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Frequently Asked Questions

2020-08-26T19:15:35+00:00March 19th, 2018|

Below you will find frequently asked questions, with answers, that may be of assistance to you. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our office. Please Note: We are currently open by appointment only.

 

Services FAQs

Yes. We have a number of dedicated staff members that can notarize your documents at no cost during regular business hours. Proper proof of identification is required. Notary renewals for individuals are also processed in our office and may be done by mail or in person.

Have you recorded your original DD-214 discharge papers at the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office? If not, bring in your driver’s license and your original DD-214 and we will record it at no cost. If already recorded with us, come in our office anytime and we will issue you our F.A.V.O.R. Discount Card, good for a discount on goods and services at over 300 businesses in Saratoga County. Veterans can also get a certified copy of their original DD-214 anytime at no charge.

As a U.S. Passport Agent, we accept passport applications for new applicants and take passport photos ($10.00) for your convenience. For information regarding necessary documents and fees please see our complete Passport Checklist.

 

Accessing Records FAQs

The Saratoga County Clerk’s Office maintains many Census Records dating back to 1855. We also possess naturalization records from 1896-1945. These records are available for searching in our office or online. For further research and records availability, contact the County Historian’s Office at (518)884-4749.

Click here to access our Online Records Application. Fill out the application and click on Submit. Upon approval, you will receive an email within 1-2 business days with more information and a link to use the system.

Divorce records are sealed and only available to the persons named in the case of their attorney of record.

In Office: Must provide ID that contains both photo and signature (e.g. Driver License). The fee is $5.00 for a certified copy up to four pages plus $1.25 per page over four.

By Mail: You may send a letter of request along with your notarized signature, a self-addressed stamped envelope and an in-state check (with phone number) or money order for payment.

Birth Certificates are kept at the local Town or City Clerk’s Office where the event took place. This information is also available at the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics in Albany, NY. Go to www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/ for more information.

Death Certificates are kept at the Town or City Clerk’s Office where the event took place. This information is also available at the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics in Albany, NY. Go to www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/ for more information.

Marriage Certificates are kept at the Town or City Clerk’s Office where the certificate was obtained. If you are unaware of the municipality in which the license was purchased, you may obtain a copy from the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics in Albany, NY. Go to www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/ for more information.

You may find a Will at the County Clerk’s Office if the person is deceased and real property was involved. For all other concerns regarding Wills and Probate Records contact Saratoga County Surrogate Court, located in Building 3 of the Saratoga County Complex or call (518)451-8830 for more information.

 

Business FAQs

You must publish in one daily and one weekly newspaper (follow the directions provided by New York State). The daily newspapers include the Saratogian, Times Union, Daily Gazette and Post Star. The weekly newspapers include The Express, Community News and Saratoga Today.

Yes. We have the forms available in our office for a fee of $1.00. You can also print them off our website at no charge. The fee to file a DBA or an Amended DBA is $25.00. A certified copy is $5.00. There is no fee to file a DBA Discontinuance.

 

Land & Property FAQs

You may obtain a copy of your deed by coming into our office. The copy cost is $0.50 per page, or you may apply for free access to our online records. To sign up, click here.

The Saratoga County’s Real Property Assessment Database offers Image Mate Online. The website is saratoga.sdgnys.com. You can click on public access to use the site and then type in the name, address or tax ID/SBL. Map information can be found under the Notes tab.

On December 12, 2019 Governor Cuomo signed into law an amendment to Real Property Law Section 291 that requires County Clerks to notify the owner(s) of record of residential real property when a document is recorded affecting said residential property. The law also allows a reasonable fee to be assessed for said notices, which the New York State Association of County Clerks determined to be $10. This fee is the same in all counties to provide uniformity statewide.

The amendment to Real Property Law (RPL)291 took effect March 11, 2020.

In Saratoga County, the fee applies to residential deeds filed in this office on or after March 11, 2020 and is collected at the time the deed is filed. It does not apply to commercial transactions.

 

General FAQs

Cash, in-state check or money order. Checks must include address and phone number. We do not accept credit or debit cards at this time.

No. There is not an ATM machine on-site at this time.

9:00 am – 4:15 pm for recording papers; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for researching purposes. We are currently open by appointment only.

Our office is located in Building 1 of the Municipal Complex at 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Yes. It is important because when you renew here at one of our three convenient DMV locations (Ballston Spa, Clifton Park or Wilton), Saratoga County retains 12.7% of the overall transaction. This revenue helps to support services, jobs and the local economy right here in Saratoga County. Please visit the Saratoga County DMV website to make an appointment.

 

E-Filing FAQs

Mandatory e-filing in New York State requires the filing of legal papers by electronic means with the County Clerk or appropriate court.

Mandatory e-filing is expected to begin November 20, 2019.

Please note: Any new cases issued in the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office for filing on or after Wednesday, November 20, 2019 must be e-filed to avoid rejection, unless you or the documents are exempt from e-filing.

All civil actions must be e-filed; there are six exemptions as noted under “What documents are exempt from mandatory e-filing?”.

1. Article 70 (special proceedings/Writ of Habeas Corpus)

2. Election Law

3. Matrimonial

4. All Mental Hygiene

5. Article 78 (against a body or officer)

6. Consumer Credit as defined by CPLR 105(f)

Unrepresented litigants are automatically exempt. Attorneys who lack the knowledge or resources to e-file may file a form with the NYS Unified Court System certifying as such for exemption. All others must e-file.

You can e-file through the New York State Unified Court System website at www.nycourts.gov/efile.

Yes. The New York State Unified Court System offers in person and online training.

Training flyers are available at the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office front counter. Information is also available at www.nycourts.gov/efile.

 

Fraud Alert Service FAQs

Fraud Alert is a free service offered by the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office that helps you protect you and your property from fraud by monitoring the documents being recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office.

No, this is a free service offered by the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office.

When you sign up for Fraud Alert, the system will automatically email you when a document is recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office under the name(s) you chose to monitor.

This alert allows you to be informed of any recording or filing activity taking place and to take timely action if you determine the activity is fraudulent.

Fraud Alert tracks all court and property/land documents recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office. These can include, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, judgements, civil actions.

The service can be a useful tool to keep track of the recording of legitimate documents once you finish with a property closing, take out or pay off a mortgage, or for those who wish to monitor vacation homes or an elderly relative’s property.

Fraud Alert is also a helpful identity theft protection tool, as it will notify you if your name appears on any court documents filed in the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office allowing you to make sure your identity is not used by unauthorized individuals.

Signing up is quick and easy. Simply go to https://searchiqs.com/fraudalert/?CC=NYSAR, fill out the form and click submit.

Yes, if a document is recorded or filed with the name you chose to monitor, you will receive an alert. This may be helpful for those wishing to monitor an elderly family member’s property.

No, this service only alerts subscribers of documents being recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office.

You will receive an email with the date the document was recorded or filed, as well as the document type and an identifying number. To view the referenced document online, you must be signed up with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Online Records Database. Alternatively, you can visit the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours to view the document.

Matched alert name, recording/filing date, document description (type) & identifying number (instrument #, book and page, case # depending on indexing/document type).

The only information you need to provide is your first and last name and your email address. We recommend using your full legal name.

There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name, such as Steve Smith, may receive alerts for documents recorded or filed with the same name. You should view the document you wish to monitor using our Online Records Database to determine if the document is relevant to you or your property.

Yes. If you choose to do this, it is highly recommended that you also enter your name without the middle name and/or suffix so you will get alerts for each name variation.

You can enter up to two names at a time.

Business names should be entered exactly as the business name is spelled. If your business name could have variations in spelling or abbreviations on recorded or filed documents, we highly recommend that you make an additional subscription entry with each variation.

Please note: We do not include punctuation marks when we input information into our system; therefore, to get accurate alerts, we recommend you omit punctuation when inputting your business name in Fraud Alert.

Your name will remain on the list indefinitely or until you unsubscribe.

You can click the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of any email you receive to cancel your subscription.

If you’d like change your information, you can unsubscribe and then sign up again with the updated information.

 

Property Fraud FAQs

Property fraud, also known as deed fraud or house-stealing, is when someone forges your identity and transfers your property into their name.

The County Clerk’s Office must record or file all documents that meet the requirements outlined in the New York State statutes. When recording deeds, County Clerk Office staff check to see if the format of the deed is proper, the deed is signed, and the signature is notarized. If a document is properly executed and presented with payment, it is the responsibility of the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office to record the document.

Fraud can be committed in a number of ways by recording or filing documents in public records. For example, someone can create a fraudulent document that will deed your home to them and then record that document with the County Clerk’s Office.

