Malone, New York
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Howard F. Maneely (D)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||102.8 sq mi (266 km2)|
|• Land||101.9 sq mi (264 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2)|
|Elevation||790 ft (240 m)|
|• Density||140/sq mi (55/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The town was formed from part of the Town of Chateaugay in 1805. The town was originally named Harison, after Richard Harison who had purchased the land and founded the town. The name was changed in 1808 to Ezraville, after Ezra L'Hommedieu; and in 1812 to Malone.
Former Governor Mario Cuomo instituted financial measures to increase economic stability to the county by bringing in many prisons (state and federal) to help "strengthen" the area.
Notable natives include:
- Derek Sprague, president of the Professional Golfers' Association of America
- Tom Browning, Major League Baseball pitcher
- William H. Flack, former US Congressman
- Orville Gibson, founder of the Gibson Guitar Corporation
- Michael Hastings, journalist
- Bob Mould, solo musician and former guitarist, singer, and songwriter with alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar
- Howard Siler, former USA bobsledder, and coach of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Jamaican Bobsled Team
- William Almon Wheeler-Vice President of the United States under Rutherford Hayes
- Almanzo Wilder, husband of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 102.8 square miles (266.2 km²), of which, 101.9 square miles (263.8 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (0.90%) is water.
Salmon River flows northward through the town and the Trout River flows across the northeast corner.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,981 people, 4,114 households, and 2,620 families residing in the town. The population density was 147.1 people per square mile (56.8/km²). There were 4,644 housing units at an average density of 45.6 per square mile (17.6/km²). The ethnic makeup of the town was 73.61% White, 18.56% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 6.25% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.19% of the population.
There were 4,114 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 42.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 179.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 201.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,716, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $25,996 versus $20,506 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,352. About 8.1% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Malone
- Bare Hill Correctional Facility – A New York medium security state prison
- Chasm Falls – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on County Road 25 originally called "Titusville"
- Fay – A hamlet by the north town line by NY-30
- Malone – The Village of Malone is the county seat
- Malone-Dufort Airport (MAL) – An airport west of Malone village
- Malone Junction – A hamlet northeast of Malone village
- Teboville – A hamlet in the central part of the town, east of Whippleville
- Lake Titus – A lake in the southwest part of the town
- Titusville – A former community in the south part of the town
- Upstate Correctional Facility – A New York maximum security state prison
- Whippleville – A hamlet in the central part of the town, located south of Malone village on County Road 25
- Town of Malone
- North Country Community College
- Early Malone history
- Malone Historical Map Online
- Read and Listen to the oral history of Malone in the late 19th early 20th Centuries
- Franklin County Historical & Museum Society