Pittsford, New York

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Coordinates: 43°05′23″N 77°31′0″W / 43.08972°N 77.51667°W / 43.08972; -77.51667
Pittsford
Town
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Elevation 564 ft (171.9 m)
Coordinates 43°05′23″N 77°31′0″W / 43.08972°N 77.51667°W / 43.08972; -77.51667
Area 23.4 sq mi (60.6 km2)
 - land 23.2 sq mi (60 km2)
 - water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.85%
Population 29,405 (2010)
Density 1,268 / sq mi (489.57754 / km2)
Incorporated 1827
Town Supervisor William A. Smith, Jr. (R) elected 2013
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14534
Area code 585
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.townofpittsford.org/

Pittsford is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States and is an affluent suburb of Rochester. The population was 29,405 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Pittsford (formerly part of the town of Northfield) was incorporated in 1827. It was named by Colonel Caleb Hopkins, Pittsford's first town supervisor and War of 1812 hero, for the town of his birth, Pittsford, Vermont.

The Erie Canal passes through the town.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.4 square miles (60.6 km²), of which, 23.2 square miles (60.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.81%) is water.

The Town of Pittsford is located in the southeastern portion of Monroe County approximately eight miles from the city of Rochester, New York. The Town of Mendon lies to the south, the Town of Perinton to the east, the Towns of Henrietta and Brighton to the west, and the Towns of Brighton and Penfield to the north.

History[edit]

The early history of the town is marked by the punitive Marquis Denonville expedition against the Seneca tribe in 1687.

In 1788, Massachusetts abandoned its claim to this region in favor of New York. The District of Northfield was formed in Ontario County in 1792, which became the Town of Northfield in 1796. As Northfield was subdivided in the following years, a final split formed the towns of Pittsford and Henrietta in 1814.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000,[2] there were 27,219 people, 9,448 households, and 7,341 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,173.7 people per square mile (453.2/km²). There were 9,709 housing units at an average density of 418.6 per square mile (161.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.61% White, 1.60% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 4.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 9,448 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $109,344, and the median income for a family was $119,509.[3] Males had a median income of $70,780 versus $39,336 for females. The per capita income for the town was $42,723. About 1.5% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Pittsford has the highest average household income in New York State, North of the New York City metropolitan area.

Education[edit]

Public schools are administered by the Pittsford Central School District.

The District has received the New York State Governor's Excelsior Award for quality.[4] It costs $13,900 per year to educate a Pittsford student. Barker Road Middle School and Calkins Road Middle School have also received an award in 2006 and 2009 as one of the national "Schools to Watch".[4][5]

The District has two high schools, Pittsford Sutherland and Pittsford Mendon. Sutherland plays its athletics as the Knights while Mendon is known as the Vikings. The two schools have a combined football team, known as the Panthers. The two schools have a long-standing rivalry in basketball, culminating with the annual Rainbow Classic game held at the University of Rochester. Adding to the many successful sports teams in Pittsford, NY, the Pittsford Mendon Vikings soccer team has a strong tradition, holding the New York State record of seven state championships.[6]

The District has renovated many of its schools and built some entirely new facilities. In 2006, it completed work on Calkins Road Middle School, a middle school for students that will be attending Sutherland High School. The other middle school is Barker Road.

Pittsford has five elementary schools, Jefferson, Park, Thornell, Mendon Center, and Allen Creek. They are all named for the roads on which they're located.

Pittsford also has two colleges within five miles of its town center: Saint John Fisher College and Nazareth College.

Industry and commerce[edit]

Pittsford's access to the Erie Canal was the main driver of commerce in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the old buildings and barns on the canal have been converted into restaurants, cafes and shops. Concerts, boat tours and other events highlight this area in the warmer months.

Two large malls, Eastview Mall in Victor, and The Marketplace Mall in Henrietta, and Pittsford Plaza, a large shopping center located on NY 31 on the west side of the town are important commercial areas. Pittsford is the home of one of the largest Wegmans stores in the state. The Pittsford store is both the flagship store and a major test center for the company, as it is used to test out new ideas, such as mini-restaurants and small pet stores attached to the main building.[citation needed]

A golf tournament on the LPGA tour has been held each June at Locust Hill Country Club, on the border of Pittsford and Henrietta, since 1977. In 2010 this event was elevated to one of the four women's major golf championships as the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans.