If you think you may be a victim of deed fraud, act quickly:

  • Report fraud to the Sheriff’s department immediately.
  • Get a certified copy of the fraudulent document from the County Clerk’s Office.
  • Contact the District Attorney’s office in the county where the property is located and report the crime.
  • You may also want to consult an attorney to confirm your ownership in the property and/or to determine whether you need to take legal action to undo the fraudulent recording.
  • Register for the Fraud Alert program online to get notified anytime a document is recorded related to your property.
  • Check the County Clerk’s records often using the Online Records Database to make sure that there are no deeds or mortgages that you are not aware of recorded on your property.
  • If your property is not occupied, you should check often to make sure it is not occupied illegally.
  • Ask someone you trust to look after your house if you are going to be away for a long period of time.
  • Do not let mail pile up if you are going out of town.
  • Make sure your correct mailing address is on file with the postal service and pertinent government agencies.
  • If you suspect any kind of deed fraud, report it immediately.

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BACC’s Teen Program Presents JOB READINESS COURSE

2017-11-01T15:36:40+00:00November 21st, 2014|

JOB READINESS COURSE

WHAT IS THE JOB READINESS COURSE?

BACC’s Job Readiness Course is FREE for teens looking to join the workforce and would like to learn crucial skills needed for new jobs including, communication skills, appropriate attitude and enthusiasm, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Teens ages 15-19 years old who live in the Saratoga County area.

WHERE WILL THE JOB READINESS COURSE BE LOCATED?

Ballston Area Community Center located on 20 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa.

WHEN WILL IT BE HELD?

Tuesdays, 6pm-7:45pm, from January 20th-March 10th, 2015 (No classes during Winter Break)

HOW CAN SOMEONE SIGN UP?

Sign up at Ballston Area Community Center until January 16th, 2015.

Job Readiness Course follows the teen curriculum, “Skills to Pay the Bills,” by the U.S. Department of Labor Presented by Jackie Quarters, BACC’S Teen Program Coordinator.  To Contact:  Phone – (518) 885-3261  or  Email –

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Community Centers

2019-11-07T14:35:20+00:00September 16th, 2014|

Ballston Area Community Center

JOB READINESS COURSE – Ballston Area Community Center Teen Program presents a FREE course for teens looking to join the workforce and would like to learn crucial skills needed for new jobs including, communication skills, appropriate attitude and enthusiasm, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Franklin Community Center

Malta Community Center

Mechanicville Area Community Services Center

– Moreau Community Center

Stillwater Community Center

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Daily News 12/26/13

2019-02-17T23:01:12+00:00December 26th, 2013|Categories: What's Happening|

The Saratogian

Saratoga Springs adding full time city judge
http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20131224/saratoga-springs-adding-full-time-city-judge

The Daily Gazette

Sausville to Chair County Board

This time of year, some people know Paul J. Sausville best for the Christmas trees he sells annually from his woodlot on Raymond Road in Malta. But that’s only a hobby — along with a recent interest in blacksmithing — for the Malta town supervisor. He’ll have less time for hobbies starting next week, when Sausville is scheduled to become the 2014 chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. During his one-year term, Sausville said, he wants to put an emphasis on character education and also to work creating a new economic development plan for the county. The retired Department of Environmental Conservation civil engineer will succeed Alan R. Grattidge of Charlton under the Republican majority’s rotating leadership system, which gives everyone who achieves enough seniority a turn. His selection wasn’t certain until last week, when an appeals court ruling affirmed his one-vote re-election victory in November over Democrat Cynthia Young. With that controversy behind him, Sausville said he’s excited to pursue his ideas for the county. To promote character, motivational speaker Jay Rifenbary of Saratoga Springs will speak at Sausville’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 2. Through the year, the plan is to have high school student essayists make presentations to the Board of Supervisors. “I think it’s important in our everyday lives that we tell the truth. We have a responsibility as the top elected leaders of our towns and the county to set a good example,” Sausville said. He also thinks a new strategic economic development plan, now being drafted by a consultant, could have benefits. He’s hoping the county can apply to be an “innovation hot spot” under one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new programs. “It just seems like a natural,” Sausville said, pointing to the growing GlobalFoundries computer chip plant and the roster of high-tech and innovation businesses at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta. Saratoga town Supervisor Thomas N. Wood, a former chairman of the county board, said Sausville developed strong administrative skills during his career with the DEC — and he’ll need them, “One thing I can tell you is the job requires a lot of administrative work,” Wood said. Because of the extra workload, the board chairman earns $25,187, whereas other supervisors earn $18,508. Wood said he has confidence in Sausville. “He is an extremely hard worker and diligent in studying an issue as long as needed before taking a position,” Wood said. Sausville, 74, became town supervisor in 2006, but has been involved in Malta town government’s decision-making for nearly 40 years. Though the town has grown enormously over that time, he often talks about the benefits of keeping a “small-town” atmosphere.

