Welcome to the Town of Taghkanic
in New York's Upper Hudson Valley


All meetings of the Taghkanic town boards and committees are open to the public. Meetings are held in person at the town hall, unless labeled "Zoom-Only". The town makes every effort to post meeting times and locations in advance, along with the meeting agenda and any additional relevant documents.

Attend In-Person or on Zoom

All meetings are available on ZOOM and can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon on the Upcoming Meetings calendar on this page.

View / Download Zoom Recordings

Zoom recordings of town meetings can now be downloaded for viewing. To locate a recording, click here Zoom Recs .

Meetings scheduled for this week & next week
Date Time Meeting Agenda Docs Zoom
June 10 7:00pm Town Board Meeting
June 13 Noon Financial Advisory Committee
June 15 10:00am Taghkanic Headwaters Talk
June 15 6:00pm Bingo at Firehouse


Taghkanic Talks presents: The Taghkanic Headwaters Conservation Plan

Taghkanic talks is excited to present a program on the Taghkanic Headwaters Conservation Plan on Saturday, June 15, at 10:00 AM at the West Taghkanic Firehouse, 631 Old Route 82, West Taghkanic. The headwaters of the Taghkanic Creek takes in an area that includes large portions of the Towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Taghkanic and a part of Claverack as well. It is an ecologically rich landscape that provides numerous benefits to the natural and human environments. The Conservation Plan identifies and explains the importance of these ecological assets, describes significant threats to those assets and steps that anyone who lives in the area can take to maintain and improve the health and vitality of the land. Development of the Conservation Plan was sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) and guided by a group of citizen representatives from the four Towns. There will also be a presentation about a significant conservation project the organization is planning for the Taghkanic headwaters area - the creation of a 500+ acre community forest.

To join the presentation via ZOOM, click here: TAGHKANIC HEADWATERS.


For further information or to ask a question, email us at taghkanic60plus@gmail.com.


Appointed Position of Highway Superintendent

The Town of Taghkanic is seeking applications for an Appointed Position of Highway Superintendent as described in Highway Law Sect. 140. Applicant should be proficient in the operation, repair and maintenance of highway equipment with a working knowledge of snowplowing techniques, road, culvert and small bridge repair. Position requires hands on work/driving, supervision, training and scheduling of employees and maintenance oversight of Town buildings. Applicant must demonstrate proficiency with Excel/spreadsheet Budget preparation, tracking and presentation. Class B CDL license required.

Click here for Job Description: Job Description

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Cheryl E. Rogers
Taghkanic Town Clerk/Collector
483 County Route 15
Elizaville, N Y 12523

(10/31/1981 - 4/22/2024)

On Monday, April 22, Highway Superintendent Robert Burns passed away at the age of 42 after a valiant fight with cancer.

In his all too brief tenure with our town, Rob worked tirelessly to improve the operation of the Highway Department upgrading systems and equipment. He was determined to restore every road in Taghkanic and continued to pursue improvement plans up until the last few days of his life. We will always be grateful for his hard work and dedication to our community.

In addition to looking after the roads in Taghkanic, Rob was a dedicated member of the Hillsdale Fire Department, with whom he served for over 25 years, rising to rank of 2nd Assistant Chief. Over the years Rob had a positive impact on the lives of many kids through his involvement in 4H, baseball, football and wrestling. Rob was also the proud father of Robert “Bo” Burns Jr. and committed partner of Maggie McBroom. He leaves behind a brother and a sister, Ethan and Shawna. We offer our condolences to all of them, as well as to his brothers and sisters in the Hillsdale Fire Department and the many people who called Rob their friend, like we did.

Rob will be sorely missed by all of us who had the honor and pleasure of working with him.

A wake will be held Monday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington, MA. Graveside service will be held at 10am Tuesday, April 30 at Hillside cemetery, 223 Egremont Plain Rd., with a reception to follow at Hillsdale Firehouse.


Taghkanic Senior Network announcement

If you are interested in helping Taghkanic's seniors and caregivers, please contact TSN co-chairs Celine Kagan and Susan Silverman at taghkanic60plus@gmail.com.


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Bank Statements - Copies of Birth Certificates - Pay Stubs - Canceled/Voided Checks - Credit Card Bills/Receipts - Credit Reports & Histories - Expired Credit Cards & Identification Cards - Expired Passports & Visas - Legal Documents - Insurance Documents - Tax Forms - Medical & Dental records - Utility Bills (phone, gas/electric, water, cable) - Transcripts - Investment, Stock & Property Transactions - Employment Records - AND: ANYTHING with your Account Numbers, Passwords, PINs, Signatures, Social Security Numbers and your Date of Birth !

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Sponsored by the Columbia County Clerk’s Office, Holly Tanner, County Clerk

Cheryl Rogers
Town Clerk

Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan

Clearing downed trees on Taconic Parkway after 2008 ice storm.

