The City of Cohoes has recently revamped its Disabled accesses area. To gain entrance to City Hall, one can use the paved alleyway on the North side of City Hall. This alley joins Canvass Street to Mohawk Street. Reserved Handicapped Parking is available on Canvass Street adjacent to the entrance into the alley. Signs at both the Mohawk and Canvass side direct disabled persons into the alleyway for access to City Hall.
In the alleyway, at the midpoint of City Hall, is a door marked for disabled access. Here, one can communicate with a on-duty emergency service dispatcher 24 hours a day, every day of the year. By pressing the clearly marked button, one will be asked by the dispatcher the nature of their business and needs. During business hours, a person from the Department that is sought will come to the aid of the disabled individual to escort that person into City Hall via the access ramp on the ground floor. There is a furnished conference room on that floor where City or Court business can be conducted in a comfortable setting.
Also on that floor is a two way camera and microphone set up for access and communication during Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, or other meetings. By calling in advance, if possible, these devices can be set up and ready to go in advance of your arrival.
After business hours, or in an emergency, police or other emergency service personnel will see to your needs once communication with the dispatcher is established.
We welcome your comments and suggestions, and we are always striving to improve access and make your visit to City Hall more comfortable and accommodating. Our Disability Access Coordinator is Andrew Gisondi. He can be reached at City Hall by calling 233-2127.