News Flash

Posted on: October 25, 2020

Early voting traffic issues

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, early voting started for this election cycle and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 85 Elm Ave, Delmar, in the Town of Bethlehem was chosen as one of the early voting sites in Albany County. Shortly after the polls op...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

First Community Forum for the Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative, 10/29 via Zoom

The first Community Forum for the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will be held by Zoom on Thursday, October 29, from 6 - 8 pm.  All are welcome!  In this forum, we’ll explore the broad topic of:  Based on y...

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Zoom registration link Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Halloween Update from Supervisor David VanLuven

Halloween is upon us, or will be soon depending on when you start enjoying it.

With COVID-19, there are a lot of questions about trick or treating and safe/unsafe activities.

The NYS Department of Health has issued a handy fact sheet about Halloween activit...

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NYS Dept of Health fact sheet Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

STORM & LEAF COLLECTION UPDATE

Our Highway crews have been working hard to help us recover from the explosive storm on Oct 7. In just two weeks, they have cleared the equivalent of 90,000 lawn bags from our yards and streets.  That’s 20% of an entire year’s worth of brush coll...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Voting Options for 2020

On Tuesday, November 3rd, Americans will take part in selecting representatives in both federal and state elections. To ensure that we all have an opportunity to make our voices heard, recent election reforms here in New York have made it easier to vote.

E...

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Albany County Board of Elections Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Help Wanted - Seasonal Laborers for the Highway Department Needed

The Town of Bethlehem Highway Department is seeking Seasonal Laborers who are at least 18 years of age to perform manual tasks based on the season.  These tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Raking leaves into a vacuum type collection machi...
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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

Residential Data Improvement Project - *10/7 update* Go online to check your property information

Update October 7, 2020

For the first time since 1992, the Town has concluded its town-wide Residential Data Improvement Project. The project is designed to ensure the accuracy of property inventory data for the purposes of equitable property tax assessment...

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Additional Information... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Fall Water Main Flushing Has Begun!

On Monday, September 21st, the Department of Public Works began our water main flushing program.  Our flushing program, which we do annually in the spring and the fall, helps to maintain high-quality drinking water throughout our service area. &a...

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Printable notice and schedule Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Property Tax Collection Modifications for January 2021

Due to Covid19 the Town Hall will be closed to the public for the Property Tax collection that starts in January of 2021.  We will be unable to collect cash payments at the Town Hall like we have previously.

We are asking residents to please bring...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Town Announces Completion of Data Collection Process for the Residential Data Improvement Project

 

Town of Bethlehem Announces Completion of the Data Collection Process for the Residential Data Improvement Project

GAR Associates LLC, contractor for the Town of Bethlehem, has completed the data collection process for the Residential Data Improv...

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Additional Info on the project Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

BIDA Now Accepting Grant Fund Applications

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August 26, 2020

The Town of Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency (BIDA) has approved a new policy allocating $25,000 to fund a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Program. The Grant Program was made possible through a temporary program created by th...

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Press Release - COVID-19 Grant Program Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

NYS Dept of Transportation Project - work on State Rte 140 bridge; lane closures expected *UPDATE*

The New York State Department of Transportation will be conducting rehabilitation of the State Route 140 (Cherry Avenue Extension) bridge, over the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, just north of the intersection of Kenwood Avenue.  This essential co...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Offer Consolidated Services in Wake of MeTooBethlehem Posts

July 1, 2020

The Bethlehem Police Department is aware of a recently added Instagram profile entitled “Me Too Bethlehem”.  In barely twenty-four hours, over one hundred anonymous reports have been published on this account that ...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Domestic Violence/Abuse Telephone Numbers and Resources

NYS Domestic Violence Hotline

As we all deal with the multiple effects that COVID-19 is having on us, the Bethlehem Police Department, and many other local law enforcement agencies are seeing a substantial increase in domestic violence related offenses and incidents. Know that there i...

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: June 26, 2018

From the BPD - Are any fireworks legal in New York State?

