Town of Chatham, New York

CC Dept of Health: 
NYS Dept of Health: 
White House:
Columbia County NY: 
Community Care Planning:
Chatham Food Pantry:
CC Community Health Care Consortium:
CC Sheriff's Dept Hotline for the Elderly/Vulnerable/Disabled Welfare Check: 518-828-0601 Ext 1400. Leave message. 
Office of the Aging:
Columbia Comeback Committee:
NYS Monitoring Dashboard:
At Thursday evening’s (5/21) regularly scheduled meeting the Chatham Town Board reviewed permissible activities at Crellin Park.
Tennis (singles only on one court, players are asked to open gate with towel or glove) is now allowed. Walking, fishing and working in
the community garden are also permitted as long as social distancing is maintained, with masks being worn when distancing measures
cannot be met. The skateboard park, playing fields, basketball court, playground apparatuses, swimming area and all other areas not
listed will remain closed for the time being.

We are truly grateful for your patience and understanding during this pandemic. The health, safety and welfare of our residents are of
utmost importance to The Town Board.

Donal Collins, Supervisor

As advised from the Columbia County Health Department and Columbia County Chairman Matt Murell
we are cancelling our Summer Recreation 
Program this year because of the COVID-19 crisis and to keep 
our children safe. 
We are heartbroken but we have no choice. The health of our employees and children come first.

Columbia County Press Release:

6/02/20: County Plan for re-opening Click Here
6/01/20: Phase 2 Click Here
5/31/20: Business owners may require face masks Click Here
5/30/20: Follow the Plan Click Here
5/29/20: Capital region Looks to Phase 2 Click Here
5/28/20: County Building Closure to Public Extended Click Here
5/27/20: Reopening guidance lacking Click Here
5/26/20: Columbia Comeback Click Here
5/25/20: Chairman Honors the Fallen Click Here
5/24/20: Barnwell Reports 15th Death Click Here
5/23/20: Gathering Limits Amended Click Here
5/22/20: Gathering Limits Clarified Click Here
5/21/20: Graduations Click Here
5/20/20: Phase 1 Underway Click Here
5/19/20: Phase 1 Opening Click Here
5/18/20: Contact Tracers Click Here
5/17/20: Testing Clinics  Click Here
5/16/20: Thanks Essential Workers  Click Here
5/15/20: New Supply of Cloth Masks  Click Here
5/14/20: Two New Testing Clinic Dates Click Here
5/13/20: Region getting close on metrics Click Here
5/12/20: Four of Five Nursing Homes to test Click Here
5/11/20: Next Testing Kit Order Click Here
5/10/20: Re-opening Needs Click Here
5/09/20: Summer Camp Order Denied  Click Here
5/08/20: County Talks Metrics Click Here
5/06/20: Barnwell at 112 Click here
5/05/20: Barnwell at 70 Click Here
5/04/20: Friday Testing Event Click Here
5/03/20: COVID 19 Tests Click Here
5/02/20  Columbia Comeback to assist Businesses Click Here
5/01/20: 37 Positive Barnwell Click Here
4/30/20: Testing Kits Click Here
4/29/20: PPE Delivery Click Here
4/28/20: Contact Tracing Click Here
4/27/20: Advocates  Click Here
4/26/20: Fall/Winter Return Click Here
4/25/20: Distribution of cloth masks Click Here
4/24/20: County Solid waste Open Click Here
4/23/20: Healthcare Consortium  Click Here
4/22/20: Cloth Masks for Public Click Here
4/21/20: Receipt of testing kits Click Here
4/20/20: Committee Forming  Click Here
4/19/20: Face Covering Reminder Click Here
4/18/20: Family Assistance Network Click Here
4/17/20: Next Test Kit Order  Click Here
4/16/20: Masks To Be required  Click Here
4/15/20: Coronavirus Testing Click Here 
4/14/20: Mask Donations Click here
4/13/20: Outdoor venues social distancing complaints Click Here
4/12/20: County thanks all Click Here
4/11/20: Critical of federal state response Click Here
4/10/20: Death Toll Rises  Click Here
4/09/20: Testing Trend Click Here
4/08/20: Test Kits on Order Click Here
4/07/20: County Experiences 4th COVID-19 Death Click Here
4/06/20: Test Kits  Click Here
4/05/20: Homeless Rises   Click Here
4/04/20: Mask Guidelines  Click Here
4/03/20: New Hotline  Click Here
4/02/20: Test Kit Donation  Click Here

