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  1. Town Board Meeting Videos 2020

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Please find below our most recent update on measures our Town and County are implementing to safely steer us all through this health crisis.  There are links to all kinds of services, for individuals as well as businesses, ways to stay safe and to safely help one another. More information for the sewing of masks and a shout-out to one of our longest serving public servants, the Honorable Dennis Smith. I would like to personally thank every who is helping to support me, the Town of Stanford, and each other.  Please read and share.  This is what community looks like. Please stay safe.

Please click on the link below for an important update from the Town of Stanford. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to sign up for Town emails by clicking the signup button in the link below.  Thank you and be safe.

Because mobile testing began last Friday, we now know that every municipality in Dutchess County, including Stanfordville, has confirmed cases of COVID-19. I will post again tomorrow after a Conference call with Marc Molinaro, his team, and all Mayors and Supervisors. Please continue to avoid contact with others and practice the hygiene precautions we all know about. We will get through this as a community.

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Here is the link to our most recent e-newsletter

We have created a volunteer sign-up sheet for those interested in delivering groceries or helping out our neighbors in other ways.  If you would like to sign up please go to

Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. County Executive Marc Molinaro is holding a Telephone Town Hall.  The phone in number is 845 765 7121


The Justice Court sessions have been ADJOURNED due to an Order from the NYS Unified Court System. You will be notified by mail of the adjourned date.  Additionally the Justice Court Office is CLOSED until further notice.  Therefore, all fine payments, plea entries, or communications with the Court must be forward by mail to: Town of Stanford Justice Court, 24 Town Hall Road, P.O. Box 436, Stanfordville, NY 12581

We have set up a new Community Assistance Hotline

Call the Town Hall main number, 868 1310 and press option 4. 

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. If you are in need of food for you household, including your pets, please leave a message in our mailbox. We will alto try to help or provide information to solve your specific problem related to the COVID-19 shutdowns. We are putting together a list of volunteers to bring supplies to people who are home bound. Please leave your name and phone number and a brief explanation of your situation and someone will call you back.


The first case of COVID-19 [Coronavirus] has been identified in Dutchess County.  There are many sources of information about the spreading and efforts to contain this disease, practical steps you can take to protect yourself and our community at large, and this is our County connection : Their dedicated hotline is 845 486 3555  They continue to recommend common sense personal hygiene including : Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, sneeze into your elbow or tissue and not your hand,wash your hands regularly with soap and water, spending 20 seconds thoroughly scrubbing your hands, disinfect surfaces: most household cleaners and wipes are extremely effective, practic social distancing – when possible, maintain 6 feet between yourself and others when in public and stay home when you are sick – rest, recover and help prevent the spread of any disease.

  • Other sources of information include 
    • New York State Department of Health:
    • Centers for Disease Control:
    • If experiencing symptoms call healthcare provider first.
      • Call DBCH  only if unable to access a provider

Census 2020 Powerpoint 1


Dear Friends,

We had a great turnout for the 2.27.20 Town Board Mtg. I believe that we are coming together as a Community. The entire issue of the tax levy is not political, it is fiscal, and I believe that those who want to polarize us and keep a divisive tone alive are not in the majority. We offer you transparency, and will not be distracted from our mission to help mend this community. We have new committees and our volunteer rosters are full [except we need members for the Veteran’s Outreach Committee which was created last night]. So let’s not buy into the noise.  We are moving forward together.



A note from outside Auditor Theodore Eglit, C.P.A. concerning the anonymous flier sent to our Community  

“I had told Supervisor Norton you wouldn’t want to NOT levy any taxes.  I recommended transferring some of the General Fund’s fund balance to a capital project fund for future projects or to use SOME of the fund balance to lower taxes. I never told him to eliminate taxes all together as that’s something you wouldn’t want to do.”

          Please watch this very short video clip. It shows the process by which Former Supervisor Norton calls for a vote on what turns out to be an unauthorized Budget, seconded by Former Councilman D’Agostino and only passes out copies of the new budget AFTER the board members vote. We can all draw our own conclusions.


2020 Altered Adopted Budget reflecting 59.8% tax decrease

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