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Town Board Meeting Videos 2020


Dear Neighbors


Stanford Tax & Financial Update

Dear Neighbors

I would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the Town Board Meeting on 2/13/20.  The title of the meeting should have been THE STATE OF OUR TAX LEVY, as that was the critical information we were trying to impart.  I am more than happy to have another Town Meeting devoted to Fund Balance and Best Practices as soon as we can close 2019 which is not a simple task.  In the meanwhile, we are working to figure out the best way to deal with the unauthorized 59.8% tax decrease as it impacts both the Highway Fund which was shortchanged for their budget, as well as the General Fund which receives zero real property tax dollars this year.  I have posted our Power Point Presentation for your convenience.

My best,  Wendy Burton

Thank everyone who crowded into the Town Auditorium on Thursday night to hear our presentation on the STATE OF THE TOWN finances.  I realize that there were many people who could not fit into the room, and I’m pleased to say the entire video of the meeting is available if you scroll down to the middle of this homepage and find the link under the railroad photograph.  I will work with the videographer to move the link to the top of the page so it is more easily found.

The presentation raised as many questions as were answered, though the main focus was to explain how the 10.84% tax cut promised by the last Administration turned into an unauthorized 59,8% cut and I hope our Power Point slide show clarified that process.  You can view that presentation in its entirety at the link below. We are happy to discuss Fund Balance and Financial Controls at another town wide forum.

I  deeply regret that the change in the tax levy, which  impacts the Highway Department’s operating funds as well as the l Fund Balance, has been turned into a political football.  We inherited this budget and with your support we hope to fix it.  Our goal is to serve the community and not to engage in political games.

Thank you for your patience and for your support,

Wendy Burton



Dear Neighbors,

We are 28 days into our new Administration and I feel it is necessary to give you a STATE OF THE TOWN update. Some very wonderful new projects have been initiated, but there is also a matter of grave concern that the current Town Board has inherited that I need to address with you. It  impacts everyone’s taxes and the financial future of our town.

Many of you may have noticed that you received a 59.8% decrease in your Town Real Property tax as opposed to the 10.8% that was reflected in the proposed budget. You can imagine the devastating impact this decrease has on our finances and taxes moving forward.

We are actively investigating, with the help of several governmental agencies and the State and County Comptroller’s Offices, the submission in November 2019 of an inappropriate representation of the 2020 Budget approved by the Town Board. It resulted in an erroneous Tax Levy that has affected all of us, and which has a tremendous negative impact on the future of our Town and its taxpayers.

There are remedies we can pursue and we are already speaking with Marc Molinaro and Greg Pulver at the County Level and other local and state officials as well. I urge you to attend our Town Board Meeting on February 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Auditorium.  We will explain the serious situation we have inherited. Our Town Auditor, Town Attorney, County Legislator and other experts will be there to help answer questions.

It is my deep honor to serve this Community.  We take your faith in our stewardship very seriously, and hope all of you will join with us to rejoice in the progress that is being made, as well as participating with us as we resolve the challenges we now face.

My best,

Wendy Burton, Supervisor


We welcome you to the Town of Stanford. Stanford is a beautiful rural town of about 3,825 residents. Our new website is currently under construction so please be patient as we craft a more user-friendly, colorful and informative site.  We have beautiful trails to explore in Buttercup Sanctuary , the Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area, Wilcox Memorial Park and many other lovely natural resources. Bring your bicycle, bring your children to our Rec Park….Come explore our stores and restaurants!  

Free Tax Preparation at the library!

Call 2-1-1 for an appointment
 Our AARP Tax Aides will be back here on the following Friday mornings:
 February 7 & 21
March 6 & 20

 You can have your return filed electronically and get a printed copy to take home. All for free!  The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will be providing free, reliable tax preparation service for low to middle income families, individuals and seniors.  There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP.

211 will be ready to take your calls on January 15 to schedule an appointment.


ELP Stanford Solar LLC

ELP Solar LLC has purchased the old mine site owned by Red Wing Sand and Gravel located on Rte 82 behind Town Hall. Priority subscriptions are available to all Stanford residents and businesses through March 30,2020.  Their literature says you can save 10% annually on your Central Hudson bill.  To join the wait list go to .  You can read about the way the plan will work as well as any fees associated with early withdrawal from the project.

