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Amherst, New York

Town in New York, United States

Amherst, New York

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Location in Erie County and the state of New York.

Location in Erie County and the state of New York.

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Coordinates: 42°58′42″N78°48′00″W / °N °W / ; Coordinates: 42°58′42″N78°48′00″W / °N °W / ;
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IncorporatedApril 10,
Named forLord Jeffrey Amherst
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&#;•&#;SupervisorBrian Kulpa (D)

Town Council

  • Francina Spoth (D)
  • Deborah Bruch Bucki (D)
  • Shawn Lavin (D)
  • Jacqualine G. Berger (D)
  • Michael Szukala (D)
  • Ramona D. Popowich (D)
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Amherst ([3]) is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. Amherst is the most populous town in New York state outside of the New York City metropolitan area, and an inner ring suburb of Buffalo. As of , the town had a total population of ,[4] This represents an increase of % from the census.[5]

The second largest in area and the most populous suburb of Buffalo, the town of Amherst encompasses the village of Williamsville as well as the hamlets of Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst. The town is in the northern part of Erie County and borders a section of the Erie Canal.

Amherst is home to the north campus of the University at Buffalo, the graduate campus of Medaille College, a satellite campus of Bryant & Stratton College, and Daemen College.


The town of Amherst was created by the State of New York on April 10, from part of the town of Buffalo (later the city of Buffalo), which itself had previously been created from the town of Clarence. Amherst was named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, commander-in-chief of the British army in North America from to Timothy S. Hopkins was elected the first supervisor of the town in Part of Amherst was later separated to form the town of Cheektowaga on March 22, [6]

The opening of the Erie Canal in spurred Amherst's growth, bringing with it with new settlers and increased commerce. German immigrants settled in the northern part of the town as farmers, attracted by the fertile land in the area. The town's water resources encouraged the development of grist mills, saw mills, and other factories along Ellicott Creek.[7] Several communities and hamlets started to develop around this time, such as Williamsville (s), Eggertsville and Snyder (s), East Amherst and Swormville (s), and Getzville (s).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of square miles (&#;km2), of which square miles (&#;km2) is land and square miles (&#;km2), or %, is water.[8]

Much of Amherst was originally floodplain and marshland, portions of which have been drained in recent years to facilitate development of new homes and businesses.[citation needed] The central and southern parts of the town are heavily suburbanized. Despite this development, the hamlets of Eggertsville and Snyder and the village of Williamsville have managed to retain much of their original character. The northern part of the town is still relatively undeveloped, with the prominent exception of the portions along Niagara Falls Boulevard (U.S. Route 62) bordering the towns of Tonawanda and Wheatfield. Some sections of northern and eastern Amherst have experienced problems with collapsing residential foundations as a result of unstable soil conditions. A few active farms may still be found in the northern part of the town.[citation needed]

Amherst is bordered on the north by Tonawanda Creek and Niagara County. Ellicott Creek flows through the town.

Adjacent cities and towns[edit]


Areas within Amherst are referred to by the former post office station names and are not legally incorporated. During the s, many of these regional post offices were closed and consolidated into the central Amherst post office on Bailey Avenue, leaving only a Williamsville () post office on Sheridan Drive, a Getzville () post office on Millersport Highway, and an East Amherst () post office on Transit Road. Mailing addresses to areas within the town are Amherst, East Amherst, Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, and Williamsville. These postal districts are still recognized by the post office and widely referred to by citizens.

Some of these mailing addresses overlap: some areas of Clarence directly east of Transit Road have Williamsville addresses, although for the purposes of taxes, schools and community resources, these people are residents of the Town of Clarence.

The areas listed below are governed and run by the Town of Amherst except for the Village of Williamsville, an independent political entity.

