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July 27, 2016
Public comment period, Mixed Use Zoning District

The public is invited to submit written comments regarding The Draft Scoping Document as requested by the Penfield Town Board to outline potential impacts that may result with the creation of a new Mixed Use Zoning District along the Route 250 corridor, which proposed to rezone 360+/- acres currently zoned Rural Residential 1 (RR-1), Rural Agricultural 2 (RA-2) and Limited Business (LB).

The Penfield Town Board is accepting written comments regarding the Draft Scoping Document in anticipation of a DGEIS to address potential impacts associated with a new Mixed Use Zoning District. The Mixed Use Development Manual has been drafted to establish guidelines for the district.  

All details and project history are available at under Quick Links, “Mixed Use District Info.” The Draft Scoping Document for the Mixed Use Zoning District project, dated July 20, 2016, is available under ‘Documents of Interest’ on the project webpage.   

Public comments will be accepted in writing by the Penfield Town Board from July 21, 2016 through 5:00 p.m. August 20, 2016.  Comments may be submitted via mail Attn: Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526, hand delivery to Town of Penfield, by fax 585.340.8644, or email


The Town of Penfield’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan calls for the creation of a new mixed use zoning district ordinance to guide future land use. By definition, mixed use districts offer a variety of residential development blended with community and neighborhood commercial uses to create intentional neighborhoods that preserve community character, appeal to residents and developers, and provide a diverse tax base.

In accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, the town’s current project is the creation of a Mixed Use District Design Manual that will become the adopted reference for all code requirements relating to future mixed use development.

The project is funded under a federal grant through the Genesee Transportation Council’s (GTC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the town budget. Other key involved agencies include Monroe County Department of Parks, New York State Department of Transportation, and the Genesee Transportation Council. 

July 26, 2016

Attention Penfield residents: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reports that a phone scam from callers claiming to be from the IRS is on the increase in our area. The caller aggressively demands immediate payment of taxes and asks for personal information over the phone.

The IRS states: "There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484 or the IRS.”

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office urges people to NOT answer any phone call with IRS in the Caller ID. If you do pick up the call, hang up immediately.

Learn more about this scam on the IRS website:




July 25, 2016
Supervisor’s column July 25, 2016

I recently I wrote about the unusually high number of car break-ins across Penfield, Perinton, and Pittsford and shared the Monroe County Sherriff’s Department (MCSD) message encouraging us all to lock our vehicles and keep valuables safely out of sight. One of our regular readers suggested I provide you with this link to the weekly Zone A report: This update will give you a sense of the activity going on in and around our community that the MCSD is dealing with each week.

The next scheduled hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, August 13 in Ellison Park. Come discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. The hike runs from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Please meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for hike signs. All events are FREE and held rain or shine. For more information about this hike and others go to and click on “Penfield Trails.”

Last week I provided a snapshot from Greg Kamp, president of Penfield Little League (PLL), regarding the progress of Penfield teams in post-season championship play. Below is an update from Greg on how the teams did last week:

  • PLL 11-Year old team won their first game of the Sectionals in Wellsville, NY.
  • PLL 12-Year old team are now New York State Section 1 Champions and headed to the Bronx for the New York State Championships. They are two steps away from the Little League World Series Dream.
  • PLL Intermediate Team is on Long Island preparing for their first-round game in the Little League Eastern Regionals, one step away from the Little League World Series Dream.
  • PLL Girls Softball Team finished 3rd in all of New York State in the New York State Championships. 

We congratulate all athletes and their coaches on a great season.

The 2017 budget process is well under way. All department heads have submitted their priorities and goals and proposed budgets. The initial preliminary roll-up shows an increase in spending of about $750,000. Over the next month our town comptroller, the town board, and I will continue to meet to look for ways to reduce costs and increase revenue without impacting services. The tentative budget will be released on Wednesday, September 7 and will be available online for review and comment.

Beginning Wednesday, July 27, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) contractors will begin work on the Route 441 and Huber/Harris Roads intersection to cut two feet off the knoll off to improve visibility. The Route 441 and Carter/Salt Roads intersection will be widened to include turn lanes in the east/west lanes. This construction will last for more than a month. Please go to for all the details under “News and Announcements.” As we receive updates from the NYSDOT we will include them in this area of our website for your information.  

Eldersource Care Management Services, a collaborative of Lifespan and the Catholic Family Center, is a community intake assessment and care management system. It features one telephone number entry into age-related services and professional social workers who are able to guide older adults and care-givers through the complex long-term care system. For information please call 325-2800. Also, an Eldersource case worker will be at the Penfield Community Center the last Tuesday of every month to answer questions and support you in any way.

