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Lakeside Park OPEN - Beach CLOSED

The Playground, Skate Park and Green Space is OPEN.  The rest rooms are being torn down with the new construction however, port-a-potties are available.  Unfortunately due to construction, the beach and dog beach will NOT be open this year nor will the water be turned on.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.  Please remember to continue to maintain social distancing.


Sidewalk Dining Extension

The New York State Liquor Authority and the Village of Watkins Glen is allowing businesses to expand their available outdoor space temporarily.   If you are a Village business that sells food/alcohol and are interested in expanding your outdoor space onto Village Sidewalks, please complete the Municipal Extension form below along with the required documents and return it to our Code Department @ Forms can also be submitted to the Village Office Monday-Thursday 7:30am - 4:30pm and Friday 7:30am - 1:30pm.

Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Thursday, June 4, 2020, all licensees in regions that have entered phase 2 of reopening and which have on-premises service privileges under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC Law) may resume outdoor, on-premises service of alcoholic beverages and/or food. This guidance shall continue until July 3, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances.

New York State Liquor Authority Guidance:…

Municipal Extension Form:…/licensee-certification-for-temporary-e…

Village of Watkins Glen Court Update








June 3, 2020


Update on Village of Watkins Glen Court proceedings.


The Village of Watkins Glen Court will now be open on Thursdays from 8am-2pm beginning on June 11, 2020 for the purpose of fine collection and filing of Small claim and Civil Matters.  NO EVICTION filings or hearings can be heard until August 20, 2020 per an executive order signed by the Governor.  All Criminal and Vehicle and Traffic matters are still administratively adjourned and no new date for those matters has been scheduled.  The New York State Court System will notify defendants charged with Misdemeanors and Felonies of their new court date when it is scheduled.  All persons charged with simple traffic violations have been sent correspondence from this court of the procedure for their charges.


The Village of Watkins Glen Court can now have In person Small claim and Civil proceedings.  These matters that have been previously filed with the court will be scheduled and the participants will be notified of the new date of the proceeding.  Anyone wishing to file a new small claims or civil matter may do so on Thursdays beginning on June 11, 2020.  Paperwork and instructions on those filings can be found on the NYS Courts website under the DIY section.  Again, NO EVICTION petitions can be filed at this time.


The Village of Watkins Glen Court will have a capacity limit during this phase of reopening to 10 persons at one time and all persons appearing in Court must have a face covering on or they will not be allowed to enter the Municipal Building.


Anyone with questions is asked to call or email the court.  Thank you for your patience and stay healthy.



                                                                                                                Honorable Steven M. Decker

                                                                                                                Village of Watkins Glen Justice  

Mayor's Letter to the Public-6.1.2020

Please click the document below to view the Mayor's lettering to the public regarding the Phase 2 announcement.

Mayor's Letter to the Public-6.1.2020 (PDF; 30KB)

September 15th, 2020 Village Election Notice

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.26, which was issued the evening of May 1, 2020, all village elections scheduled to take place in March, April, May, and June of 2020 have been postponed and rescheduled to September 15, 2020.  The Order states that for any village election in which the ballot was fully determined when the election was postponed, the election will proceed with the same ballot.  Additionally, if the ballots were already printed the ballots may be used at the September 15, 2020 election, despite displaying the original date of the election.


In village elections for which ballot access was incomplete when petitioning was suspended, the Executive Order states that the petitioning process will continue to be on hold until the NY on Pause Order ceases, subject to a process determined by a future Executive Order. 


Lastly, while current elected village officials will remain in office until the rescheduled election is held on September 15, 2020, the newly elected officials will assume office when the results of the election are certified pursuant to Election Law § 15-126.


Municipal Office Summer Hours 2020

The Village of Watkins Glen Municipal Office hours will update starting May 26th, 2020 through September 4th, 2020 to:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Friday: 7:30am - 1:30pm

At this time the Village Municipal Building is still closed to the public through May 30th, 2020 for safety purposes. The Municipal Office will continue to accept payments and phone calls.

For any further questions please call 607-535-2736.

Thank you!

NYS Department of Financial Services Complaint Portal:

NYS Department of Financial Services Complaint Portal

Winter Storage Available

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

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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