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November 30, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/30

During the 2016 budget process, several residents asked about the various fire districts within the town. People wanted to know how fire districts operate, what their relationship is to the Town of Penfield, and how their budgets are set or established. The intent of this column is to provide a high-level overview of fire districts. For more information and details I encourage you to reach out directly to the fire district in which you reside.

First, there are three fire districts within the town of Penfield. The Penfield Fire District covers the southern portion of the town, the West Webster Fire District covers the northwest area, and the North East Joint Fire District covers the northeast section of town. If you don’t already know which fire district serves you, review your combined Town and County tax bill and you will see your fire district named under “special districts.”

A fire district is a political subdivision located within a town. Fire districts are established for the purpose of providing fire protection and response to emergencies. A fire district is a political entity with an elected governing body (board of commissioners) and administrative officers. There are five commissioners on the board with terms are five years. Voting for commissioners is done by the registered voters of the fire district. Commissioners, or those seeking office, do not need to be members of the fire department. A fire district has the power both to incur indebtedness and to require the levy of taxes. Fire district taxes are assessed, levied, and collected at the same time and in the same manner as town taxes.

The office of the New York State Comptroller has developed a Fire District Accounting and Reporting Manual that helps guide the commissioners. The board of fire commissioners must adopt a proposed budget and, subject to certain public hearing requirements, hold a public hearing on the proposed budget. After the public hearing, the board of fire commissioners can adopt changes, alterations, and revisions to the proposed budget. The budget must be adopted on or before November 4th and filed, along with the district’s fund balance statement, with the town clerk of each town in which the fire district is located. Neither the town budget officer nor the town board may make changes to the fire district budget. The town budget officer is required to forward the fire district’s adopted budget and the annual town budget to the county. Once the fire district budget is adopted, it becomes a public document and the district secretary is required to reproduce a sufficient number of copies for distribution to the public upon request and without charge.

As with any election it is important to vote—the annual elections of the fire districts are no different! All residents have the opportunity to vote for a commissioner(s). The following information is provided for the upcoming annual elections that will be held on Tuesday, December 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. To vote for the Penfield Fire District go to station #1 located at 1838 Penfield Road; for the West Webster Fire District go to the fire house located at 1051 Gravel Road; and for North East Joint Fire District go to the Enderlin Station located at 35 South Avenue in the Village of Webster.

I hope this overview is helpful to those residents who have questions. I also want to reiterate that if you have additional questions, please reach out to your fire district. You will find the commissioners and their staff very accessible and knowledgeable.

Until next week be well and be safe!


November 23, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/23

Based on a recent conversation with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Zone A office, I want to update you on some recent statistics for east side communities as we enter the holiday shoplifting and car larceny season. In October of this year, there were 22 vehicle larcenies in Penfield, Perinton and Pittsford. Of those larcenies, 19 of the vehicles were left unlocked. Unfortunately, the November numbers will not be any better! The MCSD encourages everyone to PLEASE LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS, even if you are only going to be a few minutes running an errand or if your car is sitting in your driveway.

One last reminder…Penfield residents may begin reserving lodges and shelters for 2016 on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Lodges and shelters may be reserved in person; however, we highly recommend reserving online. You must have a Penfield Recreation household account in order to reserve, so please make sure you do this at BEFORE December 1 to avoid reservation delays.

From the American Red Cross…saving lives is important to you, but your time is valuable as well! Did you know that you can cut your time at the blood donation site by up to 15 minutes with the new American Red Cross RapidPass technology? With RapidPass, you can complete your pre-reading and health history online from your own computer at your convenience on the day you donate. Just show your pass when you check in and you will go right into the health history area. When it's your turn, the staff will review any questions that require follow-up and conduct a mini-physical before clearing you to donate. It does not get any easier than that! If you already have a RapidPass, congratulations! If not, consider registering at

The Town of Penfield’s annual holiday blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, December 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross tee-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome; however, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to give blood. To make an appointment, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and be sure to use your RapidPass. This holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to “Give Something that Means Something,” give blood. #GiveWithMeaning.

