General News

COVID-19 Update 5.18.2020

As of 5/18/2020:

Updated List of Permissible Activities

  • Socially Distant Religious Services – At drive-in movie theaters and in parking lots
  • Municipal Libraries – Including curb-side and internet access
  • Retail Businesses Delivery – Including parking lot/car deliveries
  • Equine – Individual riding, instruction and therapy
  • Hunting & Fishing Clubs – Low-risk recreation
  • Landscaping – Now including gardening and horticulture
  • Acupuncture – When prescribed by Medical Professional
  • Pet Grooming – When essential to the health & wellbeing of the animal
  • Auto Maintenance – No longer just repairs
  • Non-motorized Boating – Use and rental
  • Golf Courses and Driving Ranges – Not mini golf

 Note: All activities should follow proper social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and face covering guidelines.

Retail Operations

According to Executive Order 202, updated May 16th“essential retail” includes the following guidance, “in regions that are not within the first phase of the state’s regional reopening plan, delivery for orders placed remotely via phone or online at non-essential retail establishments; provided, however, that only one employee is physically present at the business location to fulfill orders.”

We believe having one employee working in certain businesses may violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and where an owner is not considered an employee, it should be acceptable to have them both inside fulfilling orders so long as they can maintain social distancing, and are provided with appropriate personal protection equipment. The facility must also be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines (see below). Furthermore, “delivery” is not defined, so in the absence of additional guidance, we believe delivery to the home, the parking lot of the business or customer vehicle is acceptable so long as there is a contactless order and delivery process.

Please know, the governor’s executive orders and guidance can change at any time, and facilities should check with their insurance companies to confirm coverage.  Additionally, please practice the following no matter what you do or where you go:

Memorial Day Activities

A convoy of county, police, fire and local municipality vehicles will traverse Dutchess County (see attached map) as part of this year’s Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, May 25th. Residents are asked to please not gather in large group settings to watch the Memorial Day Convoy. To show support, residents are instead encouraged hang American flags along the convoy’s route. For those families who live along the route, children are encouraged to paint and draw flags to be displayed in their windows, or on driveways. For more information, contact Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at (845) 486-2060.

In Rem Foreclosure Process Update

A letter will be sent to all outstanding property taxpayers notifying that the County’s auction is postponed at this time and explains the land disposition policy meaning that property owners can both live in their homes and pay their tax bill until the day of the auction which will be at a future date to be determined. We acknowledges the current circumstances related to COVID and will to continue working closely with property owners to complete payments and avoid further interest and penalties.

NY Forward

Information on NY Forward can be found HERE, including metrics for reopening, regional monitoring dashboard, and industries reopening by phase.


Town Hall, Town Clerk, Covid How-Tos UPDATE

Town Hall is locked but the Secretary and Town Supervisor are IN. Knock on the door or make an appointment. Masks must be worn inside.

Town Clerk Just Harpp is reachable only by email: Make an appointment to see her OR knock on the door from 10-12 Tu and Thursday for Deputy Town Clerk Madelin DaFoe. Masks required.

All Board Meetings are now LIVE and recorded to YouTube at Town of Pine Plains. Dates and times as usual. Public comment does take place in the chat at YouTube. We do not answer questions during Comment period–we listen. There is no Comment period for Planning Board Meetings.

The Highway Department offices are also locked. Call first to make an appointment. Meetings will take place downstairs in the break room, masks required.

Assessors are by appointment. Masks required.

Building Inspector is by appointment. Meetings take place outside.

Thanks for your patience!




Grievance Day May 26,2020 at Town Hall from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

Persons appearing before the Grievance Board must wear a mask and have an appointment.  Please be sure to have your filled out Grievance Form with you along with supporting documentation for your complaint.  Appointments can be made via phone or email: 518-398-7193 ext 7 or  Grievance forms can be picked up on the porch in front of the Town Hall or can be accessed through this link:

New Normal at Town Hall

For the foreseeable future, Town Hall door will be locked at all times. Please knock if you’d like to come in. We will allow one person per office to enter at a time. (3 total) MASKS REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE Please make an appointment before you come with the person you need to see. Phone numbers are on the Home Page of this website. Feel free to call or write an email for any help you need.

Town Hall has been locked since 9am March 16th. We have continued working as usual, either here or at home.

And take care!

Adult Education Online for Pine Plains

General Assembly ( is a mission-driven adult vocational school I helped start that offers a variety of career-focused training programs in technology, design, marketing, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and more.

Here is where Pine Plains residents can find General Assembly’s catalog of upcoming online classes: They can use the special discount code lovepineplains at checkout to get 30% off the list price. (Some are already free of charge.)

And here is a set of completely free online classes from General Assembly that happen every Friday during the pandemic: