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Julie Stenger

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Julie Stenger, Town Clerk

Town of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152





Janet Aaron

This year I made the decision not to seek re-election. While the decision was not an easy one, it was the right decision for me personally. This has been such a big part of my life for 40 years that of course, I will miss it. But I will always be available to provide support where needed or requested. I am very confident that our current Town Board will carry on the great work that we have been doing. They all work so very hard for our community and have been such a great support to me. I have confidence in the decisions they will make and the connections they will have to all of our residents. 

However, leaving this position does not mean that I will just lay back and ride out my time. Oh no!  We have a lot to accomplish before the end of my term and this Board expects nothing less than making sure we move projects forward for the betterment of all.  These projects include improvements at Austin Park, and the Conservations Areas and adding a water tower on the West side of Town and extending the water district. Information regarding these projects is on our town website at and updates will be added as we move them forward.  

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News from the Assessor's Office

Michael Maxwell,

Sole Assessor

The Assessor’s Office will be sending out reassessment notices at the end of April. You will only receive a notice if there has been a change in your assessment. The Tentative Roll will be available for viewing at the Town Hall beginning May 1, 2023. Grievance Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd from 4:00-8:00pm.

Click for dates and times to speak with the Assessor while he is sitting with the roll

Click to search your assessment information

If you have any questions about your assessment or the grievance process, contact our office. 


News from the Transfer Station

Brian Buff & Chris Legg

  • Did you know that your Transfer Station became one of the first facilities in New York State to accept liquid paint at no cost to the Town or residents? You can drop off up to five gallons of liquid paint per visit, sorry, no spray paint. The program is funded by a small surcharge on paint sales in New York State. See the trash building attendant to drop off paint or ask paint disposal questions.

  • Our previous brush disposal service declined to continue under contract. That service finely ground brush onsite and left a small amount of mulch for residents. We sought competitive bids for a new brush disposal service. None of the bidders would leave us clean, finished product mulch. The winning bidder offered more efficient and significantly lower cost disposal by coarse grinding brush only for easy transport. The coarsely ground brush is unsuitable for mulch. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer mulch for residents.

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Reminder: Only large construction debris goes into open tops.

(lumber, sheet rock, chairs, couches, mattresses, bookcases)

NO: PAINT CANS, trash bags of debris, Styrofoam, household garbage, electronics, metal. If unsure ASK one of the employees.

Swap Shop Reopening!

Swap Shop Coordinator, Amy Rolleri hosted volunteers and Town Board Liaison, Chris Legg to plan the Swap Shop 2023 season.

The Swap Shop reopens for the 2023 season at the

Transfer Station on

April 22nd  

Amazing volunteers will offer Transfer Station patrons the opportunity to drop off or pick up serviceable items to reutilize for free every Saturday weather permitting. Any items remaining unclaimed at closing are donated to refugee agencies, the Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, and other charities. Every 100 pounds reutilized rather than trashed avoids $10 expense for disposal. Reutilizing one ton of items saves $200. We dispose of about ten tons of trash per week.


The Swap Shop is only open on Saturdays. A current Transfer Station permit is required. New hours are 8 am to 1 pm. Drop off is 8 am to noon only, please no early drop offs. Weather cancellation notices are posted online and by text alert. Subscribe to Transfer Station and other text alerts by clicking HERE. New volunteers are welcome to join the fun. Inquire with the volunteers at the Swap Shop.

News from the Outreach Office

Jacque McConnaghy & Jean Babbles

We are looking for donations to add to our medical loan closet! If you are doing spring cleaning and have items in good working condition you would like to donate, give us a call. We are currently looking for the following items: transport chairs, seated walkers, knee scooters, shower chairs, raised toilet seat with handles, canes, and grabbers. If you need to borrow equipment, check with us as we do have a large assortment of items.

Spring is finally here, and summer is right around the corner. We are happy that we were able to offer scholarships to some local students for the summer Playday program at Austin Park. They will get to participate in an 8 week program full of fun with friends over the summer!

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Codes Enforcement

Bob Herrmann, CEO

Some things to keep in mind as pool season approaches...

  • Make sure any open permits for your swimming pool are closed out properly. We will be calling owners to check on them to make sure they are compliant.


  • Temporary pools and blow-up pools require permits!


  • Skaneateles American Legion Post 239 always accepts unserviceable American flags and branch of service flags for proper retirement. Codes office will take your flags also!

  • Codes office is beefing up fire inspection scheduling, please call to get your business or multi residential building scheduled for fire safety inspections.

Planning & Zoning

Karen Barkdull, P&Z Clerk

On November 3, 2021 the Governor of New York passed legislation that allows the Town of Skaneateles and the Village of Skaneateles to have jurisdiction of Skaneateles Lake up to 1500 feet. If you are considering any shoreline improvement including docks, decks, boathouses, etcetera, please check with the Town to determine what permitting may be required. You can call 315-685-1384 or 315-685-0833 for information.


