City of Amsterdam Public Buildings Closed to the Public Effective Immediately
AMSTERDAM, NY – Mayor Michael Cinquanti has announced that Amsterdam City Hall and all City of Amsterdam public buildings, including the Public Safety Building, will be closed to the public effective immediately through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, except in very limited circumstances as detailed below.
The Amsterdam Police Department and Amsterdam Fire Department will continue to respond to all emergency calls, and the Department of Public Works will continue curbside waste collection pickup as scheduled.
"Following recommendations from the CDC, the State of New York and the Montgomery County Health Department, we have put in place procedures in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within our City," said Mayor Cinquanti. "These changes will go into effect immediately. I remain in constant contact with our City's police and fire chiefs, key department heads, Montgomery County Executive, Matt Ossenfort, and the County Health Department, and we will expand upon these restrictions should the situation warrant."
"The decision to declare this state of emergency is a proactive measure to prevent the spread of the virus to members of our community, our city employees, their families and our first responders;" explained Cinquanti. "The most proven effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to keep people who are or who may be carrying the virus away from those who are not."
A department-by-department list of City services currently available and unavailable can be found below:
The Amsterdam Police Department is planning reasonable precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus while still providing the highest possible level of service to the community. Because our officers and employees routinely interact with the public, we are working to mitigate the potential for the transmission of Coronavirus through interactions with law enforcement. The measures described below are subject to change depending on changing conditions.
In an emergency, always call 911. APD will continue responding to all emergency calls for service 24/7.
Amsterdam City Court will be closing indefinitely as of 5:00pm today. Police Headquarters at the Public Safety Building will also be closed to the public until further notice. For certain non-emergency calls in which no immediate threat to safety exists, and where no suspect has been identified, please contact Police Headquarters at (518) 842-1100. Minor calls for service, such as minor property complaints, may be handled via phone or through a postponed report. Access to administrative reports, including police incident reports and FOIL responses will be handled via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Police Headquarters.
In an effort to limit potential exposure and eventual transmission to other members of our community, officers and detectives responding to your call may ask you to step outside of your home when possible. This approach will not apply in an emergency situation in which immediate entry is necessary.
As conditions change and more information becomes available, APD will continue to assess and adjust as the situation requires.
Please visit the APD Facebook page or call (518) 842-1100 for more information on non-emergency Police Department information.
AFD will continue responding to all emergency calls for service 24/7. Access to administrative reports, including fire incident reports, will be handled via email and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Fire Headquarters. All fire department facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Please visit the City of Amsterdam website or call (518) 684-6301 for more information on nonemergency Fire Department information. In an emergency, please dial 911.
If you have an emergency (sewer back up, sink hole, water main break, flooding) contact the DPW at (518) 842-1100. For non-emergencies, please call the DPW line at (518) 842-3691 and a message can be left.
All curbside waste collection and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled. BULK PICK-UPS ARE SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY.
Tap water supplied to the City of Amsterdam residents as well as municipal water customers in the Town of Amsterdam and Town of Florida is safe to drink. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Learn more about the virus and water and sewer infrastructure by visiting https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater.
Payments for metered water invoices can be mailed to 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
Services that will be accessible online at https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records
Obtaining certified copies of marriage records & certificates of domestic partnership
Obtaining certified copies of Birth
Obtaining Death Certificates
Limited In-person transactions will take place by appointment only.
Individuals must email the City Clerk at email@example.com or call (518) 841-4305 to set up an in person appointment at City Hall. Please visit the City Clerk webpage, call (518) 841-4305, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Effective immediately, all meetings of the Common Council shall be closed to the public, including the media. The public will have the ability to view common council meetings live on the City of Amsterdam Facebook page and said meetings shall be recorded and transcribed.
All other meetings of any and all City boards and/or committees are cancelled and shall be rescheduled at a later time.
The City of Amsterdam is implementing a hiring freeze. If a position is needed and considered essential, we will post openings on our City of Amsterdam Website (www.amsterdamny.gov) and our City of Amsterdam Facebook page . All applications can be emailed to email@example.com.
All Civil Service Exams scheduled for March have been postponed. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions regarding future exams accordingly. Please check the City of Amsterdam website for updates www.amsterdamny.gov.
All permit applications, payments, and other transactions will take place via phone. All inspections are suspended until further notice. Construction inspections and emergency inspections will continue to occur. Individuals must call (518) 841-4319 OR (518) 603-2386 to set up an inspection.
All Planning & Zoning meetings are cancelled until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact the building department at (518) 841-4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreation facilities will be closed effective immediately to evaluate further precautions necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of community members and staff.
All organized and voluntary activities are prohibited. Organizations who use City of Amsterdam Parks for baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball, and any other activity are prohibited from the premises until further notice.
WingFest Sponsored by Main Motor Car which was scheduled for April 25, 2020 is cancelled. It will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Please visit the Amsterdam Tourism, Marketing & Recreation Facebook page for continued updates.
The office of the City of Amsterdam Assessor will be closed. The exemption and exemption renewal deadline is December 1, 2020. Therefore, exemptions will be suspended during the closure. The public can access their assessment information at http://ranger.co.montgomery.ny.us/IMO/search.aspx. Any questions can be emailed to DMaxwell@amsterdamny.gov.
All City tax payments must be processed online by visiting the City of Amsterdam’s webpage at www.amsterdamny.gov. If you are unable to make a payment online, all other payments can be made by mailing a check or money order to 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010. If you have any questions, you can call Controller’s office at 518-841-4337.
Mayor Michael Cinquanti has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Amsterdam effective 12:00pm Monday, March 16, 2020 directing all City-owned buildings be closed to the public unless expressly provided for above. Only essential employees are to report to work. The State of Emergency will remain in effect through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
As a reminder, please visit the websites for Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Montgomery County Department of Public Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.