Village News

Delanson 8.29.14

Letter from the Mayor

As the 13th anniversary of September 11 911approaches, my thoughts are once again with all those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning.  Most of us remember where we were and how we felt upon hearing the tragic news and watching it all unfold in the hours, days, weeks and months that followed. 

Our American spirit is defined by our ability to move forward in the aftermath of overwhelming loss, even when it seems easier to quit.  The memory of these horrible attacks, provide us with an ugly, painful reminder of the hatred and evil that is in the hearts of some.  Our way of life and our freedoms were attacked that day and should serve as a daily reminder to take nothing for granted. Appreciate our freedoms.  Count our blessings. Strive to help our fellow man. And cherish our friends and families.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to honor the courage and sacrifices of our policemen, firefighters, EMS and fellow Americans and remember the spirit of unity that came in the aftermath of 9/11.    Pay it forward…..every day… and never forget.

God Bless America!

Mayor Gayle Gifford


♥ ♥ Help Wanted!



 New Clerk Hours

Effective immediately, until further notice office hours will be by appointment only.  Please call Mayor Gifford at 895-2257 or 895-2199 for an appointment.  Please leave a message if no one is available.


 Cable TV Questionnaire.

As part of the negotiating plan for Cable Television, we need a required assessment instrument for our Access Corporation, Schopeg.

In conjunction the County Planning and Development Office, an on-line questionnaire has been created that will give us some statistics that we can analyze to derive the needs assessment.

Please fill out the questionnaire.  It will only take about five minutes to complete.

Thank you.


♥ Waiver Allows Fire Department to Expand

Small rural villages and towns have had difficulty recruiting fire fighters due to small populations and the requirement that no more than 45% of the active firefighters in the department live outside village they serve.

A bill which was signed into law by Gov. Andre Cuomo which was authored by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and sponsored in the Senate by Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, waives this requirement.  This bill would allow the Delanson Volunteer Fire Department to go from 13 volunteers to perhaps 20.

To promote the expanded eligibility pool, the fire department and Assemblyman Santabarbara will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Delanson Fire Hall at 1797 Main St. Anyone interested in joining the department before then should call 895-2100 or email

Fire Chief Kevin Morrison mentioned that some of the surrounding fire departments are well staffed and are denying membership to perspective volunteers.  Kevin hopes some town of Duanesburg residents will be interested in volunteering in Delanson.


♥ Congratulations to Elizabeth “Libby” Aliberti!

Elizabeth “Libby” Aliberti

Libby is the 2014 recipient of the coveted Delanson Community Award for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to civic responsibility.   Libby is also the Salutatorian of her class and will be attending college in the fall.  Good job Libby and best of luck.

New Email Notification System

The Village of Delanson has initiated a new Email Notification system whereby residents can be notified by email immediately of important information or any emergency situation that has developed in the Village.  Examples would be water main brakes, water main repairs, hydrant flushing, sudden changes in Village services such as garbage pickup or snow plowing, flooding, road closings, damaged roads etc..  Emails will not be sent for normal news items, notices or scheduled events.

In addition, updates will be emailed to keep residents informed of the ongoing circumstances as new information is received by the Village until the event or emergency is over.

There is no cost for this service.  Simply fill in your email address in the box on the lower left sidebar of this page and click the SUBMIT button.  You will receive an email asking you to confirm your decision to receive these bulletins.  Once we receive your confirmation, you will be added to our mailing list to receive theses notices. OR, you can send an email to and ask to be added to the email notification list.  That’s it!  Please do not send an email to the village clerk as this will not add your name to the notification list.

Your privacy is important to us. Your email address will not be shared, sold or used in any other capacity and you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link on any email you receive or by contacting the web guy at

We hope this new feature will not only help keep our residents well informed but safer during emergency situations.


CP Rail Community Connection Line – Complaints for Idling Trains

Complaints of trains idling for prolonged periods of time should be directed to the CP Railway Community Connects Line at 1-800- 766-7912 or by email at:

For a thorough investigation of the incident, the following facts must be presented at the time of the complaint.

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location (crossing # 250195D,  location – Main street, Delanson)
  • Engine Number (number off of first engine)

Incidents must be reported within 24 – 48 hours of the occurrence to be investigated.