Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, PE
has issued a
Proclamation of Local State of Emergency
for the Town of Grand Island.  

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Press Release from NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation


Beaver Island State Park | (716)773-3271

Due to a $2.2 million construction project to upgrade the facilities at Big Six Marina, the public boat launch will be closed until early September.
This project involves upgrades to the parking lot, site drainage, site electrical, sanitary sand filter, removal of buried fuel tank and installation of above ground fuel tank, landscaping, and rehab of the existing buildings and restrooms.

For a list of public boat launches in Erie County please visit and in Niagara County visit

Grand Island Clean Up 2021 an Island-Wide Success:

On behalf of the Town of Grand Island and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many residents that joined their friends and neighbors who assisted in cleaning up litter throughout Grand Island. Both participation and the volume of garbage picked up by those involved in the event were nearly overwhelming. Many thanks to Pinto/Casella Waste Systems for their willingness to help us with quick and proper disposal.
It was incredibly exciting to see large portions of our town cleaned in such a swift and unified manner. Many expressed their desire to participate again, and in some cases, residents unable or unaware of the event have asked for another Island-wide clean up. To that end, we are announcing September 18th as a tentative date for a second clean up this year. Please mark your calendars accordingly and email if you would like to be updated regarding this event as the date gets closer.
Though the cleanliness of the Island is certainly rewarding enough, we did offer a few prizes, chosen at random, for those who participated. The Lindquist Family will receive a Highway Department vehicle parade past their home this summer, where the Grand Island Highway Department will showcase their fleet of vehicles at a date convenient for both parties. Again, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers was randomly chosen as this year's organization to receive a $50 gift card from Target.
We have also decided to provide recognition to ANY and ALL businesses (as well as organizations and families) for their participation in this event. Please email if we can provide you with a certificate honoring your hard work, and we will prepare a customized certificate for you, which will be available for pick up at Grand Island Town Hall on or after May 15th in The Town Hall Clerk's Office.
Again, thank you all for your participation. We are equally humbled and encouraged by the community unity on display during this event, and look forward to continuing to work together for the betterment of Grand Island!

Town of Grand Island Advisory Board Vacancies

The Town of Grand Island is looking for residents to fill the following board vacancies:

• Agriculture & Farmland Advisory Board
• Architectural Review Advisory Board
• Historic Preservation Advisory Board
• Technology Advisory Board

Please send your resume and or qualifications to the Town Supervisor John C. Whitney. P.E. by Monday, May 10, 2021.
Or mail or Drop off to:  Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Special Flood Hazard Areas designated by FEMA

The Town Board of the Town of Grand Island will hold a public hearing at 8:00 PM on May 3, 2021, at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York for the purposes of considering and possibly adopting a Local Law amending Chapter 155 of the Town of Grand Island Code, Flood Damage Prevention, to adopt the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) that were recently completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) into the Town of Grand Island’s floodplain management regulations.  

FEMA provides a Flood Map Changes Viewer to aid in identifying any changes in Flood Hazard Areas (link provided below).
1. A "Welcome" message appears upon entering the FMCV.  This message provides helpful contextual information.  Please read the message and then select "OK" at the bottom right-hand corner to continue.  
2. Address Search Bar appears in the left hand corner, enter your address including city and state.  You may need to ZOOM in to see details of your property.  The colors, as stated in the Legend, have the following meanings:
Blue:      Flood Hazard Zone
Yellow:  Special Flood Hazard Area Increase
Purple:  Special Flood Hazard Area Decrease

FEMA's Flood Map Changes Viewer:

We are gearing up for National Night Out 2021, currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd in The Grand Island Town Commons. National Night Out focuses on building and strengthening resident and law enforcement relationships. You can read more about the nationwide program at this link:
We will be putting together a planning committee, with meetings scheduled on Tuesdays at 6pm at Town Hall, as needed. We look forward to planning a fun and educational night for our community.
In addition to having many law enforcement agencies present to interact with children and adults, the event is also open to food vendors, community organizations, and others that want to be involved. Please reach out with your contact information so we can add you to our list and map of participants!
Chuck Grunzweig will again serve as Coordinator (716-570-1488) and Jenn Baney will assist as the Town Board Liaison to the event (716-622-9006). Please reach out to either of them to get involved!

night out 2021

The GI Technology Advisory Board is seeking additional information from residents
regarding Internet services on GI. 

Please take a moment to fill out the survey!

arbor day

Arbor Day Celebration 2021 on Grand Island.
Arbor Day, which was started in 1872, is traditionally on the last Friday in April. It is a day set aside for planting trees. On Grand Island we will be celebrating on Saturday, April 24.
300 Tree seedlings will be given away. Trees will be given away in bundles of three (12 – 16” high) including one White Oak and two Blue Spruces. Handouts are available with planting instructions, some information on the tree species, and activities that can be done at home for Arbor Day/Earth Day. Pick up time is 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Veterans Park. Proceed to parking lot 7 at north end of park where there is a picnic shelter. Volunteers, wearing masks, will bring a bundle directly to your car. This is first come, first served until trees are gone.
One larger species of tree will be planted in Vets Park by the Parks Department. The planting of this tree will be videotaped and available on the Town’s you tube channel. The proper way to plant a sizeable tree will be demonstrated by Parks staff.
Thanks to sponsors Grand Island Farms, Inc., and the Town of Grand Island.

Clean UP Grand Island 2021 correted

Press Release: Large Scale Effort to Clean Up Grand Island Planned for April 24th 

            On Saturday, April 24th, from 9am until 12pm, The Town of Grand Island and The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce are partnering with civic groups, local agencies, and environmentally-minded residents to participate in the 2nd Annual Clean UP Grand Island.

“Putting litter in its proper place during both last year’s Clean UP and everyday helps build community pride and shows respect for our Island environment, which we describe as the "Heart of the Niagara", shared citizen committee member, Debbie Whalen. It was Mrs. Whalen’s concern with the litter throughout the Island last year, when shared with Councilwoman Jennifer Baney and Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford, that served as a catalyst for the creation of this event, now in its second year.

“Regardless of where in the world you live, chances are, litter is a problem”, stated Superintendent Crawford.  “It is estimated that 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year. Litter that ends up outside of the landfill pollutes our natural ecosystem and wildlife.  Everyone is encouraged to protect our environment and dispose of trash properly.”

            Eric Fiebelkorn expressed a greater interest in engaging the Chamber of Commerce this year. He will be reaching out to local chamber members and encouraging them, as a business or as a group of business owners, to participate in the chance to beautify the community. 

            During this time, residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Volunteers will be needed for some additional clean-up areas that have been identified and are listed below, as well as on the Town of Grand Island Website and Facebook page. 

            Underage volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire (gloves, work boots), sunscreen, insect repellent and stay hydrated. Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be accomplished. Due to the wet spring and tall grass areas, we encourage all to be very mindful of ticks. Additionally, groups wishing to work along heavily trafficked roads should speak with Highway Superintendent Crawford to be aware of regulations and safety practices required.

            If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632, Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006 or Eric Fiebelkorn at 319-7292. Send in your photos of your family clean-up to if you are okay with your pictures being shared on social media and are interested in winning prizes. Businesses, groups, and families will all be eligible to win, and we look forward to showcasing what is sure to be a wonderful community event.  

Friday, April 2 closing at 12 noon

good friday

The April 5th Town of Grand Island Workshop Meeting and Town Board Meeting will be
conducted via ZOOM and streamed live on the Town’s website 

The Workshop Meeting will begin at 6:00p.m. and the Town Board Meeting will begin ay 8:00p.m.

The ZOOM Information is listed below:
Topic: Town Board Meeting 4.5.2021
Time: Apr 5, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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A Public Information Meeting will be held on
 Monday, April 5, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
in the Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
for the Purpose of Obtaining Public Input and Comment on
the Proposed Police Reform Action Plan
All interested persons may attend at said time and place and be heard thereon.

Message from Commissioner of Grand Island Police Department, Supervisor John C. Whitney, PE
Police Reform Action Plan: Town of Grand Island Police Department

Energy Progress Updates:

          In an effort to make good use of resources and remain a financially responsible community, The Town of Grand Island is proud to announce their participation in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community Leadership Round and is a registered Climate Smart Community. Responsible energy choices, educational programming, actions outlined and taken within the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, as well other authorized actions, all qualify The Town of Grand Island to pursue these designations. While these distinctions on their own are worthy of pursuit, they also assist the town in their attempts at grant funding, often earning points or credits on related funding applications. During a time when funding sources are not as plentiful and we attempt to provide an ever increasing level of service to our residents, effort towards these designations is time well spent. In the coming months, documentation of accomplished tasks will continue and a Climate Smart Community Task Force will be formed. For questions related to any of these projects, please contact Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, Clean Energy Coordinator for The Town of Grand Island.

The 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel and Compost Bin webpage is now ready for orders to be placed. As you select various items to purchase, options for you to select a pick up location and date will pop up.
A summary of items and the sale is attached along with specifications for the Systern® rain barrel and Earth Machine™ compost bin.

Grand Island Town Board
Workshop Notice
Monday, March 8, 2021 – *3:00p.m.
Public Input on Police Reform Compliance

Topic: Public Input on Police Reform Compliance Workshop
Time: Mar 8, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The development of the Town’s waterfront plan (LWRP) is continuing to move along! We’ve done a lot of analysis, gotten good preliminary community feedback, and come up with some key projects to consider after the LWRP is adopted. 
Now we want to get your feedback on what we’ve come up with!  Normally we would have a public meeting for this, but since health and safety is of the utmost importance, we’re going virtual with an interactive site below. 
There are a few different options for you to give us your feedback here including a map, survey, and discussion forum, so take it for a spin and let us know your thoughts!
The site will be available until the end of January to ensure we get a good amount of feedback.  It also includes a little background on the project and a timeline of future events in case you don’t remember or didn’t know what this project is about.

Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E. issues a Further Continuation of Local Emergency Orders for The Town of Grand Island.
Full Proclamation for 2-8-2021
Full Proclamation for 2-15-2021

Request for Proposals
Market Analysis

Do you have questions about our 2021 Reassessment Project?

The video below, created with the assistance of our Town Assessor, Ms. Judy Tafelski, and Mr. Joe Emminger, of ENPM, Inc., takes a careful look at the process and timeline involved in this town-wide project. Towards the end of the video, contact information is provided to answer questions that remain. Please view and share this video to help other Grand Island residents become increasingly informed about this project.

Just a friendly reminder to keep your sidewalks cleared for your neighbors.
We have received a few calls concerning this issue.

The Town of Grand Island
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Website Design & Implementation

Full RFP

Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E.
issues a Proclamation Extending Local State of Emergency
for The Town of Grand Island.
January 24,2021

The regular meeting of the Planning Board on February 8, 2021 is cancelled. 
The next regularly scheduled meeting is on March 8, 2021.

The Building Department and Code Enforcement will be working remotely this week. 
The department is closed to the public, please call for assistance with any needs.  
716-773-9600 Extension 646 or 644

The Erie County Police Reform Committee has created a survey which will allow an opportunity for participation of all Erie County residents. The survey will assist the group in making the best possible recommendations.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Police Reform Citizen Survey 2021


Town/County - February 16, 2021 without penalty

Taxes can be paid in the following ways:
* U.S. Mail - Check or Money Order payable to:
Patricia A. Frentzel, Town Clerk
* Town Clerk's Office - Cash, Check, Money Order
* Credit Card and Debit Cards (convenience fees apply)
Please use the DROP BOX outside Town Hall for your payments.

2021 Special Collection Hours:
Friday, February 12 
8:30 a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Saturday, February 13
9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Monday, February 15

Tuesday, February 16
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The regular meeting of the Planning Board on January 11, 2021 has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 8, 2021.
                                                                                    David Bruno




Press Release
Town of Grand Island Recipient
Funding Supports Community Tree Projects to Help Protect Air Quality, Water Quality, and Natural Resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced grant awards totaling $1.4 million for urban forestry projects across the state to help communities’ inventory, plant, and maintain public trees. The grants are part of DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which works to increase public awareness of the importance of trees and helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree management plans to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents.

“Healthy community forests provide a host of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including wildlife habitat, watershed protection, flood reduction, increased property values, and improved public health,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing in the health of New York’s communities through the State's Environmental Protection Fund, providing crucial assistance for our state’s vital forests to thrive.”

The 38 projects to receive funding were selected from a total of 154 applications, ranked by cost effectiveness, lasting benefits, use of partnerships, inclusion of outreach and education, and support from local stakeholders. The urban forestry grants complement DEC's ongoing initiatives to address invasive species, climate change, environmental degradation, environmental justice, and urban sprawl. Over the last nine years, New York State has funded more than $11.4 million in grants to support projects with a total value of more than $18.3 million.


Cattaraugus County

  • City of Olean - $32,750; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Erie County

  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc. - $75,000; Tree Maintenance
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County - $22,342; Education
  • Village of Depew - $25,617; Tree Inventory and Management Plan
  • Town of Grand Island - $50,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Niagara County

  • City of North Tonawanda - $50,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Giving November at The Town of Grand Island.
Many thanks to each and every employee for your generous donations to the Neighbors Foundation.
Our Giving November was a huge success, everything you did will go a long way for those in need.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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A Friendly Reminder from the Town of Grand Island Highway Department


Highway Department states its policies for winter
November 1, 2020 is the official start of our 2020-2021 Winter Season.

Please observe our "No Parking" restrictions on all public highways
between the hours of 2:00 am thru 7:00 am
from November 1, 2020 thru March 31, 2021.

This allows us to give you effective snow plowing in all areas of the town.
Our Town of Grand Island Police Department and the Erie County Sheriff's Department enforce this ordinance.

Richard (Dick) Crawford, Superintendent of Highways 
Norman (Skip) Mrkall II, Deputy Superintendent of Highways

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Please provide some thoughts on potential opportunities and issues in the waterfront via the
Community Feedback Form

Sign up for alerts from Pinto Sanitation to be notified of any changes to your garbage collection services.

Residents may call: 1-518-471-5300.

Supervisor McMurray and NYS Thruway confirm number residents may call for EZ Pass toll concerns. Click here to read. 

Job Posting

Town of Grand Island Recreation Department

The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department is accepting applications for the following position:
Title: Recreation Attendant
Status: Full Time
Salary Range: $17.77 – $19.90 / hour (contract start rate $17.77 / hour)
Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Additional Application Information:
* Applications can be found online at
* Completed applications, resume and cover letter can be submitted in person at the
Recreation Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please note, due to pandemic safety protocols, applicants must schedule a drop of time by calling 773-9680. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Applications can also be submitted by email to

Projected Timeline:
* Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by phone call by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16
* Interviews will be scheduled for February 17-18
* Anticipated start date is March 8

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school and at least 5 years experience in recreation.
Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, physical education or related field and at least two years’ experience in recreation. Certifications in officiating, instructor level certifications and professional recreation certifications are a plus.

Pertinent Skills:
* Excellent customer service; handle demanding situations in a professional manner
* Experience and knowledge in adult recreation leagues and programs

Position Summary:
This is a full time position, 40 hours / week. Work hours will be mainly Monday through
Friday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Schedule can be adjusted when adult
leagues and programs are not in session. Some weekends and holidays are required. Work
schedule will be set to meet department needs.
The major responsibility of the position is to assist in the administration of adult leagues and
programs. The position entails: observing games and programs; oversight of program staff;
program advertisement; communication with teams; creating program schedules; communication
with officials. We are seeking a forward thinking individual that can introduce new adult programs
including wellness, fitness and leisure activities while maintaining current adult leagues and
programs. Additional responsibilities will be to assist in overall Recreation Department program
operations, including special events.