Town of North Elba


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March 31, 2020


Dear Citizens of North Elba:


If you heard President Trump speak Sunday evening as well as other top people in the medical profession you most likely heard that the present rules mandated by the Federal & State Governments will now remain in effect until April 30. Consequently, many of us will be staying home, practicing social distancing, for at least another 30 days.

The President also commended General Motors and other companies for stepping up the process of manufacturing critically needed ventilators. The President also announced a new testing device that can provide results in 5 minutes. He also spoke of the amazing military hospital ships that are being put into service to fight this worldwide battle. Above all, he recognized and thanked the countless numbers of medical personnel who enter the hospitals each day to help others while putting their lives on the line.

The capabilities and Citizens of our Nation are simply incredible.

The battle plan seemingly is to pass the apex of the curve in hotspots such as NYC without adding to the numbers of patients where it would become impossible to provide care for all who need it. This seems like a good plan at this time no matter how much we all want to start the economic engines again and get our restaurants, businesses, airports, etc. back online. We must remain patient and stick to the battle plan as directed.

Locally, we hear the concerns about people coming here from impacted areas such as NYC and there is much anxiety and resentment. This is happening throughout many states, counties and townships. Often there are questions of what we can do to stop them from coming and what are we doing now.

To begin with, the surrounding Counties and Towns have been very supportive in continually requesting action on banning rentals of the STR’s for a designated time period. On March 20th, Essex County Attorney Dan Manning submitted a request to the Department of Health to allow Essex County to impose a State of Emergency on Short Term Rentals. The following day, March 21st, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) denied the request through a short statement with no explanation. Subsequently, County Leaders contacted State representatives to apply further pressure on DOH. I then personally spoke with a State Representative who advised me that they had not been successful and did not expect this to change. Any directive of this type would have to be approved by the Governor’s Office and by the NYS Department of Health.

In short, we are continually being told that we cannot implement this policy and the area is pre-empted by the state.

On a positive note, some local companies have publicly announced a delay of rentals including Merrill Thomas, Engel and Volker and LP Premier properties. Other local companies I have heard are also not renting their listings. The recent County Press release also asked that short term rental listings from property owners of AIRBNB &VRBO be removed voluntarily.

In keeping with Federal and State mandates, people are asked to stay home and stay put. As of now, there has not been a state or county directive banning travelers to the area unless, of course, they have been quarantined and/or tested positive for COVID 19.

In order to stop visitors from coming to the area we would need a directive from the State of New York.

You can be assured that if this order comes through both the Mayor and I will do everything possible to enforce it.

For now, continue to follow the advice and guidelines that are clearly being announced and distributed on a daily basis through the Governor’s Office. We will get through this crisis if all cooperate and are on the same page.

Stay safe,


Jay Rand
Supervisor, Town of North Elba
2693 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946

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March 25, 2020

To the Citizens of the Town of North Elba


I hope that you are all aware that we are making diligent efforts to post helpful and updated information daily on our  website and Facebook page. In addition, postings are on my Friends of Jay Rand Facebook page. Be sure and check these sites out!

Unfortunately, these days most of the content is directed at postings and information regarding the Covid-19 virus.

I have some talented staff members and friends guiding me on this, but your comments are always welcome.

Town of North Elba Departments and Offices

In spite of mandated staff reductions and lock out procedures all of our Town Hall offices are functioning during regular weekly business hours through mailings and phone calls. This includes the Town of North Elba Administrative Office, Building/Codes office, and Assessors Office The main phone # is (518-523-9516). The Town Court may be reached at (518-523-2141).

As you must know from our recent snowstorm, the Town Highway Department is also functioning efficiently although with a reduced staff. Good job on the roads as always, and the Landfill is open on a regular schedule for trash. The recycling center is temporarily closed.

The Town fire and EMS Services, of course, support all of the 

township beyond the village limits as always.

Other Departments including the North Elba Park District are operational from other town facilities.


About two weeks ago Mayor Randall and I arranged a meeting with Town and Village Department Heads to discuss the Coronavirus situation in a roundtable type fashion. All departments were present including the Police Chief.

Topics discussed included cleanliness/sanitizing of the building, social distancing, website, staffing and office functions, etc.

One very important topic was the transfer of information process from the State to Counties to Towns and Villages. The process remains that our County leaders take part in a daily phone call with the State Offices. Our county chairman then disseminates the information to town supervisors who pass it on within the townships. In our case we made a group email list of everyone present that day. Group members would then receive information from me. The list was broadened to include other personnel including all Town and Village Board Members. This process still continues and has been very helpful in many instances.

During the past few weeks some of the Essex County Townships, namely North Elba, Wilmington and Essex have been in constant contact with County Officials about limiting or temporarily shutting down STR’s and access to our areas from other locations. County officials have diligently pushed the State for a mandate of sorts to back this up. In spite of these efforts, which included positive efforts from our State Representatives Betty Little and Dan Stec, no action to date has been taken specifically through State actions.

However, as was put on our website yesterday, the county posted a press release “A Message From Essex County To Our Visitors, Weekenders and Second Home Owners”, which in a nutshell asked travelers not to travel to Essex County from any area at this time with an additional REQUEST TO PROPERTY OWNERS TO REMOVE SHORT TERM RENTAL LISTINGS FROM SERVICES SUCH AS AIRBNB AND VRBO.  See posting for entire message if you have not done so already.

We thank Merrill L. Thomas for removing all STR Listings through April, and request other Real estate Agencies to do the same.

These requests are simply in the best interest of defeating COVID-19 ASAP through the Stay Home Directiv

We are not alone in facing this problem. Wealthy citizens from highly populated areas, mainly NYC, are leaving and going to second homes in small communities all the way East to Nantucket, North to Vermont and our area, and south to Delaware. Read in The Washington Post:

The underlying issues are exposure to citizens and limited hospital facilities.

The Town of North Elba is committed to the Health and safety of our Community.

Please take travel and social distancing restrictions seriously.

Hotels have been deemed essential and may remain open to provide accommodations to vital workers.

A special appeal to our short- term rental owners and vacation homeowners: this is not the time to rent or visit. We understand the value you add to Lake Placid and will enthusiastically welcome you back when it is determined to be safe.

Until then: Stay Home, Stop the spread, Save lives.

Stay Safe


Jay Rand
Town of North Elba Supervisor


March 24, 2020

To the Citizens of the Town of North Elba:


This is an extraordinary time that we are experiencing both here and Worldwide. Throughout our lifetimes, we have never been challenged by an invisible enemy that has left such fear, uncertainty and anxiety amongst all of us. Situations and directives change daily making it difficult to comprehend and prepare for.

Directives and information from the Federal, State, and County pipelines has been flowing to townships from multiple agencies. The amount of emails regarding the Coronavirus – COVID-19 is sometimes repetitive and overwhelming, but certain facts and directives per Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE Plan stand firm and clear as follows:

(1)   Per March 22 directive – all nonessential businesses statewide will be closed; 

(2)   Non-essential gatherings of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled at this time;

(3)   Any concentration of individuals outside their homes must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

(4)   When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

(5)   Businesses and other entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;

(6)   Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

(7)   Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

(8)   Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;

(9)   Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and

(10) Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

“Matilda’s Laws” include the following rules for vulnerable populations:

 -          Remain at home;

 -          Can go outside for solitary exercise;

 -          Do not visit households with multiple people;

 -          Wear a mask when in the company of others;

 -          To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;

 -          Always stay six feet away from individuals; and

 -          Do not take any public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary

This directive is the Governor’s strategy & battle plan to curtail and ultimately defeat this silent enemy. It is extremely important that we all join in and support this endeavor and encourage others to do so as well. It is our best hope of overcoming this pandemic in our Township, County and State.

 Basically, from my perspective staying healthy mentally and physically includes the Golden Points of:

 -    Stay home whenever possible

 -    Separation 6’ rule

    • Eat well

    • Exercise

    • Get plenty of rest

    • Maintain Sanitary GuidelinesFollow guidelines of the health department and your Doctor.

        • Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds whenever necessary
        • Use Hand Sanitizers as directed
    • Follow guidelines of the health department and your Doctor.

    • Limit travel to essential only

-     Follow the aforementioned Matilda’s Laws if you are in a vulnerable category.

The terms Essential Business/Employee and Non-Essential Business/Employee are frequently heard these days.

The guidance is issued by the NYS Department of Economic Development. Only those businesses or entities that provide essential services are exempt from the imposed restrictions.

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, Essential Business means:

  1. Essential health care operations

  2. Essential infrastructure

  3. Essential Manufacturing

  4. Essential retail

  5. Essential services

  6. News media

  7. Financial institutions

  8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations

  9. Construction 

  10. Defense

  11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other operational businesses

  12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, childcare and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies providing for health, safety and welfare.

 Essential Employees are those employees that are essential to the operation of their agency or authority, or who must be physically present to perform their job, or who is involved in the emergency response to COVID -19.

Non-Essential Employees should be considered as any person who does not need to be physically present to do their job functions, or they are not currently required to meet the core functions of their agency or authority during this emergency response.

Generally, the business, authority or agency determines who is essential and/or non-essential.

We are extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful area, which we all cherish so much. We have a great team in so many respects that have accomplished things that other communities of our size only dream about.

I respectfully request that all of you abide by the Governors Orders outlined above and stay calm and at home. This applies to locals, and any visitors that may be here in any capacity. Once again, we need a solid commitment and teamwork to get by this issue.

I am confident that with your support we will make this happen as quickly as possible.

My utmost thanks to all of you who are doing everything possible to be part of this effort.

Stay Safe,

Jay Rand
Supervisor, Town of North Elba





Issued March 24, 2020



Elizabethtown, NY - The Essex County Board of Supervisors is issuing the following statement to its visitors, weekenders, second home owners and short term rental owners and listings:

Essex County currently has four (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is responding with measures to proactively reduce further exposure as it impacts our limited resources.