Sausville’s opposition to Malta’s established growth-control policies — he’s been opposed to dense downtown development — has earned him criticism from Town Board members and the business community. His re-election this year required winning a primary in September and ended with his contested one-vote win over Young. “I have run in 10 elections and won every one, though the last one by one vote,” he commented. Sausville said he expects to retire at the end of his new twoyear term. Sausville comes by his interest in small-town values naturally. He grew up in Bennington, Vt., in the 1940s and 1950s. “My parents worked six days a week as clerks,” Sausville recalled. “My father worked in a hardware store, my mother worked in a dry cleaner’s. They put their kids through college.” The seeds of future community involvement may have been planted by his mother, who he said was always active in the community, and his high school girlfriend, Nancy — more than 50 years later, his wife — whose grandfather was the highway superintendent in the nearby town of Shaftsbury. Sausville wanted an outdoor career. A high school counselor suggested civil engineering, with its emphasis on building roads, bridges and dams. Sausville took the advice, though not everything went as planned. “The reality is after the first few years, I spent most of my career in the office,” he said this week. He graduated from the University of Vermont, worked on road survey crews, including one laying out an interstate cloverleaf near Burlington, and landed a job at what in 1963 was the New York State Conservation Department — later to become the DEC. At first, Sausville was part of a team looking for new sites for hydroelectric dams — but that was just before the rise of the environmental movement, with its opposition to dams that destroyed scenic natural areas, which killed most new dam projects. “It was a fun time,” Sausville recalled. “Robert Moses was our hero for building the St. Lawrence Seaway.” Sausville retired from DEC in 1999, having supervised a number of programs, including petroleum and chemical storage, setting water quality standards and planning for municipal sewage systems. He became a partner in a small engineering consulting fi rm until 2006, when he became town supervisor, which is a full-time job. Earlier in his career, Sausville served on the Town Board, spent more than a decade as chairman of the town Planning Board and served on other town planning and zoning committees — all during a three-decade period during which Malta’s population nearly quadrupled, due to residential and later commercial growth. “It’s really been a lot of fun,” Sausville said. He and Nancy have two daughters, a son and nine grandchildren. His son, Paul John — the supervisor is Paul James — will swear him in on Jan. 2. His son is a U.S. Army attorney, an Iraq war veteran, assigned to the state’s Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The swearing-in will take place at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at the county boardrooms in Ballston Spa.

Average tax rate ticks up a penny

Most Saratoga County property owners will be paying a little more — if just a tiny bit more — in county property taxes next year. Local tax collectors are sending out more than 82,000 tax bills that reflect the penny-per-$1,000 average tax increase that is part of the 2014 county budget. It is the third year in a row property taxes have increased, though Saratoga County’s taxes remain among the lowest in the state. The size of the increase has gotten smaller each year — 3.5 percent in 2012, 1.5 percent in 2013 and one penny — less than a half-percent — for the coming year.  Given that trend, Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan R. Grattidge, R-Charlton, said he’s optimistic no increase will be needed in 2015.  He said the pending sale of the county’s Maplewood Manor nursing home — which has been a multimillion dollar financial drain on the county for a decade — will allow the county to stabilize its financial condition. For decades, he noted, sales tax growth and rising property values meant Saratoga County’s costs could be covered without rates having to rise. That changed, however, when sales tax revenue dropped during the 2008-2009 recession. Since then, sales tax revenue is rising again. “As the economy improves and we see gains in the sales tax, I see our property tax being stabilized. We have addressed our major structural problems,” Grattidge said.

As occurred last year, the county tax bill will be broken onto two separate lines to show that the majority of the bill — 98 percent, by the county’s calculation — is needed to pay state-mandated costs such as Medicaid benefits and reimbursements to community colleges. A tax bill in the town of Ballston, for instance, will say that only 3.5 cents of the $2.44 per $1,000 tax rate is to fund the county’s voluntary spending, while state mandates account for $2.41.  Under a “Truth in Taxation” law adopted by county supervisors in 2012, a notice also will be included with the bills explaining that many of the county’s costs are beyond its control. The total amount collected from county property owners — the tax levy — will be $52.4 million, up from $51.6 million this year. The average tax rate per $1,000 assessed value is rising from $2.27 to $2.28, but actual tax rates vary significantly from one community to another because of different practices that each uses to assess property.  Providence, for example, has higher rates than other towns because it never adopted full-value assessments.  Communities also gain or lose total property value compared to one another every year. Because of that, rates in a community can sometimes fall even if there’s a countywide increase.

