Welcome to the Town of Ghent

Ghent is a peaceful town where independence and community coexist. Founded in 1818 from parts of Chatham, Claverack and Kinderhook, it was named for the peace treaty that brought the War of 1812 to a close, re-establishing U.S. independence from Great Britain.

Ghent is tucked away in the beautiful Hudson Valley of Upstate New York, centrally located in Columbia County and northeast of the city of Hudson. It has a total area of 45.4 square miles and a population of 5,402 at the 2010 census. Ghent’s zip code is 12075.


  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association Annual Meeting

    On October 15, 2023, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Ghent VFW at 1:00pm. The meeting will include updates on the proposed rail trail project connecting Philmont to Chatham, through Ghent. The meeting is free and open to the public. Download a PDF of the Invitation.

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  • Free School Supplies Now Available at the Ghent Food Pantry

    Sample of supplies available. The Town of Ghent has received a generous donation of school supplies. The supplies are free and can be picked up at the Ghent Food Pantry during normal hours (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-noon). If you are unable to pick up during these times, a limited number of appointments can be made for pick

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  • Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing to be held October 11

    TOWN OF GHENT ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that there will be a public hearing before the Town of Ghent Zoning Board of Appeals on October 11, 2023, beginning at 7:00 p.m., for the purpose of considering an area variance applicable to the lands of Steven Johnson, 2189 NY

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  • Aerial Bucket Truck Bid


    TOWN OF GHENT ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Town of Ghent, Columbia County, New York, hereby advertises for bids for the furnishing of an aerial bucket truck in accordance with certain specifications, which may be obtained from the Ghent Town Clerk during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30

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  • Planning Board Public Hearing to be held October 4

    There will be three public hearings for the purposes of considering site plan applications for the lands of 1) THREEMCD, LLC 2) the Ghent Land Co., 3) the lands of the Next Gen Signs, Inc.

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  • Comprehensive Plan Review Committee Forming – volunteers 

    The Town will begin review and revision of the Comprehensive Plan in the next few months. As such, the Town Board invites any Ghent resident (18 years old or older) interested in serving on the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CPRC) to send a letter of interest and resume to Dan Barufaldi, Town Councilmember, by

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