Town of Bennington
Concert & Fireworks in the Park
The Town will be hosting a concert by Terry Buchwald followed by a fireworks display on Saturday August 8th, starting around 7 pm at Pine Tree Park on Lapp Road, Cowlesville. All people attending will need to bring their own lawn chairs. We will be practicing social distancing with groups of chairs and you need to wear a face mask unless seated. This event has been vetted with the County and we are approved as long as those attending abide by the social distancing safety guidelines.
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.
Wyoming County Emergency Operations Center has provided us with a supply of washable face masks in packages of 5. If you need a package, please contact the Town Clerk.
A distribution of free hand sanitizer and face masks will take place on Saturday August 1st from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Attica Municipal Building on Water Street.
2020 Census Update - Let's take hold of our future!
The Town of Bennington continues to lead all Wyoming County communities in responding to the 2020 census, with over 70% of our households counted already. The census is vitally important in determining any federal and state aid that comes to the Town as well as the level of our representation on County, State and Federal government. NYS has announced (7/31/20) that they will be supplying grant aid to larger urban areas to help get a stronger census response - again tipping the balance of power and funding away from rural and upstate communities that have fewer resources, for the next ten years. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers to complete the census on-line today. Federal census workers will also be visiting households from Aug 11th through Sept 30th to help people complete the census.
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 four year term and provides many of the services the Town provides to residents - hunting and fishing licenses, handicapped parking permits, birth and death certificates, 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.
Pine Tree Park
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.
Note that Town Court is still not in session and notice will be made when it is resumed, as per the NYS Office of Court Administrration.
Town Court is every Monday except holidays at 6pm
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 7:15pm
The Town Assessor is available by appointment at the present. Call 585-219-3843.
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 Court and Town Clerk
December 26 - Christmas (Observed) - Town Court and Town Clerk
Town of Bennington is looking for residents interested in serving in the following positions:
Zoning Board of Appeals: Member/Alternate Member for meetings held 1st Wednesdays at 7 pm to review variance applications and zoning interpretations.
Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary: Prepare documents, mailings & legal notices, attend meetings, take and prepare minutes and board paperwork.
Zoning Officer: Applying the Town’s zoning laws and state property management laws, assist the public and process applications for zoning permits, attend meetings.
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