4/01/20: Closure to Public Extended  Click Here
3/31/20: Business Funds Click Here
3/30/20: Hopes For New Tests Click Here
3/29/20: Revised Guidelines Click Here
3/28/20: Front Lines- Click Here
3/27/20: County Worker/Pine Haven-Click Here
3/26/20: No CurrentTreatment-  Click Here
3/25/20: Self Quarantine-Click Here

Dear Chatham,

Covid 19 has not only reached Columbia County, but has now been confirmed to be within the Chatham population.
As we look to minimize it's spread within our town and surrounding areas I implore everyone to continue to follow the
guidelines set forth by the Columbia County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, and 
the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
Physical distancing of 6 feet, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and staying at home unless it is necessary
to leave are absolutely critical. 
Many of our great community have stepped forward to volunteer their time and services to help those in need:

The Community Care Planning Group is a facebook group dedicated to connecting and plugging into various
self-organizing groups, using Facebook infrastructure. Folks on the group currently range from throughout several
NY State counties. 

To channel and direct everyone's interests and needs, we have WORKING GROUPS (purpose and topics of interest
--for everyone from the bigger region of the Hudson Valley) and COMMUNITY PODS (smaller geographical units)
WORKING GROUPS help organize and generate actions, services + things, and are comprised of, serve, and connect
and mobilize people from a variety of communities.  COMMUNITY PODS focus on a specific geographical location, to
reach out and connect to your closest neighbors, determine your immediate community's needs and shareable resources,
and best modes of distribution. There is a Chatham Community Pod. Here is the link for the facebook page: 

For those with questions, you can contact Kelly Bancroft:

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. If you or someone you know is in need of
assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to me. 

Donal Collins
Chatham Town Supervisor


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic facing our town, state and nation we are taking the necessary steps
to ensure the safety and health of our community.  Our goal is to mitigate the spread of the virus and to
reduce its rate of transmission.

 Effective immediately, the TOWN HALL will be CLOSED to the public until further notice. However, 
town offices will remain operational and will be conducting day to day business through the mail, email
and via telephone. Feel free to use the DROP BOX to the right of the main entrance for any Town related business.

The Tax Collector will continue to accept property tax payments via mail (post mark applies), drop box,
or to pay your bill on-line go to


- (518)392-2550 or email at

BUILDING DEPARTMENT– (518)392-1651 or email at

– (518)392-1651 or or

– (518)392-3262 or email at

– (518)392-0044 or email at

 For continuing updates and contact information check out the website at and

DEC Click Here 3/27


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have closed the Highway garage
to the public effective immediately.

We will conduct business by mail, email or telephone.
Any deliveries should be left outside the front door.

Address: 865 Cty Rte 13, Old Chatham, NY 12136


Telephone: 518-794-7281

Thank you for your cooperation. Be Safe!

Columbia County declares State of Emergency
effective 12:00pm  Noon on March 16, 2020
Click Here

Given the widespread anxiety over Covid-19 I have received numerous recommendations on the continuation of Town business while being diligent over public safety.  For this Thursday's Town Board meeting, March 19, 2020 @ 6:30PM, our doors will NOT be closed but out of consideration for the general health concerns suggest that people remain home.

We will conduct new business necessary for town operation (purchasing, bonding, etc) and bill paying. I would for this meeting discontinue the public comment portion, citizens can email their thoughts and concerns. Items like the STR draft discussion will be postponed. For the members of the public that do attend we will maintain 6 foot spacing as best we can within the seating area.

We also suggest that the public who have business in the town hall that does not absolutely require a personal visit either phone or email the appropriate office. 

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. 


Coronavirus Updates for the Town of Chatham-3/12/20

At the County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 11th, the Public Health Department gave a presentation on the COVID-19 virus. From a municipal standpoint, we were advised to continue to hold governmental meetings but ask that potential participants who feel sick abstain from attending.

Per the NYS Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please refer to the officialNYS Health Department Information on Novel Coronavirusand the Columbia County Health Department and websites for updates and guidelines to keep you and your family healthy.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your doctor’s office, Emergency Room, or Urgent Care before going, as they will need to make special arrangements, such as masking any symptomatic people, to keep from potentially infecting others.

As always, please check the Town website for updates on any potential meeting or event changes.


K.I.S.S. (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe) 


The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County.  The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe.  It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

Date:  TBD
Time: M-T-TH-F, 8:30AM-4PM
Location: Chatham Town Hall 
488 State Route 295,Chatham, NY 12037
For more information, contact the Town Clerk at 518-392-3262