a message from the supervisor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On behalf of all the people who are part of town government, please accept our fondest wishes that you and your families enjoy a very healthy and prosperous new year in 2020. The arrival of a new year is an opportunity for us all to look back on our accomplishments in 2019 and to outline our goals and plans for 2020.
2019 was a very successful year for the Town of Waterford. We completed the most extensive paving program in town history, including over a dozen streets in the Northside area and the Suncrest development. We completed renovations and improvements at the Hurst Harbor Visitors Center that supports our very successful community festivals, weekly Farmers Market, and is a popular attraction for residents as well as visitors experiencing the Erie and Champlain canals.
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of Tugboat Roundup, our premier festival which attracts thousands of people to our community each year. The second annual Dragon Boat Festival, with over 250 participants, raised more than $10,000.00 in donations to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s fight against breast cancer.
We have learned firsthand how important it is to have redundant sources of potable water. In 2019, we completed the connection of a new waterline over the new Cohoes-Waterford Bridge to make certain that our community does not again suffer an interruption of our water supply from Troy if required. This new connection with Cohoes can supply the water needs of our entire community.
We completed the most extensive paving program in town history.
In 2020, we will see the continuation of infrastructure improvement projects, including the completion of the Mohawk Gateway Streetscape Project. The project includes new lighting, landscaping, and new crosswalks which will greatly improve pedestrian safety on Saratoga Avenue from Clifton to Fulton Streets. 2020 also will include much needed renovations to the second floor of Town Hall, making repairs to preserve this historical nature of the building while improving and modernizing the facilities.
Our outstanding Police Department will receive upgraded technological tools in 2020, including new dashboard and body
cameras for our officers along with new laptops for each of our four patrol vehicles. Our police Department earned the high honor of “Accredited Police Department” in 2015. This designation is awarded by peer review of the department’s policies and procedures and is awarded to only the most professional departments. The accreditation was for a 5-year period ending in 2020 and our Department is committed to again achieving this high honor in 2020. I would like to extend my appreciation to all my fellow officials, employees and volunteers whose efforts made for such a successful 2019. Again, our best wishes to you all for a wonderful new year in 2020!
WATERFORD TOWN SUPERVISOR
history of WATERFORD
The Town of Waterford is situated in the southeastern corner of Saratoga County, 12 miles north of Albany at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals. It is the home of the “Waterford Flight”, the highest set of lift locks in the world.
In 1816 the old precinct of Halve Maan” (Halfmoon) was divided into two separate towns, Halfmoon and Waterford. The Village of Waterford is located within the town and holds the distinction of being the oldest continually incorporated village in the United States.
the village of waterford is the oldest continually incorporated village in the united states.
The industries of Waterford include Momentive Performance Materials, which is the largest employer in Saratoga County. Mohawk Paper Mill on the historic Kings Canal and Ursula of Switzerland are located in the Northside section of Waterford.
Industries on Hudson River Road include Cascades, DeGussa, Golub Warehouses and Maximum Security Products. The New York State DOT and New York State Canal Corporation both operate out of Waterford and the Bureau of Historic Sites has their headquarters on Peebles Island, which is a New York State Park situated in Waterford.
The Town has a full-time Police Department; five volunteer fire departments, and a Rescue Squad. It is served by two school districts, Waterford-Halfmoon being the primary district, and a small portion of the Town is in the Shenendehowa School District.
The Town is currently in a state of growth and will continue to grow for some time to come. The many civic groups that make up the Town continue to work for the betterment of the community. This can truly be called a volunteer community.