Taxpayers will have until the end of January to pay their town tax collector before interest is imposed as a penalty. The penalty is 1 percentage point per month, starting in February.

BY COMMUNITY
These are the 2013 Saratoga County property tax rates:
BALLSTON: $2.44 per $1,000 assessed value, up from $2.40 in 2012. There are no townwide taxes, though most residents pay special district taxes for fire, ambulance, library, water and other services. CHARLTON: $3.58, down from $3.65. No townwide taxes, though all residents pay a local fire protection tax . CLIFTON PARK: $4.09, up from $4.08 per $1,000. No town general tax; highway, 20 cents; there are many special district taxes, from fire protection to park districts. CORINTH: $2.42, down from $2.43. Town general, $1.92; highway, $1.37; special district taxes for fire protection, and in some areas for lighting and water. DAY: $3.47, up from $3.46. No town general; highway, $2.10; also a fire protection tax . EDINBURG: $4.22, up from $4.16. No town general; highway, $1.10; also a fire protection tax . GALWAY: $4.28, up from $4.26. Town general, $1.09; highway, 33 cents; also fi re protection districts. GREENFIELD: $2.33, up from $2.31. No town general; highway, $1.83; also a fi re protection district. HADLEY: $3.07, up from $3.06. Town general, $2.23; highway, $3.24; also fire, ambulance and other special districts. HALFMOON: $3.84, up from $3.80. No town general or highway tax; special districts for fire, library, water and sewer. MALTA: $2.37, up from $2.36. Town general, 0.5-cent; no highway; taxes for library, fi re protection, sewer, lighting and other special districts. MECHANICVILLE: County tax rate $3.76, down from $3.64. City rates to be determined. Bills to be sent later than bills for residents of towns. MILTON: $2.54, up from $2.53. Town general outside village, 49 cents; no highway; special districts for fi re, ambulance, lighting, water and sewer. MOREAU: $2.21 in South Glens Falls, down from $2.23; outside South Glens Falls, $1.45, down from $1.46. Town general, 55 cents; no highway tax; special districts for fire, library, water, sewer and lighting. NORTHUMBERLAND: $2.54, up from $2.51. No town general; highway, $1.39; also special districts for ambulance and fi re protection. PROVIDENCE: $12.09, up from $11.51. Town general, $4.16; highway, $15.54; also fi re protection tax. TOWN OF SARATOGA: $2.44, up from $2.43. Town general, $1.12; no highway; ambulance, fi re and other special districts. SARATOGA SPRINGS: County tax rate $2.97, up from $2.96. City rates to be determined. Bills to be sent later than bills for residents of towns. STILLWATER: $2.54, down from $2.55. Town general, $1.08; highway outside village, $1.40; also library, fi re, ambulance, water, sewer, lighting and other special districts. WATERFORD: $6.67, down from $7.05. Town general, $11.80; special districts for fire, ambulance and lighting. WILTON: $2.36, unchanged. No town general or highway; special districts for fire and ambulance.

Code Blue takes effect

Cloaked in a hooded winter coat, the man pushed a small shopping cart of his belongings across Hamilton Street and slowly made his way toward the St. Peter’s auxiliary building on Christmas Eve.

