Columbia County Weights and Measures
Arnold Schneider, Director
Phone/Fax: (518) 758-7233
In Accordance with Article 16 and related New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, the department promotes equity and fairness in all consumer transactions involving weight, measure, count or pricing. The Weights & Measures program is important to ensure confidence and fairness in the marketplace. The old Latin saying 'caveat emptor' ~or~ 'let the buyer beware' needs the effort of the Weights & Measures Department to protect both the buyer and the business owner. The buyer is assured that they get what they pay for and the business owner is assured of a marketplace based on fair competition.
Weights & Measures annually inspects and tests all commercially used weighing and measuring devices for both accuracy and proper operation. NYS certified weights and measuring devices are used during these testing procedures.
Some examples of inspections and tested commercial devices include:
Consumer Guide to Better Buying
Columbia County Weights & Measures also participates in the New York State Petroleum Quality Program. This involves collecting gasoline and diesel fuel samples yearly, on a random basis, throughout Columbia County. These samples are then sent to an independent contract laboratory for chemical testing and analysis. These tests assure that the fuel purchased by the consumer meets all appropriate quality/octane standards and that fuel dispensers are properly labeled.
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