Town Clerk's Office

Town Clerk's Office
Donna R. Garfinkel, RMC - Town Clerk/Tax Collector
1375 Ridge RoadNow Available at Town Clerks Office
PO Box 330
Lewiston, NY  14092
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (716) 754-8213, ext. 222 & 256
1-800-559-7122 - Sanborn residents only
Fax: (716) 754-2821

CLERK'S CORNER

The 2019 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 25th.  Anyone not registered wishing to vote in the Primary should adhere to the following dates to register:  MAIL REGISTRATION - Application must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2019 and received by a Board of Elections no later than June 5, 2019. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION - May register at your local Board of Elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than May 31, 2019.  CHANGE OF ADDRESS - Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 5, 2019 by a County Board of Elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Primary.

Town Wide Brush Pickup - April 1 through October 15.  If a resident utilizes the services of a contractor, they are responsible for the cleanup of all trimmings.  For Town pick-up, branches must measure 10-feet or less in length, and no larger than 3-inches in diameter.  Branches must be piled as neatly as possible with all cut ends facing the road, piled as close to the road as safely as permits, approximately waist high. This enables crews to pick them up quicker and easier.  Please do not place brush on the road, this creates a safety hazard.  Please make separate piles, logs in one and branches in another.  Branches must be free of roots and dirt.  The Town Highway Dept. does not pick up grass clippings, rocks, stumps, building materials, rubbish, etc. Please do not put these items out with your branches.  We will not pick them up as they pose a great danger to the men and equipment.  Town Highway crews do not go onto private property; please do not request them to do so.  Feel free to contact the Department at 716-754-8218.

The 2019 Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town will be open for public inspection from May 1, 2019 and thereafter at the Assessor’s Office located at Town Hall, between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Board of Assessment Review will meet on May 28th, at Town Hall, between the hours of 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm to hear all complaints in relation to assessments of any person believing himself aggrieved.  Any questions, feel free to call the Assessor’s Office at 716-754-8213, ext. 232.

Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Clerk’s Office for a marriage taking place in New York State, outside the 5 boroughs of New York City. The license must be obtained at least 24-hours prior to the ceremony and is valid for 60-days. For a list of required documents to bring please check out the Town website at www.townoflewiston.us under the Department drop-down.

The Town of Lewiston is very happy to announce we have a contract with the Niagara County SPCA for the Town’s Dog Control.  Dog licenses are still processed at the Town Hall.  The SPCA number is (716) 731-4368.  Spring is here.  Please double check your fence and gate for any openings before letting your dog out.

The Town Hall has four (4) white vehicles with the Town seal located on the side.  These vehicles are used by the Building Dept., Assessor’s Office, Ordinance Officer and Dog Registration.  Any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Town Hall at 754-8213.

ATTENTION all Purple Heart recipients. Niagara County Clerk Hon. Joseph Jastrzemski is reaching out to you to be memorialized in the Frank J. Gaffney 2019 Book of Honor. 
Forms are available at Lewiston Town Hall during normal business hours and on our Website - www.townoflewiston.us under Upcoming Events. The Form must be returned to the Niagara County Clerk's Office by Friday, June 3, 2019. Unveiling of the Book will be August 7, 2019.

To all Town of Lewiston water customers:  Residents receive a water bill 4 times a year.  February, May, August and November. Please mark these months on your calendar to avoid a late fee as failure to receive a bill does not waive penalty.  If you do not receive a bill the first week of these months, please call 754-8213, ext. 235 or 236.  You should receive your next water bill the week of May 1st. Discount amount is due by May 21st.  Please remember that if the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, the payment will be due the next business day.

Lewiston is an E-ZPass "ON THE GO" Authorized Retailer
E-ZPass "ON THE GO" is an innovative way to obtain an E-ZPass tag. 

The Town Clerk's Office is the center of the Town government and the office involves a great variety of duties and responsibilities. The office is responsible for keeping a complete and accurate record of all Town Board proceedings.  Residents can obtain dog licenses, vital records, a marriage license, fishing and hunting license, dump permit, solicitation permit and other records. Special arrangements can be made for after-hours assistance.  All in-office Town Clerk Office transactions are payable by cash, check or credit card (finance fee to be paid by user). 

We are available during normal business hours. The office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk are Notary Public's.  Proper identification must be submitted and the person must sign their document in our presence. This service is free to residents of Lewiston.

DOGS:  It is important all dogs be licensed as required by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.  A valid rabies certificate is needed for new dogs and renewals.  Fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $10.00; unspayed/unneutered is $20.00.  Senior residents, 65 & over will receive a $5.00 discount.  Any questions can be directed to the Clerk's office.  

Dog License Application

VITAL RECORDS:  (birth, death, marriage)  The Lewiston Registrar's Office has birth, death and marriage records for those records occurring in the Town of Lewiston from 1881 to present.  Mt. St. Mary's Hospital opened in Lewiston on February 14, 1965.  If you were born at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital prior to that date, your certificate will be filed in the City of Niagara Falls. If coming to the Clerk's Office in person, proof of identity must be shown and the $10.00 fee is payable by cash, check or credit card ($3/convenience fee). If applying by mail, complete the application and mail to the Town Clerk's Office with photo identification, $10.00 fee payable by money order only (payable to Lewiston Town Clerk), and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Mail to: Lewiston Town Clerk, P.O. Box 330, Lewiston, New York  14092.

