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Good Afternoon, Supervisors and Mayors  –

We have been advised by New York State that test kits will now be exclusively distributed to schools through BOCES, prior to any distribution to counties and local municipalities. This process is contrary to the original plan that we were advised of. We expect to have more information from the state by close of business on Monday, and will provide an update as soon as credible information is received. In the meantime, Dutchess County is exploring sourcing and purchasing test kits for immediate distribution.

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Happy Thanksgiving !

Enjoy this holiday of giving thanks! Town Hall will be closed on Thursday November 25th and will reopen on Monday November 29th.

Holiday of Lights Parade

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Parade line-up location at the Highway Garage at 11 Creamery Road, Stanfordville. Parade steps off PROMPTLY at 6:00 p.m. Organized by the STANFORD HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS COMMITTEE. Unfortunately , no pre-parade or after-parade parties this year. Hopefully next year!!!!

$125,000 State Grant for Tennis Courts!

Congratulations to Stanford Rec Director Lauren Osterman who worked with Assemblywoman Didi Barrett’s office to obtain a $125,000 to put in a new tennis court at our Rec Park. This will be a huge improvement for the town, as our courts are currently in such disrepair that they are unsafe to play on. Kudos to Lauren and the Rec Commission for making this happen!

Special Town Board Mtg Thursday Oct 28th at 7:00 to opt-out on Cannabis Laws

The Town of Stanford Town Board will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 7PM at the Town of Stanford Town Hall, Rt. 82 Stanfordville, NY  in order to adopt Local Law #2 of 2021 – opting out of allowing cannabis dispensaries within the Town of Stanford as authorized under new York Cannabis Law  Article 4,
and adopt Local Law #3 of 2021 – opting out of allowing on-site Cannabis Consumption sites within the Town of Stanford as authorized under New York Cannabis Law Article 4. The Board will put the issues on the ballot for the 2022 election if the proper number of signatures are collected by petition as per New York State law.

Ritamary Bell
Town Clerk

Haunted Fortress WILL be back 2022!

The Town Board sadly acknowledges and supports the conclusion by the Rec Commission that it will not be able to open the Haunted Fortress this October. We thank everyone who put their heart and sweat equity into working to make the Fortress happen this year. We will continue to support this unique and magical event space that gives so much joy to so many people so onward to 2022! We will make this happen!!

Please stand by with for an update from our Rec Commission on early planning and organization so they can bring back the magic next year! Below is the message that they posted on Sunday.

Stanford Recreation  · We’re sad to say that even though we had a very good outpouring of support and people stepping up to help the Haunted Fortress, we haven’t quite gotten to the number of volunteers needed to properly open. We simply ran out of time. Even though we are canceling the opening of the Haunted Fortress this year, it is not a total loss. A lot of work has been done over the past several months getting the Haunted Fortress back up and running, including the removal of the collapsed barn, a nearly complete electrical rewiring of the Haunted Fortress Scenes and support buildings and building code improvements. The Stanford Rec Commission would like to thank the Town Board for helping move the project forward by driving the infrastructure improvements made to the Haunted Fortress. This will help ensure our success in the future. We also want to thank the Town employees for helping with clearing of the paths and other tasks they do for us. And of course, a HUGE thank you to the volunteers that put a lot of sweat equity into the Haunted Fortress and to those that signed up, but didn’t get an opportunity to help. The Haunted Fortress is a gem in our community and it will be making a return next year, better than ever. Work will continue this year and we will start up earlier next year, now that all the infrastructure projects are complete. We are looking forward to a bright future for the Haunted Fortress and thank you for your continued support.