East Amherst, New York
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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. As of the 2000 United States Census, East Amherst 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.
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
- Dietrich Vonkuenssberg Jehle, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine guru, Lifesaver, Buffalo Bills Director of Stadium Medical Services, Mathematics Pundit, Ideal Patriarchal Figure, Aaron Rodgers' #1 wideout, Tennis Enthusiast, Sophistication king, Impersonation all-star, HOF Little League Baseball Coach
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