With the the summer upon us, there have been many questions on legal and illegal fireworks.  The Bethlehem Police Department would like to clarify what fireworks are legal, and which are not.  Due to recent changes by the legislature the...

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Temporary Signs Information

Town code provisions adopted in 2012 clarified the rules for temporary lawn signs often used by candidates for election, not-for-profits, civic groups or others promoting their events or causes. The town code permits the use of temporary signs on private ...

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Plain Language Rules for Temporary Signs Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: November 1, 2019

Help Wanted - School Crossing Guards

School Crossing Guards

The Town of Bethlehem is seeking candidates to work as School Crossing Guards. Primary duties/knowledge include the following:

  • Direct or escort pedestrian students across streets, stopping traffic as necessary.
  • Guide or control vehicul...
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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Parking Ordinance - No parking on town roads 1-7 am from 11/1 to 4/15

The town has a parking ordinance in effect each year from November 1 through April 15 whereby no vehicles are allowed to be parked on any town roads between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. regardless of the weather.  For more information on t...

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Justice Court web pages Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Know What´s Below Before You Dig, call for FREE underground utilities markings, it's the law

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If you plan to dig or do any type of excavation or construction work, State law requires you to call Dig Safely New York 2 full working days prior to starting your work not counting the day of your call, weekends or holidays. Whether you are planning to d...

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https://www.call811.com/ Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: January 17, 2019

Important Winter Reminders from the Department of Public Works

Important Winter Reminders from the Department of Public Works

Water Pipes & Water Meters

Due to the extreme cold winter weather, the Department of Public Works would like to remind our residents of ways to avoid frozen water pipes and meters. Property ...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Fire Hydrant Clearing Notice

Our Water Department employees work very hard to keep the fire hydrants cleared and accessible at all times.  The Town of Bethlehem has over 1600 fire hydrants spread out over many miles of the water distribution system.  If you have a f...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in homes MANDATORY

Beginning on February 22, 2010 all homes in New York are now required to have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. It´s odorless, tasteless and colorless. Breath in large amount and it can kill you. Amanda´s Law is name...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: June 23, 2014

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down.  It often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps...

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: July 28, 2014

Debunked: 5 Lightning Myths That Could Kill You

(source: NBCNEWS.com, June 20, 2014) When it comes to staying safe from lightning strikes, everything you think you know is probably wrong. That’s the word from weather experts, who worry that outdated advice and persistent myths about thunder and lightni...

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Link to news article Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: May 29, 2018

Avoid Bear Conflict and Deer in Spring Information

The Town of Bethlehem Police Department dispatchers have received numerous calls of bears seen in town so far this year.  Many callers have reported the bear was after the bird feeder and/or garbage.  Please follow the precautions as not...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: March 1, 2018

Owning, possessing or harboring of certain animals must be reported to the Town Clerk by 4/1

Under Chapter 680 of the Laws of 2002 enacted General Municipal Law Section 209-cc, requires the annual reporting of the presence of wild animals (for example, certain cats, dogs, snakes, monkeys). Each person owning, possessing or harboring a wild animal...

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Your House/Business Number MUST be visible

IS YOUR HOUSE OR BUSINESS STREET NUMBER LEGIBLE AND VISIBLE? In accordance with the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Codes, all new and existing residential and commercial buildings are required to display a legible street number that is visibl...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: May 22, 2014

What to do before, during and after gas and electrical outages

The Bethlehem Office of Emergency Management provides information on many safety issues. A National Grid Guide to Natural Gas and Electric Outage Preparation and Safety has been posted on the office's web pages that proves to be helpful year round.

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BEMO web page Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: February 8, 2018

30-day annual review period for Albany County Agricultural Districts begins February 1

Please be advised that the 30-day annual review period for Albany County Agricultural Districts begins on February 1. During this period, landowners can apply to have predominantly viable agricultural land included in a certified Agricultural District.The...

