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June 24, 2013

The Town’s Port of Pittsford Park has been renamed in honor of former Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter and is now William A. Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. The new park sign and dedication plaque were unveiled June 21 with the help of Mr. Carpenter, who was not

aware of the naming honor until the unveiling.

“We told Bill we were unveiling new signage for the park and wanted to recognize not only his leadership in the park’s development over the years but also his role in creation of the current Pittsford Town logo, which will eventually be on all of our park and facility signage,” said current Pittsford Town Supervisor Sandra Zutes. “We wanted to surprise him with the naming honor.”

“As Town Supervisor for 19 years, Bill made a lasting and positive impact on our community,” Zutes continued. “His fondness for our Port of Pittsford Park and his dedication in creating our Veteran’s Monument there made this naming honor an ideal way to recognize his efforts.”

The recognition also included a plaque set in stone at the park which dedicates the park to Mr. Carpenter. It reads:

“This park is dedicated by the Town of Pittsford in honor of and deepest appreciation to William A. Carpenter, Town Supervisor (1994 – 2012). His vision and outstanding commitment to the Pittsford community has made a lasting impact for the better upon all those who live, learn, work, visit and do business here. We count among the many achievements during his tenure:

- Greenprint for the Future

- Pittsford Community Library

- King’s Bend Park

- Pittsford Veteran’s Monument

- Port of Pittsford Park Enhancement

If you seek his monument, look around.”

Bill Carpenter joined the Town of Pittsford staff in 1980 as Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, becoming Commissioner of Public Works in 1983 and was elected as Town Supervisor in 1994, serving as such through 2012. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the Monroe County Water Authority.


June 24, 2013

Linda M. Dillon, former Assistant to the Pittsford Town Supervisor, has been appointed Pittsford Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes; she began her duties on June 3.   The Pittsford Town Board voted to appoint Ms. Dillon during their May 7 board meeting.

Ms. Dillon had served as Assistant to

the Supervisor since 2000. During that time she assisted with a variety of special projects, including the Town-Village-School District Leadership Collaborative, the Pittsford Community Forum, the Pittsford Veterans Monument, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, and the Pittsford Keeping it Green initiative. She was also instrumental in developing and supporting several special events such as the Family Halloween Fest, the Positively Pittsford and Pittsford Celebrates festivals, the Buffalo Bills and PGA Welcome events, the Town’s participation in Candlelight Night and the various events involved with the Pittsford Community Library grand opening. Her prior experience also includes administrative positions with the Pittsford Fire District and Pittsford Central Schools.

“We are very fortunate to have found a candidate with excellent skills, a strong understanding of Town regulations and processes, and an outstanding commitment to superior customer service,” said Pittsford Town Supervisor Sandra Zutes. “The board is confident Ms. Dillon will serve our community as a very committed and effective Town Clerk.”

Pittsford Town Clerk Linda Dillon


June 2, 2013

The Town of Pittsford's 10th annual Pittsford Triathlon was a great success! Over 200 racers participated in the 300-yard swim, 15-mile bike and a 3.3 mile run held Sunday, 6/2 at Thornell Farm Park. Congratulations to all of our participants, including our overall winners: Carl Johnston

(male), Kristine Mallory (female) and Team Coffey (team). For links to results, see below:

Overall Results

Age Group Results

Team Results

Stormwater Coalition Draft Annual Report Available Online

January 1, 2014

The Monroe County Stormwater Coalition’s Draft 2012-2013 Joint Annual Report for the period March 10, 2012 through March 9, 2013 is now available online. The public is encouraged to review these materials and provide comments to the Coalition staff or their respective member representative.

The Draft Joint Annual Report includes compliance activities and performance measures to evaluate overall effectiveness of each stormwater control measure. Activities specific to each Coalition member may be obtained from the individual municipality. The report begins with compliance certification forms for each participating municipality; the Coalition program information section begins on page 126 of the document (hover near the bottom of the screen while in the document to access the page search tool bar). To view the report, click HERE.

The public is encouraged to review these materials and provide comments to the Coalition staff or their respective member representative. For a contact list click HERE. For more information on the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition visit their webpage.

Established in 2000, the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition is composed of 29 municipal members working together to reduce stormwater pollution. Stormwater pollution is the sediment, bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, automotive fluids, and other materials that are washed from surfaces such as parking lots, roads, roofs, and construction sites during a rain storm or snow melt. The gutters, storm drains, pipes, ditches, and outfalls that comprise the stormwater system transport these pollutants to the nearest waterway. In many cases, stormwater runoff is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant. For more details about stormwater pollution as well as information about how residents can protect water quality, visit

The Monroe County Stormwater Coalition implements a wide range of projects and programs including public education, training for municipal employees and the land development community, demonstrations of practices that reduce polluted runoff from developed land, technical assistance with permits and erosion control, investigations of stormwater outfalls for indicators of illegal discharges, assessments of municipal facilities for opportunities to prevent pollution, and a Stormwater Master Plan for Monroe County to identify needed infrastructure.