Birth Certificate Form

Death Certificate Form

Marriage Certificate Form

MARRIAGE LICENSE:  Marriage licenses can be obtained in the Clerk's Office for a marriage taking place within New York State.  Both parties need to be present, and each will need to complete the applicaiton below.  The Clerk is required to see photo identification and a long form birth certificate, listing parents' names. Social Security numbers are required. If not your first marriage, the Clerk is required to see divorce papers or death certificate, whichever it may be, for all prior marriages.  The license must be obtained at least 24-hours prior to the ceremony and is valid for 60-days.  The Town of Lewiston charges $40, payable by cash, check or credit card ($3 convenience fee applies)

Marriage application

CONSERVATION LICENSE:  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (www.dec.ny.gov) license season is October 1 - September 30, each calendar year.  The Town Clerk is required to see proof of New York State residency to obtain a resident license.  Acceptable proof is a New York State Drivers License, New York State Non-Drivers ID, W-2 Form or Voters Registration.

Fishing - As of February, 2014 the NYS DEC has changed the license year to a calendar year, from date of purchase.  All persons 16 and older must have a valid fishing license in their possession while fishing.  Season License - $25, Senior (70 and older) - $5.  Purchase a lifetime license and avoid future fee increases.

Hunting - Minors under the age of 12 may not obtain a hunting license.   When applying for a license the Clerk is required to see either a Hunter Education Certificate or a past-years license.

ELECTIONS:  The Town of Lewiston has 14 election districts within the Village and Town.  Residents with questions regarding their eligibility or polling place should contact the Niagara County Board of Elections at (716) 438-4040 or (716) 438-4041.  http://www.elections.niagara.ny.us

Absentee Ballots can be completed and forwarded to the Board of Elections.

Absentee Ballot

GARBAGE/RECYCLING COLLECTION:  Modern Disposal collects garbage/recycling for the Town.  Collection is every Monday, except if the holidays of New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Christmas Day fall on a Monday.  Collection will be the following day.  Refuse should not be set out before 5 pm on Sunday, and empty containers must be removed from curbside by 6 pm, Monday.  Modern Disposal will take one large item (mattress, couch, table etc.) with your regular garbage pick-up on Monday. Damaged or lost recycling bins can be replaced free of charge to Town residents.  An additional recycling bin can be purchased at the Clerk's office during regular business hours for $10.  Arrangements for large/bulk pickup must be made with Modern Disposal Services at (716) 754-8226 - http://www.moderncorporation.com

Modern Disposal and the Town have arranged to provide free dumping privileges for Town residents at Modern Landfill located at Pletcher/Harold Road the first Saturday of each month.  A permit needs to be obtained from the Clerk's Office at no cost.

E-WASTE:  The Clerk's Office recommends you contact Haz-Man, 177 Wales Avenue, Tonawanda, NY  at (716) 998-8073 or visit their web site at www.hazmanusa.com for any of your electronic waste.  Lockport C&D located at 178 Oakhurst Street can be contacted at (716) 434-6568 for electronic waste also. 

HANDICAP PERMIT:  The Clerk's Office issues Disability Handicap permits to Town of Lewiston residents only.  Village residents need to apply at the Village Office.  An application must be completed by a licensed physician, submitted to the Clerk's Office with identification (driver's license) and a permit will be issued.

Handicap Application

FOIL REQUEST:  (Freedom of Information)  Any information requested from any department in the Town should be requested by returning the completed following form to the Clerk's Office.

FOIL Form.pdf

DICKERSONVILLE CEMETERY:  The Cemetery, located on Ridge Road, is owned and maintained by the Town of Lewiston.  Plots can be purchased at the Clerk's Office, $300.00 for residents and $400.00 for non-residents.  Contact the Clerk's Office for further information. Dickersonville Cemetery Plot Map

BOARD AND COMMISSION:  The Town of Lewiston has several Boards and Commissions that residents are encouraged to join.  They are as follows:  Assessment Review Board;  Cable Commission;  CWM Siting Board;  Environmental Commission;  Board of Ethics;  Historic Preservation Commission;  Lewiston Library Board of Trustees;  Lighting Advisory Board;  Modern CAC;  Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee;  Planning Board;  Senior Advisory Board;  Signage Committee;  Tower/Wind Energy Reseach Committee;  Zoning Board of Appeals.

Please complete the following application and submit to the Town Clerk's Office.  

HAWK AND PEDDLING PERMIT

Local Law Chapter 250 of the Code of the Town of Lewiston makes it unlawful to act as a hawker, peddler or solicitor without first obtaining a license to conduct the activity in the Town of Lewiston, outside of any incorporated Village.  Said Local Law requires every applicant for a license to hawk, peddle, or solicit to provide detailed information on a written application to the Town Clerk. Further, said Local Law requires that any vehicle used in support of hawking, peddling, or solicitation, to have the name of the licensee and his address plainly displayed in letter and figures at least two inches in height on dashboard of vehicle.  The law also requires every licensee to carry the license at all times and exhibit said license upon request of a police officer or citizen.

The law prohibits an applicant from reapplying for another license within twelve months from the previous rejection or revocation unless the reason for rejection or revocation no longer exists.  Said Local Law also establishes a yearly $100 fee for a hawking, peddling, or soliciting license and a fine up to $150 or up to 15 days incarceration for any violation of the local law.  Lastly, said Local Law prohibits a licensee from falsely or fraudulently misrepresenting the quantity or quality of any goods or services sold.  Licensees must also keep vehicles and receptacles being used in a clean and sanitary condition and any food must be covered and protected from dirt, dust, and insects.

A copy of the entire text of the law can be found under the Town of Lewiston Website, under Town Code and is also on file in the Town Clerk's office where it may be examined during normal business hours.  

hawkpeddlingpermit.pdf