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Albany County web site Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: May 31, 2016

Bear sightings have occurred in many locations in town - Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts

Bears looking for food

Bear sightings are not uncommon in the Town of Bethlehem and can and have occurred in numerous locations.  It doesn't matter where a bear was sighted, the following is important for everyone.

A reminder from the town's Animal Control Officer: Peop...

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Bethlehem Food Pantry is available to all town residents

The Bethlehem Food Pantry is located at 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York at the Bethlehem Town Hall for town residents. It is run through Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. with help from Bethlehem Senior Outreach workers and is kept stocked through the...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: October 31, 2014

If you are a Senior resident, 60+, see all our Senior Services Department has to offer

Get the latest Senior Services Newsletter in the Senior Services office at Town Hall, in one of the Senior Transportation vehicles or online to find out some of the great things available to our town's senior population. Social outings to plays, musicals,...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: June 25, 2014

Victim and Witness Notification Program Available

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers a Victim Notification Program which allows eligib...

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Victim Notification Program page Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Passports can be processed at Delmar Post Office

Passport forms and information are available on the internet at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html/.  Completed forms can be presented to the Delmar Post Office, 357 Delaware Avenue, for processing.

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Additional Info... Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

Attention Elementary School Teachers - Bring Local History into Your Classroom

Bring local history into your classroom. Native Americans in Bethlehem and Cutting Ice: Big Business in Bethlehem address the needs of Social Studies Standard 1: History of the United States and New York. Contact Susan Leath at sleath@townofbethlehem.org ...

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Main (Home Page) News
Posted on: September 4, 2013

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY - Cell Phone Tip

In case of emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone to obtain important medical or support i...

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News Flash

Posted on: March 23, 2020

Parks are open but... *UPDATE* 6/11

June 11

All Basketball courts and playgrounds are now open for use. Please continue to practice social distancing, mask wearing, proper hygiene, and remain home when not feeling well.

May 22, 2020

Elm Avenue Park Pool Complex closed indefinitely for Summer 2...

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Parks & Recreation News

News Flash

Posted on: October 25, 2020

Structure fire at Kenwood Ave

On Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11:00 PM the Bethlehem Police Department received a report of an active structure fire at 28 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. Upon arrival of the first police and fire units, the house was found to be fully involved and the two occupa...

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Police Press Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2020

Early voting traffic issues

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, early voting started for this election cycle and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 85 Elm Ave, Delmar, in the Town of Bethlehem was chosen as one of the early voting sites in Albany County. Shortly after the polls op...

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Police Press Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Offer Consolidated Services in Wake of MeTooBethlehem Posts

July 1, 2020

The Bethlehem Police Department is aware of a recently added Instagram profile entitled “Me Too Bethlehem”.  In barely twenty-four hours, over one hundred anonymous reports have been published on this account that ...

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Police Press Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2019

Bethlehem Police Department Case 81-V-28-0026 – Unidentified Human Remains

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Bethlehem Police Department Case 81-V-28-0026 – Unidentified Human Remains

The Bethlehem Police Department continues to investigate the 1981 finding of human remains, in an effort to identify the decedent.

DNA of the decedent is now on file, howev...

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Printable version of press release Police Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Updates to New York State Child Safety Seat Law

Rear facing child safety seat

Updates to Child Safety Seat Law

            Effective November 1, 2019, New York State Law has been amended requiring all children under the age of two, be restrained in a rear-facing car seat. &nb...

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NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Police Press Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Police Press Release - Are any fireworks legal in New York State?

With the the summer upon us, there have been many questions on legal and illegal fireworks.  The Bethlehem Police Department would like to clarify what fireworks are legal, and which are not.  Due to recent changes by the legislature the...

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Additional Info... Police Press Releases

News Flash

Posted on: March 17, 2020

Food Pantry information

The food pantry is OPEN, but with some changes. We will continue to take appointments for the regular pantry hours. When you call to make the appointment you will be asked what essentials you need and what you do not want. The bags will be packed for you....

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Senior Services News