Until next week, enjoy the rainfall we are receiving, every little bit helps — especially for our farmers who are at the peak of their season and looking to provide all of us with fresh fruits and vegetables.






July 21, 2016


New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll today announced that construction is underway on a $2.2 million project to improve safety at the intersections of Route 441 with Huber and Harris roads and with Carter and Salt roads in the town of Penfield, Monroe County. Work on the intersection with Huber and Harris roads will require a one-month closure of a portion of Route 441.


“Route 441 is a key travel route serving those in northeastern Monroe County and parts of Wayne County,” Commissioner Driscoll said. “In an effort to minimize traffic disruptions as part of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, we are limiting the duration of the road closure which is necessary to complete the project quickly and efficiently.”


Route 441 at Huber/Harris Roads

The project will lower the profile of Route 441 where Huber Road to the south, and Harris Road to the north, intersect the highway. Removing a two-foot knoll in the road will improve visibility for motorists approaching the intersection. Route 441 will be closed between Fellows Road and Carter Road for a maximum of one month while the road is reconstructed. During the closure, which will begin on Wednesday, July 27 and run through the month of August, no traffic will be allowed through the intersection, including along Route 441 or between Huber and Harris roads. Local traffic will be allowed on Route 441 up to the intersection closure. A detour will be posted directing motorists to use Route 250 to Whitney Road to Carter Road. Other work will occur through the fall at the intersection using daily lane closures.


Route 441 at Carter/Salt Roads

Route 441 will be widened where Carter Road to the south and Salt Road to the north intersects the highway. Left-turn lanes will be added in both directions to alleviate congestion and improve highway safety and the traffic signal system will be replaced. The roads will remain open during construction, but motorists should expect lane closures in the work zone.


At both locations, the pavement condition will be restored, shoulders will be widened, the drainage system will be improved with storm-pipe systems, and new signs, pavement markings and curbs will be installed as needed. Motorists should expect intermittent shoulder and lane closures.


An estimated 12,000 vehicles travel this section of Route 441 each day.


In 2012, a three-mile section of Route 441 from Dublin Road to the Wayne County line was resurfaced. Last year, the asphalt section from Interstate 490 to Dublin Road, along with a portion on Route 250, was paved.


“For communities like Penfield in my district, route 441 serves as a vital connection to many other important highways and expressways, including interstate 490,” said New York State Senator Rich Funke. “The construction now underway will help to improve traffic flow and safety along a significant stretch of the 441 corridor. I am grateful to Commissioner Driscoll and his team for taking the record investment we've made in Upstate infrastructure and putting those dollars to good use right here in the 55th District.”

“The improvements on this section of Route 441 is a major quality of life project which will provide motorists in our community a safer and more secure roadway for years to come,” said Assemblyman Mark Johns.  “While this work may be a disruption, these necessary improvements will ensure that Route 441 in the town of Penfield will be a safe and secure route to travel.”

The construction contractor for the project is Ramsey Constructors, of Lakeville, Livingston County. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.


For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit, or the mobile site at


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July 18, 2016
Supervisor’s column July 18, 2016

This Saturday, July 23, we will celebrate Penfield Recreation’s 60th birthday with a Birthday Bash at the Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. Bring the whole family and enjoy food at throwback prices — everything is just one dollar! With hot dogs, Italian sausage, hamburgers, and beverages for just one dollar you can’t afford to miss this wonderful event. PenRec will also serve FREE popcorn and slushies while supplies last. Food is available beginning at 6:00 PM. Mike Kornrich will perform music from the '50s and '60s at 7:00 PM. In the event of rain, this event will move to the Penfield Community Center.

The First Baptist Church, located at 1862 Penfield Road, is hosting Vacation Bible School August 15 to 19 for children ages 4 through 5th grade. Bible study, games, crafts, songs, and snacks are included. The cost of the program is $25 per child, a maximum of $50 per household. For more information and to register or to become a volunteer, please call 585-586-2876 or email

There is still time to participate in the 6th annual Penfield Business Chamber’s (PBC) Golf Tournament to benefit the Shepherd Home next Monday, July 25, at Penfield Country Club. If you are not a golfer, join them for dinner and a fantastic live auction. This year’s honorary chair is Penfield’s own Naomi Silver, president and CEO of the Red Wings. The Shepherd Home is a comfort care home that provides compassionate end of life care in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For more information please contact PBC at 348-8360 or

Greg Kamp, President of Penfield Little League, just contacted me with great news that I would like to pass on to the community. Greg shared, “What a year of Championship Baseball in Penfield and it's not over yet!...Getting to a Little League World Series goes right through Penfield, just a quick update for our town to be proud of!”

