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Letter from the Mayor



March 15, 2018


Dear Community Members,


It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of the passing of a great man, longtime public official and
community member, Ronald Hinkle, “Hink”.

Hink was appointed by me to the position of Code Enforcement Officer, having previously served in this capacity in
prior years. In addition to Code Enforcement Officer, he was a very active part-time employee of our Street and
Water Department, and the former Chief and longtime member of the Town of Mohawk Fire Department.
Growing up I was taught “if you do not have something good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all”, but
then there are those you cannot say enough good about. Ron Hinkle was one of those people. He was a great friend
to many, he was a dedicated and loyal community member and he was the living definition of how we should serve
our community.

Anyone who knew Hink, also knew he was the first one to be there to help anyone. He was the person you knew
showed up - not for any reward, but simply because he was needed. Late night callouts to respond to a fire
department incident, or coming to assist the DPW three in the morning because of a water leak, he was always there
when his community needed him.

I will always be thankful for his dedication and loyalty to not only our community but to me personally as well. To say
he will be missed is an understatement, but I can assure you, he will always be remembered by those who knew him.
On behalf of myself, the Board of Trustees and all of us here at the Village, we send our deepest condolences to his
family, his friends, co-workers, and of course his fellow fire department members.

In honor of Hinks’ service to our community, I have ordered that the Village flags be lowered to half-staff.



William Peeler



Welcome to the Village of Fonda.  We hope you find this site to be a great source of information.  Check back often as new items will be added on a regular basis.



Office: 518-853-4335   

DPW: 518-857-7660 



Additional contact information is posted at the bottom of each page as well.


All regular monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month.  Special Meetings held when necessary, and announced as soon as practical.

Trustee - Lynn E Dumar
Trustee - Walter Boyd

Department Pages:

Public Meetings:

Spring Cleanup Date set; Drop Off and Schedule Pickup
Spring Cleanup:for Village Residents only drop off items at the Town of Mohawk Annex S Broadway
Saturday April 28th       and        Saturday May 5th                 7 am to Noon
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Proof of residency is required.    One Load Per Household will be accepted (No larger than a small pickup truck load)

No Hazardous Waste will be accepted; Regular Household Garbage is not accepted; PREPAYMENT of fees required for tire disposal

Allowed: Furniture, appliances, regular household items

Acceptable Items 


  • Carpets
  • Mattresses
  • Sofas/Chairs/Furniture
  • Construction Debris
  • Windows/Doors
  • Insulation
  • Small Appliances
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers/Dryers
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Air Conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Water Coolers
  • Propane Tanks

  • Yard Waste
  • Clean Wood
  • Scrap Metal


Not allowed: stones, rocks cement, paint cans, 55 gallon drums, regular household garbage/recycling

Unacceptable Items


  • Liquids
  • Motor Oil
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Infectious Waste
  • Car Batteries
  • Dead Animals


  UPDATE: Pickup dates are subject to change depending on DPW priorities


Large Item Pickup Information:
  • Large items will  ONLY  BE PICKED UP by SCHEDULING  with the CLERK; 
  • Items should be placed at the curb after you have scheduled with the clerk for pickup and only during the time between pickup dates listed;
  • Items that are Red Tagged by DPW Workers Will Not be accepted and must be removed from the curbside by the property owner;
  • If you aware of items left out for pickup that are overlooked by DPW, please call 518.857.7660

Residential Brush Burning is Prohibited Through May 14

DEC Reminds New Yorkers That Residential Brush Burning is Prohibited Through May 14

Burn Ban Reduces Wildfire Risks, Protects Lives and Property

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds New Yorkers that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning in towns with less than 20,000 residents is prohibited from March 16 through May 14. With the lack of snow cover over much of the state and unseasonably warm temperatures forecasted, experts believe conditions for wild fires will be heightened in the coming weeks.

"While many people may associate wildfires with the western United States, the early start of spring weather, dry conditions and lack of snow pack are increasing the risk for wildfires in New York," said Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. "New York prohibits residential burning during the high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property and natural resources. Since being enacted in 2009, the ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we need all residents to put safety first and follow the brush burning ban."


DEC posts a fire danger rating forecast map on a daily basis on DEC's website. Currently, fire conditions in the northern part of the state are low risk, however the Hudson Valley and Long Island regions are experiencing moderate risk conditions.

Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in the state. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall's debris and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.


New York enacted strict restrictions on open burning in 2009 to help prevent wildfires and reduce emissions. The regulations allow residential brush fires in towns during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires occur. In the five-year period since the ban was enacted, the average number of spring fires per year decreased by 33.4 percent, from 3,297 in 2009 to 1,649 to 2015.


