Community Mediation

Community mediation is about helping individuals, community / neighborhood groups, and organizations find solutions without litigation. It improves community, business, and personal relationships through a neutral third party.

Small Claims Mediation

What types of conflicts can be handled?

  • Animal Complaints
  • Breach of Contract
  • Consumer / Merchant
  • Employer / Employee
  • Interpersonal Disputes
  • Landlord / Tenant
  • Neighbor Disputes
  • Workplace Disputes

Workplace Mediation

We provide assistance for businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and other workplace situations. Our mediation sessions can help coworkers improve communication skills, increase productivity, and create a more collaborative work environment.

Agricultural Mediation

The NY State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) can be used as an alternative to appealing an adverse determination by the US Department of Agriculture, or as an alternative to litigation when a dispute exists between a producer or borrower and private or public parties.  The program gives agricultural producers, creditors, and others directly affected by actions of the USDA a non-adversarial way to resolve disputes.  NYSAMP is part of a nationwide network certified and funded in part by the USDA.

  • Loans or Debts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Labor Issues
  • Make a Farm Business Plan
  • Make a Family Farm Succession Plan
  • USDA Appeals

Special Education Mediation

In partnership with NYSDRA and the NYS Education Department, this program addresses disputes involving school districts and the parents / guardians of students identified as having special needs. Our mediators are specially trained to assist with these issues.

Early Intervention and VESID Mediation

In partnership with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) and the NYS Department of Health, the program addresses issues raised by the parents/guardians of those receiving early childhood intervention services due to developmental problems.

In partnership with NYSDRA, the program addresses issues raised by those receiving NYS Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

Manufactured Housing Mediation

In partnership with NYSDRA and the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal, this program addresses disputes involving residents and the management of manufactured housing (mobile home) communities.

Mediation sessions are free of charge.

For more information or to open a case for mediation with the DRC, call Jolynn at 845-372-8771 x5001, or email her at

A Request for Mediation Form can be found here.

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