The Town of Bethlehem is a thriving modern-day suburban community that still retains a friendly, neighborly warmth reminiscent of days past.
Located on the banks of the Hudson River - just six miles from Albany, New York State's capital, Bethlehem lies at the crossroads of the Northeast. New York City, Boston and Montreal are just hours away, and the nearby Adirondack and Catskill areas offer world-class recreational activities throughout the year.
Bethlehem is noted for its superb school system, its town services, a prudent planned development and a wide variety of community organizations. Its unique blend of suburban neighborhoods, rural life and commercial enterprises make it a pleasant, attractive and enjoyable community for businesses and residents alike.
Incorporated in 1793, Bethlehem offers both a rich past and a bright progressive future. On behalf of the Town of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Community, you are invited to join us in experiencing Bethlehem...a great place to live, work and play!
Town DemographicsTown Demographics
The population for Town of Bethlehem as of the 2010 Census is 33,656. View detailed demographic information on the Town's population here.
Town GovernmentTown Government
The Town of Bethlehem operates a web site that includes important dates, information regarding town officials, department heads and their responsibilities and a calendar of town meetings and events. The web address is: www.townofbethlehem.org
Town ServicesDepartment of Public Works - Water and Sewer
Public water is supplied by a combination of water from the Vly Creek Reservoir and wells. It is delivered through an extensive system of distribution mains, remote automated pumping stations and water storage tanks. All facilities are linked to central IBM computer system in the main control room at the Water Purification Plant. This constantly monitors flow rates and water throughout the Town.Highway Department
The Town's Highway Department is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of over 160 miles of streets and highways. In addition to its efficient snow removal and aggressive paving program, the Highway Department provides other seasonal programs such as spring cleanup, summer yard waste pickup and fall leaf pickup.Recycling Department
The Town's recycling law requires that newspapers, cardboard, magazines, office paper, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles be separated from other trash.Refuse - Transfer Station
The Town owns and operates a transfer station and construction and demolition landfill on Rupert Road in South Bethlehem where Town residents may dispose of their trash and recyclables. Fees are charged at the gate and a permit (obtained at Town Hall, the Town park or the Highway Garage) is required for entry.
The Rupert Road facility is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Residents may choose to contract with one of several private collectors for weekly trash pickup.
Bethlehem Senior Services Department provides information and referrals to services and programs for independently living residents of the town over the age of 60. Located at the Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, the Department coordinates over 39 programs and services including transportation, congregate meals, social and recreation programming and a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation
The Bethlehem Central School District has long been recognized as one of upstate New York's finest.
Public LibraryBethlehem Public Library
Bethlehem Public Library values its responsibility to enhance the general welfare and quality of life in the community and region it serves. The library pursues excellence in its mission: to provide equal and uncensored access to resources and services that encourage lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and professional growth.
Emergency ServicesEmergency Management & EMS
Bethlehem's Emergency Management Office provides direction and coordination for all town service in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Special drills and training are held periodically to insure that responding personnel and equipment will be used effectively in any emergency.Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, Inc.
WTRS is a Basic Life Support Ambulance Service, certified by New York State. WTRS provides around the clock emergency services via the 9-1-1 system to the Towns of Guilderland and North Bethlehem in Albany County.Delmar-Bethlehem EMS
Delmar-Bethlehem EMS is a not-for-profit community-based corporation that works in partnership with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office EMS Unit to provide emergency ambulance service for the communities of Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, Selkirk, Slingerlands, and South Bethlehem.Emergency Services - Fire
The Town of Bethlehem is protected by five volunteer fire districts and three volunteer ambulance squads with two paramedic units (personnel of approximately 470). Each fire department has specialized equipment and its members are trained to handle unusual emergencies.Elsmere Fire District
The Elsmere Fire District is organized to: save lives, suppress and control fires, provide basic/support emergency medical services, fire prevention education, hazardous materials response, public assistance during natural emergencies and other activities as deemed to be in the best interest of the residents of the fire district.Delmar Fire Department
The Delmar Fire Department's highly trained firefighters use four fire trucks to protect more than 3,700 homes and businesses in the Town of Bethlehem.Slingerlands Fire Department
The Slingerlands Fire District is approximately 5 square miles which includes areas of Slingerlands, Delmar, and the Town of New Scotland. With the current mutual aid agreement the Slingerlands Fire Department responds to neighboring jurisdictions to render both fire and rescue services.Selkirk Fire Department
We currently have over 80 dedicated men & women doing their duty of protecting our community everyday.North Bethlehem Fire Department
The volunteers who have worked or served the Selkirk Fire Department over the past 60 years can be proud of their accomplishments. With dedication, members continue a tradition of community service.Medical Services
Four hospitals are just a few miles from the center of town. They are Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany Memorial Hospital, St. Peter's Hospital, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. There are also several large, privately run, medical buildings located in the middle of town, hosting a range of medical specialists.Town of Bethlehem Police
The Town of Bethlehem Police Department is a modern law enforcement agency that offers excellent police services to the entire town. The department consists of several divisions, each under the direction of a division commander holding the rank of Lieutenant.