At the door, amid temperatures dipping into the low 20s, he paused at a sign reading succinctly, “Code Blue shelter entrance.” Within moments, a volunteer was opening the door for him and helping to lift his cart up a short flight of steps toward the former school’s multipurpose room. The only intake point was manned by a volunteer with a small composition book. The only questions asked were ones to determine the man’s immediate needs. Only volunteers and the city’s homeless population were welcomed at the temporary shelter with about a dozen cots. All others were asked to leave the premises so as to not upset any trust being forged between them during the city’s fi rst Code Blue initiative. “We want to maintain their privacy and their trust,” said Sharah Yaddaw, a street outreach coordinator working with CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, one of the many organizations helping the initiative. “Basically, this is not about us. This is about the people who need a safe place to stay.” With temperatures expected to dip down to 10 degrees, volunteers pledged to canvass the city in search of the homeless with the hope of coaxing them into a warm place for the evening. Though the overnight low wouldn’t be nearly as bone-chilling as a cold snap that struck the city last week, a modest breeze was enough to make it feel sub-zero, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. Volunteers posted signs around the city urging the homeless to seek shelter at St. Peter’s. They even used chalk to scroll a notice on the sidewalk in the middle of Broadway downtown.
Various community organizations throughout the city and Saratoga County banded together to launch the initiative, which is largely based on one that had been operating in Albany since 2010. The emergency shelter arrangement with St. Peter’s is triggered when temperatures are expected to drop down to 10 degrees or a foot of snow is in the forecast. “Together with the local multifaith community and nonprofit partners, we have successfully opened our first Code Blue night in Saratoga Springs,” said Joanne Yepsen, the city’s mayor-elect and one of the driving forces behind the initiative. “I want to thank the overwhelming support from former homeless individuals and generous donors in the community, who are all determined to make this a success.” The emergency initiative was spurred in part by the death of 54-year-old Nancy Pitts earlier this month. Pitts, who struggled with homelessness for years, was found dead on the exposed back loading dock of the Saratoga Springs Senior Center the morning after overnight temperatures dropped into the low teens. An investigation into Pitts’ death is continuing and toxicology is pending, but police don’t suspect foul play. Some among the city’s homeless population seek refuge near the senior center, where they are tolerated provided they leave when it opens in the morning. Others seek wooded areas on the outskirts of the city. The city has 33 beds available at the Shelters of Saratoga, but they’re dedicated for those among the homeless committed to changing their lifestyle. The shelter’s intake process is extensive and residents are expected to stay sober through the duration of their stay, which can range upward of two months. Some believe the city’s lack of a no-questions-asked shelter for temporary stays is a glaring problem that needs addressing. City leaders hope the swift creation of a Code Blue program is a measure that can at least provide a brief respite during the most brutal days of the winter months. The shelter at St. Peter’s is expected to close today, once temperatures rise back into the 20s. But that could change with the Arctic air mass now forming over Canada. “There will be some potential for some very cold weather next week,” said Kevin Lipton, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Local groups to share in Farm Aid proceeds

Two local agricultural organizations have received grants from Farm Aid after September’s fundraising concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. When some $573,514 was distributed nationally last week, recipients included the Regional Farm & Food Project of Saratoga Springs and the Agricultural Stewardship Association of Greenwich. Each organization received a $7,500 grant. Farm Aid grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, according to the organization. “Farm Aid grantees work every day to change our food system from the ground up,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “We are honored to call these innovative folks our partners in the movement for good food from family farms.” The Regional Farm & Food Project is being set up to establish a farmer and consumer cooperative for the greater Saratoga area. “We are a community resource for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and policy makers,” the project says on its website. “We nurture small farms because we know that small farms don’t just produce food, they provide jobs, economic growth, open space, ecological services, scenic views, community character and preserve biodiversity — and they are a critical component of sustainable human and planetary health.” The Agricultural Stewardship Association, which has been based in Washington County for a number of years, is a land trust dedicated to protecting farmland from development. The Farm Aid grant is for a program called the Greater Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, which serves the entire Hudson Valley and has a goal of bringing young people into farming and helping them secure land from aging farmers looking to dispose of theirs. “The goal of the program is to help locate and evaluate available farmland and match new and beginning farmers with landowners,” according to the grant application. Farm Aid uses the money raised through its annual concerts to support small farms, small farm organizations and local food networks. Farm Aid was founded in 1985 by musician Willie Nelson and has held annual concerts at various locations around the county to support the organization. The SPAC event, the first of the concerts to be held in upstate New York, was a sold-out show that featured Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and others, including an appearance by folk music legend Pete Seeger. The group also organized farm tours and educational programs.

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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

2019-09-30T12:20:52+00:00November 20th, 2013|

Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy, and Prepared Communities

 

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.  The MRC is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps promote volunteerism and service nationwide.

Locally, the Saratoga County MRC supports Public Safety and assists with public outreach & education to build the MRC.  It also encourages volunteerism within the county.  It is composed of both medical and non-medical volunteers because all levels of skills are needed to assist the community in the event of a major disaster.

In a disaster or major emergency, volunteers would be needed for activities that support disaster relief groups, community safety organizations, emergency medical services and community public health efforts; the MRC volunteer base would called upon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register as a volunteer?
Anyone who works or lives in Saratoga County interested in making our community safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to emergencies of all kinds.

