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Affirmative Action

Phone: (518) 388-4233 ext. 4171

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Schenectady County envisions a workforce that mirrors the larger community and reflects our rich diversity of people and cultures. To achieve this goal, Schenectady County strongly endorses the use of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action mechanisms to ensure equal opportunities for all employees, job applicants, and contract vendors.


Phone: (518) 399-0111

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The Schenectady County airport is county-owned and was founded in 1927. It is home to the Stratton Air National Guard Base, Richmor Aviation, an Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Schenectady County Airport Business Park, Schenectady County Community College’s aviation and air traffic controller program, and the Empire State Aeroscience Museum. Averaging 163 flight operations daily, the airport is well used by local residents, businesses, and others visiting the Capital District.

Board of Elections

Phone: (518) 377-2469

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We are a bipartisan agency responsible for all aspects of the electoral process, from voter registration to election results. We are dedicated to providing the information and education needed by our residents to become effective and empowered voters.

Board of Ethics

Phone: (518) 388-4358

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The Schenectady County Board of Ethics distributes and collects all mandated annual Financial Disclosure Statements as required by state and county local law. Reporting officials and employees are those who have fiduciary responsibilities within Schenectady County Agencies. They include, but are not limited to, elected officials, agency heads and their deputies, policy makers,and employees who have discretionary authority.The Schenectady County Board of Ethics reviews job descriptions of officers and employees, evaluate positions as they compare with other positions with similar responsibilities, to determine disclosure responsibility. At the request of an officer or employee involved, the Schenectady County Board of Ethics evaluates situations for possible ethical violations and improprieties and renders advice to officers and employees concerning these situations.

Children and Family Services

Phone: (518) 388-4736

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TheSchenectady CountyChildren & Families Services Office is responsible for overseeing a wide range of programs and services for at-risk families and children. The aim of the department is to keep families together whenever possible within the community, to help the family survive as a unit, and to promote normal development and growth.

The goal for every child is a legally permanent home that gives a child a sense of safety, security and the opportunity to form healthy attachments to adults and a sense of belonging in a family. The office receives assistance from and collaborates with the court and legal networks, advocacy groups, home care providers, and other agencies to achieve these ends.

Community Health Services

Phone: (518) 386-2824

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Community Health Services is a division of Schenectady County Public Health Services. It has four programs: Communicable Disease, Emergency Preparedness, Office of Community Services, and the Medical Examiner. Community Health provides services to community residents for prevention, treatment, and reduction of diseases, planning, coordination of emergencies, and coordination of behavioral health and substance use services in the community.

Conflict Defender

Phone: (518) 388-4782

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The Schenectady County Conflict Defender’s Office endeavors to provide quality legal representation in defense of the indigent criminally accused and indigent petitioners and respondents in Family Court. The Conflict Defender's Office ensures that their legal rights are upheld without regard to economic or social situations and without regard to the nature of the accusation against them

Consumer Affairs/ Weights and Measures

Phone: (518) 356-7473

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The Schenectady County Department of Consumer Affairs conducts consumer investigations, research and analysis; develops consumer education programs and materials to enable the consumer to make informed decisions; responds to consumer complaints; represents the interests of consumers and businesses by settling disputes through voluntary mediation; and protects consumers in the marketplace and the business community against economic losses resulting from unethical or illegal business practices.

The Schenectady County Bureau of Weights & Measures improves the accuracy of measurements, promotes fair competition, and facilitates economic growth and trade utilizing the most efficient, practical and cost effective approach while maintaining strict compliance with federal, state and local weights and measures law.

County Clerk

Phone: (518) 388-4220

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The Office of County Clerkserves almostevery citizen of Schenectady County, and although the office doesn't often make headlines, it touches and affects your life in many ways. County Clerks wear many different hats: Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts; Register of Deeds; County Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; County Filing Officer; Chief Notary and elected County Officer. We provide services that involve the Federal, State and Local government.

County Employee Self Service


Welcome to Schenectady County Employee Self-Service! From here employees can upload relevant documents to the Human Resources department and obtain information and links to important information as it becomes available.

Phone: 518-388-4250

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Schenectady County has a bright future and a storied past. The Schenectady County Historian explores and shares the stories of yesterday to educate and inspire tomorrow's generation.

County Legislature

Phone: (518) 388-4280

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Schenectady County Government is comprised of an electedlegislative body composed of 15 representatives elected to four-year terms from four distinct districts. The County Legislature determines all policy for the County and adopts and enacts resolutions and local laws necessary for the operation of County Government. The County Legislature holds a bi-annual organizational meeting where they electa Chair and Vice-Chair from their membership. The Chair of the Legislature is the chief elected official for the County.



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District Attorney

Phone: 518-388-4364

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The District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to keep the people of Schenectady County safe by vigorously prosecuting those who commit crimes while safeguarding the rights of victims of crime and those who are accused of crime.

Economic Development and Planning


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The Planning Department affects the lives of all Schenectady County residents by coordinating sound planning with local, state and federal agencies. The Planning Department has the ability to extend comprehensive services which encompass many aspects of planning, zoning, subdivision and environmental review, riverfront revitalization, transportation planning and traffic safety, recycling/solid waste planning, ground water protection, airport planning, agricultural protection and promotion and part and recreation development.

Emergency Management Office

Phone: (518) 370-3113

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The County Emergency Management Office is designated to provide the centralized coordination of all these management activities, including coordination of resources, manpower and services and the centralized direction of requests for assistance, during man-made and natural disasters.

Employee Training

Phone: 518-388-4233

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This is a special section of the county website meant for employees of the county only.

Phone: (518) 356-5344

Primary areas of responsibility include: Highway Maintenance & Construction, Traffic & Transportation Analysis, Health Department Administration,Recreation Improvements, Environmental engineering and analysis and Aviation Engineering and support at the Schenectady County Airport.

Environmental Health Services

Phone: (518) 386-2818

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The Schenectady County Environmental Health Division protects public health through enforcement of State and local sanitary codes. The Unit uses inspections, surveillance, industry, and public education, and partnerships with NYS Department of Health and the healthcare community to fulfill its mission.

Family Health Services

Phone: (518) 386-2815

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Family Health Services is a division of Schenectady County Public Health Services. Family Health provides essential services to residents, children and families throughout Schenectady County. Services include early intervention, nutrition assistance, breastfeeding/chestfeeding consultation, and family education and support.

Foster Care and Adoption

Phone: (518) 388-4736

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Adoption creates a parent-child relationship with all the rights and responsibilities a birth parent has to a child. TheSchenectady County Office of Children & Family Services offers a full range of adoption services that can help "Make a difference in a child's life".TheSchenectady County Department of Social Servicesis looking for qualified foster parents to help take care of some of Schenectady’s most vulnerable children. Currently, there are approximately 300 foster families who are part of Schenectady’s foster parent network. However, more foster parents are needed to provide temporary homes for brothers and sisters being placed together, for babies, and for school age children, including teens.

Glendale Home

Phone: (518) 384-3600

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The Glendale Home recognizes that each resident in our home has unique values, experiences, and desires. Our goal is to enhance the residents’ quality of life and treat each resident with the dignity and respect they deserve! Glendale Home provides caring, round the clock care in a homelike setting. Our staff is ready to ensure that you or your loved one receives the care they deserve. Thank you for considering Glendale Home for short term rehabilitation or long term care.

Human Resources and Civil Service Office

Phone: (518) 388-4233

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Schenectady County Government’s goal is to create a workforce that is committed to public service and quality performance. Schenectady County government is committed to creating a strong, diverse and inclusive workforce ready to serve the residents of Schenectady County. The Schenectady County Human Resources Department strives to provide a comprehensive range of supports to our employees, to all levels of County government and to the municipalities that we serve. The Department assists with benefit and policy administration; acts as the liaison on human resource matters; ensures county compliance with applicable state and federal laws; and provides employee professional development.

Human Rights Commission

Phone: (518) 377-2982

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The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission was established in 1965 to foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups in Schenectady County, and to assist individuals in securing their legal rights. New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in: employment, housing, credit, places of public accommodation, volunteer firefighting, non-sectarian educational institutions based on age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, arrest record, conviction record, familial status and predisposing genetic characteristics.


Phone: (518) 388-4330

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The Probation Department plays a significant role in both the criminal and juvenile justice systems, working towards safer communities. It is essential that we develop and maintain effective partnerships with the Courts and law enforcement agencies that serve the various jurisdictions within the County. These partnerships also need to extend to the myriad of community service agencies that share our commitment to improving our community. Our approach is to never compromise our core values while continuously pursuing our mission and vision of our department.

Public Defender

Phone: (518) 388-4331

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The Public Defender’s Office represents indigent individuals in Criminal Court, Family Court, and County Court proceedings.

Public Health

Phone: (518) 386-2810

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Schenectady County Public Health supports, protects and improves the health of our community.


Phone: (518) 388-4240

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The Purchasing Department is responsible for the procurement of materials, supplies, and services for all Schenectady County Departments with the objective of obtaining, in a timely manner, the best quality products and services for the best price or best value. These goals are achieved in accordance with New York State General Municipal Law 103 and 104b and County Laws as applicable.

Real Property Tax Service Agency

Phone: (518) 388-4246

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The Schenectady County Real Property Tax Service Agency, the Municipal Assessor(s) and Tax Collector(s)are notresponsible for setting the tax rates for the municipalities or school districts.The budget adopted by your local elected officials generates your tax rate.

Recreation Center

Phone: 518-384-2445

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The ice rink offers a wide range of recreational skating, ice hockey and figure skating programs for all ages. The ice rink is the home of Schenectady Youth Hockey Association, GMSVS Storm High School Hockey, Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa High School Hockey and numerous Adult Ice Hockey Leagues.