Last weekend I had the extreme honor of representing the town board and our great community at the Braman Post 1229 of the American Legion to present a certificate of recognition to Penfield veteran Lt. Col. Colin D. Storey, who received the “Legion of Honor” from the government of the French Republic for his distinguished service in World War II. The “Legion of Honor,” established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is a singular distinction honoring those who risked their lives to uphold the territory and ideals of France. Lt. Col. Storey is one of 93,000 recipients of France’s “Legion of Honor” appreciation. I salute Lt. Col. Storey and join the French government’s recognition of his service to their country, the United States, and all allied forces in World War II. Lt. Col. Storey is a true hero—thank you for your service!

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center. A family pancake dinner will be available. For tickets, please contact the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655. Families can also enjoy free crafts, games, music, visitors from the North Pole, and much more! I hope to see you there.

Until next week, be well and be safe!









November 18, 2015
Last day for school tax payments.

Today Nov. 18th was the last day for school tax payments; therefore if you have any questions regarding your school tax bill please contact the Monroe County Treasury at 753-1200. Also as a reminder, if you are planning an extended trip or are a “snow bird” and will not be in town to receive your 2016 Town & County tax bill, which is mailed the first week of January, please contact the Tax office at 340-8625, please do not rely on the US Postal Service forwarding your tax bill.

November 17, 2015
NYSDOT Public Info Meeting, in East Rochester

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is developing a highway safety improvement project that will be under construction in the spring of 2016 on NY 441 (Penfield Road) where it intersects with Huber/Harris Roads and Carter/Salt Roads in the Town of Penfield.

The scope of work at the NY 441 and Huber/Harris intersection includes increasing the sight distance by lowering the NY 441 highway profile. At the NY 441 and Carter/Salt intersection, new left turn lanes will be added on NY 441 and the traffic signal will be replaced. At both intersections, the pavement will be restored to an excellent condition, the shoulders widened and new signs and pavement markings installed. In addition, the culvert located approximately 1200 feet east of the Salt/Carter intersection (between these two intersections) will be widened and repaired.

Most work zone traffic will be managed with temporary lane closures, allowing two-way traffic. However, a month long, off-site detour will be necessary in the summer months at the Huber/Harris intersection where the profile-lowering will take place. The planned detour will utilize NY 250, Whitney Road (CR 17), and Carter Road (CR 30). Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the project. Construction is expected to be complete by December 2016.

A public information meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Eyer Building, 317 Main Street, East Rochester, to discuss upcoming NYSDOT projects in Penfield.

If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Daniel Schwind at (585) 272-3368, or via email at

November 16, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/16

I would like to give a big shout-out and special congratulations to Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant, located at 1802 Penfield Road just behind Dunkin Donuts, for winning WHEC News 10’s “Rochester ROC’s” award for “Best Asian Cuisine.” Owners Vicky Shi and Kevin Zheng provide a broad base of lunches and dinners for their customers who come from all over Monroe County to enjoy their great food, hospitality and fabulous staff. Hong Wah was one of five finalists in their category, and they received 45 percent of the vote to win this great honor. One of the key foundations of a “first class” community is its strong business base. We are fortunate that Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant is part of the Penfield community. On behalf of the town board and entire community of Penfield, congratulations on receiving the “Rochester ROC’s” award.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the fourth annual Pen-Web Rotary “Brew and Dinner Pairing” fundraiser at Penfield Country Club. Chefs from Penfield Country Club, along with brew masters of The Lost Borough Brewing Co., put together a wonderful four-course menu for the more than 75 attendees. Pen-Web Rotary is a dynamic and diverse group of individuals with a common desire to give back to their community. Since their group began in 2010, club members have performed hundreds of hours of community service and gifted approximately $20,000 to local and international projects. For more information about Pen-Web Rotary go to I am already looking forward to the 2016 Brew and Pairing Dinner!

