Columbia County Human Resources and Payroll
  401 State Street
Hudson, NY 12534
  Phone: 518-828-4086
          Fax: 518-828-1991


Are you looking for ways to spend your FSA funds??? Please click the link for some ideas...

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Want to learn more about Flexible Spending Plans (FSA)? Contact Human Resources at 518-828-4086.

Open enrollment coming this fall for enrolling in the 2024 plan.



To help you reduce your out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications, our health plan includes a great mail order program through a company called CANARX (previously known as Columbia County Meds). This benefit allows you to obtain certain brand-name medications at a ZERO COPAY



In the very near future, if you are taking one of CANARX's covered medications, you will receive a postcard in your mail from CANARX pointing you to a website that includes everything you need to take advantage of the program.


We believe in the CANARX program and highly encourage all members to:

1.       Check out the website OR  WebID: COLCNTY

2.      Search for your medications (formulary)

3.      Download enrollment material

4.      Watch this 2 ½ minute CANARX Overview video

5.      Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the CANARX program


CANARX is simple, safe and smart. Give it a try today. If you are enrolled in CDPHP you are enrolled in CANARX (no need to wait for open enrollment)! 

For more information, feel free to give their excellent customer service team a call at 1-866-893-6337.


Please reach out to Human Resources,518-828-4086, should you have any questions.

Columbia County Participates in the NYS HELP Program starting June 26, 2023

On June 26, 2023, Columbia County's resolution request to participate in the Hiring Emergency Limited Placement (HELP) Program was approved by NYS Civil Service. This 12 month program will allow departments to hire qualified candidates without taking a Civil Service exam in approved titles.

Titles must meet the following criteria:

Criteria 1: Titles are deemed to be critical, direct care, health and safety titles. Employees serving in these titles provide services or care directly to clients, consumers, patients, or the public.

Criteria 2: A severe shortage of candidates exists, evidenced by an inability to attract sufficient qualified candidates to fill vacancies despite extensive and exhaustive recruitment efforts.

Criteria 3: Titles are filled via open-competitive examination only.

The ultimate goal is to attract qualified candidates and speed up the hiring process for those approved titles.

Columbia County will be requesting to add additional titles to the HELP Program in the coming months as all requests must be made by December 31, 2023.

For a complete list of titles, go to

All questions should be directed to the Columbia County Civil Service office 518-828-6622


Earlier this year Governor Hochul signed into law that a toll-free confidential hotline will be created for complaints of workplace sexual harassment. In addition to reporting incidents to your Department Head and/or Human Resources employees may use the confidential hotline established by NYS. As of today, the toll-free confidential hotline is in operation and details are provided in the attachment.

We will revise the language in the County's Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Poilcy to be in accordance with the new laws, and all County employees will be trained on the udpates during our next training cycle of 2022.

Workplace Sexual Harassment Hotline Notification.pdf

Do you know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?
To qualify for PSLF, you must:

To ensure you’re on the right track, you should submit a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) & Temporary Expanded PSLF (TEPSLF) Certification & Application (PSLF Form) annually or when you change employers. They will use the information you provide on the form to let you know if you are making qualifying PSLF payments. This will help you determine if you’re on the right track as early as possible.

*This provision will be waived through October 31, 2022 as part of the limited PSLF waiver. Learn more.

For complete information on this program and to apply, go to