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Yes, it is the law. The New York State law regarding pet rabies immunizations applies to ferrets as well as cats and dogs. Please view the Albany County Department of Health’s Rabies Clinic Schedule. For more information about the law, visit the Albany County Department of Health’s web pages.
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 https://www.albanycounty.com/government/county-clerk/services/online-records-search.
Neither Spectrum nor Verizon FiOS offer a discount to senior subscribers. This decision was not one that the town was in agreement with, but it was nonnegotiable at the time the agreements were finalized.
There are a couple of reasons why this would be impossible. The first relates to “level playing field” rules. When the Verizon contract expires in 2021, they cannot be compelled to be at a financial disadvantage to Spectrum whose agreement doesn’t expire until 2024. Both contracts must be comparable in terms of requirements on the cable provider. The second is that towns do not have the leverage that one might expect in a renegotiation situation. The plant is built and customers are already serviced. Should the town attempt to deny service to a cable provider, thousands of residents/customers could lose service. Since that can’t happen, the town is over a barrel. The cable provider understands this, as does the NYS regulatory authority, the Public Service Commission (“PSC”). If the Town can’t come to a resolution with the cable provider, a Temporary Order of Authority (“TOA”) is issued every 6 months by the PSC until a new agreement can be worked out. We have seen TOAs issued for over 20 years to one municipality.
A Comprehensive Plan is a guidance document that sets goals, policies, and priorities for investing in the physical, economic, and environmental future of our Town.
Comprehensive Plans typically address a wide range of issues that are important to residents and business leaders. Bethlehem’s current Comprehensive Plan provides an overall vision for our hamlets and our town as a whole, with key priorities and strategies for achieving that vision. It provides direction to the Town for investing in transportation improvements and public facilities, revising or creating new zoning regulations, protecting ecologically-sensitive areas, becoming more environmentally sustainable, and recommending issues for further study. Concept plans and other visuals within the Comprehensive Plan help demonstrate ideas and hoped-for outcomes.
Updating Comprehensive Plans allows communities to refresh the overall vision and update priorities and strategies in light of changing conditions, new challenges, and experience implementing the previous plan.
The most recent Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Town Board in 2005. It can be downloaded from the Economic Development and Planning Department’s Planning Division web pages at Comprehensive Plan (Current).
The 2005 Comprehensive Plan provides a vision up to year 2020, which is just around the corner. As Bethlehem continues to grow, we want to establish our vision for the town over the next 15 to 20 years.
The Update is anticipated to focus more deeply into several issue areas, including transportation and traffic, open space conservation, the character of residential neighborhoods, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
Yes, this will be our first comprehensive Update. That said, progress reports were completed in 2007 and 2013, so this will not be the first time the Comprehensive Plan has been reviewed. The 2005 Comprehensive Plan recommended that, within 5 to 10 years of its adoption, a progress report be produced to assess the degree to which the plan recommendations had been implemented and to identify possible topics and areas that should be revisited and updated.
The Update process is expected to take 12-18 months to complete. To stay informed and learn about ways to participate:
You can share your ideas and more at community forums and by sending emails to CompPlan@townofbethlehem.org . We want to hear from you!
This initiative is being directed by the Planning Department and will be guided by various Town stakeholders, including boards and committees. Through a competitive request for proposal process in the Spring 2019, the Town will hire a consulting firm to prepare the Comprehensive Plan Update.
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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.
In December, 2017, the Town Board approved redesigning Delaware Avenue between Elsmere Avenue and the Albany town line to have:
These features are a proven safety countermeasure to reduce the types of car accidents occurring along the road, make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and make the area more attractive to new businesses. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration strongly recommends this approach to improve traffic safety on roads with fewer than 20,000 car trips daily.
Actually, the complete streets project is not about cycling. The new traffic pattern would reduce the number of car accidents, allow pedestrians to safely cross Delaware Avenue (which they can only do now at Elsmere Avenue and Delaware Plaza – ½ mile apart), and make businesses along the corridor more accessible to customers.
One note: The Albany complete streets project included on-street parking. The Delaware Ave Complete Streets project will not add or remove on-street parking. Instead, it will create a center turn lane and wide shoulders with room for bus stops and cyclists.
Deeds are filed in the Albany County Clerk’s Office, 32 Russell Road, Albany, NY 12206-1324. Deeds are filed by liber and page numbers. To obtain a copy of your deed, contact the County Records Department at 518-487-5120. Deeds and Mortgages filed after 1980 are also available online via the County Clerk’s web site.
All full-time competitive class positions and some part-time positions have to take an exam. The Town of Bethlehem is subject to Albany County Civil Service requirements.
Albany County Civil Service administers all exams for the Town of Bethlehem. To see what exams are being given and when, please go to their website.
Please note that if you have been charged with a Vehicle & Traffic misdemeanor (i.e. 511-1A, 512 or 1212), you must appear in person for arraignment, at which time you will have an opportunity to conference the matter with a V & T Prosecutor.
IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION THIS REQUEST WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
When you receive a ticket from any police agency (town, state, sheriff, environmental conservation), you should appear in court on the date and time indicated on the bottom portion of the motorist copy. If you have received a traffic ticket which is a misdemeanor, a personal appearance is required. These would include Vehicle and Traffic Law sections 511, 512, 319 and 1212. If you are in doubt about your particular ticket, please call the court for clarification at 518-439-4955, option 5, then option 2.