Penfield continues to lead other towns across the county in Eagle Scout Courts of Honor. I recently attended two different Eagle ceremonies. The first was for Michael Gorman from Troop 9. For his Eagle project, Michael drew up plans for benches in his CAD class and installed in the new Panorama Valley Park behind Tops in Panorama Plaza. Four benches were built on-site and installed near the parking lot, canoe launch, and at two strategic spots along the trail for visitors and hikers to enjoy. At that ceremony I also presented Troop 9 with a proclamation recognizing their 45th anniversary—what a historic accomplishment.

The second Eagle Award ceremony honored Matthew Murante from Troop 260, who built a shed to benefit a Habitat for Humanity home sponsored by St. Joseph’s church. The shed project was performed over the course of three weeks with a total of 280 volunteer hours and included putting up shelving, removal of yard debris, and landscaping with perennials and mulch.

Congratulations to both Kevin and Matthew on attaining the rank of Eagle. Your involvement with scouting over the years has, and will continue to have, a significant impact on family, friends, fellow scouts and your community for many years to come. Scouting will also serve you well in all future endeavors of your life. Great job and best wishes on behalf of the entire Penfield community.

Mark your calendar for the annual family Holiday Celebration to be held on Friday, December 4 at the Penfield Community Center. There will be crafts, games, Santa, and more. Please go to PenRec’s website at for all details. I hope to see you there.

One more reminder to please keep leaves out of roadways and roadside gutters and catch basins to minimize flooding and safety issues.


Until next week, please be well and be safe.



November 9, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/9

Last weekend I had the honor of attending an awards extravaganza at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute located in Panorama Plaza. Grandmaster YK Kim from Orlando, Florida—a modern day philosopher, speaker, producer, writer, director, star of the movie Miami Connection and the founder of Martial Arts World Magazine—was in town to present two awards. YK Kim presented Grandmaster Kim with the “Living Legend Lifetime Achievement” award, and also presented the “Master Instructor of the Year” award to Master Kim, son of Grandmaster Kim. This is the first time that these distinguished awards have been presented to a father and son.

Additionally, Grandmaster Sang Lee of Colorado Springs, Colorado was in town to support Grandmaster Kim and Master Kim for this International Hall of Fame moment. Grandmaster Lee is a thirteen-time undefeated national champion, and in 1988 was the first US Olympic Taekwondo Head Coach.

Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute has locations in Penfield, Irondequoit, and Greece. Their programs continue to grow and expand to serve our community in so many ways by “adding value through values.” My wife and I are fortunate to have our two granddaughters involved in the Institute. One is a black belt at the age of nine and the other is working to achieve her black belt over the next year or two. We continue to be impressed with the character building lessons and activities provided at Master Kim’s, as well as the number of special community service projects the Institute provides. For more information on Maser Kim’s programs go to

On behalf of the town board and the Penfield community, I would like to congratulate Grandmaster Kim and Master Kim on these prestigious awards they received from Martial Arts World magazine.

As you read the next few sentences you will be saying to yourself, “Really?” Even though we have been enjoying a wonderful stretch of Indian summer, our DPW has asked me to remind residents that winter and snow plow rules go into effect starting November 15 and run through April 1. This means that no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. each day to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt the roads. For more information regarding winter and snow plow rules, please visit

Looking for something different to do on a Sunday? Come and join the Penfield Local History Room and the Legacy at Villagewood for a Jane Austen Holiday Tea. This event is a fundraiser for the adult Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs at Penfield Recreation. The event will be held Sunday, December 6 at the Penfield Town Hall and begins at 12:00 p.m. with tea, finger sandwiches, and of course, sweets! Guests will be treated to a Jane Austen fashion show and an English Country dance demonstration presented by Lisa Brown, the region’s most notable expert on Jane Austen and a member of the Jane Austen Society. Tickets are $10.00 and are now on sale. Seating is limited so be sure to purchase early by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

Residents may begin reserving Penfield lodges and shelters for 2016 on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Lodges and shelters may be reserved online or in person; however, we highly recommend reserving online. You will need a Penfield Recreation household account in order to reserve, so please make sure you do this before December 1 to avoid reservation delays. For more information and to obtain a household account, please go to

Until next week, enjoy this wonderful weather, and please remember not to block drainage ways and catch basins with leaves. As always, be well and be safe!



