I know that 2020 has been a very trying and difficult time for all of us dealing with the Corona Virus. It has pushed us to our limits, tried our patience, and changed and affected all of our lives. I pray that 2021 will start brighter and we can begin to get our lives back to how they once were and that this pandemic can go into the history books. I believe that we will get through this the “Jay Way”; working together, neighbor looking after neighbor and family taking care of family. The residents of our Town have proven time and again that when things get tough, we stand together. I have no doubt that this is happening daily throughout this pandemic.

In spite of COVID restrictions, we were still able to accomplish great things in the Town of Jay. Some major projects that I’d like to mention are;

  1. The Au Sable Forks Wellfield Control project, which was the installation of new wells and water treatment facilities in the Au Sable Forks Water District is complete
  2. The Rehabilitation of the Community Center into a Red Cross Emergency Shelter which now includes a commercial kitchen, upgraded handicap accessible restrooms with full showers and a new boiler system is nearing completion.
  3. Replacement of one section of roof, rafters, sheeting and metal on the Highway Garage, again, nearing completion

This year, we also purchased a new front end loader and a new 5-ton dump truck. Both of these purchases were made through careful budgeting and use of Fund Balance built up over the past 5-6 years and we are proud to say that neither piece of equipment was financed or bonded as a result.

We passed our 2021 Budget, which came in well under the TAX CAP, while still including funds for another 5-ton and a tandem dump truck. We have managed through tough decisions and careful budgeting to remain under the Tax Cap every year since its introduction.

On a lighter note of accomplishments, as a result of COVID, we were put in the position of learning a new way to “celebrate” the holidays. Together, with the Town of Black Brook, local Emergency Services and local businesses, we created BOO-COVID, a Halloween Parade that traveled the roads of Jay and Black Brook escorted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department handing out treats all while maintaining social distancing guidelines. We followed that, again partnering with the Town of Black Brook, with the Christmas “Light up the Night” Parade. We expanded the route and got bigger and better. The Town of Jay also distributed Thanksgiving Baskets to upwards of 15 families. The pandemic did not stop the Holidays from coming!

We were saddened by the adjustments that needed to be made to the annual “Christmas in the Forks” and are hopeful that Christmas 2021 finds us celebrating together again at this magical event.

We have a lot on the schedule for 2021.

  1. We will be starting the East Branch Restoration Project in several locations on the Au Sable River in Upper Jay and the Flood Wall Project on the West Branch in Au Sable Forks.
  2. We have DEC mandated upgrades to be made at the Sewer Plant on the Disinfection Treatment System. (this upgrade is slated to be approximately a $4.6 million project)

It is also my hope for 2021 to apply for a portion of the $19 million that the Governor’s Office is setting aside for Broadband. I hope to use this funding to help our residents in the remote areas that still don’t have access to high speed internet, gain access to this service. I place this as a high priority with many schools and workplaces going fully remote.

As a result of the spike in positive COVID19 cases in our area, the Town Offices remain closed to the public. We are available by e-mail, phone and by appointment (masks and social distancing required) until I feel it is safe to open the building to the public. My first concern is always the health and safety of my staff, our elected and appointed officials, and the public.

Our food pantry is fully stocked and available to any resident needing assistance. Please call 518-647-2204 to request help. 

I am hopeful for the day when we no longer have to worry and can remove our masks and return to normal life. I know it may be a while before this is possible but I am hopeful that it can be in 2021.

In closing, I hope that you all had the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season with your family and friends, and I wish you and your family a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Year!



Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the Regular Board Meeting for tonight, December 10, will not be available via “Go to Meeting” as originally posted. Minutes from this meeting will be made available to any interested party by calling 518-647-2204 x101. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Town of Jay Regular Board Meeting, December 10, 2020
Thu, Dec 10, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EST)

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Please be advised that as a result of the recent spike in positive COVID 19 cases in the Town of Jay and the surrounding towns, the Town of Jay Community Center and the Town of Jay Offices will be closed, effective December 3, 2020, and offering services by appointment only. Anyone needing to access services can make an appointment by calling 518-647-2204. Masks and social distancing practices will be strictly adhered to when meeting with any town employees. I have come to this decision after careful consideration for the health and safety of both my staff and co-workers and the general public.

