The Towns of Jay and Black Brook in conjunction with local Emergency Services present:


“A Reverse Trick or Treating Event”

 On Halloween Night, October 31st, at sunset, be in your costume and ready as our spooky parade comes to your neighborhood with tricks and treats!!!

This hybrid event will be traveling to your neighborhood (or a safe centrally located gathering spot for those who live off the beaten path) handing out bagged candy. All presenters will be practicing and adhering to all NYS mandated guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks to keep everyone safe.

Stay tuned for details, maps and timelines !


As promised, I am writing to provide you with our “Phase One” reopening plan for the Community Center and Supervisor’s Office. I have put a lot of thought into how best to serve the residents of the Town of Jay, all while keeping in mind the health and safety of not only residents, but also Town of Jay staff. With that in mind, to follow, are the details of Phase One, which will be effective beginning September 9, 2020.

The Supervisor’s Office will be staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:00 pm. We will be available to residents from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. In an effort to limit the number of people in the office at one time, we strongly urge you to call ahead for an appointment before coming in so that we can ensure that we are following the guidelines of social distancing. Please call 518-647-2204 x101 to reach us.

The Town Clerk’s Office will be open for business on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.,by appointment only. Please call 518-647-2204 x 104 to schedule an appointment with Town Clerk Beatrice Pelkey.

The Assessor’s Office will be open to the public on Tuesday’s from 9:00 am -1:00 pm by appointment only. Please call 518-647-2204 x105 to reach Sole Assessor Timothy Gay.

The Code Enforcement Office will be open by appointment only. You can reach Codes Officer Robbe Baer by calling 518-647-2204 x106.

Tax Collector Susan Richards can be reached via e-mail at jaytaxcollector@gmail.com, and her office hours will be announced at a later date.

The Community Center Gym will remain closed during this phase.

Please note that all social distancing guidelines will be in place, and masks are required at all times while conducting business in the Community Center. All hard surfaces and restrooms will be disinfected on a regular schedule, and there are hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the Community Center.

In closing, I ask you to keep the residents and staff of the Essex Center in your thoughts as they face the challenges ahead. I also ask for your cooperation with the guidelines I have listed for Phase One so that we can ensure the health and safety of both residents and staff as the Town of Jay takes this first step towards reopening.

Stay well,



Town of Jay Supervisor Archie Depo is requesting help from the public regarding a possible theft of materials.

The Town recently, through grant funding, purchased new aluminum bleachers and team benches for the Pattno Park Baseball/Softball Fields, to be dedicated to the memory of long time Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission Baseball/Softball Coordinator Gary Whisher. The bleacher and bench materials were being stored at the park to be assembled at a future date at a Work Bee in his honor.

It was recently discovered by Town of Jay employees that a portion of these materials are missing. Supervisor Depo is asking that anyone who might have any information as to what may have happened to these bleachers contact the New York State Police at 518-897-2000.


Supervisor Archie Depo is requesting that residents fill out the survey at the following link:

This is a quick survey intended to provide insight into needed communications and services with regards to COVID 19. All responses are anonymous and the results of the survey are available immediately once the final question is submitted. To view results, click on “see previous responses”.

Thank you in advance for your valuable input.


Due to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding public gatherings ,the Town of Jay Town Board Meeting for June 11, 2020 will be not be open to the public, but will be available via ZOOM. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and can be accessed with the following credentials:

Join ZOOM Meeting (https://us02web.zoom.us)

Meeting ID : 843 6737 5487

Password:  979257

One Tap Mobile


Step by Step Dial

Dial: 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 843  6737  5487#

Attendee: 1#

Password: 979257#


I reach out to you as we begin Phase 2 of the re-opening of the North Country. I’d like to wish the businesses of our town that have qualified for re-opening great success as you navigate through the new “normal” of conducting business. I also keep in mind those who are yet to reach their delegated phase of opening and hope for your future endeavors.
Some points of interest with regards to the Town of Jay;
 The Town of Jay Offices remain closed to the public. We will make ourselves and our services available to you in the following ways:
o I will be available at the Community Center by appointment only. You can reach me either by phone at 518-647-2204 x103 or by e-mail at supervisor@townofjayny.gov
o Town of Jay Sole Assessor Tim Gay will be available via phone on Tuesdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm and can be reached at 518-647-2204 x 105 or via email at Timothy.Gay@essexcountyny.gov
o Town of Jay Town Clerks Office remains closed. For questions or services from that office, please contact Deputy Town Clerk Carol Greenley-Hackel at supervisorsclerk@townofjayny.gov or by calling 518-647-2204 x103 and leaving a message with Supervisor Depo.
o Town of Jay Tax Collector Susan Richards is available via email at jaytaxcollector@gmail.com or by leaving a message at 518-647-2204 x108
o Town of Jay Clerk to the Supervisor Carol Greenley-Hackel can be reached by email at supervisorsclerk@townofjayny.gov
**All interactions with any Town of Jay Personnel must be conducted while observing social distancing guidelines and masks must be worn at all times.
The Town of Jay Food Pantry is fully stocked and available to any Town of Jay resident that needs assistance. You can access this service by contacting me at the above contact info for a time to pick up your supplies. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks must be worn during pick up.
The Town of Jay Regular Board Meeting for June 2020 is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Due to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order banning any gathering of more than 10 people, we will therefore be prohibiting the public from attending this meeting. Once again, we will be making every attempt to make this meeting accessible for viewing by all. Details upcoming.
As always, I thank those whose kindness and generosity have kept our pantry stocked and ready for anyone who needs it. I also stand in great respect of our frontline workers who daily serve the residents of our community without thought for their own safety. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of you.
Stay well,


