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Village of Watkins Glen Election Postponement

On Monday, March 30th, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.13, which postponed Village Elections to sometime in June. NYCOM is working with the Governor’s Office and the State Board of Elections to formulate a plan for rescheduling and conducting the postponed Village Elections. We will update the pubic as more information is made available. Absentee Ballot Application can be completed and mailed or dropped off at the Village Office.

Please find the links to Election Postponement FAQs and the Absentee Ballot Application below.

Election Postponement FAQs (PDF; 190KB)
Absentee Ballot Application (PDF; 496KB)

Utility Statement Date Correction


You may have noticed recycling pick up and Board meeting date errors on your most recent utility bill.

The correct dates for recycling pick up for the month of April are: Tuesday the 14th and Tuesday the 28th.

The correct dates for the April Board meetings are: Tuesday the 7th and Tuesday the 21st.

Dumpster Day is Saturday May 9th, 2020.

Please call 607-535-2736 with any further inquiries.

Tree Replacement Form

If you recently had a tree removed by the Village of Watkins Glen please find the attached form if you would like a replacement tree.

Magee Street trees are being handled differently due to the volume and available space.  All trees will be dwarf red maple that do not produce any seed and will not damage the street or infrastructure.  Village crews will start planting on the East side of Magee St. next week.

You may drop this form in the Municipal Office drop box located in the lobby or mail it to 303 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Thank you!

Tree Replacement Form (PDF; 271KB)

Village of Watkins Glen Building Closure Notice


-The Village of Watkins Glen has extended it's building closure to the public through April 19th, 2020 due to safety precautions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in New York State.

-Brush/leaf bags are available to be picked up 24/7 in the Municipal Building lobby nearest the payment and letter drop box. Please limit pick up of brush/leaf bags to two packets per visit.

-Utility payments are able to be processed over the phone (607-535-2736) via credit card Monday- Friday (8:00 am â€" 4:30 pm), mailed including cash, check, or money order to: 303 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, dropped in the lobby drop box at the Municipal Office via cash, check, money order at: 303 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or online at:


-The Village Municipal Office will remain operating via phone line for any Resident’s questions or concerns. Please call: 607-535-2736 for assistance Monday-Friday (8:00 am â€" 4:30 pm).

-The Police Department remains operating. For any non-emergency issues please call: 607-535-8222. In the event of an emergency please call: 911 .

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

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

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.

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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