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November 14, 2011

The Town of Pittsford’s computer and electronics recycling event held in October was a big help in keeping Pittsford green. Our event partner Maven Technologies informed us that we collected 44,868 pounds of e-waste – all of which will be recycled, rather than going into a landfill. Per

Cascades Recovery and Shred-Text (our document shredding partners), approximately 100 participating residents brought us 3.5 tons of secure documents to be shredded and recycled back into new paper products. That amount saves 60 trees from being cut down – and keeps our town a greener place!

Ecopark Recycling & Waste Facility is "One-Stop Drop"

March 10, 2014

Monroe County's ecopark recycling and waste facility provides county residents with a "one-stop drop-off" location to recycle and/or dispose of a variety of recyclables and waste items. Regular collections are offered Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30AM - 1:00PM, and special collection (for items such as household hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals disposal) is available via appointment or on specified dates; click HERE for facility hours and special collection dates. The ecopark is located adjacent to the Greater Rochester International Airport at 10 Avion Drive in Chili. For more information visit the ecopark website HERE.


August 17, 2011

Rules have recently changed and the Monroe County Recycling Center (MCRC) now accepts plastic containers numbered 1 through 7. That means your yogurt cups and margarine tubs will be recycled into sustainable products instead of ending up in a landfill. Click HERE for a complete listing

of MCRC recycling guidelines. Please note some waste haulers are not customers of the MCRC and are not required to participate in this recycling expansion. Customers should contact their hauler to confirm what is accepted.

What about plastic bags? Except for clear bags used to contain shredded paper, plastic bags and wrap are not allowed in your curbside recycling bin, but you can recycle them at major retailers such as Wegmans, Tops, Walmart, etc. Many other kinds of plastic bags/wrap – such as clean produce, drycleaning, and bread bags – should also be recycled at your local retail store. Even plastic liners from cereal boxes and plastic packaging wrap can be recycled. Click HERE for a listing of what can and cannot be returned to the store for recycling. If you would like a downloadable guide to plastic bag and product wrapping recycling, click HERE. Information courtesy of and Monroe County Recycling Center.


June 6, 2011

Over 300 participants swam, biked and ran their way through the 8th annual Pittsford Triathlon. Top finisher Erik Grimm of Pittsford set a new course record with a finishing time of 1:01:49; the previous course record, set in 2010, was 1:03:52. Our top female finisher was Calley Wayman of Rochester

and our top relay team was Team Coffey. For full overall results click HERE;for age group results click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our racers! Many thanks to our event partners and sponsors: Pittsford Federal Credit Union, Eye Openers Optical Fashions, Twin Advertising, KB Graphics, U-Box of Rochester, Fleet Feet Sports, Towpath Bike, and Guy’s Pizza Company.

Recycle your phone books

March 19, 2011

With new telephone books starting to arrive at homes and businesses throughout Monroe County, Cascades Recovery U.S. Inc, the company that operates the county’s recycling center, is reminding everyone that telephone book paper is 100-percent recyclable and

is used primarily to make new telephone books.

 If residents and businesses were to recycle all 1.2 million telephone books delivered in the area, it could keep 5,000 tons of recyclables out of landfills and potentially save 85,000 trees from being harvested to create new paper, according to Cascades Recovery.

Most telephone books distributed today are made from re-fabricated old telephone book pages mixed with some scrap wood to strengthen the fibers for re-use. Old telephone books are also recycled into such products as insulation materials, ceiling tiles, cardboard, paper towels, grocery bags, cereal boxes and office papers.

Residents may place old telephone books with newspaper, direct mail, cardboard and magazines in their recycling containers for curbside collection. Businesses are required to recycle office paper and may place their old telephone books with their paper.

William Smith appointed as Justice by Pittsford Town Board

March 6, 2011

Attorney William A. Smith, Jr. was appointed Town Justice on March 1, 2011 by the Pittsford Town Board. Smith will fulfill the remaining term of Justice Fred Gallina who recently announced his plans to retire after 23 years of dedicated service to the Town of Pittsford.

"We interviewed several capable and distinguished candidates for the position of Town Justice," said Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter. "Ultimately, Bill Smith stood out because of his substantial experience as an attorney and his outstanding capabilities. Bill has also compiled a strong record of service to the Town of Pittsford as both a Town Councilman and as County Legislator, giving him a unique understanding of our community, our families, and our values."

Sandy Zutes, Deputy Supervisor, added “Bill Smith will make a remarkable judge. His command of the law, his ability to articulate the issues along with his innate sense of people and situations will allow him to be the type of judge that Pittsford has long been accustomed.”
William Smith is well known to the Pittsford community. He served on the Pittsford Town Board in 1996 before he was elected to the Monroe County Legislature. He served in the Monroe County Legislature from 1996 to 2007 where he served as majority leader for 5 years.

Smith has an extensive legal background. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School, Bill Smith has been practicing law for 26 years, in both private practice and an in-house counsel. Smith said “It will be my privilege and honor to serve as a Justice for the Town of Pittsford. I have been proud to represent the Pittsford community as both a legislator and Town Board member. As Justice, I will be committed to upholding the law and promise to apply fairness, impartiality, compassion and firmness in each decision.”

Smith was appointed at the March 1st Town Board meeting and was sworn in on March 3rd.

Hon. Fred Gallina is stepping down as Town Justice

December 15, 2010

Pittsford Town Justice, Fred Gallina, has recently announced that he is stepping down from his post and will retire from public service. After a great deal of thought and consideration, Gallina has decided to vacate the position of Town Justice to address some ongoing health issues.

