I am pleased to announce that after two years of trying we finally have access to the CDTA/CDPHP Bike share program in Scotia.  This means that you can have access to this fleet of quality bicycles and, for a small fee, take it anywhere in our business district or anywhere in Schenectady and lock it and leave it.  We have installed bike racks for these at our Village Green (140 Mohawk Avenue) and at the Village Docks by Freedom Park but the bikes can be locked anywhere within the service area.  Our Complete Streets program for making the Village more friendly for biking and walking will be boosted by the presence of these bikes.  Please check out the app and start using the bikes.

Tom Gifford, Mayor


Their instructions are:


·      Choose a plan and sign up for a CDPHP membership through the website or using the mobile app

·     Walk up to any Cycle! bike, enter your account number and PIN number on the back of the bike to unlock it

·     Place the U-lock in the holster before you begin you ride.

·     If you need to pause your ride at any time, press the “HOLD” button and re-lock your bike.   Sign back into your account and unlock the bike to continue your ride.

·     End your ride overall by locking your bike to any bike rack, public street sign or object within the systems boundaries.   Please do not block sidewalks, public right of ways, etc

·     Please follow bike safety at all times including wearing a helmet and following the rules of the road in regards to cars and pedestrians

·     Membership plan options and more information can be found on the Cycle! website as well as the mobile app.

Collins Lake Boat Rental

The Village of Scotia is offering watercraft rentals this summer.  Five kayaks, a canoe and a row boat will be available July 8 through August 16, daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The watercraft will be rented on a first serve basis, no reservations.  Fees are five dollars per hour for Village of Scotia residents and ten dollars per hour for non-residents, four hour max. Watercraft Rental Rules

Holiday Trash Collection – 4th of July



Due to the Fourth of July Holiday:


Fourth of July Holiday, Thursday, July 4th trash collection will be on

Wednesday, July 3rd

Tuesday and Wednesday trash collection will be on the normal days.

Veggie Swap


SUNDAYS 6/23-9/15




The Schenectady Farm Bureau knows that agriculture in our community is as much about backyard gardens, maple syrup and bees as it is about large dairy and grain farms. As a result, your Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a weekly Sunday afternoon vegetable swap this summer. Backyard gardeners, bee-keepers, home canners and bakers are all invited to come meet their neighbors, barter, and help us celebrate the personal side of Schenectady County agriculture.

We are encouraging barter – this is not a market and cash deals are discouraged. We will ask for a small donation ($1/day) to help defray insurance and other expenses. Our host, the 1st National Bank of Scotia is graciously donating use of their parking lot. Farm Bureau members will direct traffic, but extra help is always appreciated.

Why a swap? We hope to encourage small scale gardeners and others to share their crops, expand their horizons, reduce food waste, maybe pick up some tips and encouragement, and build community among the gardeners, orchardists, backyard brewers and bee/chicken keepers among us.

The swap will take place at the 1st National Bank of Scotia parking lot (Mohawk Avenue) on Sundays – June 23rd to September 15th, from 3 to 5 PM. Water (at the Bank) and bathrooms (thank you Stewarts) will be available. We ask that participants bring their own tables and containers. Participants will be asked to sign in and complete a simple liability waiver.

The County Food Bank will also be at the swap to collect donations of excess produce. We look forward to helping the less fortunate in our community. Any unusable produce will be collected for the Biosoil Farm worm-powered composting operation.

Please remember that this is a swap, not a farmer’s market. The goals are sharing, learning, and building community. So come trade squash, sip cider, and meet a beekeeper. Bring the kids and the dog too!

Contact: Mike Nally, Schenectady Farm Bureau President – 518-605-9643

Jeff Klein, Schenectady Farm Bureau Board Member – 518-441-4770

Annual Flushing of Fire Hydrants

The Village of Scotia will be flushing and flow-testing fire hydrants Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. starting on or about Monday, May 27, 2019.  The hydrant flushing and flow-testing process should take four weeks with a tentative completion date of Friday, June 21, 2019.  Discolored water may occur during this period, so laundering should be avoided during the flushing hours.

Water/Sewer On Line Portal Now Available

The Village is excited to announce an upgrade to our water and sewer interface with our customers.  You now have the ability to view your bill, pay your bill and monitor your usage on line through our secure website.  Payments can be made by credit card or ACH for a fee of 2.55%.  Go to or click the link on the Village of Scotia’s website to set up your personal account.  If you have more than one water account you can link multiple accounts to your personal page. Water and Sewer bills go out twice a year (February and October) but it is so easy to read the meters now that we do it every 40 days.  This means that you can monitor your water usage in something closer to real time.  If you have a water leak you can catch it before it runs up a large bill.  All this comes to you at virtually the same cost as the old system and gives you and us a lot more flexibility.

Recurring bank drafting will be available for the October billing cycle at no fee.  Look for the announcement to enroll in the Summer of 2019.

The Village of Scotia is working for you.

Tom Gifford

Mayor of Scotia

Scotia Relief Fundraiser



Thursday, March 7th, 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Wolf Hollow Brewing Company 6882 Amsterdam Rd

Show up, enjoy a cold beverage, buy a raffle ticket; help others!

Raffle Drawing at 7:00 PM
Raffles: 50/50; Gift Baskets from: Glenville Beverage,
Gabriel’s Supermarket, Riverside Maple, and more!

Scotia Relief, a 501c3 charitable organization, has been helping individuals and families in Scotia and Glenville for over 80 years.
Scotia Relief provides efficient, timely assistance for community members in their time of need, including food, heating assistance, clothing, utility bills, medication expenses, rent, emergencies and much more.
Please help us help folks in the community in their time of need.

School Traffic Officers Wanted

The Village of Scotia is seeking applicants for School Traffic Officer.  This is a part-time, seasonal position during the Scotia-Glenville Central School District year (September–June).  The Village provides school crossing services at various locations from 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. each school day.  The salary is $11.75/hour with no benefits.

This position involves responsibility in stopping and directing vehicular traffic for the protection of children crossing roadways going to and from the Lincoln and Sacandaga elementary schools.  The work is performed independently with occasional direction from Scotia Police Department officers.

Typical work activities include directing traffic at crosswalks, aiding children crossing roadways, stopping traffic when children are ready to cross, and instructing children concerning proper placement and precautions to be taken when crossing a roadway.

Applicants must possess good general intelligence, the ability to be firm and courteous with the public, the ability to get along well with children, the ability to read and write, good hand/eye coordination, good powers of observation, a willingness to work outdoors (sometimes in adverse weather conditions), and physical condition/stamina commensurate with the demands of the position.

All training and equipment will be provided.  Applicants must undergo a background investigation.

If interested, complete an application that can be printed from the “Employment” section of the website, and return it to:

Chief – Scotia Police Department – 4 North Ten Broeck Street – Scotia 12302

Questions should be directed to 518-374-3110, x14.

Employment Opportunities

The Village of Scotia is seeking applicants for part-time, seasonal School Traffic Officer and Park Security Officer positions.

Visit the “Employment” section for more information.