The Clerk’s office is the general information center for the Town of Keene. The Town Clerk is responsible for the recording and upkeep of all the town’s records.
Hours in the Office:
Tuesday 4:30-7:00 P.M
Thursday 7:30A.M-12:00 P.M
If you need assistance outside of the posted office hours, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do not have access to email, you may call my cell 518-837-7137.
Emails (email@example.com) and Voicemails (518)576-4444, ext. 1(Town Hall) and (518)837-7137 (cell) will be checked daily.
Residents may utilize my red dropbox, inside of the Town Hall, to drop off payments or correspondences.
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Certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates are available for $10.00 fee per copy. The following are links to printable request forms (PDF format).
Application for Marriage Record
Genealogy copies are available (Uncertified) of the following:
Birth Certificates, if on file for at least 75 years and the persons whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased.
Death Certificates, if on file for at least 50 years.
Marriage Certificates, if on file for at least 50 years and the couple are both known to be deceased.
A couple who plans to be married in New York state must apply in person for a marriage license. The application for a license must be signed by both parties in the presence of the clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the couple.
When should you apply to get your license?
Marriage licenses are issued right away but the ceremony cannot take place until 24 hours after application. A license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day it is issued.
How much does a license cost?
A marriage license costs $40.00 which may be paid by check or cash. Additional certificates of marriage may be obtained for $10.00 a copy.
What do I need to Bring ?
A birth certificate, baptismal record, or naturalization record and a driver’s license, passport, employment ID, or immigration record must be provided to obtain a marriage license. Divorce papers or death certificates are also needed if applicable.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Sporting License
Hunting and fishing licenses are available for sale in the Town Clerk’s office.
Please visit the NYS DEC website for fees and requirements:
Purchase DEC Licenses online:
Dog License and Registration
In the Town of Keene all Dogs must be registered and licensed with the Town Clerk.
A current rabies vaccination certificate is required.
Licenses must be renewed annually.
$6.00 for spayed/neutered
$13 for unaltered dogs
You will need:
- Proof from the veterinarian of spayed or neutered, unless proof is already on file.
- Proof of rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian.
- Check or cash for the appropriate license fee.
Renewals will be mailed to the owner address on file.
Transfer Station Punch Cards
Punch cards are available from the Town Clerk and also the Keene Public Library, the Hardware store and the Valley Grocery. Tickets are NOT available for purchase at the Transfer Station.
$1.00 (GREEN TICKETS) 10 punches at .10 cents each
$2.00 (YELLOW TICKETS) 20 punches at .10 cents each
$5.00 (ORANGE TICKETS) 10 punches at .50 cents each
$10.00 (RED TICKETS) 10 punches at $1.00 each
$18.00 (BLUE TICKETS) 18 punches at $1.00 each
Accessible Vehicle Tag
Handicap vehicle tags are available from the Town Clerk.
Real Property Tax Collection for the Town of Keene
Tax Collector, Anna M Whitney
Real Property Taxes are collected by the tax collector.
Tax bills are mailed out at the end of December each year.
Collection of taxes runs from January 1st to April 30th.
Tax bills are sent to the address that is on file with Essex County. If you need to change your address on file with the county please fill out the Change of address form.
Application for Change of Address
Payments are due in full on or before the January 31st.
4 payment plans are available which include interest. Please call the Tax collector at 518-576-4444 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Four pay plans must be set up before the end of January. These are pre-set amounts dictated by Essex county. They must be paid exactly.
Checks can be made payable to Anna M Whitney, Tax Collector
Remit payment to
PO BOX 245
Keene, NY 12942
Payments can be made in person at the Town Hall during business hours.
Taxes not paid will be turned over to the county April 30th.