Jerry Schinaman

SAVES was founded in 1967 by members of the community to provide pre-hospital treatment and transport. Over the years, SAVES has evolved from volunteer to paid crews. With ever expanding training requirements, utilizing professional crews has become necessary. Our crews consist of an EMT and Paramedic capable of providing both Basic and Advanced Life Support and transport to a hospital if necessary. SAVES continues to provide crews with enhanced training opportunities and equipment. During the height of the COVID epidemic, ventilators were used in hospitals to assist ill patients. Over the past year, SAVES has become one of the only three ambulance services in CNY to equip ambulances with transport ventilators. Transport ventilators are designed to help provide oxygen to a patient’s respiratory system while enroute to the hospital. Previously, handheld devices were used to ventilate patients in respiratory distress. In addition, 15-year-old heart monitors have been replaced with new models. 

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News from the Ecumenical

Food Pantry

Cindy Gadra

Our food pantry has much to be grateful for this quarter! Many new clients at the pantry are younger families with children in diapers. Each month we supply a case of diapers and wipes for 10 children. The Pantry also supplied Tops gift cards to client families and senior residents and Gateway and Village Landing for Easter. Without the support of our community and volunteers, we could not provide these services.


We are also grateful for:

Our volunteers, Sue Mills, Kelly Kubeija, Jamie Lopez and Sue Welch,

 for providing language translation for our Spanish speaking families.

The Skaneateles Community Center for collecting much needed items during

 their recent food drive.

The ongoing support from our local churches, with special thanks to

 St Mary’s, St James, St Andrews and Grace Chapel.  

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News from the Parks Department

Sue Murphy

  • Employment - Apply to work with the Parks Department this summer!

Just some Park reminders...

  Please clean up after your pets at all parks. Sports teams, once again, will be in the park and pet waste is NOT appreciated. There are plenty of mutt mitts available for use.

❖  Walking track on north side of the park is closed until mid-April due to softball dugout being constructed. Please use caution when in that area.

❖  No riding bikes on the tennis courts, baseball/softball fields.

❖  Sims Building will open in the middle to end of April.

❖  Please, no pickleball before 8:00am.

❖  There may be some closures around the Parks for repairs. Please watch for cones and/or vehicles on the path. We try to do the repairs as fast as we can so not to inconvenience anyone, but sometimes it is unavoidable.

❖ Driving around the Austin Park Track is prohibited. Only service or emergency vehicles are permitted.

❖  Want to be in the know with the parks? Waterfront? Playday? and Farmers Market? Sign up for the Town’s text messaging service. A text is sent out if that are changes, updates, immediate information that needs to be passedGo to and sign up today!

❖  Reserving courts, fields, and park areas can be done from the comfort of your home. Signing up for a program? All the forms and waivers are all online to make signing up or reserving so much easier.

Dog Control Officer

Dave Wawro

It is imperative to ensure your dog and/or cat is current on its Rabies Vaccination and if your dog is over 4 months of age, it is currently licensed with the Town of Skaneateles Office. In addition to your dog being licensed, please ensure the town license tag is attached to your dog’s collar at all times. If I get a call from someone picking up a loose dog (notice I didn’t say, ‘lost’ dog? I will address this further in a moment) I will make every effort to contact the owner, via the town license tag number and get their dog back home safely. Please keep in mind, I cannot identify a dog by its NYS Rabies tag number alone. So please have both tags attached to your dog’s collar at all times! If a dog does not have a town license tag on, it is deemed unlicensed and will be given a free ride to the SPCA in Auburn. I will also start ticketing the owners of all unlicensed dogs in accordance with the statutes of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.  A small licensing fee is a better price to pay, than to pay a large fine to the Town Court!


Now to address an earlier point. Loose dog vs lost dog. Not all dogs observed wandering about with-out a leash attached to a human being, are lost! I have actually had dogs taken from their own property, because people believed they were lost. Remember, there is no leash law in the town except for designated areas such as the Charlie Major Nature Trail. Dogs tend to roam, that is their nature and virtually always return home. Please call me to report a sighting verses picking up someone’s dog that may not be lost. This may prevent someone from getting bitten as well. 


Help us get the word out about several young cats (kitten-young adult)

looking for new homes!

A good Samaritan and fellow resident has taken on the task of caring for and rehoming several cats in need. If you or anyone you know may be interested in adding a furry family member, please reach out to Dave Wawro, Dog Control Officer at 315-575-3563. He is happy to put you in contact with the individual currently fostering the cats!

Please keep in mind that the Town Dog Control Officer is unable to trap or remove cats. Homeowners can always contact a private rescue service or organization for assistance.

Department Hours and Town Meetings

Town Hall

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Transfer Station

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Village of Skaneateles

26 Fennell Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152


Monthly Town Hall Meetings

Town Board

6:30 p.m. 1st & 3rd Mondays

Planning Board

6:30 p.m. 3rd Tuesday

Zoning Board of Appeals

6:30 p.m. 1st Tuesday

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Town Of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3473

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