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Utility Press Release

Press Release:

This is a very trying time not just for our Village, but a nation as a whole as we battle the caronavirus. I do realize that many are hurting and are having to sacrifice as more and more restrictions are placed upon us. These restrictions have not just hurt our businesses, but many residents as well. So that we do not make matters worse than they are, the Village will not shut any utilities off that are past due. Also, we will waive any late fees for unpaid utilities until the crisis passes. The Village is also having to adjust. The Village Office will be closed to the public starting at 4:30pm Friday, March 20th. Bills can be paid by phone, on line or dropped in our lobby box. We have been mandated to significantly reduce our work force. What this means is that we only have the minimum amount of personnel to keep our utilities operating. Staff can respond to emergency call-outs, but we want our employees to be safe and healthy as well as every resident. I would like to personally thank all the business that have cooperated with the restrictions that the state has put in place. For those business that may think about not adhering to these restrictions, remember you are putting your whole community at risk. We are a strong community and I am confident we will get through this and be back to life as normal before too long. God bless and stay safe.

Luke Leszyk Mayor Village of Watkins Gle

Planning Board Meeting Cancellation

The March 25th Planning Board meeting has been cancelled in order to protect the health and safety of all involved. Please continue to follow our Facebook page and website for updates.

Thank you

​Village of Watkins Glen Building Closure Notice:

  • On Saturday, March 14th, 2020 Schuyler County was declared to be in a State of Emergency regarding the country’s recent coronavirus outbreak. Due to this, Village buildings will be closed from Monday, March 23rd, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety of all Village employees and residents.
  • Village services will not be disrupted during this time; however, the Municipal Office’s doors will be closed to the public.
  • Utility bill payments may be made through the online bill pay link on our website by clicking here, over the phone by calling (607)535-2736 8:00 am-4:30 pm, sent through the mail to 303 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or placed in the entryway drop box.
  • The Village Court services will remain closed until Thursday, April 30th, 2020.
  • The Village Police Department will remain on duty. Please call 607-535-8222 for all non-emergency reports or 911 for an emergency.
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding. The Village will continue to update residents in the event of any changes.








Election Absentee Ballot Information



-As previously posted, the Board of Trustee Election scheduled for today, March 18th, 2020 has been postponed until April 28th, 2020 per Governor Cuomo.

-At this time all absentee ballots already submitted are still valid and are being held until the election.

-Due to the postponement of the election, all eligible voters are still able fill out and submit an absentee ballot application until April 27th, 2020.

-If an eligible voter submits their absentee ballot application on time and it is approved they will then be able to complete and submit their provided absentee ballot to the Village office by 5:00 pm April 28th, 2020.

-Applications and ballots are able to be mailed to residents. Please call 607-535-2736 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday to request an application or for more information.

-If you wish you fill out an absentee ballot application and then complete your absentee ballot in person you are able to do so at the Village office March 18th, 19th, and 20th from 8:00 am-4:30 pm as the Village Office's doors are closed to the public March 23rd, 2020 through March 31st, 2020.

-The Village will continue to keep residents updated if there are any changes. Thank you.

Village of Watkins Glen Election Notice

Village Election Notice:

On Monday evening, March 16th, Governor Cuomo announced that he is postponing all March 18th Village elections until April 28th, this includes the Village of Watkins Glen Board of Trustees election.

Absentee Ballots that have already been submitted will be held until the April 28th election. There is no need to re-submit a new Absentee Ballot at this time.

The press release may be viewed online at…/amid-covid-19-pandemic-govern….

Please keep following our Facebook and Website page for updates.

Important Watkins Glen Court Announcement

Watkins Glen Village Court

303 North Franklin Street

Watkins Glen, NY 14891


Hon. Steven M. Decker


March 16th, 2020


Pursuant to an order from New York State Office of Court Administration, all non-essential court operations are being postponed If you were scheduled for an appearance on March 19th, 2020 your new appearance date is now April 30th, 2020 at 1:00 pm. If you were scheduled for an appearance on March 26th, 2020 your new appearance date is now May 7th, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

Please mail fines to the Village of Watkins Glen Court at the above address. DO NOT appear in person to pay fines.

Those defendants with Vehicle and Traffic violations, please follow the instructions on the Traffic ticket and use US Mail for correspondence. You can also utilize the Schuyler County District Attorney’s website to process a reduction request by clicking the following link:

                Please DO NOT appear at court until your new scheduled court date. If you have any questions or concerns can you call the court and leave a voicemail or for a quicker response you can email the court at .




Honorable Steven M. Decker

Water Main Break Information 2/12/2020

Per the Code Red alert yesterday, 2/12/2020, the Water Main break on 4th Street has been resolved. There was no boil water advisory in affect at any time and water remains safe for consumption.

Thank you!

Street Revitalization Completion Video

Street Project Completion Video

Second Street Closure

Starting November 7th, 2019 Second Street will be closed from Steuben Street to Jackson Street for the remainder

of the Fall and Winter seasons. We will update residents when that portion of the road re-opens.

ODD/EVEN Parking Announcement

Odd/Even Parking

Starting today, November 1st, 2019, through March 31st, 2020 ODD/EVEN parking is in effect every day from 12:00 am-6:00 pm on all Village streets east of Franklin Street. There is a grace period from 6:01 pm- 11:59 pm in which both sides of the street can be utilized for parking.

This means that from 12:00 am -6:00 pm on ODD numbered calendar days the ODD side of the street must be clear.On EVEN numbered calendar days the EVEN side of the street must be clear.

Winter Storage Available

Starting in October Clute Park will offer storage available for boats and travel trailers for $200.00

PFA PFO Water Test Press Release and Test Results

Please see documents below for the Village of Watkins Glen Press Release and the official test results.

Of the 14 parameters, only 2 tested positive.  The results have to be multiplied by 1000 to give parts per trillion. 

Please reach out to Terry Wilcox @ 607-742-6871 with questions.

PFOA-PFOS Test Results (PDF; 833KB)
PFOA-PFOS Press Release (PDF; 83KB)

Leaf Bags are available to Village Residents at the Village Office

Please DO NOT place dirt, rocks, stones, bricks, etc. in the bags. Any bag weighing more than 30 pounds will not be picked up by the Village Crews.

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