Hazard mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions a community can take to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events such as flooding, severe winter weather, hurricanes and tornadoes. In the communities of the eastern region of New York, hazard mitigation planning tends to focus most on severe winter weather and flooding, the most likely natural hazards to impact these communities.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 requires all jurisdictions that wish to be eligible to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for hazard mitigation grants to adopt a multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five-year intervals. FEMA defines a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) as the documentation of a state or local government evaluation of natural hazards and the strategies to mitigate such hazards. Columbia County received a $150,000 Federal FEMA grant through the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Environmental Services (NYS DHSES) to update its 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The multi-jurisdictional all hazards Mitigation Plan for Columbia County is designed to meet the requirements of the DMA.

We have developed a survey of natural hazards for each community. To take the survey, go here:

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVRWV2C

Click here for full article: Full Article

Columbia County Solid Waste Stations collecting Food Scraps

The Solid Waste department is now collecting food scraps at all our stations (except the recycling center at the Town of New Lebanon). Effective January 1, 2022 the NYSDEC has required certain businesses and institutions to either donate excess edible food and/or recycle all remaining food scraps if near an organics recycler (very few Columbia County businesses are required to do such at this time). The Columbia County BOS has been proactive and is promoting food scrap recycling in an effort to stay ahead of the mandates and food donation and food scrap recycling laws that are being put into place. With that, the County has purchased an EcoRich 1000 that is able to take any food scrap (meat, dairy, leftovers, bones, fish, desserts, etc) and reduce the quantity almost 95% producing a food scrap compost that can be added to soil as a nutrient (4 parts soil to 1 part of the food scrap compost). The EcoRich is located at the Greenport Transfer Station. Residents can bring their food scraps to any station, free of charge.

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Community Solar Campaign II

Poster highlighting the heating and cooling capacity of heat pumps in November 2021, the Taghkanic Climate Smart Communities task force partnered with Ampion to mount a community solar campaign. We succeeded in signing up 44 residents and, as a result, received a $5000 grant from NYSERDA. Because of the popularity of community solar across the state, as well as red tape that delayed new solar farms connecting to the electrical grid, many residents who signed up are still waiting to be assigned to an active solar farm. This led us to seek a different provider who could help us get residents connected sooner.

We have now partnered with Solstice in a new campaign to help our community members lower their electricity bills. Solstice helps individuals sign up for the New York Community Solar Program, which allows households and businesses to reduce their electricity costs and support green energy without installing solar panels on their home. The program is voluntary and free to join. Even those currently wait-listed with Ampion can sign up with Solstice, and whichever provider has an opening first will assign you to a farm.

Doug Craig, Chair of the Taghkanic Climate Smart Committee, is encouraging everyone to sign up for this new program: "If Taghkanic helps 50 households to sign up for community solar, we will qualify for a $10,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant to fund sustainability projects. You’ll notice no difference in electrical service, just a savings of up to 10%. It’s a win for the climate, Taghkanic, and you.”

⬅50 Goal
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Thanks to Taghkanic’s partnership with Solstice, everyone who signs up will receive a $50 VISA gift card, and the town will also receive $50 per sign up, fueling more green projects for our community.

Those who sign up for community solar with Solstice will be assigned a portion of a shared solar farm in NY. As your portion of the solar farm produces clean energy for the utility grid, you will receive reductions on your electricity bills.

Key Details:

  • Low commitment: Free to sign up and no cost to cancel
  • Monthly electricity bill reductions up to 10%
  • No installation: you don’t need to install solar panels on your roof
  • Who’s eligible: Renters and homeowners in Central Hudson, NYSEG, and National Grid
  • Who’s not eligible: households that have rooftop solar
  • No change to your utility provider

To learn more and sign up, please visit solstice.us/tagh.

Taghkanic Community Fridge

A community-sponsored program

Free-fridge guidelinesThe fridge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can't miss it - the cheery yellow building sits alongside the back door of Town Hall. The fridge and pantry are stocked with all manner of foods, including meals prepared by West Taghkanic Diner and Columbia County Recovery Kitchen.

There are many ways for folks to get involved. We welcome food donations - click on image to download full-size PDF of Guidelines. If you'd like to join our brigade of fridge volunteers and help manage, clean and stock the fridge, please contact Betsy (betsyalbertfortaghkanic@gmail.com).

Donations made directly to the Fridge (either through VENMO (@taghkanicfridge) or by dropping a donation in the box inside Town Hall) are NOT tax deductible. However, if you'd like your donation to be tax deductible, OR if you have a matching donation program through your employer and would like to double your impact, you can make a donation to the Purpose Cooperative. The Purpose Cooperative is a 501c3 through which we receive our Shared Plate stipend. You can send a check to Purpose Cooperative, 95 Main Street #546, Philmont, NY 12565 and ask that it be earmarked for the Taghkanic Fridge.

Town Hall gets Heat Pumps

Poster highlighting the heating and cooling capacity of heat pumps In June 2022 the Town Board voted to install heat pumps in the Taghkanic Town Hall, which at the time was served by oil-based heating and window air conditioning units. The work involved the installation of a total of 4 Mitsubishi air-source heat pumps, two upstairs and two downstairs. See full article.

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