Do I need any special skills to volunteer?
No. Both medically-trained and non-medical volunteers are needed.

What will I do as a volunteer?
Volunteers can chose roles that match their skills, interests and availability. Roles might include:
Assistance with the distribution of medicines and supplies at Points of Dispensing Sites (PODS)
Translation Services
Mass Casualty and Trauma Care
Mental Health Support
Administrative and Support Roles
Community Safety and Preparedness Education
Assistance with Community Public Health Activities
Many Other Important Jobs

What are the time requirements?
There is no set time commitment to be a MRC volunteer. Volunteers serve at their level of interest, time and training.

What kind of training will I receive?
Volunteers receive an initial 1.5 hour orientation which includes an overview of MRC roles, responsibilities, assignments, activation, and reporting procedures. Additional trainings are offered as classroom and online sessions. You will also receive Just-In-Time Training if your services are called into action.

Become a Saratoga County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

MRC volunteers serve a vital role by assisting their local health department and community with ongoing public health initiatives.

Saratoga County Public Health Services activities may include:

First 72 Hours Presentation

Saratoga County Fair staffing

Health Clinic staffing

Point of Dispensing site usage/maintenance/staffing

Shelter Committees

Interested in volunteering?  Call our Volunteer Coordinator Michaelah Townley at (518) 584-7460 ext. 8372  or click here to register as a MRC volunteer.

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Human Resources FAQs

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What Is Civil Service?
What Positions Do Not Require A Civil Service Examination?
How Do I Find Out About Positions That Do Not Require A Civil Service Exam?
How Do I Find Out About Positions That Do Require A Civil Service Exam?
How Do I Get A Job With A Local School District, Town Or Village?
What Happens After I Apply For A Test?
When Will I Receive My Test Results?

What is Civil Service?

The New York State Constitution and NYS Civil Service Law states that public employees must be hired for jobs on the basis of their “merit and fitness”.  In practical terms, “merit and fitness” means the filling of positions based on the results of a competitive examination.

The Saratoga County Department of Human Resources is responsible for hiring candidates that meet the requirements of merit and fitness as mandated by NYS Civil Service Law. The Department of Human Resources oversees Civil Service hiring for all Saratoga County Departments, Towns, Villages, and School Districts, excluding the City of Saratoga Springs, the City of Mechanicville, and their respective school districts.

Administration of the Civil Service Law is divided into two areas: positions that DO NOT require a Civil Service examination (Non-competitive) and positions that DO require a civil service examination (Competitive).

What Positions Do Not Require A Civil Service Examination (Non-competitive positions)…

1. Job titles that have no minimum requirements; for example:

Laborer – Department of Public Works /  Sewer Department

Animal Shelter Aide – Saratoga County Animal Shelter

2. Job titles that require completion of a training program approved by the NYS Heath Department; for example:

–  Home Health Aide

3. Job titles requiring specific education and experience but no written examination; for example:

–  RPN (Registered Professional Nurse) – Public Health

4. Job titles are filled on a part-time basis; for example:

–  Typist / Part-Time

–  Clerk / Part-Time

5. Elected Officials or positions that are appointed by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisor’s; for example:

–    Saratoga County Treasurer

–   Commissioner of Elections

6. Job titles which have been classified under Section 55a of the Civil Service Law for an applicant certified by VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities). In this instance, an examination is waived and will not be required of the applicant.

How Do I Apply For Positions That Do Not Require a Civil Service Exam?
Applications and job descriptions for positions that do not require an exam (non-competitive) are available from the Human Resources Department and are posted on the Saratoga County website. Most positions have minimum qualifications. Candidates may complete and file an application for these titles within the filing time listed on the announcement.  Applications submitted to the Human Resources Department are reviewed and then forwarded to the appropriate Department Head/Appointing Authority.  Interviews and selection of qualified applicants is made at the discretion of the Department Head/Appointing Authority.  Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not always possible to respond to every application.

How Do I Find Out About Positions That Do Require A Civil Service Exam?
Examination Announcements

Civil Service Exams are scheduled through NYS Civil Service and are based on Statewide need.  Exam announcements are  posted in public buildings, the Human Resources Office, and are also available on the Saratoga County website. Exam announcements contain important information about “minimum qualifications“, exam fees, exam scopes (topics of exam material), filing deadlines, and test date. Unless otherwise stated on the exam announcement, applicants must be residents of New York State for 4 months immediately preceding the exam date.  It is recommended that you check the website often as exam announcements and employment vacancy’s are regularly posted and updated here.  Exceptions to missing the filing deadline for an exam or vacancy can not be made.  Postmarks will be accepted for Examination submissions.