  • Eggertsville -- a hamlet in the southwest part of the town, bordering on Buffalo and centered around Eggert Road. Daemen College is located on Main Street (Route 5). The community is named after early postmaster Christian Eggert.
  • Getzville -- a location near the center of the town adjacent to Campbell Boulevard (Route ) and Dodge Road. The name comes from early resident Joseph Getz.
  • Audubon - A location in the center of the town situated around John James Audubon Parkway. The town police, courthouse, and main library are located here.
  • East Amherst (formerly Transit Station) -- An unincorporated community, or hamlet, in the eastern part of the town, shared with the Town of Clarence.
  • North Bailey -- A location at the junction of Bailey Avenue and Maple Road.
  • Snyder (originally Snyderville after postmaster Michael Snyder) -- A suburban community located between Eggertsville and the village of Williamsville.
  • Swormville - A hamlet in the eastern part of the town, shared with the Town of Clarence. Named for Adam Schworm, prominent landowner and businessman.
  • West Amherst - A location in the northwestern part of the town bordered by Niagara Falls Boulevard (US 62) to the west, Sweet Home Road to the east and Maple Road to the south. Principally the section of the town which comprises the Sweet Home central school district.
  • Williamsville - an incorporated village within Amherst, located in the southern part of the town.


Amherst is among the top ten American cities (with a population greater than 50,) in average yearly snowfall.[9] Average high temperatures from May through October range from 60 to 81 degrees. Average high temperatures from November through March range from 31 to 47 degrees.[10]


In July , CNNMoney ranked Amherst 42nd in a list of the Top Best Places to Live in America.[11] In , ranked Amherst 50th.[12] In and , Amherst was selected as one of America's Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.[13]

Arts and culture[edit]

Many festivals are celebrated in Amherst throughout the year. The town is home to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.

The Town of Amherst Archival Research Center is located in the Harlem Road Community Center, Harlem Road, Amherst NY (previously housed in the Former Reformed Mennonite Church[14] which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in [15])


Amherst is home to the University at Buffalo Stadium, Alumni Arena, and Amherst Audubon Field, all utilized by the University at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls.

The Northtown Center is the town's ice hockey arena. The arena is the home of the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League, the University at BuffaloBulls men's ice hockey team, and the Buffalo Wings, a professional inline hockey team competing in Major League Roller Hockey.


Historical population
Historical Population Figures [16][17]

As of the census of , there were , people, 48, households, and 29, families residing in the town. There were 51, housing units. The racial makeup of the town was % White, % African American, % Native American, % Asian, % Pacific Islander, % from other races, and % from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were % of the population.[18]

There were 48, households, out of which % had children under the age of 18 living with them, % were married couples living together, % had a female householder with no husband present, and % were non-families. % of all households were made up of individuals, and % had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was and the average family size was [18]

The median income for a household in the town was $55,, and the median income for a family was $68, Males had a median income of $51, versus $32, for females. The per capita income for the town was $27, About % of families and % of the population were below the poverty line, including % of those under age 18 and % of those age 65 or over.[18]

% of residents (aged 25 and over) have obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher, including % with a Graduate or professional degree.[18][19]


Higher education[edit]

There are five separate higher educational institutions with campuses in the town.

  • The North Campus of the University at Buffalo, a nationally ranked tier 1 research university. It is the only university in Amherst.
All university programs apart from architecture, planning, nursing, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and public health reside here.

Public schools[edit]

There are three separate public school districts within the town.

The largest district and comprises the eastern half of the town along with portions of the Town of Clarence. The district is ranked #1 out of 97 public school systems in Western New York.[20] Williamsville high schools were awarded Silver rankings according to U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools, and rank among the top % out of over 21, high schools nationally.[21]
Covering the southwestern portion of the town with its core in the Eggertsville and Snyder areas.
Covering the northwestern portion of the town along with portions of the Town of Tonawanda with its core in West Amherst and Getzville.[22]


Crime and public safety[edit]

Town of Amherst police Ford Taurus

As of , the Amherst Police Department employed officers and 35 full and part-time civilian employees including the Chief, Assistant Chief, and eight captains.[23]

Amherst has been ranked as the "Safest City in America" –, –, and [citation needed] In many other years it ranked in the top 5. The ranking is based on annual reports by the FBI, including crime statistics in six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft.

