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New legislation was enacted in 2016 which made changes to the STAR program. Homeowners who purchased their homes after March 1, 2015 and/or those applying for a new STAR applicants after March 1, 2015 must register with NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. To register for the STAR credit, go to https://www.tax.ny.gov/star/. If you have questions, please call NYSDTF at 518-457-2036.
Surveys are filed in the Albany County Clerk's Office, 16 Eagle St Rm 128 Albany, NY 12207. Surveys are filed by map and drawer numbers that are shown on the deed. To obtain a copy of your survey, contact the County Records Department at 518-487-5120. You may also submit a Freedom of Information request to the Town Clerk of Bethlehem asking for a copy of your survey. If your survey is on record and you have indicated that you would like a copy, you will be charged a fee of $0.25 per page for each copy produced.
Deeds are also stored by Albany County and can be searched online at http://www.albanycounty.com/Government/Departments/CountyClerk/Services/DeedsandMortgagesOnline.aspx.
As of the 2010 census, the Town of Bethlehem receives 0.17696 of the municipal share, or approximately one-sixth of one cent for every dollar spent in Albany County.
School taxes cover the billing period July 31 to June 1, and are a specific property tax billed and collected by one of three local school districts: Bethlehem Central (BCSD), Guilderland Central (GCSD), and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) to residents of the Town of Bethlehem. They are used exclusively for the benefit of the school district and the local library. This collection runs from September 1 to September 30. Payments made after this date are subject to late fees.
Visit our Tax Rates page for current rates.
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The launches and fishing platform for the Hudson River are located at Henry Hudson Park off Route 144 in Selkirk.
The docks and fishing platform are put into the water sometime in April (depending on tides and water levels in the river). They are removed for the winter in October. Check the Henry Hudson Park page for opening and closing information. The launches are open daily one hour before sunrise until 10 p.m.
The pools are generally open from early June through Labor Day. Some exceptions may occur.
The pool complex is open to Town of Bethlehem residents and their guests (guests must be accompanied by a resident). Every resident age 5 and older needs a pool pass; they can be obtained at the park office from May 1st until late August or at the pool during regular hours. The purchase of a season pass entitles you to unlimited visits during the summer. A pay-as-you-go pass allows you to pay the pool fees each time you visit.
The town owns Colonial Acres Golf Course. The town has licensed the operation to Dale Ezyk Golf, LLC.
Collections are usually held the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September (check the town calendar on the web site) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the town highway garage, located at: 74 Elm Ave. EastSelkirk, NY 12158
The Town of Bethlehem accepts mercury containing thermostats and thermometers at the Bethlehem highway garage weekdays during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Fluorescent BulbsSpent fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) bulbs may also be brought to the town’s household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall for recycling. Collections are usually held the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September (check the town calendar on the web site) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the town highway garage, located at: 74 Elm Ave. EastSelkirk, NY 12158NOTE: We no longer accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling at the town hall or highway garage at other times throughout the year. Some retail stores such as Lowes in Glenmont do accept CFL bulbs for recycling throughout the year. Contact your local home improvement retailer for more details.When transporting fluorescent bulbs for recycling, please pad them well with newspaper and/or bubble wrap to prevent breakage and place them in a tight-fitting box or bag, or their original packaging.
Alternatively, at the Town’s Rupert Rd. Transfer Station, cardboard tubes from wrapping paper can be recycled with cardboard boxes. Wrapping paper can be recycled with office, home papers as long as they are not shiny.
Cardboard boxes: Single or triple layer cardboard must be flattened, and either recycled curbside with your waste hauler, at the Rupert Road Transfer Station, or placed in the Cascades Recovery recycling dumpsters located at the Elm Avenue CDTA Park & Ride or the Town Municipal Lot at 407 Kenwood Ave, Delmar (near Four Corners).
Gift packaging: Hard plastic packaging, such as the clear plastic clamshell containers, can be recycled with your Single Stream curbside recycling, or with the comingled plastic/glass/metal containers at the Rupert Road Transfer Station.
Christmas tree recycling: Set real trees out curbside after the holiday, remove all ornaments and tinsel. No plastic bags please. The Town picks up trees after the holidays.
Holiday lights: When purchasing new lights, consider energy saving and long-lasting LED lights. You can also recycle your old broken lights at the Ben Weitsman scrap metal yard, 300 Smith Blvd, Albany, NY 12202. Phone: (518) 462-4444.
Or, HolidayLEDs offers customers a chance to recycle their old incandescent holiday lights and receive a 15% coupon discount on any purchase of new, energy efficient LED holiday lights from their website. NOTE: According to their website, the program opens in October and closes at the end of February. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas-light-recycling-program.aspx.
Light strands are barely biodegradable (if at all). Plastic and wire can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose. Not to mention the risk to the animals that rummage in and near our landfills. Just as the plastic rings that bind 6-packs of cola can strangle small creatures, so can Christmas lights, turning a thing of joy in our homes into a killer in nature.
Plastic merchant gift card recycling: Did you know you can recycle plastic gift cards from your favorite merchants? Here’s how!
Plastic Bags and other Film Plastic: Plastic shrink wrap, plastic dry cleaner bags, cling wrap, zip-lock bags, cereal bags, and most other types of clean, dry “plastic film” can be recycled with store bags at your local grocery store, or stores like Target, CVS, Lowes or Walmart. Just place inside a store bag and recycle in marked location in the store.
Polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging: Clean and dry packing peanuts can be given to shipping companies like Ship, Copy and More in Delmar.
White “Expanded Polystyrene” blocks or forms that are clean and contain no paint or tape, etc. can be saved until you have a quantity, then taken to Shelter Enterprises for free recycling (you can identify polystyrene as “expanded foam” if is composed of numerous tiny foam “beads” and will separate into little balls when broken apart). You need to contact Don Bertolucci first to make an appointment to drop it off: Phone: 237-4100 extension 16. Address: 8 Saratoga Street, Cohoes (at the north end of Route 787).
Green gift purchases: Sustainable gift ideas include home-made items; cleaning service, restaurants and other gift cards; food and drink; house plants and donations to non-profit organizations. See the Town's 2-page Donating Reusables Brochure for a list of local charities which accept donated items.
Shopping recycled: This can be done in the grocery store as well as the toy or department store. Look for items with less packaging or at least recyclable packaging. Remember to bring your cloth bags to the store with you when shopping. Keep in mind, beware of "greenwashing" (false or misleading environmental claims about products)—research claims on the internet, and if terms like “green” or “eco-friendly” aren’t substantiated, then they are probably meaningless.