The DEC also urges citizens to employ alternatives to burning brush, like chipping wood and downed branches for use as mulch and composting yard waste, leaves and plant clippings for use in gardens.

Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave fires unattended and must completely extinguish them before leaving the area. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

Some towns, primarily in and around the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park, are designated "fire towns," and open burning is prohibited year-round in these municipalities unless an individual or group has a written permit from DEC. To find out whether a municipality is designated a "fire town" or to obtain a permit, contact the appropriate DEC regional office. A list of regional offices is available online on DEC's website.

Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.


To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.

Lawn Clippings, Yard Debris

Now that SPRING has officially arrived, the Department of Public Works will resume collection of

grass clippings every FRIDAY morning, beginning at 7:00 AM when the Crew will pass through

the Village to pickup contained debris. We ask that you please not use plastic bags as

we want to “go green” with this service.


Brush and tree limbs must be tied, bundled and limited to one regular size pickup truck load.

If you have an excessive amount or would like to make arrangements for another time,

please call (518-857-7660)

Montgomery County Rabies Clinics Schedule

2018 Montgomery County Rabies Clinic Schedule

Date Location Time
*Saturday, February 17 Tribes Hill Fire Department, 280 Mohawk Dr., Tribes Hill 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 10 Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am - Noon
Saturday, April 14 Palatine Town Barn, 817 Stone Arabia Rd, Fort Plain 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday, May 1 Minden Town Barn, 134 Route 80, Fort Plain 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 12 Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, May 19 2 Park Drive Amsterdam (City) – NEW LOCATION 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, June 2 Town of Amsterdam Highway Dept., 283 Manny’s Corners Rd., Amst. 9:00 am – Noon
*Saturday, June 23 Canajoharie Fire Dept Garage, 39 Mohawk St. Canajoharie (not firehouse) 9:00 am – Noon
Tuesday, July 10 St. Johnsville Town Barn, 7431 Route 5, St. Johnsville 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 7 Palatine Town Barn, 817 Stone Arabia Rd., Fort Plain 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 11 Rural Grove Fire Department, 1192 Rt. 162, Rural Grove 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, September 15 Town of Amsterdam Highway Dept., 283 Manny’s Corners Rd., Amst. 9:00 am – Noon
*Saturday, October 13 Florida Town Highway Dept. Fort Hunter Rd., Minaville 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, November 3 Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am - Noon

Initial vaccination for dogs, cats & ferrets are due at 3 months of age, revaccination 1 year later, thereafter revaccination required every 3 years.

Veterinarian administration fee is $10.00 per vaccination.


Pets not vaccinated in a timely manner may not be protected from rabies.

Seasonal Reminder-Who needs a building permit???

Building Permits Required: Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) of this section, a Building Permit shall be required for any work which must conform to the Uniform Code and/or the Energy Code, including, but not limited to, the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure or any portion thereof, and the installation of a solid fuel burning heating appliance, chimney or flue in any dwelling unit. No Person shall commence any work for which a Building Permit is required without first having obtained a Building Permit from

the Code Enforcement Officer.


            (b) Exemptions. No Building Permit shall be required for work in any of the following categories:

                        (1) construction or installation of one story detached structures associated with one- or two-family dwellings or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) which are used for tool and storage sheds, playhouses or similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 144 square feet (13.88 square meters);

                        (2) installation of swings and other playground equipment associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (3) installation of swimming pools associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) where such pools are designed for a water depth of less than 24 inches and are installed entirely above ground;

                        (4) installation of fences which are not part of an enclosure surrounding a swimming pool;

                        (5) construction of retaining walls unless such walls support a surcharge or impound Class I, II or IIIA liquids;

                        (6) construction of temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery;

                        (7) installation of window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (8) installation of partitions or movable cases less than 5'-9" in height;

                        (9) painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, or other similar finish work;

                        (10) installation of listed portable electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation or cooling equipment or appliances;

                        (11) replacement of any equipment provided the replacement does not alter the equipment’s listing or render it inconsistent with the equipment’s original specifications; or

                        (12) repairs, provided that such repairs do not involve

                                    (i) the removal or cutting away of a loadbearing wall, partition, or portion thereof, or of any structural beam or load bearing component;

                                    (ii) the removal or change of any required means of egress,or the rearrangement of parts of a structure in a manner which affects egress;

                                    (iii) the enlargement, alteration, replacement or relocation of any building system; or

                                    (iv) the removal from service of all or part of a fire protection system for any period of time.


            (c) Exemption not deemed authorization to perform non-compliant work. The exemption from the requirement to obtain a building permit for work in any category set forth in subdivision (b) of this section shall not be deemed an authorization for work to be performed in violation of the Uniform Code or the Energy Code.


