Benjamin Bidell wrote an article, featuring photos by Paul Leuchner, for Scuttlebutt, the Great Lakes Boating Guide.

"Grand Island is an outdoor destination like no other," Bidell writes. The full article can be found HERE.

Garbage and recycling pickup may be delayed between 5/21/18 and 5/26/18 due to unforeseen circumstances (truck fire and driver medical emergency). Republic has assured us they will attempt to catch up as quickly as possible.

Councilman Marston and Pinto Dumpsters are teaming up to bring a free e-waste disposal event to Town Hall on June 9 and 10 (more details coming soon). They need volunteers who are able to lift 5-20lbs. If yourself, your family, or your organization is willing to help for an hour or two, please email

Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, June 2. View info HERE.

From Dick Crawford, Superintendent of Highways:

"This is a preventative maintenance measure that we apply at the midpoint of a pavements lifespan that seals the existing asphalt with a latex polymer emulsion. Like NYS, Erie County and most towns in WNY, we have been using this product for many years and we only use it on roads that rate well for drive-ability but are rapidly drying out with the driving surface showing signs of cracking and crumbling. This micro-pave is admittedly ugly when it goes down, It takes time and heat from the sun and traffic to cure the emulsion. We resist the urge to bring the street sweeper out to clean up the residual stone and polymer that litter the surface because part of the process is that they will be absorbed back into the surface as the product heals itself. You will notice a marked improvement within the next month or two and in a year, you will love the driving surface. This product will keep your roads wear surface at a high level for many years to come.

We try to do 3 to 5 miles of this process a year along with similar mileage of our traditional paving methods. The initial appearance is always a concern with our affected residents but without fail these issues are always resolved when the product is given time to cure and heal itself. If you would like to see how the surface appearance changes, we did this process on East Park, Stony Point, Lasalle, Red Jacket, Hennepin last year."

2018 schedule

See below for an update from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

"...While we fully appreciate that this is the time of year to enjoy all the recreational opportunities living on Grand Island  provides, it is very important that you do not enter the Construction Zone Area which is defined by the entire eight miles of the previous West River Parkway and the adjacent greenspace. Motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from entering the area. We currently anticipate a Fall completion..."

To view the whole update, and frequently asked questions, click HERE and HERE.

See the press release HERE.

"The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the River Road entrance ramp to the Niagara Thruway (I-190) north in Tonawanda will temporarily close beginning early Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018. The closure is part of the next phase of the toll barrier removal process following the successful transition to cashless tolling at the Grand Island toll plazas in March."

West River Road will be temporarily closed from Oakfield to the roundabout beginning 5/11/18. See detour map HERE.

The 2018 Comprehensive Plan update is almost complete. Hard copies are available for viewing at Grand Island Memorial Library, Golden Age Center, and Town Clerk's Office. To access the online version, click HERE.

A public hearing will be held at the Grand Island High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. All comments and feedback will be accepted at this time. Communications regarding the Comprehensive Plan can be sent to


The Town is seeking statements of Qualification and Experience for Video Production Services. 

To view the full doccument, click HERE.

Purpose: the purpose of this (RFQ) is to solicit competitive proposals to identify a video production firm or individual that will develop economic development marketing videos representing the advantages of launching a business, relocating a business and generally living, working and playing (recreation) in Grand Island.

Submission deadlines: All submissions to this RFQ must be submitted, as stated below, no later than:

Friday, June 1, 2018, 4:00pm

Interested in affordable solar? Attend the informational meeting this weekend.

The Town of Grand Island will take part in a Solarize Campaign, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses. Project leader Councilwoman Bev Kinney and vice leader Councilwoman Jennifer Baney have put together a team of community leaders to spearhead the campaign.

Kick-off to the campaign will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 12 at Town Hall. Residents and business owners can come to learn more about the program. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority makes implementing solar easier and more affordable by offering a prequalified installer, competitive pricing and extra incentives. Historically, Solarize campaigns lower the cost of solar between 10 to 20 percent.

After a thorough pre-qualification process, Solarize Grand Island will select a designated solar installer for Solarize Grand Island. Residents who sign up for a no-cost evaluation of a home, financing options, and a signed contract by a date to be set this September will be able to take advantage of this lower group rate. The group rate is the advantage to this program. They will also be able to benefit from the state and federal tax incentives.
Solarize Grand Island is supported by the NYSERDA under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative. NY-Sun will invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the state, ultimately transforming New York's solar industry to become self-sustaining.

Upcoming seminars with installers, Solarize Grand Island and informational packets will be announced and available on and after the official launch on May 12.