In , Amherst was ranked the second safest city in the United States, after Brick Township, New Jersey.[24] In , it ranked 6th safest out of cities.[25] Most recently in , Amherst was ranked the #1 Safest City in America with a population between , and ,[26]


The Amherst Beeinstalled Amherst's first telephone line.[27]

Amherst is served by the Amherst Bee newspaper. In Paul Kurtz founded the publishing house Prometheus Books in Amherst.


Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital is located in the center of town on Maple Road.[28]

Notable people[edit]

  • Eric Andersen, singer-songwriter, grew up in the hamlet of Snyder
  • Scotty Bowman, former NHL coach
  • Richard J. Burke, journalist, poet, and playwright
  • Jack Davis, industrialist and politician
  • Al Dekdebrun, former pro football quarterback and Amherst Town Supervisor
  • Dan Gronkowski, former NFL tight end
  • Rob Gronkowski, NFL tight end for the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jeffrey Gundlach, bond manager, graduated from Amherst High School
  • Chris Hajt, former NHL player
  • James P. Hayes, former New York state assemblyman
  • Dan Herbeck, journalist for The Buffalo News
  • Marc Evan Jackson, comedian
  • Bruce Kershner, environmentalist
  • Andy Kulberg, rock and blues bassist
  • Nick Langworthy, chair of the New York Republican State Committee
  • Wendie Malick, actress
  • Norman McCombs, businessman
  • Joe Mesi, professional boxer, attended Sweet Home High School
  • Ian Murphy, alternative journalist and satirist
  • Harry Neale, hockey broadcaster and former NHL coach
  • Keith O'Neil, former NFL player
  • Brooks Orpik, NHL defenseman
  • Wayne Patrick, former NFL player
  • Michael Ranzenhofer, New York state senator
  • Edward Rath III, New York state senator
  • Mike Robitaille, former NHL player and current Sabres broadcaster
  • Mark Rubin, former NFL player
  • Hugh B. Scott, judge
  • Billy Sheehan, rock bassist
  • Barnett Slepian, physician murdered by anti-abortion terrorist James Charles Kopp
  • John Stevens, American Idol finalist
  • Satish K. Tripathi, president of the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • James Whitmore, actor, attended Amherst High School
  • Gordon Yaeger, notable pilot of the Bell Rocket Belt

See also[edit]


  1. ^" U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4,
  2. ^"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9,
  3. ^"Amherst". Retrieved 9 November
  4. ^"US Census Bureau "(PDF). Retrieved 17 December
  5. ^Patrick, Klinck. "Census Results: Amherst Shows Modest Growth Since ". Retrieved 17 December
  6. ^Amherst Museum (). "A brief history of the Town of Amherst"(PDF). Town of Amherst. Retrieved
  7. ^""History of the town of Amherst" ( - )".
  8. ^"Geographic Identifiers: Demographic Profile Data (G): Amherst town, Erie County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 22, [dead link]
  9. ^Top Snowiest Cities
  10. ^"Weatherbase Weather Data". Retrieved 17 December
  11. ^"Best Places to Live ". CNNMoney. August Archived from the original on October 20, Retrieved 5 May
  12. ^"CNN Money Best Places to Live ". Retrieved 17 December
  13. ^"America's Promise Alliance Best Communities for Young people". Retrieved 17 December
  14. ^Claire L. Ross (November ). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Former Reformed Mennonite Church". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on Retrieved See also:"Accompanying four photos". Archived from the original on Retrieved
  15. ^"National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13,
  16. ^" Fourteenth census of the United States, , , " Department of Commerce and Labor. (), page Retrieved
  17. ^"Decade of change - population and housing trends"(PDF). Town of Amherst. p.&#; Retrieved February 17,
  18. ^ abcd"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved
  19. ^"U.S. Census website". U.S. Census. Retrieved 23 May
  20. ^Thomas, Scott. " school district rankings for Western New York". Retrieved 17 December
  21. ^" US News and World Report Best High Schools". Retrieved 30 April
  22. ^"Town of Amherst Schools and Education". Retrieved 17 December
  23. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on Retrieved CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^City Crime Rankings by Population GroupArchived at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^"CQ Press City Crime Rankings: ". Retrieved 17 December
  26. ^"Safest and Most Dangerous U.S. Cities, ".
  27. ^Grande, Joseph A. (). Amherst. Arcadia Publishing. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  28. ^"Town of Amherst website". Retrieved 17 December