Please also be advised that I have been working closely with the Manager of Government and External Affairs for Frontier Communications. As a result of these conversations, residents experiencing poor connections issues have been switched over to a new circuit. This switch is intended to improve any connectivity issues that residents have been experiencing. If you feel that your services have not improved, please make me aware by contacting me at 518-647-2204 or by email at supervisor@townofjayny.gov so that I can report your situation to Frontier Communications for further investigation.

Also, of interest, our Food Pantry is fully stocked and available for anyone who may need a hand. Please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Jay Offices to schedule an appointment to access this service.

The Town of Jay will once again be sponsoring the Annual Christmas Toy Drive for Town of Jay residents. Please watch for details to be announced soon.

In closing, please stay safe, wear your mask and check on your neighbors. I have no doubt that we will get through this together.



Please be advised that the Town of Jay Town Board will be conducting a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2020, directly following the 6:00 pm Town of Jay Planning Board Meeting. The purpose of the Special Board Meeting is to discuss the Sewer Bond. These meetings will be held at the Town of Jay Community Center located at 11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks.

Town of Jay Planning Board and Special Board Meeting December 3, 2020
Thu, Dec 3, 2020 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EST)

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Town of Jay Supervisor Archie Depo has been made aware of the ongoing service issues for Town of Jay customers of Frontier Communications and has reached out to Assemblyman Dan Stec’s Office for help in finding a solution to this problem.

If you are a Town of Jay resident experiencing problems with your Frontier provided services please contact the Town of Jay at 518-647-2204 or by e-mail at  supervisor@townofjayny.gov. You will need to provide your contact information and your physical address so that we can better aid Assemblyman Stec in his assessment and correction of the situation.

We understand that with schools and places of employment moving towards fully remote work and instruction that the need for reliable services is more important than ever. We will continue to work towards a solution to this inconvenient situation.



Please take notice that I am calling a Special Meeting of the Town of Jay Town Board to be held at 6:00 pm on the 18th day of November, 2020 for the purposes of passage of the 2021 Town of Jay Budget.

The Budget must be passed and submitted by November 20, 2020.

Please take further notice that any and all other Town business can and will be discussed at this meeting.

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Notice is hereby given that the preliminary budget of the Town of Jay for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021, has been filed at the Office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Jay at the Town Offices located at 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, Essex County, New York 12912, where it is available for inspection by any interested person during the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Town Board of the Town of Jay shall hold a Public Hearing on said preliminary budget on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Jay Community Center, 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, New York, so any such changes, alterations and revisions as shall have been made thereon by the Town Board of the Town of Jay. At such hearing any person may be heard in favor of or against the preliminary budget as compiled or for or against any item or items therein contained.

Pursuant to Town Law Section 108, the following are the proposed 2021 salaries of certain Town Officers of the Town of Jay:

Supervisor: $43,483.00

Town Clerk: $11,087.00

Councilpersons: 4 at $5,801.00           

Town Justice: $12,360.00

Tax Collector: $7,210.00

Superintendent of Highways/ DPW Director: $50,429

Citizens have the right to provide written and oral comments and ask questions concerning the entire budget and the relationships of entitlement funds to the entire budget.

This public hearing will be livestreamed. The public will not be able to physically attend, however may simultaneously view and hear the meeting remotely as set forth below.

Because of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), emergency and state and federal bans on large meetings or gatherings and pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1 issued March 12, 2020 and as extended through the December 3, 2020, suspending the Open Meetings Law, the Town Board of the Town of Jay will hold this public hearing electronically instead of a public hearing open for the public to attend in person. Members of the public may listen to and view this public hearing as follows:

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  • Additionally, this information can be found at the Town of Jay website. 

Take further notice that the meeting will be recorded and later transcribed and the public may obtain a copy of the recording or transcription.

Dated: November 6, 2020


Carol A. Greenley-Hackel, Deputy Town Clerk