Penfield, New York

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Penfield
Town
Motto: A Town of Planned Progress
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyMonroe
Elevation512 ft (156.1 m)
Coordinates43°09′40″N 77°26′48″W / 43.16111°N 77.44667°W / 43.16111; -77.44667
Area37.9 sq mi (98.2 km2)
 - land37.5 sq mi (97 km2)
 - water0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 1.06%
Population36,242 (2010)
Density974 / sq mi (376 / km2)
Established1810
Town SupervisorTony LaFountain (R; 2010-present)
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14526
Area code585
Location of Penfield in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.penfield.org/
 
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Coordinates: 43°09′40″N 77°26′48″W / 43.16111°N 77.44667°W / 43.16111; -77.44667
Penfield
Town
Motto: A Town of Planned Progress
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyMonroe
Elevation512 ft (156.1 m)
Coordinates43°09′40″N 77°26′48″W / 43.16111°N 77.44667°W / 43.16111; -77.44667
Area37.9 sq mi (98.2 km2)
 - land37.5 sq mi (97 km2)
 - water0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 1.06%
Population36,242 (2010)
Density974 / sq mi (376 / km2)
Established1810
Town SupervisorTony LaFountain (R; 2010-present)
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14526
Area code585
Location of Penfield in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.penfield.org/

Penfield is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 36,242 at the 2010 census.

The town was incorporated in 1810 by the proprietor, Daniel Penfield, who purchased the town lands in 1795 and moved to the area in 1809. His house still resides at 1784 Penfield Road.[1] Penfield is a suburb of Rochester, New York. The town's motto is "A Town of Planned Progress".

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98 km2), of which 37.5 square miles (97 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (1.11%) is water. Penfield is surrounded in all four directions by neighboring towns. To the North is Webster, to the South is Fairport, to the East is Walworth, and to the West is Brighton.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 34,645 people, 13,144 households, and 9,634 families residing in the town. The population density was 923.9 people per square mile (356.7/km²). There were 13,673 housing units at an average density of 364.6 per square mile (140.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.48% White, 3.05% Asian, 2.11% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population. There is an estimated 2,393 veterans in the town.[4]

There were 13,144 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $63,223, and the median income for a family was $74,959. Males had a median income of $52,282 versus $33,365 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,576. About 2.3% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

The unemployment rate, as of July 2013, was 5.5%. This is below the 7.6% unemployment rate of New York State in July of 2013.[5]

Economy[edit]

Major companies in Penfield include Paychex, Nalge Nunc International, Birds Eye Foods, and Wegman's.

Safety[edit]

The Town of Penfield does not hold its own police department like a number of its neighboring towns. Instead the town is covered by the Monroe County Sheriffs Department. Penfield is located in Zone A where Captain Robert Clar is the Commander and Deputy Andy Hildreth is the Crime Prevention Officer. [6]

Homicide[edit]

In 2003, 26 year old Tabatha Bryant was murdered by her half brother, Cyril Winebrenner, 24, who was paid off by her husband, Kevin C. Bryant. One night Winebrenner broke into the couple's house planning to shoot and kill Tabatha. When the gun jammed, Winebrenner proceeded to stab Tabatha 14 times. He was later charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole. Winebrenner's girlfriend, Cassidy Green, 23, was charged with first degree manslaughter for providing the weapon to Winbrenner as well and transporting him to and from the scene of the crime. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Being that Bryant planned the murder for hire, he is also serving a life sentence in prison with no parole. [7]

Education[edit]

The town is primarily served by the Penfield and Webster central school districts, with relatively small portions of the town served by the Pittsford and Wayne central school districts.[8]

Medical History[edit]

In 2010, there was a breakout of Tourette's Syndrome in Le Roy, Livingston County NY. Le Roy is located on the Monroe County border so the mysterious epidemic found its way into the Monroe County education system.[9]


Additionally, there are several privately run schools:

History[edit]

The lands that now constitute the Town of Penfield were part of the hunting grounds of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee tribes. There is no evidence of Seneca settlements within Penfield, but the town does include the place now called "Indian Landing." From this landing on the shores of Irondequoit Bay, trails and water routes went throughout the region and beyond. This included a water route with only two portages leading from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

Following the American Revolution the lands that became Penfield were included in the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. After passing through several hands, Townships 13 and 14 of Range IV of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase were acquired by Daniel Penfield in several transactions during the course of 1795.

