Town of Bennington
Christmas Tree Lighting - December 5th 4:30 p.m. at the Town Museum Gazebo in Cowlesville. Residents are invited to attend the lighting of the tree for the holiday season, sing a few carols, add your name to the tree's garland, drink some hot cocoa and have a candy cane. Bennington & Cowlesville Fire Companies will have decorated fire trucks on display, and following the ceremony, Cowlesville Fire Co. will be driving around their district to help kick-off the holidays.
Letters To Santa
Once again, Santa Claus has asked us to collect letters from the boys and girls around the Town and send them express delivery to him. He says that if you drop them off at the special box in the Town Hall between Dec 7th and the 19th, he will be sure to write you back and share the information in your letter with Mrs. Claus and the elves. We are very happy to help Santa out again this year!
NOTICE - the Transfer Station is closed and not accepting any materials. Papers can be recycled weekly with your trash to Waste Management. Waste oil is not accepted - it can be returned to the store that you purchased it from. The former Transfer Station site has been posted CLOSED and anyone dumping any materials on site is trespassing, will be reported to law enforcement and fined
Local information on COVID-19 is available on the Wyoming County website at Regular press releases can be found with updated numbers and information to help businesses and residents navigate through all of the regulations and Executive Orders that have been declared by the Governor. The July 17th update includes information on the County Dept of Motor Vehicles Office - hours, services, appointments and area drop boxes, or see below.
Wyoming County Clerk Rhonda Pierce advises that the County DMV Office is open for business, but by appointment only, per NYS regulations. Residents can use a DMV drop box located at the Attica Village Office for transactions (papers are collected daily by Sheriff's Deputies), or contact the DMV for an appointment. Their page on the County website (www.wyomingco.net) includes a tab for scheduling an appointment, which is the most efficient way to contact them. Your call may be received by their new answering machine and staff will return your call with information and an appointment. Call volume has been very high (100-200 per day), so they ask that you please be patient. It may take a day or two for them to call you with an appointment.
Check out the Assessor's page for new information on the STAR Program and delinquent taxes as well as contact information for our new Assessor Jim Kirsch. Mr. Kirsch will soon be sending out renewal notices for those property owners with exemptions. If this applies to you, watch your mail for the notice. If you have any questions, give him a call or send him an email.
Local Boy Scout Troop #474 is looking for new youth and adult volunteers to fill several positions with the troop. The Troop needs your help to provide leadership and training to our local youth. If interested, please call Tom at 585-356-1136 or message him at or Carl at 716-704-5085 or message him at
Town Court - Please note under the Services drop box, there are email addresses and phone numbers to contact the Court directly. The Court is held each Monday evening (except holidays) at 6 p.m. and the Court Clerk position is part-time, so it may be several days before you get a return response.
Town of Bennington is looking for residents interested in serving in the following positions:
Zoning Board of Appeals: Member and an Alternate Member for meetings held to review variance applications and zoning interpretations. Meetings are held monthly when needed.
Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary: Prepare documents, mailings & legal notices, attend meetings, take and prepare minutes and board paperwork. Approx. 3 hours per meeting, including preparation and mailings.
Training is provided for the above positions. Letters of interest or applications can be mailed to: Town of Bennington, 905 Old Alleghany Road, Attica NY 14011 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Covid-19, any person entering the Town Hall must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Plese respect the space of others in the building. Hand sanitizer and masks are available. Public participation at meetings resumed on June 20th.
Senior Citizen Nutrition is every Monday except holidays from 11am until 2pm (Pine Lounge Restaurant)
Town Clerk is available every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7:30pm and Saturday from 9am to Noon
The Transfer Station is Closed. No further trash or recycling accepted. Trash collection is held on Wednesday each week, with the exception of weeks with a national holiday. In that event, collection will be held on the following day.
Zoning Board of Appeals meets the first Wednesday of the month, if needed, at 7:00pm
The Town Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm - The Town Board is holding in person meetings effective 6/10/2020.
The Planning Board meets the third Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
2020 Town Hall Holiday Schedule
Town offices will be closed the following dates in 2020:
January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Town Court
February 17 - Presidents Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
April 13 - Easter (observed) - Town Court only
May 25 - Memorial Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
July 4 - Independence Day - Town Court & Town Clerk
September 7 - Labor Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
October 12 - Columbus Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
November 11 - Veterans Day - Town Clerk
December 26 - Christmas (Observed) - Town Clerk
THE TOWN OF BENNINGTON, NEW YORK
The Town of Bennington was formed in 1818 and celebrated our bi-centennial in 2018. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Town of Bennington has a total area of 55.3 square miles, of which 55.0 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles (0.40%) is water. The west town line is the border of Erie County, New York, and the north town line is the border of Erie County and Genesee County. The population was 3,349 during the 2000 census. The town was named after Bennington, Vermont.
Geographically, the town of Bennington is the largest in Wyoming County, occupying a significant portion of the county's northwest corner. There are no incorporated cities or villages in the town, with two hamlets - Bennington Center and Cowlesville - that serve as community centers. Town offices and services are located in Bennington Center, as well as the Bennington Fire Company, two churches and several businesses. Cowlesville has the Cowlesville Fire Company, one church, several businesses, the Town's Historical Museum and Town Park. Other rural areas of the Town contain cemeteries, and there is also a church in Folsomdale.
Local students attend school at Attica Central School, Alden Central School, Alexander Central School and Iroquois Central School Districts, all located outside the Town's boundaries. There is no post office in the Town, but residents are served through the following post office/zip codes: Cowlesville (14037 - no longer a physical post office); Attica (14011); Alden (14004); Darien Center (14040); Varysburg (14167) and Strykersville (14145.)
The Town is governed by the Town Council or Town Board, made up of one Town Supervisor (2 year term), and four Councilmen (4 year terms.) The Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct Town business - pay claims, review the financial status of the Town, review the work of the various departments, approve actions such as contracts for services, appointing members to committees and boards, and planning future activities and projects. Each member of the Board has one vote and actions must be approved by a majority of the Board.
The Town Supervisor also serves as the Town's representative to the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. There the Supervisor has voting authority by weighted vote - following each US Census, the Town's population is apportioned against the total County population and receives a number of votes for actions on the County level.
Other elected officials for the Town include two Town Justices, who each serve four year terms. The Justices receive training and operate under the direction of the New York State Office of Court Administration.
The Town Clerk serves a two year term and provides many of the services the Town offers to residents - hunting and fishing licenses, handicapped parking permits, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, dog licenses, etc. The Clerk also takes and maintains minutes of the official proceedings of the Town Board at their meetings.
The Town Highway Superintendent serves a two year term, and oversees the operations of the Town Highway Department., including planning and carrying out maintenance, repairs, snow removal operations, removal of fallen trees, and road improvements.
Town officials and employees, other than the Highway Superintendent and the Highway employees, serve as part-time employees.