To date we have seen an alarming influx of travelers from outside the County who are staying at second homes and short term rentals, like Airbnb and Vrbo. While you may be seeking refuge from the larger amount of cases downstate, you must be aware that this is a global pandemic. You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus, which can be dangerous and even fatal to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted New York State, which is responding with all resources to contain a growing number of cases, which includes more than 20,000 confirmed cases and multiple deaths. Essex County has four (4) confirmed cases, none of which originated from within the county. However, a number of exposures will increase with the movement of non-residents into our area from other parts of the state and country, which will result in an inordinate strain upon the resources of public health, first responders, health care providers, our hospitals and other government personnel.

Essex County is an extremely rural county with only 38,000 residents. We have few hospitals and those that we do have are not capable of handling an increased number of patients. Additional needs presented with the increased presence of out-of- county persons at our hospitals will tax our medical care system beyond its capacity.

Currently, Essex County and its medical providers have limited COVID-19 test kits and will not be able to test for the disease and have stringent guidelines as to who can receive these tests.

Additionally, as a rural county, most small businesses are closed, services are severely strained and grocery stores, while still open to the public, are experiencing a shortage of food and basic supplies. Grocery store hours of operation are being modified to keep up with the demand.

As a vaccine does not exist, we have limited capacity to test, our hospitals are small and incapable of handling additional influx and our stores and infrastructure are incapable of providing supplies to a larger population, we are asking that you respect

the integrity of our hospitals and infrastructure and not travel to Essex County from any area at this time. This is in keeping with federal and state mandates that people stay at home and stay put. It is far better for you to stay home and limit your movements.

You should not have an expectation that resources will be available to you here that are not available to you in your home town. Essex County has a limited number of health care resources and hospital beds and there is no testing.




In addition, the Essex County Board of Supervisors strongly and respectfully requests that all property owners, (including second homeowners) remove any short- term rental listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo immediately and not rent.

As we work together to minimize the spread of this virus across our most vulnerable populations, we respectfully ask that property owners comply with this request to limit new exposures and protect the health and welfare of all by removing short-term rental listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo, and not renting their short-term rentals.

Finally, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or other social events) are canceled or postponed through April 22, 2020, pursuant to NYS Executive Order 202.10. In relation to Airbnb, Vrbo dwellings that are rented by multiple families, Essex County views that as a violation of this Executive Order.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Shaun Gillilland, Chairman

Essex County Board of Supervisors






News Release


March 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

For More Information:

Andrea Whitmarsh, Public Information Officer



Fourth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Essex County; Limited Testing Underscores Importance of Staying Home

Elizabethtown, NY. Another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Essex County, bringing the total number of positive cases to four. The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital tested the individual, who traveled domestically and has since been home, self-isolating. Contact tracing activities have begun, with health department staff identifying and reaching out to anyone who may have had interaction with the confirmed case. Any person who may have an exposure risk will receive information and guidance from the Essex County Health Department (ECHD).

“The lower number of confirmed cases in Essex County is very likely the result of reduced access to tests, which is occurring throughout the region” stated Linda Beers, Director of Public Health for Essex County. “We know that we are now facing community spread, so the potential for exposure is a reality for everyone, regardless of travel or other risk factors. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors is to stay home as much as possible, minimize your interactions with others by practicing social distancing, and maintain hand hygiene.”

The guidelines related to COVID-19 testing criteria are changing and becoming more stringent. Residents who are experiencing symptoms should call their doctor, and if the criteria is met, testing will be ordered. Because testing may be delayed, it’s important that everyone follow the recommendations from the New York State Department of Health and the Essex County Health Department to work together to stay home, ‘flatten the curve’, and ensure our healthcare system isn’t stretched beyond capacity.

“The practice of isolating individuals who are showing symptoms or who are confirmed to have COVID-19 is an important tool in slowing the spread of this virus and reducing the pressure on our healthcare system”, Beers added. “Doctors are advising suspect cases to self-isolate, because for most people, illness with COVID-19 can be managed at home, further preserving healthcare resources and limiting the potential exposure to others. Individuals at higher risk for severe illness, like older adults and those with chronic conditions, should be more vigilant in monitoring their symptoms, calling their healthcare provider or 9-1-1 if worsening illness occurs”.

Residents who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the directions of their doctor, which may include: staying home and self-isolating; using a separate bathroom from household members; staying at least six feet away from other household members; resting; staying hydrated and refraining from having any visitors into the home.

For general questions regarding COVID-19, individuals can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit





Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;

  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;

  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;

  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;

  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and

  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes



Effective Wednesday March 18, 2020 the Transfer Station is taking recommended precautions and reducing staff due to the CoronaVirus. Therefore, we are closing the recycling center but will still accept garbage during this time. We will reassess on April 1, 2020. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Do Not Drop off recycling!

Please hold until we reopen.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you for Understanding!

Town of North Elba