Town of Bennington
NYS hunting and fishing licenses are now available at the Town Clerk's Office for the upcoming hunting season. Office hours are Mon & Wed 5 to 7:30 pm and Sat from 9 am to Noon.
New York State Dept of Environmental Conservation
will be doing their annual air drop of rabies vaccination pellets to combat rabies in wild animals such as raccoons. The drop will take place on August 15th and the pellets are green and look similar to ravioli. They are not harmful to pets/animals to consume but it is recommended that humans not handle or consume the pellets. This is conducted out of Erie County, with the territory overlapping into Wyoming County and the Town of Bennington. If you have any questions, please call the NYS DEC in Erie County or Wyoming Co. Health Dept at 585-786-8894,
The Highway Department will be doing ditching throughout the Town during the upcoming weeks. If you have problems with clogged ditches at your property that need cleaning out, or if you are interested in getting some of the fill from ditching taking place in your area, please contact the Highway Dept at 591-2664.
The picnic shelter in the rear of Pine Tree Park is available for rent for reunions, parties and picnics. Electricity is available as well as grills. If intererested, please contact the Town Clerk for more information.
Our local fire companies are holding several fundraisers throughout the summer. If you would like to support them, stop by a fire hall on a Monday night to ask about their fundraising and events.
Rabies Vaccination Clinics - Check out the News & Events Page for the 2023 Clinic Schedule
The Town is accepting applications for the position of Town Historian. If you have an interest in local history and sharing it with others, learning about the people and businesses that have made up our Town since we were first settled in the early 1800's, this may be the job for you. Please submit your letter of interest to the Town Clerk and a meeting can be arranged to further discuss the job.
Wyoming County Office for the Aging offers many services for our senior residents including home delivered meals, respite services, the Monday nutrition program at the Pine Lounge, education and advocacy, and Alzheimer support services.
They also offer a Personal Emergency Response Service - Response 4 Help Button - similar to a life line. Information is available by calling 585-786-8833 and ask for Paula. Even if you aren't able to qualify for the subsidized program, you can participate through the same company for a discounted monthly rate that depends on the level of services you want ($27.50/month basic up to $39.50/month for a GPS service that monitors falls.) There are no contracts and no equipment to purchase, with cancellation anytime.
The Bennington Senior Citizens Group meets monthly at the Pine Lounge on the 2nd Monday of the month, prior to the lunch at the Pine Lounge. Activities and outings are planned by members and the organization is open to seniors from Bennington and surrounding Towns in our County.
Trash & Recycling collection: Waste Management changed to the automated tote collection in 2022. There are separate trucks for garbage, recycling and large items, so if one stops and not everything is picked up, keep the remaining items out for the next trucks to come by. Recycling is collected every other week. If you live east of, but not on Rt. 77, your recycling will be collected as per the Green Schedule .) Those living on Rt. 77 and to the west, your recycling will be collected the following Friday (Gold.) A corrected list of streets and which week it is collected is located on this website under Forms & Information. A calendar has also been mailed out showing the alternating green and gold weeks for the year. If you have any questions, you can go to the County's website - www.wyomingco.net and check out the curbside collection site under County News.
For additional information on services, such as additional totes, bulk items, stickers for additional bags, click here. For the guidelines on bulk item collection, click here.
Copies of the updated calendar and guidelines are available on our Town facebook page. Check the bottom of the calendar to note which holidays will impact our pickup schedule. If a holiday falls on the weekend (like Christmas just did) it doesn't change the schedule.
Please remember if there are problems with no pickups at your residence, call the Wyoming County Planning Dept before 4 pm, as they have staff on hand who can immediately work to resolve any issues. 585-786-8820. Contact them also regarding any broken or damaged totes so they can make arrangements with WM for repair/replacement.
Town of Bennington is looking for residents interested in serving in the following position:
Town Historian - The Town is looking for an individual to serve as Town Historian. Responsibilities include assisting the Town Clerk in reviewing vital records for geneology searches, compiling information regarding events in the Town, liason with the Town Historical Society and Town museum, attending meetings and workshops in the County, communicating with residents on local history, and developing historical presentations. Interested individuals should have good oral and written communication skills.
Zoning Board of Appeals - Member to attend approx. 6 meetings per year to review and make decisions on applications for a variance of zoning regulations. Meetings are scheduled monthly on an as needed basis, and training is provided.
Town Planning Board - Seeking new members to participate in monthly meetings to review or develop zoning regulations, land separations, etc., for the Town. Training is available. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month in the evening.
Letters of interest or applications can be mailed to: Town of Bennington, 905 Old Alleghany Road, Attica NY 14011 or email to: email@example.com
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
Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second Tuesday of the month, if needed, at 7:00 pm
The Town Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
The Planning Board meets the third Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
2023 Town Hall Holiday Schedule
Town offices will be closed the following dates in 2023:
January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
February 20 - Presidents Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
April 10 - Easter (Observed) - Town Court only
May 27 & 29 - Memorial Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
July 3- Independence Day (Observed) - Town Clerk and Town Court
September 4 - Labor Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
October 9 - Columbus Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
December 23 & 25 - Christmas - Town Court and 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.