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Planning Board

Please be advised all Planning Board meetings will be held virtually until Jan 15,

Mission Statement

New York State Town Law gives authority to the Town Board to appoint a Planning Board. In Amherst, the Planning Board consists of seven (7) members. Each member serves a seven (7) year term, with one member’s term expiring at the end of every calendar year. There is no term limit for Planning Board members.

The powers of the Amherst Planning Board are:

Review and approval of site plans
Review and approval of subdivision applications
Review and approval of coordinated sign plans
Review of rezoning applications and recommendation to the Town Board
Participation in the development of Comprehensive Plans
Review of any matter referred by the Town Board and report to the Town Board

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Amherst Bd. Votes To Raise Their Own Pay

AMHERST, NY - The Amherst Town Board has voted to include salary increases for themselves, and for other elected town officials in next year's budget.

The move has left Town Supervisor surprisedand wondering what his next step may be.

Elected officials in Erie County's largest town, haven't gotten significant raises in 12 years.

However, the current town board majority feels some hefty hikes are in line for what they --and some others elected to serve, are paid.

As is his duty, Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein submitted his proposed salaries for elected officials next year as part of his preliminary budget on Tuesday night during a regular town board meeting.

As is his custom, they included no raises, accept for a 2% hike for the Town Clerk, which would raise her pay to $66, annually.

Late into the meeting, and after most citizens had left according to Weinstein, Board Member Steven Sanders, who also serves as the town’s Deputy Supervisor, proposed an amendment which would provide raises for all town elected officials in

This would include a 37% raise for town board members, raising their annual salary to $35, and a 40% increase for the Supervisor, raising his yearly pay to $,

In addition, the salary of the Town Clerk would increase by 26% to $82, while the pay for a Town Justice would jump by 5% to $, and the Highway Superintendent’s pay would rise by 3% to $, including stipends.

"Nobody wants to vote for raises because they think it makes them look bad when they give themselves a raise. I get that,” said Sanders during the meeting. “But by the same token, the result has been that by not having raises for ten or so years… you have the town supervisor falling behind many department heads, you have the town clerk is behind many department heads who have less responsibility."

Weinstein told WGRZ-TV he may not have a choice but to include the salary hikes in his preliminary budget, even though he is opposed to them and voted no on the amended resolution.

“It was passed ,” said Weinstein. “Generally speaking, if there is a town board majority on something – even if I disagree with it, I go along with the town board majority. I think that's the way to go. But I’ve been thinking about it and I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this. "

Weinstein, who calls the concept of elected officials voting for their own raises "unseemly", claims the proposed raises would collectively add $, to the town budget.

Board members voting in favor, note the proposed salary levels were derived by the town comptroller and director of human resources, and claim their workload has increased since the town board was downsized in recent years.

“We as a board have been downsized from 7 members to 5 members, leaving us with more committees to take part in and more responsibilities, “said board member Ramona D. Popowich, who voted in favor of the raises.

Sanders also noted that if the pay hikes for town board members were approved, it would still collectively amount to slightly less than the total amount board members earned before the board was downsized.

Besides Weinstein, the only board member to vote no was Deborah Bruch Bucki, who said she had “serious concerns” about raising her pay, because she supported reducing the salary of town board members when she ran for office.

“When I ran I said I would take a pay cut, so I can’t in good conscience support this,” she said, while also expressing her belief that if pay raises were ever to be considered, they should only be done so on the recommendation of a citizens committee, with a thorough review by citizens being asked for their input.

Bruch Bucki also said if pay raises were ever approved by elected officials, they should only be approved to take effect after the next election.

“It should be for future term of office,” she said. “A salary increase should not immediately benefit those currently serving. We all knew what the pay was when we took the job.”

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