  • Penfield 10-11 National Team: DISTRICT CHAMPS and moving on!
  • Penfield 11-12 National Team: DISTRICT CHAMPS and moving on!
  • Penfield Intermediate Team: NEW YORK STATE CHAMPS and moving on!
  • Penfield Girls Softball Seniors Team: NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!

On behalf of the Penfield community, congratulations to all the boys and girls who participate in the Penfield Little League program, you make us all proud!

Mary Cariola Children’s Center (MCCC) will host an informational meeting regarding their proposed new group home at 1146-B State Road (the northwest corner of State and Jackson Roads) on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 PM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium. MCCC currently operates a home at 2575 Browncroft Blvd (this was their first home, opened in 1979). The MCCC residential program currently serves 44 individuals in six group homes around the suburbs of Rochester. If you have any questions please contact Anna-Lynn Brink, Director of Community Services at 271-2897, x 1208 or

The Town of Penfield’s Employee Wellness Team asked me to remind everyone that August is “National Immunization Awareness Month” (NIAM). NIAM is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.

Until next week, be well and be safe…and don’t forget about the Penfield Recreation’s 60th Birthday Bash this Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 PM!











July 13, 2016
**CANCELLATION NOTICE** of the July 22 Weekend Work on Route 441 Eastound

**CANCELED AND POST-PONED: Route 441 Eastbound at Linden Avenue in Penfield for Concrete Pavement Work

Due to weather and temperature concerns, the work on the Rte 441/Linden Ave intersection scheduled for July 22-25 has been cancelled and the associated closures and detours will not be implemented. This work will be re-scheduled for a later date, which has yet to be determined.
The existing left lane closure on Rte 441 eastbound will remain in place until approximately August 1.

NYSDOT is expecting to complete the work on Rte 441 eastbound on or about August 1, and switch over to a right lane closure in the westbound. This closure will begin approximately at Old Penfield Road and extend westward to Linden Oaks, and last for approximately 3 weeks.  At the same time, the westbound ramps at Rte 153/Panorama Trail will be closed for a two week period. Detours will be posted.

This work is part of the ongoing $5 million project to repair the concrete sections on Route 441,  replace pavement markings, and provide a new cross walk with pedestrian signals at Linden Avenue.  In addition, the driving surface of three bridges will be repaired.
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July 11, 2016
Supervisor’s column July 11, 2016

The A-Zone of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that supports Penfield, Perinton, and Pittsford has informed me that more than 40 car larcenies were reported in the month of June. And once again the Sheriff’s Office has asked me to remind residents to hide valuables and lock vehicles. Many break-ins have occurred during the day when purses, wallets, cell-phones, and other valuables were left in plain sight on seats and consoles. Even if your car is in your own driveway, please lock it up so you do not become another victim. If you note any strange cars or individuals in your neighborhood please call 911 to report that information to the Sheriff’s Department.

I would also like to share an important message from our Recreation Department: Weather and other circumstances may occasionally cause changes to scheduled programs with very short notice. Stay up to date with all program cancellations and alerts on the Penfield Recreation website ( and through our phone system at 585.340.8655. When an alert is posted this icon will appear:


Click on the icon for further information. From the phone system, listen to the prompts and follow the menu for "Current program information and updates" (currently option 2). Please note: these are the ONLY sources for program updates.

Members of the Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines moratorium committee continue their important work of identifying various future land options for both properties. The Penfield Town Board has asked for the committee’s recommendations by September 2, 2016 so board members can begin their review. I encourage all interested residents to go to and click on the “The Shadows” for the most current information on this topic. Also, all meeting of the committee are recorded and can be viewed online. Once again, I would like to recognize and thank all committee members for their time, commitment, and support of this very important effort that affects our entire community.

This week we kick off the very popular Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage concert series for 2016. “Cool Jazz Tuesdays” will feature: July 12 – Prime Time Funk; July 19 – Chet Catallo & the Cats Quartet; July 26 – Bill Tiberio Band; and August 2 – Mark Cassara.  

For “Kids Fest Thursdays” the lineup is: July 14 – Mr. Loops; July 21 – Dady Brothers; July 28 – Paulsen and Baker; and August 4 – Mike Kornrich.

