“I didn’t find out until a few years ago, we actually have a Village of Pittsford. I have to ask myself what do they do there that couldn’t be absorbed by the Town of Pittsford easily? And there’s probably 6 or 8 or 10 other villages in our area where the same thing applies.”
The village has 1,400 residents and takes up a square mile. The mayor says the village actually does a whole lot.
“Pittsford doesn’t look like everyplace else,” said Bob Corby. “It doesn’t look like West Henrietta Road. And there’s a reason for that.”
Corby says the reason is Pittsford’s famous enforcement of zoning and preservation codes. He points to Brighton, Gates and Greece as having either no town center or a town center that’s not particularly walkable or attractive. Corby says those places don’t have a village to protect the core.
Corby and village trustees were irked when a task force charged with finding ways the town, village and school district can collaborate formed a subcommittee to explore a town-village merger.
No matter what the committee recommends, it’s doubtful a merger will ever happen in Pittsford. Residents are fiercely protective of their village and they’re the only ones who can approve dissolving. What’s more, the village isn’t exactly hurting for cash. Real estate values are through the roof.
We often hear about too many layers of government. Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to see more consolidation. Pittsford’s village makes an interesting case against doing so. It will be interesting to see if the character of Seneca Falls’ suffers under town government.
What do you think – do we need our village governments?