February 7, 2013

Please help keep hydrants clear of snow during the winter. Property owners, home owners and snow removal operators are asked to be aware of the location of neighborhood fire hydrants and to assist in maintaining a 3-foot clearing. In an emergency, every second counts. Thank you!


February 4, 2013

The Pittsford Town Board has selected Leonard S. Freedman as Pittsford’s 2012 Citizen of the Year. The Board passed a resolution honoring Mr. Freedman at its meeting on Tuesday, February 5.

Leonard Freedman has been a member of The Town of Pittsford’s Parks and Recreation

Advisory Board since 2003 and has served as its Board Chair since 2006. He also previously served on the Town’s Community Center Advisory Group. “For years, Len has been an invaluable advocate for developing and enhancing Town trails, parks, facilities, and recreation programs” said Pittsford Town Supervisor Sandra Zutes. “He’s a committed and knowledgeable advisor to our staff and we are so pleased to be able to honor him in this way.”

In addition to his role in the Pittsford community, Mr. Freedman has contributed his time and effort to improve the quality of life of others in the Greater Rochester area and beyond. His many efforts include committed and effective leadership roles with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Greater Rochester Commission, the Center for Dispute Settlement, the Institute of Ethical Leadership of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, AIDS Rochester, and the Mental Health Association of Greater Rochester.

The board resolution noted Mr. Freedman was recognized for his “tireless capacity for good works and volunteerism, to the great benefit of our community.” “We are so fortunate to have Len Freedman as a member of our community” said Supervisor Zutes. “His generosity, humility, and unfaltering spirit of giving make Len an outstanding role model of true civic dedication for Pittsford residents and all those he encounters.”

To see photos of the Board’s presentation to Mr. Freedman, visit the 2012 Citizen of the Year photo gallery on the Town of Pittsford website.

The Pittsford Citizen of the Year award is presented annually to a Pittsford resident whose hard work, generosity and dedication has improved the quality of life in the Pittsford community. Nominations are submitted by Pittsford residents and the honoree is selected by the Pittsford Town Board. Click the following link for a list of previous honorees.

2012 Citizen of the Year Leonard Freedman with family members

2012 Pittsford Citizen of the Year Leonard Freedman with family members.


January 14, 2013

The Pittsford Town Board voted to appoint attorney William K. Taylor as Town Justice during their board meeting on Tuesday night (1/15). Mr. Taylor’s appointment will take effect January 28; he will serve through the remainder of 2013, at which time the position will be up for election. The Town

Justice position was open due to previous Town Justice William A. Smith, Jr. resigning to accept an appointment to the Pittsford Town Board.

“We were fortunate to interview several accomplished and highly qualified candidates for the Town Justice position,” said Pittsford Councilman Matthew J. O’Connor, who served as Chair of the Town’s selection committee. “However, due to his extensive legal experience as a prosecutor, judicial law clerk, and top attorney in the County Law Department, Bill Taylor stood out as an excellent match for our needs. Through his service to the Pittsford community as a Town Zoning Board member, Rotary Club member and coach for numerous local youth sports, Bill also has a unique understanding of and commitment to our residents and our values.”

Mr. Taylor has served as a law clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals under the Honorable Richard C. Wesley, as an assistant Monroe County district attorney, and as Monroe County Attorney. He is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Roberts Wesleyan College and serves on the board of trustees of the Monroe County Bar Association.

“It will be my privilege and honor to serve as a justice for the Town of Pittsford,” said Taylor. “I am proud to live and raise my family here in Pittsford, and I am humbled by this opportunity. As Town Justice, I will commit to upholding the law with fairness, impartiality, compassion and firmness in each and every decision.”


December 17, 2012

The Pittsford Town Board voted to appoint Acting Supervisor Sandra Zutes as Town Supervisor and William A. Smith, Jr. as Town Board member during their board meeting on Tuesday night (12/18). Mrs. Zutes will serve the remainder of previous Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter’s term, which runs

through the end of 2013; Mr. Smith will fill the vacancy on the Town Board resulting from Mrs. Zutes' appointment as supervisor.

After the vote, from which she abstained, Mrs. Zutes was sworn in and presided over the rest of the meeting as Town Supervisor. The town’s Deputy Supervisor for 16 of the past 19 years, Mrs. Zutes had been serving as Acting Town Supervisor since Bill Carpenter’s departure on November 23 of this year.

“I am so honored to serve our community in this capacity,” Mrs. Zutes said. “While I will not seek election to the office of Supervisor in November 2013, I will work diligently over the next year to assure that town services and programs continue to run smoothly and at the high level of quality our residents expect and deserve,” she continued. “It is truly my pleasure to accept this appointment.”

