East Amherst, New York
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East Amherst is a hamlet. It straddles Transit Road (NY 78), which in addition to being a major thoroughfare, serves as the boundary separating the Hamlet of East Amherst and the Town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, United States of America. East Amherst covers approximately 15 square miles (39 km2) and is contained entirely within the perimeter of ZIP code 14051 (The nearby hamlet of Swormville also shares this ZIP code with East Amherst).
East Amherst is centered in an area originally known as "Transit Station," a name that has its origins in the railroad station of the New York Central “Peanut Line” that crossed Transit Road just north of Muegel Road. As its farmlands were developed into residential subdivisions, "East Amherst" began to emerge as the most frequently used name for the area.
In 2013, East Amherst was named the richest and most affluent community in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. The United States Census 2000 found that this highly affluent hamlet located 15 miles northeast of Buffalo, New York has a population of 17,991 and 6,280 housing units. In 2005, East Amherst, New York was recognized by CNN / Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live (41st Finalist) in the United States.
In 2013 the East Amherst school district (Williamsville) was identified as the top school district in Western New York and one of the best in the entire State of New York. That's according to Business First's rankings of academic performance. Researchers ranked all 97 districts in Western New York and hundreds across the state. Business First used a 168-part formula to generate the Western New York rankings, based on four years of test scores from the New York State Education Department. Rounding out the top five in the eight-county market are East Aurora, Clarence, Orchard Park and Iroquois.
Fire and police services
Fire protection is primarily provided by the East Amherst Fire Department, as well as by Swormville Fire Company and Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company.
The part of East Amherst within the Town of Amherst is served by the Amherst Police Department. The part within the Town of Clarence is served by the New York State Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Department.
Notable natives and residents
- Scotty Bowman, Hall Of Fame hockey coach
- John Koelmel, former CEO of First Niagara Bank
- Andrew Orpik, retired hockey player
- Jason Pominville, NHL player
- Shane Sims, NHL defenseman
- Raymond Walter, New York State Assemblyman
- Information regarding Williamsville Central School District
- East Amherst, NY Richest Community
- 2013/2014 Western New York School District Rankings
- Best School Rankings 2013 and 2014