Luminaria Light the Way for Santa and Support Scotia Relief

It is a tradition in many Village neighborhoods to light the way for Santa by placing a white luminary on your front lawn on Christmas Eve.

The holidays are a time filled with light, happiness, and joy. But for some, it may be a time of struggle and darkness. Together as a Village, we can dispel darkness by shining our light of kindness into the streets and providing relief for our neighbors in need.

Join your neighbors on Christmas Eve for Village Lights! Let’s illuminate our Village streets with kindness and relief while welcoming Santa to Scotia. Donate $5 to Scotia Relief, a 501 (c)3 whose mission is to help Village residents as they deal with unexpected tragedies, and get your Village luminary kit. Each luminary kit contains one white paper bag, one battery-powered LED tealight, and one baggie of sand.

Make Your Donation and pick up your luminary kit at the Clerks Office in Village Hall starting November 28, 2022. Village Hall is open Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Tap Water Sampling for Lead

The Village of Scotia found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in our community.  Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger.  Please read the following Public Education Notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and to learn what the Village of Scotia is doing to address this problem.

The Village is seeking residents to collect tap water samples from 60 sampling sites in the distribution system.  If your home meets the following criteria, you may qualify to have your home included in our lead sampling plan.  If qualified and chosen to become part of the sampling plan, it requires a sample to be taken from the cold tap after no water use for 6 hours.  Samples are taken by homeowners with the sample bottles that are dropped off and then picked up by the Department of Public Works.  Please fill out the form below.  If your home meets the criteria, our Superintendent of Public Works will contact you.

Municipal Facilities Project Update

Village of Scotia
Municipal Facilities Project Update
November 11 ,2022

The building committee continues to meet on a bi-weekly schedule to further develop the overall floor plans for the fire station and municipal building. The design teams have reached the 60% complete milestone for the fire station portion of the project, and those documents are currently under review by HB. There will be an open public comment session on Saturday, Nov. 19th from 11am to 2 pm. It will be held at The Village Hall. This open comment session will be presented by the design team H2M. They will have several elevations of the new station and will be looking for comments / feedback on the aesthetics, materials, and colors of the building exterior.

The overall project schedule has not changed since the September 10, 2022 update.

Additional work has been completed to advance the design of the village hall renovation including hazardous material survey and structural analysis. This information will be used to develop the renovation plans in greater detail.


Please direct any questions you may have via email to Sean Foran at


Holiday Trash Collection Schedule


Election Day Holiday:

Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th collection will be on Wednesday, November 9th.

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

Thanksgiving Day Holiday:

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

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th collection will be on Wednesday, November 23th

Water/Sewer On Line Portal Now Available

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 for a fee of 2.55%.

Go to our Water/Sewer Bill Portal 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 we read the meters  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.

Sunnyside Rd Bridge Closure

The Village of Scotia has today (October 24, 2022) been ordered by the NY State Department of transportation to close the road over the Sunnyside Road bridge due to unsafe conditions.  The closure will occur at noon on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.  No traffic will be allowed until the bridge is repaired or replaced sometime in 2024. The process to replace the bridge has been underway for several years, but it takes a long time.  All traffic to or from the Village of Scotia from the east will need to detour by Dutch Meadows Lane or through the City of Schenectady.

Tom Gifford
Mayor of Scotia
Office (518) 374-3195
Fax: (518) 374-0542
Cell: (518) 867-9458

Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up

Annual Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up:

The Village of Scotia Department of Public Works will begin their annual loose leaf pick-up program on or about Tuesday, November 1, 2022.  Pick up will continue weather permitting, until Friday, December 2, 2022.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb for vacuum pick up.  Please do not mix brush, dirt or other yard debris in with your loose leaves.  Piles of mixed debris will not be picked up.

Yard Waste Collection (separate from loose leaf pick up):  Regular yard waste collection will continue, weather permitting, until Thursday, December 1, 2022.  Yard waste will be picked up on your regular trash collection day.  Normal rules and regulations still apply.

For more information, please refer to the Village of Scotia website at or call the Department of Public Works at (518) 393-2159.




Referendum Vote Results

Referendum to approve bonding for Municipal Facilities Project

Total Votes:   809

YES:   440

NO:   369


Thank you Village residents for voting!

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 Monday, May 16, 2022. The hydrant flushing and flow testing process should take two weeks with a tentative completion date of Friday, May 27, 2022.

Discolored water may occur during this period, so laundering should be avoided during the flushing hours.


Ryan Kedzior
Superintendent of Public Works
Village of Scotia, NY

Office: 518-393-2159