Gallina has served as Pittsford Town Justice since 1998.

“After spending more than a decade serving the Pittsford community, I have decided that it is time to step down as Town Justice,” said Gallina. “It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve the Pittsford Town Court over the course of my tenure, and I would like to thank all of my outstanding colleagues for their support and friendship.”

“I would like to personally thank Judge Gallina for his many years of service and dedication to the Town Court and the entire Pittsford community,” said Pittsford Town Supervisor William A. Carpenter. “His experience and expertise will be greatly missed. Although his leaving is a great loss for the Town of Pittsford, I wish Fred the very best as he enters retirement.”

The Pittsford Town Board will appoint a qualified individual to serve out the remainder of Justice Gallina’s term, which expires at the end of 2011. The appointed Town Justice will be required to be on the ballot this November in order to continue serving beyond 2011. Supervisor Carpenter is actively seeking members of the Pittsford community who have experience in the legal profession and would like to serve as Town Justice.

“Clearly, Justice Gallina will be an extremely tough act to follow. In order to select an interim Town Justice who is best able to fulfill the duties associated with this position, I am reaching out to our community to help assemble an exemplary pool of candidates to put before the Town Board,” continued Carpenter. “I strongly encourage any qualified, experienced, and motivated legal professionals to submit their resumes for consideration.”

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to the Office of the Pittsford Town Supervisor no later than January 14, 2011. Justice Gallina’s retirement will be effective at the end of December. Questions can be directed to the Pittsford Town Supervisor’s Office at (585) 248-6220.

Ten Communities Form Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust

November 14, 2010

On Monday, November 15th, 10 municipalities gathered together with labor leaders and representatives from MVP at the Pittsford Community Library to announce their decision to form the Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust.  The decision to collaborate on this issue was driven by the burden that health care benefits is having on local municipal budgets.

Buying collaboratively through the trust agreement will allow the communities to gain leverage, credibility and, most importantly, mitigate the negative financial impact health insurance costs are having on their budgets. The collaborative partnership includes the Towns of Chili, Henrietta, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford and Webster as well as the Villages of East Rochester and Fairport. The trust also includes the Town of Victor in Ontario County and the Rochester Housing Authority. Together, these entities have almost 1261 insured bodies. Over the next three years, the participating members in the trust will have collective premiums of approximately $37 million. If the communities stood alone and did not form the trust, they would have collective premiums of approximately $42.1 million. Thus, the trust will result in an approximate $5.1 million reduction for the communities in the next three years.

Bill Carpenter, Pittsford Town Supervisor, stated ”This is a great story about communities coming together to act in the best interest of taxpayers. By utilizing the concept of cooperative purchasing, we have allowed each municipality to take back control of their healthcare premium costs. More importantly, however, is that together we have saved millions of taxpayer dollars and provided our employees with quality, dependable health coverage.”

Tony LaFountain, Supervisor of the Town of Penfield, stated “As a new supervisor I was very concerned about increased costs to our taxpayers on all fronts. Health care costs continue to rise at a staggering double digit rate year on year which can not be sustained. Penfield was delighted to partner with other Towns in the County to form a consortium, hence expanding our individual membership to a number that provided the same coverage at lower pricing, which results in savings to our customers, the taxpayers.”

The formation of the trust has been a complicated process, primarily due to New York State’s insurance laws. Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Insurance, has helped the participating communities navigate these laws and, as a result, form the trust.

"As chairman of the Assembly's insurance committee, I have consistently sought to combat excessive premium increases that make it harder to provide health care coverage," said Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit. "The Health Insurance Trust is a model of collaboration that will save property tax payers millions of dollars while maintaining medical coverage for town employees. I am pleased to have been a partner in making today's announcement possible, and I commend the Council of Governments for its leadership on this issue."”

The idea of forming a healthcare trust (consortium) has been discussed for a long time. The idea originally came from a sub-committee of the Monroe County Council of Governments group chaired by Pittsford Supervisor Bill Carpenter. The Monroe County COG is a voluntary association of municipal governments in Monroe County organized to provide a forum for discussion and cooperative action on issues of common concern that go beyond jurisdictional boundaries.

Pittsford Federal Credit Union helps to make Pittsford greener

July 24, 2010

As part of a green effort, The Pittsford Federal Credit Union has donated 12 trees and several shrubs to help beautify the Town of Pittsford.

The trees, a combination of Honey Locust, Forsythia and Hedge Maple, are being planted on Town owned land along the Clover and Tobey

intersection and along Knickerbocker Road.

 The donation is part of The Pittsford Federal Credit Union's ‘It pays to Go Green with eStatements' campaign. This campaign has encouraged members to switch from paper statements to electronic statements which has reduced expense, conserved valuable resources, and further protected their private, personal financial information. A portion of the savings is being used to further various green initiatives, like this one.

Many thanks to the PFCU and its members for their efforts to make the Town of Pittsford greener and more beautiful.

PFCU Tree Donation Photo

2010 Triathlon Results

June 6, 2010

On Sunday 6/6, 301 participants braved the rain and completed the Town of Pittsford's 2010 triathlon.  The overall male winners were

Jeff Dolan of Webster (1st Place), Marcus Gage of W. Henrietta (2nd Place) and Douglas Mauro of Pittsford (3rd Place).  The overall female winners were Jackie Dowdeswell of Pittsford (1st Place), Sara Newsome of Palmyra (2nd Place) and Sarah Wren of Pittsford (3rd Place).  Race times by age can be found by clicking HERE.  To find the overall results, click HERE.