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Public Safety
Parks & Recreation
Tim Hipwell
Public Safety Commissioner

Stephanie Sullivan
Deputy Commissioner

36 No. Main Street
Mechanicville, NY  12118

Ph: (518) 664-5651
Fx: (518) 664-3431

Monday - Friday

The Department of Public Safety is located at 36 North Main Street on the 1st floor of the City Hall Building. 

The Public Safety Office provides: 

  • Public Transportation System An open-to-the-public bus transportation service.  Senior Citizens ride free and there is a $.65 fare for non-seniors.  This route includes the City of Mechanicville only. Questions regarding the schedule can be answered by calling our bus info line at (518) 664-5651. 
    City Bus Route  
  • Public parks and playgrounds with supervised, summer hours
    The Park Avenue Playground is located on the west end of town.  At the playground, there is an eight-week youth summer program offering many activities and field trips. The program usually begins at the end of June and runs through the third week of August. The schedule of activities can be picked-up at the parks or Public Safety Office. 
    Park and playground hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM & the pool is open on Saturdays from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  


Senior Citizens Services:

Commissioner Tim Hipwell is also the director of the Mechanicville Senior Citizens Center. The Senior Citizen Facility is located at 178 No. Main Street. Office hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM and the phone number is (518) 664-7877.  The Senior Center offers activities and a 60+ dining program sponsored by the City of Mechanicville and Saratoga County Office For the Aging (meal provided Monday through Friday at noon). Reservations should be made the day before. The Meal Program and Meals on Wheels contact number is (518) 664-3924. 
Beverly Custer, Elder Care Services Coordinator, provides outreach services to our Seniors. Beverly can be reached at (518) 664-0075 or (518) 664-8322. 
A Senior Newsletter is published monthly, with a schedule of activities and updates on senior programs. Many of the activities at the Center have been ongoing for years, the newer ones have been introduced by our Elder Care Services Coordinator. Newsletters can be picked-up at the Senior Center or Public Safety Office. If you join the Senior Organization, your name will be added to the newsletter mailing list. 

Animal Control Services
Animal Control Officer (ACO):
Phone: (518) 321-1433
Public Safety Office
:(518) 664-5651

The primary function of the animal control officer (ACO) is to enforce both the New York State Agricultural & Markets Laws and The City of Mechanicville Ordinances relating to dogs. Our office is responsible for investigating bite cases and enforcing quarantine regulations according to public health law. We also do preliminary investigations when allegations are made of animal abuse or neglect.

The Public Safety Office as well as the Animal Control Officer, does not deal with nuisance wildlife complaints (i.e. wildlife which has setup housekeeping in/on residents’ homes, outbuildings or property). These inquiries should be directed to a pest control service specializing in nuisance wildlife removal.

The Animal Control Officer cannot pickup stray cats - New York State Law indicates that cats are ‘free to roam’, therefore we have no legal authority to pickup and transport cats believed to be without owners. However, a resident acting as a "Good Samaritan" in the best interest of the animal(s) may transport the animal to an animal shelter.

New York State Law requires that all dogs 4 months of age or older and resident in the state for more than 30 days be licensed. These licenses must be renewed yearly. The law also requires that the dog’s license tag be firmly attached to the dog’s collar or harness and worn at all times. Licenses may be obtained at the Accounts Office for the following fees: $6.00 for spayed or neutered dogs, $16.00 for "intact" dogs (dogs which are able to breed).

* Proof of current rabies vaccination is required at time of licensing.

* An owner of a spayed/neutered dog needs to provide the certificate of spaying/neutering when licensing the dog.

* If the dog was previously licensed anywhere in New York State, the license number is required.

All animals transported by Mechanicville Animal Control are brought to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter located at 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. The phone number is (518) 885-4113, and the shelter is open Mon.-Sat. 10-4, closed Sundays and holidays. The shelter also sponsors rabies vaccination clinics several times each year, and posts pictures of animals available for adoption. For more information click on the following link: