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November 7, 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 will formally submit his resignation to Pittsford Town Board at their meeting tonight.  His resignation will take effect November 23.

“It is with mixed emotions that I will turn 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.


October 29, 2012

Town of Pittsford Highway crews are available to address any issues regarding downed trees or limbs blocking roadways; reach them at 248-6270. Residents are asked to help prevent storm water back-up along residential roads by checking catch basin drains and keeping them clear of leaves and debris. In case of emergency, such as dangerous flooding or downed power lines, residents should call 911 immediately for assistance.


October 28, 2012

In case of emergency, such as dangerous flooding or downed power lines, residents should call 911 immediately for assistance. The Town of Pittsford Highway Department will have a dispatcher and crew on call throughout the overnight hours tonight to address any issues regarding downed trees or limbs blocking roadways; reach them at 248-6270. Residents are asked to help prevent storm water back-up along residential roads by checking catch basin drains and keeping them clear of leaves and debris.

Parks & Rec Master Plan

April 7, 2014

Pittsford undertook an update of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2012. A major component of the updated plan consists of a study of field use and recommendations arising from the study. Those recommendations marked the start of the Town's Athletic Field Improvement Initiative, which you can see HERE. Ballard King and Associates, one of the top recreation consulting firms in the country, served as consultant for the Master Plan. An Executive Summary of the master plan update relevant to the fields assessment is available on the Town website by clicking HERE. An excerpt of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2012 Update relevant to the Fields project can be found HERE.


August 28, 2012

The folks from the PGA put Pittsford in the spotlight this past Friday (8/24). In case you missed it, click HERE for some photos. The countdown has begun to the PGA Championship which will be held August 5-11, 2013 at Oak Hill Country Club.


May 15, 2012

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter were on hand to help Elderberry Express celebrate its 25th anniversary at a special volunteer recognition luncheon held at Mario’s on May 11. Elderberry Express provides free transportation service

to Pittsford’s senior residents. Pictured below are (left to right) Supervisor Carpenter, Elderberry Express Executive Director Gil Landry, Elderberry Express Board President Bill Brizee, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

Elderberry Express 25th Anniversary


May 2, 2012

The Town of Pittsford and the Pittsford Central School District (PCSD) have a strong history of collaboration. In keeping with this commitment, the entities have announced they will work together to address solutions to the overuse of athletic fields in Pittsford. The collaboration was proposed

because PCSD is currently developing a capital project including athletic fields, and the Town will soon begin an update of its Parks and Recreation master plan that will include an assessment of athletic field use and needs.

The two entities will be exploring the development of an alternative to the currently proposed lighted artificial turf field on two existing natural turf fields behind Mendon High School. In lieu of this option, the respective boards of the Town and the School District will study the possibility of locating a lighted artificial turf field in the Town’s Thornell Farm Park which is next to Mendon High School.

Background on the Pittsford Municipality Collaboration: The leadership team of Pittsford officials from the Town, Village and School District continue to work toward the betterment of all who live, work, play and learn in the Pittsford community. The team meets regularly to develop joint solutions to community issues. In addition, the team works on collaborative projects between municipalities and shares resources. For example, the town and school district share heavy equipment and a fueling depot to save tax payer dollars and create economies of scale.


March 20, 2012

Gas exploration and extraction using high-volume, slick-water hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is a current topic of discussion in our community. We’d like to provide the following information to clarify the status of hydrofracking in Pittsford. You may also read our formal statement

on the topic by clicking HERE.

Concerned residents have suggested the Town pass a moratorium on hydrofracking in order to provide time to consider economic and environmental impacts and to update planning and zoning laws accordingly. However, because the Town of Pittsford’s zoning code is exclusionary in nature, land use that is not specifically permitted in the zoning code is not allowed. Therefore, hydrofracking is currently prohibited in the Town of Pittsford so a moratorium is not necessary.

Furthermore, even if hydrofracking were eventually considered to be a “reasonable” practice, the Town has determined it will never be a land use that fits in with the character and fabric of the Pittsford community. As always, should you have any questions or concerns about any topic, please feel free to contact Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter directly via email ( or phone (248-6220), or stop by Town Hall to see him. For his additional thoughts on hydrofracking, be sure to see his column in this week’s Brighton-Pittsford Post.


January 3, 2012

Participants at the Town of Pittsford’s VanHuysen Senior Center helped make the holidays more cheerful for those utilizing the services of the Open Door Mission in Downtown Rochester. Each senior selected a recipient (a male or female adult, child, or infant) and was responsible for providing

both fun and practical items to fill a stocking for that person. Our seniors filled 90 stockings (far surpassing their goal of 50 stockings) with holiday treats, warm hats and gloves, and personal items for children and adults in need. More than 60 hand-knitted hats were included with the stockings and each of our seniors took care to ensure each stocking was a unique gift. When the stockings were delivered to the Open Door Mission in December they nearly filled the back of a pickup truck! Many thanks to our seniors and staff at the VanHuysen Senior Center for making the holidays brighter for those in need.


November 28, 2011

The Town of Pittsford Recreation Department recently received the Genesee Valley Recreation and Parks Society Special Event of the Year award for the Town of Pittsford's Family Halloween Fest. Competing in the Class II category (population 25,000 – 75,000), they will now be considered for the state level award

from the New York State Recreation and Parks Society, which will be decided in the spring of 2012.

Since 2003, the Town of Pittsford’s Recreation Department has brought Halloween fun and festivities to our community via the annual Family Halloween Fest. Held in conjunction with St. John Fisher College, the Fest offers treats, activities and entertainment especially geared toward families with young children. And just as importantly, the event serves as a fundraiser for the Pittsford Food Cupboard. The Family Halloween Fest has grown quite a bit over the years – this year we had over 5,000 attendees and collected over 80 boxes of food items and $250 in cash donations for the PFC. The Fest brings together generous donors and a wide range of volunteers – 250 youth and adults from 14 different organizations and businesses – who work together to help make it a success. Congratulations to our Recreation staff for receiving this honor – it is well deserved!