Town of Bennington
Town Court Closed to In Person Appearances - Per direction from the NYS Office of Court Administration, as of December 9, 2020, the Bennington Town Court has suspended all in-person court appearances.
If you have a scheduled appearance, you will not be penalized for your absence. the Court will reschedule your matter and a notice with the new court date will be mailed.
If you have a Vehicle and Traffic matter in court, you are to mail in your pleas of either "guilty" or "not guilty." If you plead guilty, the judge will assess a fine and/or surcharge; you will then be sent a bill. If you plead not guilty, your case will be presented to the Town Prosecutor who will then be in touch with you by mail. Follow the instructions provided by the Town Prosecutor.
If you have a Criminal Matter in our Court, you will be notified of a new return date at a later time.
Please remember, the Court Clerk is a part-time position, meaning the Clerk is not in the office daily.
You may leave a voice message at (585) 708-4221 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regretfully, Bennington Boy Scout Troop #474 is announcing that they are disbanding the Troop due to a decline in number of volunteer leaders and participants. Over the years, the Troop has provided local youth with many scouting opportunities, as well as developing life-long friendships and leadership skills. They participated in fire company training exercises, the dedication ceremony for the Town Hall veteran's monument, roadside cleanup, community projects throughout the Town, marched and displayed colors in the annual Memorial Day observance, and provided the Flag Day ceremonial disposal of worn flags. Many of our local youth have been members of the Troop and they held a proud tradition of developing Eagle Scouts from within their ranks. Thank you to all who have provided the leadership and support for the Troop over the years, enriching the lives of so many young men. Scouting opportunities are available in nearby Attica and Strykersville.
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.
Waste Management is asking that all residents place their trash inside plastic bags and tie them shut as a precaution against spreading the COVID virus. Also note that latex gloves are considered trash and not recyclables. Please dispose of them in your regular garbage.
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.
Testing is being done by the Wyoming County Health Department and you can make an appointment by going to the website at and click on the COVID testing link on the left. The clinics are being held weekly on Wednesdays and appointments are required.
The County is in the process of vaccinating the first level of recipients as determined by the state guidelines, including health care workers, nursing home and residential treatment home residents, and local EMT's. As the individual groupings of eligible participants are innoculated and the state provides updated guidelines and supplies of the vaccines, additional people will be innoculated. The County is holding clinics twice weekly to serve as many as possible. If you have questions, please visit the County website first to read the information there, and then, if you meet the qualifications and want a vaccine, all registration is being done on line through the website. If no scheduled opennings are available, you should continue to check the website daily, to access the schedule when it becomes available. Unfortunately, no appointment are being taken over the phone or by walk-ins. In the near future several pharmacies in the County will also be conducting clinics.
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.
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.
Town of Bennington is looking for residents interested in serving in the following position:
Zoning Board of Appeals: An Alternate Member for meetings held to review variance applications and zoning interpretations. Meetings are held monthly when needed.
Training is provided for the above position. 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
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.
2021 Town Hall Holiday Schedule
Town offices will be closed the following dates in 2021:
January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
February 15 - Presidents Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
April 5 - Easter (Observed) - Town Court only
May 31 - Memorial Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
July 3 - Independence Day (Observed) - Town Clerk
September 6 - Labor Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
October 11 - Columbus Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
December 25 - Christmas - 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.