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Free to Children

$5 for Adults

​According to the Hancock Historical Society’s 1998 Centennial Book, a place called “The Rink” was located in the general vicinity of the Malcolm Henderson home. E.W. Griffis built a skating rink on the lot adjoining Dr.Pettingill’s barn, which currently sits behind NBT Bank, but it once sat where the bank is located now It was later turned 180 degrees and placed behind the NBT.  In September 1887, “a grand hop at The Rink to benefit the Park” was held – “good music and a right good time.” Admission was only 10 cents and tickets for hop were just 50 cents. In 1889 and 1890 the “Hancock Dramatists” held their plays at the “Rink Opera House.” In 1890 the Hancock Union and Academy Graduation was held at Hancock Rink. It appears the activity being held somewhat determined what the place was called. The mystery of “The Rink” is that none of the “old-timers” have recollection of seeing or hearing of it and no further information has been found. 

Hancock Partners intend to rebuild “The Hancock Rink” in winter 2022 in the Hancock Town Square at 20 E Main Street, almost exactly where it was built 130 years ago. When planning this new program, the committee had no knowledge of this history, and only recently learned about its original size and location. The modern design of 25′ x 50′ rink is a near match to the original size. As we look towards our future we must first celebrate and honor our past. In recent years it has become more apparent than ever that we, as Americans, need to come together during these turbulent times and celebrate our heritage. Hancock as a town, and as a village, is historically documented through Delaware County and The National Archives as having been named to honor John Hancock following his death in 1793. America’s famed founding-father, John Hancock, was known as the Prince of Merchants, and indeed the Hancock House Hotel  itself was named after his great family estate in Boston. 

So to celebrate our shared history we are looking to partner with Hallmark Movies Televisions Channel to sponsor the rink and possibly film during the 2022 holidays and winter months of 2023. This incredible opportunity would help promote the town with numerous press publications and regional features. The rink itself is cost effective, reusable and portable. Thankfully the portable rink can be set up within a few hours with just 2-3 people, however,  there are maintenance costs such as: resurfacing, security, staffing/training, skates purchase costs, marketing, decor and signage to be considered.  We need help to fund the initial costs associated with hosting the ice rink and fitting out the Town Square to accommodate and allow for it most easily and to ensure it’s annual success for the next decade. Marketing setup and planning would take place in October and November 2022.

The build would take place around the town Christmas Tree Tuesday December 13th Noon till 4PM, if weather is cold enough we will add water at 5PM. If not, it will take place when weather allows. The rink will run for 6 weeks with an option to extend. 


Free to Children

$5 for Adults


Small Business Saturday

Shop Small – Shop Local
Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business.

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. Historically, reported projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reached an estimated $23.3 billion according to the 2021 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey commissioned by American Express. 

The highly successful team of SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express will be kicking off the 2022 holiday season by encouraging consumers to support our nation’s nearly 32 million independent businesses this Small Business Saturday and all holiday season long.


Perfectly Priced Shop 140 E Front St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Enjoy complimentary cookies and Christmas Giveaways when you shop at the Perfectly Priced Shop on Small Business Saturday!

Hancock Liquor Store 27 W Main St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Rock Valley Tasting 11/25/22 3-6 pm (Day Before)

Kaybirds 125 Wheeler St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Shop for handmade Christmas items and be entered to win giveaway items for SBS shoppers including a holiday gift card. Shop items include local small business vendors, and handmade holiday wreaths are available for purchase. We are pulling new inventory in everyday! 

Bisbee Lumber & Supply 41 Leonard St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Our new LED Christmas Lights are available for Small Business Saturday Special!!  They retail for anywhere from $95 to $120, you cannot beat this deal! We also have specials on paint tools, kitchen faucet, and saw sets!

Primitive Posies 100 E Front St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Enjoy 25% of all select* Primitive Posies Christmas decor items during Small Business Saturday. *Sale does not include all vendor items, only what is marked for SBS promotion.

Rock Valley Spirits Holiday Tasting at Hancock Liquor Store

Hancock Liquor Store – 27 W Main Street Hancock, NY 13783

Friday November 25th, 2022. 3-6PM

Jim and Terry Milk from Rock Valley Spirits in Long Eddy and will be at the Hancock Liquor Store doing a tasting of their fine local spirits from 3 to 6PM.


Volunteers Needed for 2022 Litter Sweep

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the 2nd Annual Upper Delaware Litter Sweep that will take place in every Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor community starting on Earth Day, April 22, and running through April 30. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt; supplies to use including safety equipment, bags, and pickers; and disposal information for their collected trash.The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will work with designated Litter Leaders in the Towns of Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland, and Deerpark (NY); and Buckingham, Manchester, Damascus, Berlin, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall Townships (PA) to coordinate a series of land-based cleanups.

Anyone willing to help provide labor or services should contact Ashley Hall-Bagdonas at (845) 252-3022 or [email protected] and provide the following information:

• Your name(s), email, and a phone number; and
• Where in the river valley you would like to focus your clean-up efforts.

The appropriate Litter Leader for that community team will then reach out to confirm local pick-up dates, locations, and other arrangements. Please note that the 2nd Annual Upper Delaware Litter Sweep is wholly funded by donations from partners, businesses, and those who love the river corridor.

Contributions via credit cards may be made via a Donate Now button on the UDC website: can be mailed to: 

Upper Delaware Council, P.O. Box 192, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or monetary donations dropped off at the 211 Bridge Street office.

Please indicate that the donation is for the 2022 Litter Sweep.For more information on the UDC non-profit organization, please call (845) 252-3022, visit

Attention Employers: Virtual Job Fair Feb. 17

The New York State Department of Labor invites you to the Southern Tier Virtual Career Fair, being held on Thursday, February 17 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The event supports recruitment efforts in the Southern Tier Region. This includes Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Broome counties.

Following receipt of exhibiting businesses registrations, businesses will receive an email containing deadlines, important links for accessing the event, login credentials to “create” your booth and a Virtual Career Fair Exhibitors Guide.

Businesses must register by Feb. 4.To register as an exhibitor, click here.

Cannabis Legalization – Q & A Webinar

New York’s Office of Cannabis Management is hosting 11 discussion sessions, including a question and answer period, about the legalization, health and safety, and goals to build an inclusive, equitable new cannabis industry

The Office of Cannabis Management will license cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries to grow and sell cannabis in New York. The Office will also create a social and economic equity program to encourage small businesses and communities disproportionately harmed by disparate drug enforcement to participate in the new industry.

To register for a FREE informational session click here.

Workforce Retention, Strategic Planning

Training FREE Webinar Series

There are an estimated 3,000 manufacturing jobs open in the Southern Tier. Based on national estimates, it is anticipated that the number will grow 5X by 2028.

Zoom Sessions Include:

Attraction and Retention

Friday, 2/11/22, 11 am – noon

Workforce Training and Development

Friday, 3/11/22, 11 am – noon

Compensation and Benefits

Friday, 4/8/22, 11 – noon

Employee & Labor Relations

Friday, 5/13/22, 11 am – noon

6th Session: Safety and Risk Management

Friday, 6/10/22, 11 am – noon

To register click here.

Employers : Help To Fill Vacant Positions!

The New York State Department of labor has FREE services for offer businesses

.The DOL hosts virtual career fairs each month allowing businesses and job seekers to connect in a safe and effective manner.

The DOL offers human resource assistance, such as job description and handbook writing, assistance with new employee orientation creation, and can assist with performance evaluation development.

There are also a number of federal and state tax credits available to businesses who hire qualified individuals.

You can also post your open jobs with the New York State Job Bank for free.

You can utilize the indexing feature to post jobs form your own website, self-post your jobs or have Business Services staff assist you.

You give the DOL the jobs and they will give you the best match possible!

For more information click here.

Grant Available For Businesses

Retain Paid Interns for Summer 2022

DCMO BOCES received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement a pilot program that will help transition students from high school to careers locally.

Most of the $112,000 grant will offset the cost of paid internships for students during the summer of 2022. In addition, five employers will be selected to receive a $5,000 stipend to implement a plan that improves graduates opportunities to remain employed after the internship program.

The online application process is simple and guides employers to analyze their capacity to host an internship program. The grant funding will issue payment to the employer directly to pay for a payroll invoice giving employers the freedom to use their time to coach graduates rather than handling employment tasks.

DCMO BOCES is looking for employers to apply for the funding. For more information the Career Destinations Team at [email protected] or visit

IRS Small Business Virtual Workshop

Listening Session Feb. 17

IRS is hosting Zoom meetings for small business organizations and owners, especially those that conduct business in languages other than English. The 2-hour event will include presentations from IRS leadership from Examination, Collection and Taxpayer Advocacy covering the top tax issues affecting small business owners regarding income, deductions, employment taxes and recordkeeping.

Also covered will be getting ready for the 2022 filing season, tax scams targeting small businesses and how the IRS is reorganizing to better serve small business taxpayers.The event includes a listening session to hear your concerns, feedback and suggestions. How can we improve your IRS experience as a small business owner?

Date: February 17

Time: 1 p.m.

To register click here.

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness

for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

2022 Tourism & Development Grant Program

Development Grants Guidelines


The Occupancy Tax was enacted into law by the Board of Supervisors for the purposes of creating a dedicated funding stream to promote and develop the tourism industry within Delaware County, thereby stimulating economic growth.

Funds raised through the occupancy tax will be utilized to support the implementation of programs designed to promote and increase tourism in Delaware County, as well as projects relating to capital and infrastructure investments that further support the development of this industry.


Under New York State Law, not all entities are eligible to receive funding from a County government. Only municipalities, nonprofit corporations and certain not-for-profit entities are eligible for funding.

For-profit entities are no longer able to apply under fiscal sponsorship of a municipality or non-profit organization with the formal approval of such entity. Non-municipal applicants will be required to submit proof of nonprofit status in the form of an IRS determination letter or documentation of formal municipal fiscal sponsorship.

Note: Requests made by or on behalf of for-profit ventures, request for general operating support, requests for retroactive support for expenses accrued prior to an award and requests for sectarian based projects are ineligible.

Funding Categories:

Arts & Culture:

  • Maximum funding – $1,200
  • Projects must support artistic events, programs or a series of events that promote public engagement and access to the arts.
  • Must attract non-county visitors and be open to the general public.

Note: Artistic events/programs limited to serving the local community without a strategy for growth or not seeking to attract non-county visitors will not be funded.

Community Celebrations:

  • Maximum funding – $1,200
  • Projects that support events, programs, or a series of events that seek to build upon historical, musical, culinary, agricultural, recreational and/or cultural traditions of the area and hold the reasonable potential to attract non-county visitors.
  • Events must be open to the general public.

Note: Community Celebrations limited to serving the local community without a strategy for growth or not seeking to attract non-county visitors will not be funded.


  • Maximum funding – $5,000
  • Projects should be designed to promote specific locales, activities or tourism areas within Delaware County that will target non-county visitors. Project collaboration is encouraged (i.e: Event promotes other businesses that enhances the event – lodging/restaurants/other activities).
  • Funds requested under this category should be used to cover costs related to printed materials, web site and social media marketing, and other promotional or marketing initiatives.

Capital Improvements:

  • Maximum funding – $5,000
  • Projects eligible for funding under this category include; the renovation/construction of tourism properties owned by a municipality or non-profit, infrastructure improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than 5 year lifespan.

Major Capital Improvements:

  • Maximum funding – $25,000
  • Projects eligible for funding under this category include; the renovation/construction of tourism properties owned by a municipality or non-profit, infrastructure improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than 5 year lifespan.

Note: This grant category will be reserved for one or two large scale capital improvement projects. Applications will be reviewed thoroughly and additional documentation will be required.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications submitted to the Tourism Advisory Board must clearly demonstrate how the project will result in an increase in the number of visitors, visitor frequency and/or visitor spending in Delaware County.

Applicants shall clearly define project goals and how the success of the project will be measured. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 1:1 match between Tourism Promotion & Development grant funds and other project funds, as well as the applicant’s organizational and financial capacity for completing the project.

The Tourism Advisory Board will evaluate proposals on such criteria as:

  • Is the project, including goals, tasks and outcomes, clearly defined and likely to succeed?
  • Does the applicant have the organizational and financial capacity to undertake and successfully complete the project?
  • How likely is the project to result in increased visitors, particularly for overnight stays, and increased visitor spending?
  • How significant are the potential benefits of the project, are they measurable and how will they be measured?
  • Are the overall project costs and grant request justified based upon the expected benefits?
  • Does the project hold the potential to draw visitors during the mid-week and/or or off-season?
  • Does the project demonstrate strong partnerships, community support and collaboration with for-profit businesses?
  • To what degree does the project leverage other public and/or private funds?
  • Is documentation of project match provided?
  • Is the budget reasonably detailed and appropriate?
  • Is the project likely to be completed in a timeframe that is reasonable and appropriate?

Grant Awards

All grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and will require a minimum 1:1 cash match. Grant recipients will be required to document the availability of matching funds prior to receipt of grant funds. Grant awards are made by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on recommendation of the Tourism Advisory Board.

Required Reporting:

  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a closeout report no later than November 30, 2022. However, in the event that the event/project will not be completed by November 30, 2022, the reporting submission date must be indicated on the grant application.
  • The closeout report will specifically address the results/impact of the project and project finances, in addition to other items deemed appropriate by the applicant and/or requested by the Tourism Advisory Board. Report will include quantitative as well as qualitative measurements, survey results, statistics and/or other compiled data (final budget form).

Note: Any grant recipients that do not submit final reports will no longer be eligible for future grant funding.

Applications Deadline – Friday, February 25, 2022:

  • Hand-delivered to the Delaware County Economic Development at One Courthouse Square, Suite 4 (2nd Floor), Delhi NY 13753
  • Mailed to: Delaware County Department of Economic Development

One Courthouse Square, Suite 4 – Delhi, NY 13753

(Must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on 2/25/22 for consideration).

  • Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: Questions relating to this funding opportunity, or for assistance in completing the application, please contact Kelly Mariotti, Delaware County Department of Economic Development at 607-832-5123.

Town Court Hours



PHONE: 607-637-3650    FAX: 607-607-637-3613

MONDAY: 8:30AM-4:30PM
TUESDAY: 8:30AM-4:30PM
FRIDAY 8:30AM-4:30PM

LUNCH DAILY 12:30-1:00



Current Transfer Station Stickers Mandatory

Current Transfer Station Stickers Mandatory

The Town Of Hancock Transfer Station will no longer accept trash without a proper permit.

You may apply for a 2022 Transfer Station permit at the Transfer Station. Simply ask the attendant.

Upon completion of the application, please deposit the application along with a check into the mail slot at the Town Of Hancock Offices at:

661 West Main Street
Hancock, NY 13783

2022 Window Stickers will be mailed on a weekly basis. 

2022 Window Stickers must be displayed in the right lower portion of the front facing windshield of the vehicle.

Town Legal Notice

BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board does hereby prepare and approve as Preliminary Budget for the Town of Hancock for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022 the itemized statement of the Estimated Revenues and Expenditures are now on file in the Office of the Town Clerk where they will be available for inspection by all interested persons during regular office hours and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Town Board shall meet at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in the Town Office Building 661 West Main Street, Hancock, New York for the purpose of holding a Public Hearing upon such Preliminary Budget at 7:00 PM and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Clerk give notice of such a hearing in the manner provided in Section 108 of the Town Law. The proposed salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows:

            Town Supervisor – $11,209.31

            Deputy Town Supervisor – $5,740.08

            Councilmen 3 @ $3,060.00

            Justice – $11,888.25

            Supt. of Highways – $67,970.66

            Town Clerk – $42,203.62

            Tax Collector – $5,613.49

By order of the Town Board.

Dated: October 14, 2021

Ann L. Green, Town Clerk