The Solarize Grand Island team includes Jennifer Pusatier, Jennifer Peresie, Paul Leuchner, Diane Evans, Jeff Green, Roger Cook, Jim Sharpe, Bryce Shipman, Celia Spacone, Cyndy Montana, Judy Schmidt, Ron Milks, Lynn Dingey, Bill Shaw and Chris Dann.

Click HERE for details.

Register for summer programs now.

See the 2018 Summer Recreation Program Booklet (or pick up a copy at Town Hall, the district schools, or the library) for fun summer activities for all ages. 

An updated fly fishing flyer and pickleball flyer are also available.

The annual newsletter and 2018 recycling guide will be distributed in the Islandwide Dispatch on April 20. Find an online copy HERE. The 2017 Water Quality Report can be found HERE.

Alvin closed from 9pm-6am starting 4/23/18.

Alvin Road will be re-constructed from Whitehaven Road to the main driveway at Fuccillo Chevrolet as part of the Western New York Welcome Center project.
To facilitate this construction, Alvin will be closed from Whitehaven Road to Baseline Road from 9pm to 6am starting Monday, April 23rd.

Rain and snow melt causing flooding 4/15/18-4/18/18. Exercise caution when driving.

The Town of Grand Island urges everyone to drive with caution today. The storm water system (ditches, drainage areas, etc) are supercharged due to rain and snow melt.

The Highway Department has crews out marking high water areas that are encroaching onto roads. Be sure to check your basements as well. Do not attempt to drive through water.

*Veteran's Park and the Bedell/Ransom area are experiencing heavy flooding. Please be cautious.

Paddles Up 2018

Save the date!

Follow @TownofGrandIslandNY for daily updates and announcements, contests, news, events, traffic/construction notifications, and more. 


There will be sanitary sewer repairs on East Park between Love and Elsie, Lasalle, and Redway starting Monday.

These repairs will take approximately 2.5 weeks to complete. Access to driveways may be limited at times, but the contractors will work with homeowners to minimize inconvenience.

The Town of Grand Island is seeking interested individuals to volunteer for openings on the following advisory boards: Conservation, Economic Development, Traffic Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Planning.

Any member of the community interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including relevant experience, education or training to:
Town Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, New York 14072

or by email to

Letters received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30th will be considered. For additional information contact Emily at 716-773-9600 x658.

View the press release HERE.
Traffic pattern changes: HERE and HERE.

Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray said, "Faster, cleaner, better. Grand Island, and all of Western New York, is open for business. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for helping implement this cashless tolling technology. It's an important step for Western New York."

2018 Gus Macker to be held in Buffalo

The Gus Macker contract was awarded to Buffalo this year, which means Grand Island will not be hosting the event. The past few years of Gus on GI have revitalized the event, and been beneficial to Grand Island as well. The Town looks forward to hosting the Gus Macker or similar events in the future.

Temporary road closure of W River starting 5/11/18

The portion of West River Road from Oakfield Road to the roundabout will be temporarily closed starting 5/11/18. See detour map HERE.

Mark your calendars for the March 30 Grand Island Recreation Department Inclusive Easter Egg Hunt 2018. There will be contests, activities, and a visit with the Easter bunny.

New this year is an Easter Egg Hunt for special needs children. This hunt will take place on the Miracle League Field to allow everyone a safe and fun opportunity to participate.

Contact Joe at 773-9680 for details.

Representatives from Love's Travel Stops gave a presentation at the 2/12/18 Planning Board meeting.

Love's hopes to put a truck stop on Grand Island. Information is linked below. 
Love's 1
Love's 2
Love's 3
Love's map

Get a compost bin or rain barrel at a reduced price until May 25.

"The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, the City of Buffalo and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition are excited to sponsor the 2018 Systern rain barrel & Earth Machine compost bin sale. Prices are 50% off retail. Quantities are limited so order today. Order deadline: May 25, 2018."

NEW: Pay Water Bill Online

You can now pay your water bill online with a credit card or check. Find more info HERE.

Poll Workers Needed

The Erie County Board of Elections is seeking new workers. More info HERE.

The Town Supervisor presented the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Project to the Greenway Commission.

The purpose of the presentation was to allow the Greenway Commission to determine if the project is consistent with the Greenway vision. The Town Supervisor said, "I had a strong feeling they weren’t ready to vote for the project. They didn’t understand that the memorial park will act as a hub for connectivity all over the Island."

Charles N. DeGlopper was hero, and recognition on the Island is long overdue. He was a kind hearted boy who gave his life for his fellow soldiers. And he received the Medal of Honor. That’s a big deal. The Town Supervisor said, "I wanted to do the DeGlopper family and the entire Island proud and help secure the funding to make this memorial a reality. I felt a great burden to do it right."

The leaky old gas tanks have already been removed. The property looks better than ever, thanks to hard-working volunteers, but there is still a ways to go. Today was the first of many hurdles to finishing the project. The presentation convinced the Commission that this park will connect our state parks and enhance Grand Island’s contribution to the Greenway. The Supervisor concluded, "I promise you that I will do my best to make it happen, and I’m very proud that today we were able to convince the panel of the importance of Charles DeGlopper."

Did you know?
      All dogs over 4 months must be licensed by Nov. 9
Spay/neuter affidavit

Leaves are falling, and bonfire season is here. Please refer to the DEC regulations regarding open fires.

Some residents have expressed concern about open fires on Grand Island. Please be aware that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulates open burning in New York State. More information can be found online at

In short, campfires of clean wood or charcoal under three feet tall and four feet wide are permitted from May 15 to March 15. The burning of leaves or other waste, however, is not permitted anywhere in New York State. Composting leaves is encouraged.

These regulations are created and enforced by the DEC, not by the Town of Grand Island. Please contact the DEC with questions or concerns. 

Preliminary plans now available for viewing.

Plans for Construction of
are now available for viewing in the Town Clerk's Office.


Please complete the survey.

Master Plan Survey

Please complete the survey.

Survey on updating the Town's Master Plan

If you've already taken our survey, please answer one more question...update

We've compiled the survey repsonses.....Results

Taxable Status Day: March 1

All exemptions (like STAR,or veterans) are due on March 1st. Read more about Taxable Status Day HERE.

On February 28 at the Grand Island High School, citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions.

The Master Plan Presentation
Find the presentation HERE.


Comprehensive planning determines community development goals and objectives. The outcome is a Comprehensive Plan — also known as a Master Plan — that “dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing,” as stated at the kickoff meeting.The Master Plan is crucial to the longevity and success of a community, because it defines the vision of the town.

The previous Master Plan was created in 1995 and revised in 1998. Community demographics, economic and market dynamics, and other factors shift quickly, which makes it necessary to review and rewrite the community’s goals every 10-15 years.

The Long Range Planning Committee, along with planning consultants from Clark Patterson Lee, spent the past year researching for the new Master Plan. Their findings were presented to the public on February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Island High School. Citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions.

“It’s time for the public to comment on our findings,” said Jim Sharpe, Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and Deputy Supervisor of Grand Island. “Tell us what you want to see in a Master Plan.”

Public Hearings

2018 Preliminary Budget

Citizens have the right to provide written and oral comments and ask questions concerning the entire budget.

Public Notice

Federal Community Development

A public hearing will be held on November 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, regarding the use of Federal Community Development funds in the Town of Grand Island.

The Town of Grand Island is eligible for a Federal Community Development Grant under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for citizens to express community development and housing needs and to discuss possible projects that would benefit low-and moderate-income persons in the Town of Grand Island.

Citizens are urged to attend this meeting to make known their views and/or written proposals on the Town of Grand Island’s selection of potential projects to be submitted for possible funding by the Federal Community Development Grant Program.

The hearing will also present a review of prior community development projects and expenditures and a discussion of eligible activities.

Stay safe this holiday season. Find more details below.

The Grand Island Highway Department created a winter safety fact sheet.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) has prepared useful fire safety tips pertaining to candles, Christmas trees, holiday lighting, and other hazards commonly encountered this time of year. These safety tips  can be obtained by clicking the links below.

Town Recreation Dept and the GI Chamber of Commerce Annual Light Contest.

Tax cap override and water system capital improvements project

There will be public hearings at the Town Board meeting, Sept 5th at 8:00pm to address the following issues:

Tax Cap Override

Water System Capital Improvements Project

The Greenway Commission with matching funds from the State.

The Greenway Commission with matching funds from the State will preserve and make accessible 200+ acres behind the High School. 
Find more information in this presentation:
Powerpoint Presentation

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department announces an increase to the water rate

The Town of Grand Island Water Billing Department announces an increase to the water rate and administrative fee, beginning with the January 2017 water/sewer billing cycle.
Effective 1/1/17, residents will see the water usage rate increase $.15 from $2.85/1,000 gallons of usage to $3.00/1,000 gallons of usage. The administrative fee will increase from $2.00 per quarter to $3.00 per quarter.