The area in today's Monroe County remained divided by the Genesee River, and all the settlements to the east of the Genesee became part of the town of Northfield in 1796. Those to the west of the river were organized into Northampton in 1797. As the population rapidly grew both settlements divided. Northfield first became Boyle, from which Penfield split in 1810.[10]

The Town of Penfield was established in 1810 and the first Town Meeting was held on 2 April 1811. The town initially consisted of Townships 13 and 14 of Range IV. A portion of the southwest corner went to the Town of Brighton when it was established in 1814, and Township 14 became the Town of Webster in 1840. So modern Penfield is, with minor differences, Township 13 of Range IV of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.

The original Penfield Town Hall was built in 1895 and was deemed a Penfield landmark in 1981. This building is located at 2131 Five Mile Line Road. In the 1950's the downstairs of the town hall was the library and when the location of the Penfield Town Hall was changed, the library took over the entire building. The library has now since been moved to Baird Road Community Center. In 1966 the Penfield Town hall was moved to its current location at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The original building of the town hall is currently a maternity clothing store. [11]

Government[edit]

Penfield town hall

The town is governed by a town board consisting of a town supervisor and four councilpersons, all elected by registered town voters. The Penfield Town Hall can be found at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY, 14526. It can also be reached by phone at (585)340-8600. [12]

Emergency response[edit]

Access to emergency services is obtained by dialing 9-1-1, which connects the caller to the City of Rochester's Emergency Communications Department (9-1-1 Center). For the Town of Penfield, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department provides primary law enforcement for the town's residents.

The volunteer Penfield Fire Company provides fire protection, rescue and non-transport emergency medical services to that part of the Town included within the Penfield Fire District. Northern parts of Penfield receive these services from the Webster Fire Department. The Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) provides Basic Life Support with trained Emergency Medical Technicians. Advanced Life Support services are provided by the Southeast Quadrant Mobile Critical Care Unit (SEQ MCCU).[citation needed]

The Penfield area made national news headlines when an 8-year-old boy, Tyler Doohan, died in a fire in his grandfather's trailer after having saved 6 of his relatives; he perished while unsuccessfully trying to rescue his grandfather, and was named an honorary firefighter. People from all over upstate New York paid their respects at his funeral.[13][14]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank, Maude (1989). A Retrospective Look at the Town of Penfield. Penfield, NY: Town of Penfield. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". google. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Penfield town, Monroe County, New York". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Penfield, NY". Onboard Informatics. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Monroe County Zones - Neighborhood Crime Watch". Monroe County. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Amanda, Seef. "2003 Penfield murder to be featured on national crime show Read more: http://www.penfieldpost.com/article/20110110/News/301109921#ixzz2uT7jEt7q". Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Town of Penfield School Districts with Street Numbers". Penfield, New York: Town of Penfield. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ Caine, E. D.; M. C. McBride, P. Chiverton, K. A. Banford, S. Rediness, J. Shiao (March 1988). "Tourette's syndrome in Monroe County school children". Neurology 38 (3): 472. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Monroe County History". Monroe County. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Wamp, Martin (2004). Images of America: Penfield. Portsmouth, NH: Arcadia Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 0738535257. 
  12. ^ "Town of Penfield, Monroe County". Town of Penfield. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  13. ^ http://news.msn.com/us/ny-boy-hailed-for-saving-6-is-honorary-firefighter
  14. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/29/us/new-york-firefighter-funeral-boy/index.html?iref=allsearch

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