Community Project to help the Stanford Grange Little Free Food Pantry

The LFP is a place where non-perishable, hygiene products, pet food and household supplies can be found. It can help those in immediate need and creates and environment of community.  The Stanford Grange needs your help to get this project started so that our community can add one more thing we offer the people to show how much Stanford cares.  A beautiful wooden pantry has been donated, so donations can be made to help the Grange stock it full of goods. Checks can be made to Stanford Grange 808 and mailed to PO Box 108, Stanfordville, NY 12581



The Town Board would like to thank the community of Stanfordville for the warm welcome we were given when His Honor Dennis Smith swore us into office on January 1st



The Town of Stanford Recreation Department is seeking a Recreation Director. The Director is responsible for administering and implementing a comprehensive recreation program and manage the recreation staff for the Town of Stanford.

A. Two years of responsible experience in planning or directing recreation activities; OR

B. Two years of study at a regionally accredited and New York State registered college or university with major work in physical education or recreation; OR

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience within the limits of A and B above.

All interested candidates please email resumes to



Senior Guidance  is an organization dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly. Their website provides information on New York assisted living. 


The Stanford Fire Chief has asked to remind ALL residents that they must display their house number on either their homes or mailboxes in reflective numbers in order to save valuable time in case of an emergency.
The Milan Fire Department can make blue reflective signs for you for $20.
Please see “Town Forms” for their order form under the Town Clerk 

 Did you know your Stanford Fire Company is a 501 c(3) Not for Profit? The Fire Company appreciates any donations and they are tax deductible !


The Rec Department is trying a new way to register for the 2019 Rec season! Below are links to the forms to complete for park registration, swim lessons and swim team (fall soccer forms will be available at the Rec or through John Blackburn). We will receive a list of all those who have registered and upon Rec opening, you will pay registration fees and receive your key tags. If you have any questions or trouble completing the forms, please email
Fees are listed on each form. Swim lessons will be July 8th – 26th for session one and July 29th – August 16th for session two.  


All Town Forms can be accessed by using the forms link (Please click here.), and  you can pay by credit card (Please click here.) from your home computer. You don’t even need to come to town hall!  How’s that for service! We continue to move forward with our commitment to provide an efficient, effective, service oriented and available Town Government to YOU!! (Court fines can not be paid at this link, please call court directly for payment arrangements).

We are no longer able to take cash payments in excess of $20. If you must make payment in excess of $20, please use a check or money order ($35.00 fee applies to bounced checks).



We have provided a link to our Town of Stanford Codes, Rules, Regulations and Town Laws. Please see the link to the right side of the home page entitled “Town Code, Rules and Regulations”. You can find all our local laws from A-Z. If you have any questions,  contact Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer Don Smith or Supervisor Wendy Burton.

Stanford Town Hall
26 Town Hall Road, P. O. Box 436
Stanfordville, NY 12581

Supervisor-Wendy Burton
845-868-1310, option #2 or

Councilwoman Mary Weinberger

Councilman Frank Pepe

Councilwoman Margaret Fallon

Councilman Paul Coughlin

Town Clerk Ritamary Bell
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 1 PM      845-868-1366, option #5
or 845-868-1387 (home)
914-474-3801 (cell)

Town Court: Court Clerk  ~ 845-868-2269
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 1 PM
Monday & Wednesday,  6 PM – 8 PM
Town Justice  Dennis Smith
Town Justice Frank Weber, Jr. 

Highway Superintendent – Jim Myers      845-868-7804
Highway Garage: Creamery Road, Stanfordville
open 7 AM to 3:30 PM

Town Assessor – Steve Gotovich     845-868-1310, option #7
Open Tues-Wed-Thur 9am-3pm

Building and Zoning Officer – Don Smith      845-868-1310, option #6
Monday – Friday 8AM-11:30AM

Dog Control Officer – Diana Mackey      845-797-8109
or Pine Plains Vets   518-398-9494

Town of Stanford Bookkeeper Karena Frenzel
845-868-1310, option #4

If you have any questions about our website, please contact the Website Administrator Supervisor Wendy Burton or Town Clerk Ritamary Bell