If you wish to plead guilty, please sign and date your ticket under Section A (on the back of some tickets) of the motorist copy, including any address changes, and mail to the court at the address indicated on the ticket or as above. The town justice will review your ticket and impose a fine in addition to any and all mandatory surcharges. A fine / surcharge notice will be mailed, and you will be given 21 days to submit payment. Failure to pay your fines and surcharges promptly and in full will result in the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles being notified to suspend your driving privileges, whether you live in New York State or elsewhere.
If you cannot appear at the date and time indicated on the ticket and wish to plead not guilty, please sign and date Section B, including any address changes, and mail it to the Court. You should not appear on the date on the ticket if you have mailed in a not guilty plea. In addition, if you cannot appear at the date and time issued on the ticket and do not wish to appear in person for a future court date you may follow the instructions for pleading by mail.
The Lottery system is a way for Town of Bethlehem residents to register for a *tentative spot in their activity of choice BEFORE registration is opened to non-resident and residents on a first come, first serve basis.
When you register, your registration fee will be deposited immediately.
You will receive an email stating that you have been entered into the Lottery.
Following the computerized Lottery Spin (check Park Playbook for specific Lottery Spin date!) you will receive another email informing you of your Enrollment or Waiting List status.
If you receive the email with your status of Enrollment, you got a spot in your desired activity!
If you receive the email with your status of Waiting List, you were not selected for your desired activity and will be placed on a waiting list.
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.
Call the Albany County Civil Service Department, 518-447-7770, for a test date which is usually the first Saturday in December every year.
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
In typical years, these items may be brought to the town’s household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall. 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. East Selkirk, NY 12158
NOTE: For 2020 we have had to cancel our HHW collections due to safety concerns and budget constraints from the Covid-19 pandemic
However, there are options for recycling or disposing of some of the items before our next event.
Rechargeable batteries and lead acid (vehicle) batteries can be recycled at all retail stores where they are sold. Fluorescent Bulbs and CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) can be recycled at some retailers like Lowes in Glenmont.
Computers, televisions, and most other electronics can be recycled year round at the Transfer Station on Rupert Road (fees may apply--see web page for details).
Used motor oil can be brought to any shop that performs oil changes such as Valvoline or Jiffy Lube. Antifreeze can also be brought to any shop that performs radiator service.
Latex (water-based) paint is non-hazardous, and can be dried out and disposed in the regular trash. There are low cost "paint hardener" products for waste paint available for purchase for $2 - $3 that work for 2 - 3 gallons of paint. Or mix with cat litter or sand to help soak up the liquid, remove the lid, and set it in the sun. Once completely solidified, latex paint can be disposed in the regular trash (leave the lid off to show there is no liquid paint, as latex paint, while non-toxic, can gum up machinery and spill down the road).
That leaves items like oil-based paints, solvents, and lawn chemicals. The town recycling coordinator recommends using or storing these items until next year, seeing if any neighbors or friends wish to use them, and consider less toxic alternatives. There now exists water-based paints and stains for most applications, and information is available on the Internet about alternatives to pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
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.
The town holds a pharmaceutical collection each year. Check the recycling events page for upcoming event details.
Also, Four Corners Pharmacy, located at 360 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, now has a secure drug disposal box. This box allows people to dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescriptions and controlled substances (solid only, no liquids) in a manner that is both anonymous, and safe for community and environmental health. The secure, “one-direction” medication drop box is located inside the pharmacy, and therefore only accessible during business hours. For store hours or contact information visit http://4crx.com/.
Residents can bring unwanted medications to all New York Police Headquarters for anonymous disposal at any time, 24/7. Troop G Headquarters is located at: 760 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110
After entering the building, place the meds in the clear bag provided on-site, and drop it in the mailbox. For more information, call the headquarters at 518-783-3211.
Or to dispose of pharmaceuticals safely at home:
NEVER flush medications down the toilet or other drains as they can pollute drinking water and waterways.
Medications, if not properly disposed of, can fall into the wrong hands and endanger human health and our communities. If flushed down the drain or otherwise improperly discarded, they can also pollute drinking water and the environment, and further compromise human health.
As one example, a nationwide study conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested.
Read more information about medication disposal.
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.
The Town of Bethlehem no longer collects school taxes. Please contact the respective school district for information regarding school taxes. School Tax payments for the residents in the Bethlehem School District are being collected by BCSD. For assistance relating to your bill, please contact the Bethlehem School Business office at 439-7481, ext 31922 or visit their website at www.bethlehemschools.org. School Tax payments for the Ravena Coeyman Selkirk School District are being collected by RCS. For questions regarding your current bill please contact them at 756-5200 ext. 6000, or visit their website at www.rcscsd.org for assistance. School Tax payments for the Guilderland Central School District are being collected by GCS. For questions regarding your current bill please contact them at 456-6200, or visit their website at www.guilderlandschools.org for assistance. Thank you.
You can view the Image Mate Online website. You can find the amounts that were paid; you don’t need an actual receipt to file your taxes.
A mail-in form can be picked up at either the town clerk’s office, on the table outside our office in the hallway or online on the Albany County web site. The form is to be completed and mailed to Albany County Board of Elections at the address specified on the form.
The application form can be picked up at either the town clerk’s office, on the table outside our office in the hallway or online on the Albany County web site. The form is to be completed and mailed to Albany County Board of Elections at the address specified on the form.
You may use the utility "Find My Polling Place" on the Albany County Board of Elections website or call their offices at 518-487-5060 for the most current information.
The person wishing to obtain a certificate of residency must provide proof of residency one year in New York State and six months in Albany County. The proof can be a New York driver’s license issued more than one year ago, car registration issued more than one year ago, high school transcript, bank statement, or other proof. One form should be a picture identification.