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Schenectady County Declares State of Emergency

County Seal

County Offices Closed on March 14, County Legislature Meeting Postponed Until March 16

Schenectady County has declared a state of emergency due to a forecasted major weather event with anticipated wet heavy snowfall, drifting, and icy road conditions. The state of emergency is in effect from 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 and restricts travel to essential personnel.

County offices will be closed, including the County’s COVID-19 vaccine POD and test site at the McClellan Street Health Campus and all 9 branches of the Schenectady County Public Library system. Residents who have an appointment scheduled with a county department on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 should reach out to reschedule.

The regular meeting of the County Legislature scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 is postponed until Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.


Code Blue

Schenectady County has extended their Code Blue declaration until 8:00 a.m. on March 17, 2023. During a Code Blue declaration the county’s homeless shelters extend their hours of operation to allow those who need shelter to remain indoors during inclement winter weather. For those in need of Code Blue emergency sheltering or housing, please contact the following:

Bethesda House

834 State Street

Schenectady, NY 12307

(518) 374-7873

The Bethesda House shelter welcomes all individuals without restrictions or qualifications, providing beds, shower opportunities, supper and breakfast for adult men and women.


The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Miracle Home (women only)

168 Lafayette Street

Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 370-0276