Welcome to Cairo!
Established in 1803...We are Cairo and we Care...
From our breath-taking views, extraordinary landscapes...to our cultural and economic expansion with the New Town Library, Hannaford Supermarket, Town Park...come visit us...it's not just a visit, it's an experience!
As the Crossroads of the Catskills, Cairo is a rural community in Greene County, located about 35 miles South of Albany and ten miles West of the Hudson River. Formed as Canton on March 26, 1803 from parts of Coxsackie, Catskill, and Freehold, then re-named Cairo on April 6, 1808.
Visit, explore, and live in Cairo amidst the Great Northern Catskills of New York in Greene County!
"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." Henry David Thoreau
What's Coming Up...?
On December 2nd, Monday at 4pm, the Town Board will meet for Zoning Reviews. On November 27th, the Town Board meeting at 7pm is cancelled because of the Thanksgiving Holiday-Happy Thanksgiving!...Be Safe & Enjoy! On November 30th, Saturday there will be a Holiday Parade of Lights...Santa is coming and at approximately 5:30pm he will Parade down Main St. starting near Hannaford ending at the Cairo Fire House. On December 3rd, Tuesday at 5pm, the Park Task Force will meet in the Library. On December 11th, Wednesday at 4pm the Town Board will meet for a Work Session. On December 25th, the Town Board meeting at 7pm is cancelled because of Christmas. On January 1st, Wednesday at Noon, the newly elected officials for the Town of Cairo will be installed: Mary Jo Cords, Sue Hilgendorf, Lee Miller, Douglas Ostrander, & Ted Banta.
For Holiday Hours: go to the department's webpage to see when they are closed in addition to the standard Holiday closings. Happy Thanksgiving!
It's time...Let's get ready for ZONING...Steps to date:
1. The Zoning Commission submitted a Zoning Draft on July 7, 2011
2. The Town Board in 2012-2013 reviewed & revised the draft submitting a Proposed Zoning Law on 8/12/13.
3. County Planning approved the Zoning Law with recommendations.
4. The Town Board held a Public Hearing for the Zoning Draft Law on September 25th at 5pm.
5. The Town Board held a Zoning Review on November 11th at 4pm & November 25th at 3:30pm to review alleged discrepancies & agricultural content with counsel, & property owner requests. Two more Zoning Reviews have been scheduled to finish our review: December 2nd @ 4pm and December 17th @ 5pm. A second Public Hearing will be scheduled once we finish the Zoning Reviews.
If you have comments or feedback use the Feedback Form you can access and download by clicking on Zoning Information. You can also download the Zoning Law Draft and the Zoning Map Draft. You will also find a comparison document indicating the changes from the Zoning Commission's Zoning Law Draft submitted on July 7, 2011. Changes are also available as we progress through the Zoning Reviews.
For additional zoning information & downloads go to:
Proudly, the Cairo Historical Society will launch a new program on Memorial Day: "Town of Cairo Hometown Heroes Banners Program". It's a living tribute to the servicemen and women from the Town of Cairo who served our country from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Each banner will honor a specific Town of Cairo former or present serviceman or woman and will include their picture, branch of service, and military conflict in which they served. The banners will be displayed for approximately 2 months from May to July. The banners will be hung on lampposts that line Main St., Cairo and Mountain Ave. into Purling. At this time, the Cairo Historical Society has received 107 applications. The following Conflicts/Wars and Branches of Service are represented:
Revolutionary War (1), War of 1812 (1), Civil War (3), Spanish American War (1), WW1 (14), WW2 (58), Korea (10), Vietnam (7), Grenada/Panama (1), Persian Gulf (2), Iraq (3), Afghanistan (2), Peacetime (4); Army (63), Navy (15), Coast Guard (1), Marine (11), Air Force (5), Army Air Corps (11), Army Air Service (1).
The banners line Main St, Railroad Ave, VanBuren Ln, Mountain Ave, and are also behind Town Hall & in front of the Cairo Library. Under Quick Links(see below) you'll find a Trail Guide/Map for where each banner is placed.
God Bless our servicemen and women and their families!
Of Special Significance: Gerald James Byrne Jr., formerly a Cairo resident, was posthumously recognized as Greene County's Veteran of the Year for 2013 on May 18, 2013 at a Ceremony in Catskill. See Daily Mail Article below under Quick Links.
Thank you Volunteers!
It's been a great privilege & pleasure to witness the extraordinary amount of volunteerism in the Town of Cairo. Our sincerest appreciation to the many volunteers who donate time and money to improve & enhance our quality of life in Cairo. We have acknowledged Elizabeth Brinckerhoff as the Town of Cairo's Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Elizabeth has brought an enthusiastic, tireless, and practically, unstoppable energy and spirit(while being unbelievably sweet-if you know her, you'll understand this) to the many volunteer endeavors she performs for the Town of Cairo: to name a couple, Library Advocacy & Fundraising and Park Advocacy & Fundraising-currently, serving and driving the Park Task Force and its goals for Angelo Canna Park to be a Destination Park. Thank you
Employee of the Month for May & June...
Congratulations to John Kargoe-Chairperson of the Board of Assessment Review-as the Town of Cairo's Employee of the Month for May! John has distinguished himself as a dedicated & diligent board/committee employee. John has been determined to perform the best job possible taking time to prepare and carefully provide for the Board of Assessment Review. John's commitment to the Board has been long-standing.
Congratulations to Tom Baldwin-Chairperson of the Board of Appeals-as the Town of Cairo's Employee of the Month for June! Tom has been a standing member of the Board of Appeals for several years. This year, Tom assumed the Chair position and diligently set forth to formalize the Board of Appeals process.
What have we Accomplished in 2012 & 2013...
We have accomplished a lot in 2012 and 2013. See the report available as a download on the Supervisor's page.
We are a Climate Smart Community...
The Town of Cairo has made the Pledge to be a Climate Smart Community and engage the Climate Smart Strategy for alternative, green energy sources. For more information on Climate Smart Communities go to their website: CDRPC
Need Help, Answers, or Resources...?
The United Way of Columbia & Greene Counties provides resources and agencies through United Way 2-1-1 Northeast Region. Just dial 211 on your phone and you will be connected or go to: 211NENY for more information and to get connected.