bag Program.

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And thank you for joining us in this adventure!

Compliments of

The Austerlitz Climate Smart Task Force & Davistudio in Spencertown

Pick one up at the Town Hall in the entrance vestibule

Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00 p.m.

Just help yourself!

For use in home composting:

1. Put food scraps* in a small container kept on the kitchen counter or freezer

2. Empty that container into this five-gallon bucket** that can be kept in your garage or outside your kitchen door (with lid tightly secured)

3. Empty the bucket into your outdoor compost pile***

*Food scraps include: fruits & vegetables, coffee grounds, tea & tea bags, egg shells **Pet hair, indoor plant trimmings, dead flower arrangements can be added to this or the pile outside. ***Into the compost pile can be added yard trimmings & leaves

See our Facebook page for more composting resources: AusterlitznyClimate Committee

The latest edition of the Social Security Star is now available –  pdf Social Security Star – February 2021

Share Your Austerlitz Climate Action Photos

Austerlitz, NY, January 22, 2021 ———The Austerlitz Climate Committee, formed by the Austerlitz Town Board in 2018, wants to see photos of you taking local climate action and caring for our earth and our community!

We want to feature you alongside your neighbors who are taking similar actions!

Please submit the following for us to consider including on our upcoming website:

1) Photos of how you're caring for the earth in Austerlitz (examples include compost setups, solar panels, home energy improvements, heat pumps, cover cropping, permaculture gardening, pollinator habitat, rotational grazing, native tree plantings, your goats munching on invasive plants – anything that you'd like to share that relates to nature-based solutions to climate change or emission drawdown). We’d love it if you, a family member and/or friend are in the picture!
2) Please provide your name (for photo credit) and who and what is featured in the photo, and a few words of explanation on how it draws down carbon or repairs the ecosystem. This information will be included on the website and our Facebook page.

Feel free to send more than one photo if you have multiple actions to feature!

Please send your photos in jpg form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view with the subject line My Climate Action Austerlitz.

Please understand that by sending your photo, you are giving us permission to use the photo and your name, as requested, on our website and our Facebook page.

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