Schenectady County Cares

Phone: 518-388-4400

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Schenectady County Cares is a one-stop-shop for residents and families to connect with the services they need and depend on.

Schenectady County Connects (Job Training Agency)

Phone: (518) 344-2737

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Schenectady County Connects is the workforce entity that encompasses Schenectady County Job Training Agency (SJTA) and the New York State Department of Labor One-Stop Career Center/American Job Center which provide universal access to the community to promote self-sustainability and economic growth through a skilled, quality workforce.

Schenectady County Sheriff's Office

Phone: (518) 388-4300

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Themissionof the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office shall be the protection and preservation of the rights, lives and properties of all persons, through the fair and impartial enforcement of the law, regardless of such person’s race, creed, color, ethnicity or social standing. The Department will operate with total transparency while receptive to the voices of the community and our officers.

The Sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county and, in many counties of the state, the Sheriff is also the principal source of police protection.

Senior and Long Term Care Services

Phone: (518) 382-8481

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Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services promotes the long term health and wellbeing of Schenectady County residents and assure that they receive the necessary community based services that they are entitled to in order to remain safely in the community.


Phone: (518) 388-4300

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The history of the Office of Sheriff is unparalleled by any other modern governmental office, having recently celebrated its 1,000th anniversary worldwide. And the tradition of the Office of Sheriff is as rich in this country as it is anywhere in the world. Sheriffs played a vital role in the development of this nation during its colonial days and in its infancy as an autonomous republic. In New York State, the Office of Sheriff was provided for in the state's first constitution in 1777, and has existed as a continuous protector of the public good ever since.

Social Services

Phone: (518) 388-4470

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The Department’s primary responsibility in the community is to improve the lives of citizens in need of assistance and special services. The foundation of the DSS activities are driven by the landmark changes in the federal law commonly referred to as “Welfare Reform”. The mission of SCDSS is grounded in the value that all people want to be self-reliant and take pride in their accomplishments. We believe that our mission can be realized when we help public assistance customers and potential customers gain self-sufficiency through gainful employment, securing support for children and engagement in support services that remove barriers to independence.

Soil and Water Conservation District

Phone: (518) 399-6980

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The Schenectady County Conservation District provides environmental services and technical assistance forCounty residents.Services include conservation technical assistance, conservation education, information regarding soils, composting, parks and preserves, wildlife habitat, forestry, land reclamation, Erosion & Sediment Control Plan review, engineering assistance, grant application assistance, planning assistance, and agricultural assessment services.In addition, the District cooperates with 8 municipalities, 10 county agencies/departments and 9 New York State agencies on an annual basis.

Special Events

Phone: (518) 388-4603

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Schenectady County is a great place to live, work, and play! Schenectady County has so much to offer, from the hustle and bustle of downtown Schenectady and Mohawk Harbor to the historical landmarks, country farms, hiking trails, and scenic parks. It is rapidly becoming an arts & entertainment destination anda uniqueplace to visit. The Schenectady County Legislature's Office of Special Events hosts a series of signature events each year that showcase's the County's recreational areas and other community assets. Special events includethe region's biggest summer block party and one of the largest nighttime holiday parades in the Northeast.

Unified Communications Center

Phone: (518) 630-0911 (non-emergency)

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The Schenectady County Unified Communications Center serves as a centralized emergency and public safety dispatch center. Schenectady County operates the Unified Communications Center for the purpose of call answering and dispatching appropriate service entities for public safety and emergencies in the City of Schenectady and the Towns of Niskayuna, Glenville (including the Village of Scotia), Rotterdam, Duanesburg (including the village of Delanson) and Princetown. The Schenectady County Unified Communications Center is the result of a 20 year shared services agreement between the County, City, and State which was executed in September, 2012 and was completed in May, 2014.



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Veterans Service Agency

Phone: (518) 377-2423

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The Schenectady County Veterans ServiceAgencyis here to serve you. We will advise you on all of the benefits available to you, based upon your service. We will also assist you in applying for those benefits and in responding to all queries regarding your applications until the process is complete. It is our sincere desire to safeguard the rights and benefits that you all have so nobly earned.

Youth Bureau

Phone: (518) 344-2737

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The purpose of the Schenectady County Youth Bureauis to enrich and empower youth ages 0-21 of Schenectady County through positive youth development programming. By fostering collaboration between local organizations and assessing the needs of the community, the Youth Bureau promotes the mental and physical well-being of, not only at-risk youth, but also the overall youth population.

In 2020, Schenectady County Connects was formed and merged the services of the Schenectady County Job Training Agency and Youth Bureau. Schenectady County Connects provides universal access to the community to promote self-sustainability and economic growth through a skilled, quality workforce and partners with local agencies to ensure that tomorrow’s workforce has the supports and programming needed to thrive.

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