November 5, 2015
Wanted: Photos of Penfield's WW I and II Veterans

The Town of Penfield’s Local History Room is seeking photographs of Penfield citizens who served in World War I and II.

“The town of Penfield, like all the towns in Monroe County, sent soldiers to both World Wars. We are collecting photographs of Penfield soldiers so we can recognize and honor them by creating a photo archive,” said Town Historian Kathy Kanauer.

To share photographs, call the Local History Room at 340.8740 to make arrangements or submit by email to town historian Kathy Kanauer at The Local History Room can also arrange to scan and return photographs, and will provide digitized images to owners upon request.

The Local History Room is located within the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road.

Pictured (Left - John Straight; Right - Sidney Ludwig)



November 2, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/2

Last week I had the honor and pleasure of attending the annual dinner of the Monroe County Magistrates Association. The Association presented the 2015 Honorable James E. Morris Award to the Honorable Donald J. Mark in recognition of his devotion to the furtherance of justice throughout his many years as a Justice of the Penfield Town Court, a Judge of the Monroe County Court, and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. This award is given annually to a judge or other individual who emulates the principles, ideals, and professionalism of the Honorable James E. Morris and has contributed in a special way to the town and village justice court system.

I first met Judge Mark in 1985 while I was running for town board. Over the past thirty years I have been fortunate to get to better know this remarkable man. Judge Mark was born in Rochester on March 31, 1926. He attended St. Andrew’s School, Aquinas Institute, Syracuse University, and Cornell Law School. Donald met and married Rosalie Lanza, they had two children and became grandparents to three.

Judge Mark served our country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War. He has been a member of the New York State Guard, Col. (retired); 1st Marine Division Association; 2nd Marine Division Association; Marine Corps League; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Catholic War Veterans Association; Korean War Veterans Association; ItAm Veterans Association; Marine Corps Historical Foundation; and the China Marine Association.

Judge Mark was admitted to practice on November 10, 1953. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association (past chairperson of Criminal Justice Committee, and past member of Volunteer Legal Services Project, Community Services Sentencing and Pre-Trial Release Committees), and past member of Plaintiffs Trial Lawyers Association.

Judge Mark’s judicial resume is extensive. He service is as follows: Penfield Town Court Justice from 1964 to 1973; Monroe County Magistrates Association (past president); New York States Magistrates Association; Administrative Judge of Town/Village Courts of Monroe County; and Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Interdepartmental Committee; County Court Judge from 1974 to 1983; Deputy Administrative Judge of County Court; and New York State County Court Judges Association; Supreme Court Justice elected in 1983 to a fourteen-year term; acting Administrative Judge for the 7th Judicial District in 1996 and 2000; Chairman of Jury Board of Monroe County; New York State Supreme Court Justice Association (Publications Committee; Criminal Procedure Committee); 7th Judicial District Supreme Court Justices Association (past president).

The Monroe County Bar Association rated Judge Mark as “highly recommended” for Supreme Court in 1983 and “superior” in 1982. In 1974 he was rated “superior” for County Court. Justice Mark pioneered multiple jury trials (five double-jury trials and two triple-jury trials); authored more than 100 decisions published in law books; and decided Dunaway v. New York in County Court which was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court and became a legal precedent nationwide and is the name of a hearing.

Judge Mark is a member of St. Rita’s Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Sons of Italy. His past memberships include the Moose Lodge, Greater Rochester Track Club, Rochester Police Department Locust Club, and Rosewood Club. He is also physically disciplined, having jogged ten miles per day for twenty years, and he participated in an impressive nine marathons. Judge Mark now walks and weight trains to keep himself fit.

On a personal note I have had the honor of Judge Mark swearing me in for all my elected races for Penfield Town Board, Monroe County Legislature, and Penfield Town Supervisor. On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 I look forward to Judge Mark swearing me in for the thirteenth time!

Penfield is fortunate to include Judge Donald J. Mark as an outstanding member of our great community.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




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