Village of Afton, New York

Welcome to the Village of Afton!

Welcome to the Village of Afton web page, from now on all the information you found on the shared page with the Town of Afton concerning the Village will be here. You will not have to check both pages. News of upcoming events, Board meetings anything Village related can be found here. 

If you have information you would like to add to the page -an upcoming event or community meeting you can call the Village office and it will be added to the page. If you have questions call 639 -1022.

Info Planter Boxes
The Village has ten public garden spaces that are available on a first come first serve basis. The planters are numbered one – ten, anyone who wishes to use one in the spring needs to call or go to Village office and sign up.
Only one per family or person. To reserve a box please call 639-1022.

COVID Consistent with recent CDC guidance, quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end after ten days without a testing requirement if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. Link to the New York State Department of Health summary.
Phillip Rumsey
Southern Tier Regional Representative
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

COVID Chenango County COVID numbers:
Active Cases: 239
Active Quarantines: 532
Total Confirmed Cases: 1502*
Active Hospitalizations: 17
Total Recoveries: 1233
Total Tests Performed: 59,494*
Total Deaths: 28
updated: January 11, 2021
Isaiah Sutton; Director Chenango County Environmental Health and Code Enforcement
Chenango County Public Health 5 Court Street Norwich NY 13815 tel: 607-316-0604
Village Board Meeting
Current Month: January 11, 2021
Next month: February 08, 2021

The Village Board meets every 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Susquehanna Room

Planning Board Meeting
Current Month: January 04, 2021
Next month: February 01, 2021

The Planning Board meets every 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Susquehanna Room

Info The last day of DPW leaf pickup will be November 20, 2020.

Event Afton Veterans of Foreign Wars
Afton's VFW holds the best breakfast on the first and third Saturday of each month. Everything is prepared and served within COVID safety standards; take the family for a delicious, affordable and enjoyable breakfast.

COVID Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Over the past year, New Yorkers faced the unimaginable and united together to show the nation that by staying smart and staying tough, we can overcome any challenge life throws our way," *Governor Cuomo said.* "As we move forward in a new year, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but how fast we get there all depends on what each of us does. Yes, the vaccine is here and yes, we are laser focused on ensuring hospitals do not become overwhelmed, but we cannot lose sight of our collective responsibility to slow the spread. As we begin 2021 and look forward to brighter days ahead, let us all use this time to celebrate smart and recommit ourselves to doing what we know works — wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and socially distancing — so we can win this war and finally put this invisible enemy to rest once and for all."

The Initial Groups of Phase 1b Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Include Individuals 75 and Older, First Responders, Corrections Officers, Teachers and Other School Staff; In-Person College Instructors, Childcare Workers, Public Facing Grocery Store Workers, Transit Workers and Individuals Living and Working in Homeless Shelters
Vaccine Administrations to Begin at Hundreds of New Sites This Week As Part Of New York's Newly Expanded Vaccine Distribution Network
Due to Limited Federal Distribution of Vaccine Supply All New Yorkers are Encouraged to Remain Patient When Scheduling Appointments (Appointments Could Take Up to 14 Weeks Due to Limited Federal Allocation).

Click Here to Determine Eligibility and Schedule Appointments with Administrating Providers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New Yorkers within priority group 1b can now begin scheduling appointments with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff; in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters. Eligibility determinations and a list of nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled can all be done through New York's new 'Am I Eligible " app.

New Yorkers can begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, January 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Since federal supply severely limits the ability to distribute vaccine, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. New York's vast distribution network and large population of more than 4 million eligible individuals in this priority group dwarf the vaccine supply coming from the federal government, which is arriving at a rate of approximately 300,000 doses per week. As such, eligible New Yorkers should be prepared to receive an appointment date as far as 14 weeks in the future.

"After ten long months, the expansion of eligibility for additional New Yorkers to begin making their COVID-19 vaccination plan is a light at the end of the tunnel," said Governor Cuomo. "The vaccine is the weapon that will end the war, and as we continue to prioritize healthcare workers as hospital capacity necessitates, New York is proud to have reached this milestone and we strongly encourage all who are newly eligible to schedule their free vaccination appointment as soon as possible."

Under New York's expanded eligibility, the following individuals will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
Individuals Age 75 and older, First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies, Fire Service, State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer), Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer), Police and Investigators, State Police, including Troopers, State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers, SUNY Police, Sheriffs' Offices, County Police Departments and Police Districts, City, Town, and Village Police Departments, Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments, State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority, Public Safety Communications Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians, Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel, Court Officers, Other Police or Peace Officers, Support of Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities Corrections.
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers, Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers, Local Probation Departments, including probation officers, State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities, Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities, P-12 Schools, P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers).
Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers), In-Person College Instructors, Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting, Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers, In-Person College Instructors, Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers, Public Transit, Airline and airport employees, Passenger railroad employees, Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit), Ferry employees, Port Authority employees, Public bus employee

5 Court Street, Norwich, New York 13815
Phone: (607) 337-1660 Fax: (607) 337-1709
Limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine will be available during the FIRST PHASE of the COVID-19 vaccination program in New York. The New York State Department of Health has developed a prioritization and allocation framework based on the guidance from the ACIP - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They have identified groups, or occupational types to be offered the vaccine in the first of many phases.
During the FIRST PHASE, it is recommended that vaccines be provided to critical populations who are most at risk. This FIRST PHASE includes groups such as healthcare personnel, first responders in medical roles, medical examiners and coroners, funeral workers and persons living in and working in long term care facilities. The general public is not eligible for vaccine in this first phase.
In the Southern Tier, United Health Services has been given the task of prioritizing which staff receive the vaccine within the first phase in their facilities. There is a limited amount of vaccine in Chenango County at this time and the vaccine has been designated by NYS for only the priority groups listed in Phase 1a (see link below) at this time.
The local health department has not received any vaccine, but we anticipate our first delivery in a week or so. Our first task will be to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1a who have not been vaccinated by United Health Services. This process is rapidly developing. As soon as there is more vaccine available, we will inform the public of our plan to distribute what we are given.
Please continue to monitor Facebook and website as linked below.
Update Links:
MARCAS W. FLINDT, Public Health Director

Lawrence N. Wilcox
Chenango County Board of Supervisors, Chairman
For more information on the distribution of the vaccine please visit
Info The Village is working with Lamont engineering to replace the now existing water tower.
This is a project the Village has been saving and working towards for several years. The time has come when we cannot wait any longer. The Department of Health did an inspection of the tower finding many things that need to be repaired. After receiving a letter from the Department of Health stating the Village had until the end of 2020 to start repairs, The Village chose to work with Lamont Engineering. Lamont has agreed to both design and bidding services for the replacement of the existing water storage tank with a new concrete water storage tank at the same site. They have estimated the cost for design and bidding to be $90,000.00 and feel we should budget $100,000.00 - $110,000.00 for the construction phase services. They feel, based on recent projects they have completed the Village should maintain the total estimated project cost of $1,200,000.00 for a new tank.

At this time, the Village has saved $490,469.45 toward the cost of the tank. There are grants available to the Village to help with the cost. Grants are based on the income of a community, when we apply; we rely on the median income the county has set for the village. This median income puts Afton in an in between area for grants. This is the reason the Village sent out income surveys to show granters our median income may be lower than what the county says. No one in the Village will ever see your survey. Your help is greatly needed to complete the survey.
If you have any questions about the survey please call the Village office. We will do our best to answer your questions.