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New (10 Aug 12) Information about Dog Licenses
Lois Ciccolella, Deputy Town Clerk....
While Town Clerks are generally credited with issuing licenses, that is only a small part of this complex job. Many duties are mandated by law in this multi-faceted office, but there are also a number of other services that we provide to town government and offer to the public. As the most accessible form of government, we are here to serve and assist you. We try to respond promptly to your questions in a courteous, professional manner. If we cannot help you, we will refer to you to the office or agency that can. If my staff or I can be of service, or you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (518) 477-7590 or stop in and see us. We are located at 265 Schuurman Road (across from Burger King on Rtes. 9 & 20). Our offices are on the first floor, to the left as you enter the building. Stop by and say hello and see our bright and cheery office space!
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The Town Clerk's Office also performs many other duties for the town departments, (i.e. - orders general office supplies, submits press releases for the Youth and Recreation department, issues applications for registrants of the Youth and Recreation Summer Program, etc.).
Under the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the county governments oversee all election responsibilities. In Rensselaer County, the clerks of local governments assist the Board of Elections with various aspects of the process, such as working with the election inspectors, calling in results, and registration of voters. Voter registration froms may be downloaded in English or en EspanolIf you have a general question or are in doubt as to which department you may need, please call the Town Clerk's Office. We are here to assist you. Answers to some common questions may be found at FAQ page.
New, August 2012: Dog Owners in the Town of Schodack did you know...
That New York State mandates that all dogs over the age of 4 months be licensed in the municipality in which it lives? We recognize that many residents are not aware of this state and town law. In order to license your dog, proof of current rabies vaccination (Rabies Certificate) is required for all dogs. Rabies is a contagious and serious disease spread from animals to people, so having them vaccinated, helps to protect not only your dog, but you and your family. If your dog is spayed/neutered you must also provide a copy of the spaying/neutering certificate. The cost of licensing your dog is very nominal - $7.00 for a spayed/neutered dog and $15.00 for an unspayed/unneutered dog. This is an annual license.
That the Town of Schodack will be conducting a dog census from July 2012 - September, 2012? Residents will be receiving a licensing information card in the mail that needs to be filled out and returned to the Clerk's Office with the proper documentation. A $5.00 census fee per dog will be charged during the enumeration period if you own an unlicensed dog. You can avoid paying this additional fee by licensing your dog now! You can stop by the Town Clerk's office at 265 Schuurman Rd., Castleton, NY 12033 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or you may license by mail. Just send in the proper fee and documentation as noted above. All information will be copied and returned to you.
That the Town of Schodack has a leash law? When your dog is off your property, it must be on a leash no longer than 12 feet. However, if you are walking your dog in the Town Park, the leash cannot be longer than 6 feet. Any dog found running a large may be seized pursuant to law. The owner is subject to impoundment fees and a fine. For the well being of your dog, yourself and your neighbors, be a responsible pet owner and leash your dog when it is not on your property. Remember too - Love Me, License Me. If you have any questions please call the Schodack Town Clerk's office at 477-7590.
WILD ANIMALS AND SNAKES
General Municipal Law §209-cc, requires that each person owning, possessing or harboring a wild animal must report its presence to their local municipal clerk before April 1st of each year. This information is then provided to emergency services personnel so that they may protect themselves, other people and the animals when responding to an emergency. "Wild animals" includes non-human primates, members of the wild cat, dog and bear families, all venomous snakes, all constrictors and pythons 10 feet or greater in length and members of the crocodile and alligator families 5 feet or greater in length. For more information, a complete list of animals and/or required forms contact Donna Conlin, Schodack Town Clerk at 265 Schuurman Rd., Castleton, NY 12033, by email, or telephone 477-7590.