Oak Hill Country Club, located in Pittsford, hosted the 1995 Ryder Cup; the 1956, 1968 and 1989 United States Opens; and the 1980, 2003, and 2013 PGA Championships.

The NFL Buffalo Bills have their summer training camp at St. John Fisher.

Once the home of many family-owned farms, much of Pittsford's farms have become suburban housing developments. A notable exception is the Knickerbocker family farm, located on Knickerbocker Road in the southeast part of town. The farm has been growing corn, wheat and other crops for 150 years. Pittsford is one of the few communities to have a Town-wide Green plan which attempts to conserve farm and park land for the future.

The Pittsford Chamber of Commerce works with businesses inside the Town and Village of Pittsford.

Government[edit]

Pittsford town hall

The town is governed by an elected Town Supervisor and four other elected members of the Town Board. The Town Supervisor is William A. Smith, Jr., elected in November 2013. The other members of the Town Board are Mary Gehl Doyle, Karen W. Green, Jared C. Lusk and Matthew J. O'Connor. Officers appointed by the Supervisor and Town Board include the Town Clerk, Linda Dillon, and the Commissioner of Public Works, Paul Schenkel.

Town Supervisors
Name Tenure Name Tenure Name Tenure
Silas Nye 1796–1797
1799
William C. Rawley 1854 Paul M. Spiegel 1966–1987
Noah Norton 1798 Thomas Wilcox 1857 Margaret Freeman 1988–1993
Ezra Patterson 1800–1804
1806–1807
1811
1814
Isaac Sutherland 1858 William A. Carpenter 1994–November 2012
Augustus Griswold 1805 Daniel Kingsley 1859–1860
1863
Sandra J. Zutes Appointed to vacancy
12/2012-12/2013
William McKinstry 1808 Jarvis Lord 1861 William A. Smith, Jr. January 2014–present
Caleb Hopkins 1809 Nathan K. Welch 1864
Stephen Lusk 1810
1826–1828
Patrick Malone 1865–1872
1879
Samuel Spafford 1812–1813 Francis A. Scherer 1873–1874
Nathan Nye 1815–1816 George A. Goss 1875–1877
1880
1888–1898
Samuel Fall 1817 Samuel H. Stone 1878
1884–1885
Simon Stone III 1818–1825 J.M. Wiltse 1881–1883
Nathan Calhoun 1829–1832
1838–1839
Thomas Spiegel 1886–1887
John Armstrong 1833–1834 Burton N. Wiltse 1898–1899
Ephraim Goss 1835–1836
1847–1848
1855
Charles G. Schoen 1899–1903
Solomon Stone 1837
1843–1845
1856
Jared W. Hopkins 1904–1909
1925–1931
Marvin Hopkins 1840
1842
1846
1850
1862
George A. Hicks 1910–1925
Ira Bellows 1841 Howard R. Bacon 1932–1933
Wales M. Huntington 1849 Charles H. Westerman 1934–1943
Elias Matthews 1851 Edward D. Seward 1944–1959
Horace Wheeler 1852–1853 F. Ross Zornow 1960–1965

Emergency response in Pittsford[edit]

Access to emergency services is obtained by dialing 9-1-1, which connects the caller to the City of Rochester's Emergency Communications Department (9-1-1 Center). The Monroe County Sheriff's Department provides primary law enforcement for the town.

The Pittsford Fire Department, staffed by volunteers, provides fire protection, rescue, and non-transport emergency medical services for the town. There are 2 fire stations, one located in the village.

The Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance provides Basic Life Support with trained Emergency Medical Technicians. Advanced Life Support services are provided by the Southeast Quadrant Mobile Critical Care Unit (SEQ MCCU).

Sports[edit]

Professional golf regularly comes to Pittsford. The PGA Championship and the US Open have been held at Oak Hill Country Club, as was the 1995 Ryder Cup. The Xerox Classic Tournament on the Nationwide Tour comes every August. Through 2014, the Wegmans LPGA tournament had been held yearly in June, at Locust Hill Country Club through 2013, and in 2014 at Monroe Golf Club. Oak Hill Country Club hosted the 2013 PGA Championship tournament. The University Athletic Association is based in Pittsford.

Notable people[edit]

Communities and locations in the Town of Pittsford[edit]

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