Village Property Tax information

The Village fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Tax bills are mailed on June 1 and are payable to the Village Tax Collector during the month of June without penalty. A 5% penalty is added in July and an additional 1% each month thereafter until October. On November 1, all unpaid village taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer for collection. Village taxes may not be paid to the Village Tax Collector after October 31. Please contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office (853-8175) for more details.


Call the Village Office if you have not received your bill by June 7 to request a duplicate.  If your taxes are paid with your mortgage, please forward the bill to your mortgage company. 


If you feel your assessment is too high, you have the right to seek a reduction in the future.  For further information, please ask your assessor for the booklet, "How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment".  Please note if the period for filing complaints on assessments has passed.  For your legal residence, you may be eligible for a senior citizen tax exemption.  For information please call 518-853-4164 or write the Town of Mohawk Assessor PO Box 415, Fonda, NY  12068 or a member of the Board of Assessors Town of Mohawk (see contact information below) or the Real Property Tax Service Agency at the County Annex Building.


If you are disabled or age 65 or older and own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3 family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice.  An application is available at the Village Office and must be filed by April 1st.  The application form may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped legal sized envelope to your local tax collector or the Montgomery County Real Property Tax Service Agency, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY  12068 or online at:


Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730


Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.


Board of Assessment Review Members

Chairman - Florence Stanton

  • Richard Blowers
  • Edward Calhoun
  • Rodd Hicks
  • Clark Subik


Board of Assessment Review Function

The Board of Assessment review meets to process requests for review that are filed each year in response to property tax assessments and is charged with guaranteeing property owners' rights to fair and impartial decisions regarding property assessments. The Town Board appoints board member for five-year terms on a staggered basis.


Contact Information:

Board of Assessment Review

2-4 Park Street, P.O. Box 415

Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: Town Clerk (518) 853-3031



Property Taxes: Things You Should Know

Tax Collector

The tax collector is responsible for the collection of property taxes for approximately 316 parcels.  All powers and duties of this office, as well as collection procedures are statutory and defined in the New York State Real Property Tax Law.

Any inquiries are welcome pertaining to collection policies as well as general tax information.  Assistance is provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and other entities that may require tax information.

Please remember to send the entire bill page back with your payment.  The top part of the bill be stamped PAID and will be returned to you as your payment receipt. If you mail your payment in, the envelope must be postmarked by the Post Office cancellation on or before the due date to avoid any late penalty charges.  Please mark any address changes on your bill so future bills will be correctly addressed. For more information or if you do not receive a tax bill, please call  518-853-4335 x20.


During property tax collection, hours to pay in person are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the months of June through October. Additionally for your convenience taxes can be paid (check or money order only) via the drop box outside the front office door at 8 E. Main Street.  When property taxes are due on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday (as defined by section 24 of the General Construction Law), the last day to pay without interest becomes the next succeeding business day.


Duties of the Office of Tax Collector: Before entering upon the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take the Constitutional Oath of Office. In addition, an official undertaking of bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed and filed in the Village Clerk’s Office. Once the collector has taken the oath and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or her custody.


The Collector of Taxes collects the General Property Taxes starting on or about June 1. The tax bill covers the period of June 1 to May 31. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill through July 1 without penalty. Bills paid after July 1 incur a 5% penalty.  From August 1st through November 1 there is an additional 1% penalty per month (9% in all). After November 1 all payments must then be made to the Montgomery County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, New York;  office located at 20 Park Street Annex Building, first floor.


To assist our elderly and disabled residents, third party notification tax bills are offered.  Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older and own their home may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923, available from the tax collector.


Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The County updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the County of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks.  These organizations provide the tax collector with a list of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know that taxes are due. Please call the tax collector immediately and they will issue you a duplicate bill. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by the law. [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. If you should have received a bill, but have not by the second week in June, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. I never received my bill or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?

Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. In addition, neither the tax collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the tax collecting officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution and the law of the State mandates the procedure.


2. If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?

New York State Real Property Tax Law §925, provides as follows “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall be upon delivery, deemed to have been made to such offices the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper.  The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925. Payment cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op New York State Comp. 69-170).  If the envelope contains no postmark, then the payment is deemed to have been made on the date the payment was received.  In these instances, it is up to the taxpayer to prove that the payment was made on time.

If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section §925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected.  No Village official or employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).


3. Can I pay my property taxes in installments?

No. The property tax must be paid in full in one payment.


4. Can I pre-pay my property taxes?

No, the warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes.  Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.

Contact the Tax Collector: (518) 853-4335 Ext. 20 (messages only) Fax Number: (518) 853-4555, or email:


Questions on your assessment information?

Village property owners who have questions on property assessment information should contact the Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730


  Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.


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