Town Clerk - Tax Collector - Registrar - Insurance Clerk - Recording Secretary for the Town Board

Michelle Radley, Town Clerk

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-3pm
Fridays 9am-12pm

For more information please call 518-392-4644

Dog License Application

Contact the Town Clerk Office regarding the following:
Property Taxes
Marriage Licenses
Death Certificates
Dog Licenses
Hunting / Fishing Licenses
Rental of Town Meeting Facilities and Usage of Playground Facilities
Meals on Wheels Program inquiries
Refuse Bags and Disposal Tickets for Columbia County Transfer Stations
General Inquiries

Previous year’s taxes for the Town of Ghent are now available online.
Please note - this is for information purposes ONLY. Tax Bills cannot be paid online.

Payment must still be made at the Tax Collector’s Office (either in person or by mail). Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check (payable to either: Town of Ghent or Ghent Tax Collector).

Town Supervisor

Michael Benvenuto

ph: 518.392.4644
fax: 518.392.9030

Deputy Town Supervisor
Charles Wood


Town Supervisor’s Reports


Lynn Hotaling 518.392.4644 x 204

Hours: Wednesdays 9am-2pm

Visit the NYS Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) web site for Star program and property tax information and forms.

Click here for the current Town of Ghent Property Tax Assessment Roll.

Grievance Applications (Form RP524) & Instructions can be printed directly from the following state website:
- Government & Researchers
- Property Tax & Assessment Administration
- Exemption Administration
- Exemption Forms

Register for NYS STAR (School Property Tax Relief): Deadline 3/1/2013

All New York homeowners receiving a BASIC STAR exemption MUST re-register (prior to 12/31/13) with the New York State Tax & Finance Department in order to receive the BASIC STAR exemption on their 2014-2015 School Tax Bill and subsequent school tax bills thereafter. Columbia County BASIC STAR recipients will receive a mailing from NYS within the first two weeks of September which will instruct them on how to re-register.  CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER FOR BASIC STAR

ENHANCED (SENIOR CITIZEN) STAR homeowners will continue to apply each year with their Town Assessor and are not required to re-register with NYS.

New Homeowners and/or homeowners that have never applied for the BASIC STAR exemption will need to apply this year (prior to 3/1/14) with their Town Assessor in order to receive this exemption on their 2014-2015 School Tax Bill.

Building Inspector

Walt Simonsmeier

Hours: Tuesday 9am-11am / Wednesday 5pm-8pm

click here to download Application for Building Permit

Comprehensive Plan

Click here for Meeting Minutes.

Final Plan Part I
Final Plan Part II

Please note Adobe Reader is required to view these documents. 
You may download it here for free.

Visit the Community Planning & Environmental Associates (CPEA) web site for meeting minutes and mapping relating to the Town of Ghent. 

Department of Highways Superintendent

Benjamin Perry

Hours: Summer Hours
Monday through Thursday 6am-4:30pm
Winter Hours
Monday through Friday 7am--3:30pm

During business hours, call the Town Garage 518.392.2651 for all non-emergency occurrences, such as a downed tree on a roadway, or a road wash out. 
Remember, if it’s an emergency - call 911 immediately.
Minutes matter.

Dog Control Officer

Wes Powell


Dog Control Shelter
Columbia-Green Humane Society
125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534

Recreation Committee

Michelle Radley

West Ghent Recreation Center Rental
Michelle Radley

Town Historian

Jennifer Stoner

Zoning Enforcement Officer

Zoning Enforcement Officer Walt Simonsmeier

Hours: Tuesday 9am-11am
Wednesday 5pm-8pm

The complete Town of Ghent Zoning Code is available on-line.

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