Welcome to The Town of Olive!

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York State is 40,000 acres named the Town of Olive. In 1824, theory has it that it was so named from the biblical story of the dove returning to Noah’s ark with an Olive branch. The Ashokan Reservoir geographically divides Olive–north and south. The hamlets around the shoreline are Boiceville, Olivebridge, Samsonville, Krumville, Shokan, West Shokan, and Ashokan.

The passing of the Water Act of 1905 led to the building of the handmade Ashokan Dam on the Esopus Creek and upon its completion in 1916 created the Ashokan Reservoir, a main water supply for the City of New York-Olive’s largest landowner. The demand for pure, clean drinking water for New York City inhabitants changed the course of history for the Town of Olive and still has an impact on everyday life. The Town center and the majority of the Town’s residents were forced from the rich Esopus Valley and relocated to the nearby foothills. In May of 1997 Land Use Regulations, which could become a model for the rest of the country, became effective as a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Watershed Towns and the City of New York to provide for protection of water quality throughout the New York City Watershed.

Traveling west on State Route 28, Olive is thirty minutes from Kingston, New York—the first capitol of New York State-and is a little more than an hour travel time to the current state capitol of Albany. Being only two hours north of New York City and totally within the Catskill State Park, Olive has been a seasonal recreational area for New Yorkers. The boarding house days and hunting camps of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s have vanished and are now seasonal second homes or primary residences for many city folk.

The major industries of timber harvesting, tanneries, and excelsior mills, which once ravaged the mountains of Olive, have long vanished as the Catskill Forest Preserve was created in 1885 keeping forever the preserve as wild forest lands. The Catskills have been a favorite tourist destination for over 100 years. Today’s Olive is primarily residential in nature, with a large percentage of seasonal residents, and a limited number of backyard farms with victory gardens.

Town Facilities Rehabilitation Application



  New York State CDBG-DR Application Available Review

The Town of Olive announces that it intends to submit an application for New York State Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funds on or about Thursday, March 3, 2016, for the following project: Town Facilities Rehabilitation Project.

Activity: New York State CDBG-DR funds will be used to make improvements to the Olive Town Hall, Department of Public Works, and Highway Garage facilities.

 Objective: To provide rehabilitation of the Olive Town Hall, installation of auxiliary power, consolidation of electrical systems, and storm-hardening of facilities.

 Location: 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY 12494

 Amount: Public Facilities and Improvements; $225,000.00

 A copy of the application will be available for review at the Olive Town Hall, 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY 12494, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 through Wednesday, March 2, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or can be viewed through this link: Olive Town Facilities Rehabilitation Application 2.24.16

All citizens, particularly persons of low and moderate income and residents of blighted areas, as well as those affected by the project are encouraged to submit their views and proposals by Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to the Town of Olive at the following address:

Town of Olive

Attn: Sylvia Rozzelle, Supervisor

45 Watson Hollow Road

West Shokan, NY 12494


Additional information regarding the availability and use of CDBG-DR funds is available upon request.

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