Finally, “Saturdays on Stage” features: July 23 – Mike Kornrich to help us celebrate the Penfield Recreation’s 60th Birthday Bash; and on July 30 come help us round out our concert series with Gap Mangione Big Band.

For all dates the music starts at 7:00 PM with great food available each night. “Cool Jazz” events also feature a wine tent. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy some great music by local musicians. Mark your calendar for all these dates!

This column used to appear weekly in the Penfield Post newspaper. Changes to the newspaper’s print policies and out-of-state preparation has led us to publish this column solely online at One of the benefits of this change is that I have the flexibility to publish important and noteworthy information on a more frequent basis.

To help you keep track of new columns as they are posted, you can sign up for email or social media alerts. Go to and click “supervisor column” under my photo, then choose Register your contact information here to receive alerts for the latest Supervisor's Column.

This is another way you and your family can be informed of important and interesting updates about our great community. If you do not have online access and are at the town hall or Penfield Library we will happily print a copy for you.

The Penfield Library has a number of wonderful programs going on throughout the summer; check out to view and enjoy all they offer for residents of all ages!

Until next week, our Employee Wellness Team encourages everyone to stay hydrated during this period of high heat and humidity. This is especially important for our youngest residents as they may not realize they are getting themselves in trouble when they are caught up with fun and games. It does not take long to be impacted. Please check on elderly neighbors to be sure they are cool and hydrated. And let’s not forget the well-being of our four-legged friends — keep them cool, hydrated, and out of hot cars.





July 6, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 7/4

You could not have picked a more beautiful day for July 4th activities in Penfield. The weather was ideal and the parade was filled with music, floats, and many community groups and organizations. The evening at Harris Whalen Park was picture-perfect for fantastic music, a variety of food, and of course the fireworks — every year thousands of people flock to the park to take in the Penfield fireworks!

The Town Board recognized the Penfield Fire Company as this year’s parade marshals in celebration of its 175th anniversary of protecting Penfield and its residents from fire, flood, ice storms, and other emergencies. This volunteer organization of Penfield men and women stands ready to serve regardless of the emergency at hand.

Additionally, we recognized Penfield’s own Don Alhart for his 50 years of broadcast excellence in our region. Don was also recognized for supporting the Penfield Recreation Department as being our parade emcee for many decades. Don consistently gives of himself to support our community and truly practices “service above self”!

On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I want to recognize Recreation Director Chris Bilow and his entire team for hosting another wonderful July 4th celebration. From the parade to the fireworks, and everything in between, our celebration was perfect for residents of all ages…thank you!

The American Red Cross has asked me to inform the community that Type O positive blood is in short supply. There are not enough people coming forward to give blood and platelets and the Red Cross needs our help to replenish the supply. Please schedule an appointment today to donate blood or platelets to help save the life of a wife, child, or husband who just needs one donor like you to step forward. Your donation can also meet the needs of patients in critical situations: kids fighting cancer, patients waiting for serious surgeries, and people in your town who will need blood to survive traumatic injuries.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. Blood drive locations and hours are subject to change. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for additional details.

Recreation Director Chris Bilow shared with me that the first week of summer youth programs that began June 28 yielded some impressive numbers. More than 600 participants joined 45 programs including summer day camp, swim lessons, volleyball and soccer camps, as well as high school basketball, tennis, and golf leagues. Participation for 2016 is on pace to be the most active year on record. Great job by the Penfield Recreation Department!

One last reminder of an opportunity to dispose of large TVs, consoles, desktops, and other electronics at no cost: Assemblyman Mark Johns is hosting a FREE community electronics recycling day this coming Saturday, July 9, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Pittsford Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road. For more information, please contact Assemblyman Johns’ office at 223-9130.

Until next week, enjoy your summer activities and the beautiful warm weather!



July 1, 2016
Town Board statement regarding "God Bless America" banner

The Penfield Town Board would like to clarify its position regarding the 5 Mile Café business owner’s use of a banner stating “God Bless America.”

Signs with ideological statements — including “God Bless America”— are, and have always been, permitted in the Town of Penfield.

Social media and other outlets have inaccurately disseminated misinformation about the Town’s position regarding the “God Bless America” banner.

The Penfield Town Board, in fact, approved the business owner’s request for a banner in conjunction with her annual Fourth of July celebration.

Issues between the Town of Penfield and the business owner have only been related to the “how and when” the physical banner could be used according to town code. The message “God Bless America” on the banner has never been, and is not, an issue.

The Penfield Town Board supports the message and the sentiment “God Bless America.” The Town of Penfield is a patriotic community with many long-standing traditions that support its heritage, veterans, and country.



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