I wanted to reach out to you and make you aware of a few things happening in the Town of Jay.

Our Food Pantry is fully stocked and available to anyone who is struggling to buy groceries. The pantry is available by appointment only and can be accessed by calling the Town of Jay Supervisor’s Office at 518-647-2204 x101. All measures of social distancing and safety must be observed when picking up food boxes. Masks are required.

In spite of the fact that the offices remain closed, we are available to you via phone and e-mail. A few important contacts would include:

• Supervisor Archie Depo- supervisor@townofjayny.gov or 518-647-2204 x103
• Clerk to the Supervisor/Deputy Town Clerk Carol Greenley-Hackel supervisorsclerk@townofjayny.gov
• Tax Collector Susan Richards- jaytaxcollector@gmail.com
• Town Assessor Timothy Gay – Timothy.Gay@essexcountyny.gov
• Code Enforcement Officer Robbe Baer – codes@townofjayny.gov or 518-647-2204 x106
• DPW Clerk Jessie McDonald- hwyclerk@townofjayny.gov – 518-647-2204 x125
• DPW Director Kevin Zaumetzer- 518-225-4599

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions and concerns. Also, please check the Town of Jay website at townofjayny.gov as we are regularly posting updates and items of interest there.

Unfortunately, due to NY State Social Distancing Guidelines, the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for May 14th will not be open to the public. We are, however, working on making it available on ZOOM. Please stay tuned for updates as to how to participate in that meeting as we get closer to the date.

In closing, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the many acts of kindness and generosity that are exhibited daily by the residents of the Town of Jay. From our frontline workers to our generous donors, the spirit of community service is alive and well in Jay. I am humbled and proud to be the Supervisor of a town where residents are so willing to put others ahead of themselves, and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Please stay well,





If you are looking for 2020 Land Tax receipts of payment, please email me at jaytaxcollector@gmail.com for the quickest turn around response, as I will only be checking messages and mail periodically now that the Tax Collection season is over! For receipts prior to 2020, please contact the Essex County Treasurer’s Office for a print out at (518) 873-3310. 

For exemption questions and/or anything related to assessment, please contact the Town of Jay Assessor at (518) 647-2204 x105. 


The Town of Jay Highway/DPW Department is now accepting applications for a full time (40 hour per week) Motor Equipment Operator. Applicants must possess a valid NYS CDL with no restrictions. One (1) year experience required. Town residents will be given first priority. Starting pay is $15 per hour plus benefits. Please call the Highway Department at 518-647-2204 ext 125 to make arrangements for an application.


As I am sure most of you are aware, Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the “pause” in New York State until May 15th.  Many of you have expressed frustration and anxiety over concerns of potential financial hardship in the weeks ahead.  I would like to reassure you that the Town of Jay will continue to support you through our food pantry and grocery and prescription delivery service for the elderly and shut ins while we remain in “pause”. In an attempt to streamline the process of obtaining assistance, the Supervisor’s Office will be taking requests for aid, by appointment only, by calling 518-647-2204 between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 am, Monday thru Friday. We ask that you make every attempt to adhere to the town policy of only requesting help every 30 days except in the case of extreme emergency. (delivery of Food Pantry items is available if you cannot pick up in person). Social distancing guidelines will be firmly in place while picking up/delivering items to ensure the safety of both staff and recipients.

In closing, I would like to take time to gratefully acknowledge the many acts of neighbor helping neighbor, volunteerism and service to others in our community. Kindness is alive and well in the Town of Jay.  I ask you to remember how far we have come in slowing the spread of this virus, and I ask that you please stay home if you can, keep in touch with your neighbors, practice good social distancing and wear your face coverings in public spaces. Together, we will get through this.

Stay well,