Request for Exam Notification
At this time Saratoga County does not have an Exam Notification system.  The Human Resources Office does maintains available job descriptions for all titles that require a Civil Service exam.  Applications will not be accepted for exam titles or positions that are not yet scheduled or posted.

Completing the Application
NYS Civil Service requires each applicant to fully complete all information on the application. Resume MAY NOT be substituted for the education or work experience section (12.) of the application.  Application fees are non-refundable.  Before submitting your application, be sure to compare the information you provide about your education, training, and experience with the “minimum qualifications” as stated on the announcement.   “Minimum qualifications” must be clearly stated on your application (vague applications will not be interpreted in the the applicants favor; qualifications cannot be assumed based on current or previous title, position or duties).  Applications CANNOT be filed electronically.  Applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the Human Resources Department at the address on the announcement and any applicable fee must be paid at the time of application.  Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not always possible to respond to each applicant/application.

How Do I Get A Job With A Local School District, Town Or Village?

School Districts, Towns and Villages generally post vacancy’s on their respective websites and you may apply directly with the School District and/or Village or Town in which you seek employment.  The Department of Human Resources oversees Civil Service  hiring of “competitive” positions for the Towns, Villages, and School Districts in Saratoga County, excluding the cities of Saratoga Springs and Mechanicville and their respective school districts.  Competitive positions are those requiring a Civil Service exam.  If you would like to apply for a position which requires successful completion of an exam and you have not taken the applicable exam, you will not be considered eligible for that position.

If you are interested in a position that does not require an exam (for example: Food Service Helper, Teacher Aide, Cleaner, Bus Driver), you may apply directly to the School District and/or Village in which you seek employment. Teaching positions in the school districts are not under Civil Service. Each jurisdiction selects its own candidates for these positions.

What Happens After I Apply For An Exam?
Applications for scheduled exams are evaluated to ensure the candidate meets the minimum qualifications as stated on the exam announcement.  Approved applicants will receive an admission notice approximately one week to ten days prior to the exam date.  Information on regarding location, time, and other instructions for the exam will be listed on the admission letter and MUST be presented at the exam.  Applicants that have been disqualified to sit for the exam because they have not met minimum qualifications, will be notified by mail shortly after the filing deadline; Disqualified applicants will have an opportunity to provide additional information and/or facts in opposition to the disqualification.  The exam fees are non-refundable.

When Will I Receive My Exam Results?
Exam results are processed by NYS Civil Service and processing takes approximately three months after the date of the exam.  You will receive notification of your exam results by mail. Individuals  scoring 70% or above are included on the applicable eligible list when a vacancy in that title occurs.  Vacancy’s are filled from the eligible lists by the Appointing Authority or Department Head.  Selection is made at the discretion of the Appointing Authority, from one of the three highest scoring group of applicants willing to accept the job.  Eligible lists are used by all Saratoga County Departments, Towns, Villages, and School Districts excluding the cities of Saratoga Springs and Mechanicville and their respective school districts.

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Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation

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envelopeiconContact

seal_CRSaratoga County Capital Resource Corporation
50 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 435-5903
FAX: (518) 884-4780

MEMBERS/STAFF
Anita Daly, Chairperson
Arthur J. Johnson, Vice Chair & Secretary
Raymond O’Conor, CEO
Jeffrey Reale, CFO
John Wyatt, Treasurer
Eugene Zeltman, Ethics Officer
James A. Carminucci, Counsel
Valeria A. Muratori, Member
Matthew Veitch, Member
Ann Frantti, Member

depticon2Department Description

SCCRC Mission Statement
Promoting community and economic development and the creation of jobs in the non-profit and for-profit sectors for the citizens of the County by developing and providing programs for not-for-profit institutions, manufacturing and industrial businesses and other entities to access low interest tax-exempt and non-tax-exempt financing for their eligible projects.

Undertaking projects and activities within the County for the purposes of relieving and reducing unemployment, bettering and maintaining job opportunities, attracting new industry to the County, encouraging the development of, or retention of, an industry in the County, and lessening the burdens of government and acting in the public interest.

See below to view Bylaws and Policies of the Saratoga County Capital Resource Corporation

Additional Information/Files to Download

“Who We Are and What We Do”   

2018

Previous Years

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