Town Board member Jared Lusk, who oversaw the board’s candidate selection process, said “We were very impressed with the quality of candidates for the supervisor position. They represented a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.” He continued, “Ultimately, it became very clear that Acting Supervisor Zutes was the best candidate to serve our community as we go through this transition period. She not only has the knowledge and experience to hit the ground running but also brings nearly two decades of public service and personal commitment to the Town of Pittsford.”

William A. Smith, Jr. is currently a Pittsford Town Justice; he will resign his judicial post effective immediately in order to serve as a Pittsford Town Board member.

“During the selection process the Board understood there was potential for an additional board vacancy, so we asked each of our top candidates if they might be interested in a position on Town Board, should they not be offered the supervisor position,” said Mr. Lusk. “As a result, we were able to secure an outstanding candidate like Bill Smith to fill the vacancy on Town Board.”

Mr. Smith’s appointment to the Town Board will create a vacancy on the Town of Pittsford’s judicial bench. The Town Board will begin the process of filling that vacancy.


December 4, 2012

Pittsford Central School District residents can vote on two capital project referendums on Tuesday, December 11. Voting will be held at Barker Road Middle School between 7AM and 9PM. The two propositions address the maintenance of District facilities and improvements to its physical

education/athletic fields. If approved, these propositions will have a minimal tax impact on residents.

Proposition 1 – Repairs and Renovations, and Proposition 2 – Physical Education/Athletic Fields are designed to assist with the maintenance of District facilities in support of the teaching and learning environment.

Proposition 1 – Repairs and Renovations will be made at each school, but details and the extent vary by size and age of the school.  Proposition 1 includes these general scope items for each building (with some exceptions at Calkins Road Middle School):

  • HVAC system improvements
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Emergency lighting/Exit signage
  • Code compliance
  • Telephone/PA system upgrades

Proposition 2 – Physical Education/Athletic Fields includes these items:

  • Synthetic turf and running track resurfacing at the existing Mendon High School stadium)
  • Improvements to natural turf on rear fields at Mendon High School
  • Synthetic turf and stadium lights at the existing Sutherland High School stadium

If Proposition 2 (Fields) is passed, it will only go forward if Proposition 1 (Repairs and Renovations) passes as well. Detailed information about each proposition is available on the Pittsford School District website. If you will be unable to appear in person to vote on 12/11, see the Pittsford School District website or click HERE for information on casting an absentee ballot; ballot applications can be picked up as late as 12/10. Absentee ballots must be received prior to 5PM on 12/11.


November 9, 2012

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter is resigning in order to accept the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Monroe County Water Authority.  He formally submitted his resignation to Pittsford Town Board at their November 8 meeting; His resignation will take effect November 23.

“It is with mixed emotions that I have turned in my resignation to the Pittsford Town Board.  For the past 32 years I have dedicated myself to preserving, protecting, and guiding the Town of Pittsford – a place that I love to call my home” said Supervisor Carpenter. “I am proud of the achievements that I, along with many dedicated town employees, have accomplished during this time. With this said, I am excited for the new challenge that the Monroe County Water Authority offers and I look forward to this next chapter in my career.”

“I have complete faith that the Town Board will ensure Pittsford’s record of strong and effective leadership continues” said Mr. Carpenter, “and I know our senior management and all Town staff will carry on the outstanding programs and customer service for which Pittsford is well known.”

Mr. Carpenter has served the Pittsford community for 32 years, joining the Town staff in 1980 as Commissioner of Public Works and serving for the past 19 years in the elected position of Town Supervisor.  Highlights of Supervisor Carpenter’s tenure include:

  • Development (1995) and update (2009) of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Adoption of the Town’s Greenprint Plan which permanently protected 2,000 acres of Town land (1996)
  • Planning and construction of the Pittsford Community Library, which opened in 2005
  • Founding member of the Town/Village/School District Collaborative Agreement & Leadership Team (begun in 2003 and currently ongoing)
  • Establishment  in 2010 of the Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust, a consortium developed to allow local towns and villages to purchase health insurance collaboratively
  • Parkland improvements, including creation of King’s Bend Park in 2003, the Pittsford Veteran’s Monument in 2006, most recently improvements to Port of Pittsford Park which was re-dedicated in June this year (2012)
  • Establishment of several annual community events including the Pittsford Celebrates (1996) and Positively Pittsford (2001)festivals, the Family Halloween Fest (2002), the Pittsford Triathlon (2004), Family Outdoor Movies (2008) and expansion of the Summer Concert Series.
  • Opening of the Pittsford Senior Center (2004) and expansion of senior programs
  • Nine straight years of no increase to the town tax rate

Deputy Town Supervisor Sandy Zutes will oversee day-to-day operations in the Supervisor’s absence. The Pittsford Town Board will ultimately appoint a person to fill the balance of the remaining term which expires at the end of 2013.