Clarence Town Court

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Clarence Town Court

One Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031


Phone: (716) 741-8948
Fax: (716) 741-2976

Town Justices:

Robert Sillars
Michael B. Powers

Town Prosecutors:

Town Attorney’s Office
One Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
Phone:    (716)741-8935
Fax:  (716)741-4715

Hours:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Lawrence M. Meckler
Town Attorney/Prosecutor
Steven B. Bengart
Deputy Town Attorney/Prosecutor
David C. Donohue
Deputy Town Attorney/Prosecutor
Peter Vasilion
Deputy Town Attorney/Prosecutor


District Attorney:

As assigned by the Erie County District Attorney Justice Court Bureau.

Court Clerks:

Marilyn Taton
Mary E. Zimmerman

Court Schedule:

Court Sessions:
Tuesday –  Judge Michael B. Powers………5:00 pm
Thursday – Judge Robert Sillars……………7:00 pm

Office Hours
Monday – Fridays: 8:30 am – 4:30pm

Window hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Please note that an outside drop box is available before and after window hours for full payments and completed paperwork. The drop box is located to the right of the front entrance doors.)

Court Information

Adjournments will be granted for good cause shown no later than 3:30 PM on Court Session days.

Resolution Of Vehicle And Traffic Violations

  1. By Mail
    1. A Not guilty plea is made by signing and dating Part B of the summons and mailing the summons to Court. Part B is located on the back if you have a yellow ticket. If you have a white, 8½ x 11 ticket, the summons is printed on the right hand side. After receiving your ticket the court will mail you a notification of your next court date.
    2. Guilty plea is made by signing and dating Part A and mailing to Court, which will notify offender of fine that must be promptly paid.
  2. In Person
    1. You may appear at the Court office between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM to plead in cafeteria court.
    2. You may appear on the night scheduled on the summons to plead not guilty or guilty.

Resolution Of Criminal Charges And Vehicle And Traffic Misdemeanors
The party charged must appear in person or an attorney can appear on behalf of the alleged offender, with their client’s written consent.

Bail is set to assure the appearance of the party charged and will be held by the Court until final disposition of the charges.

Civil Jurisdiction
Call the Court Clerks to inquire about Civil and Small Claims matters where the Court’s jurisdiction is limited to $3,000. Landlord – Tenant matters the monetary jurisdiction is unlimited.



Do not ask the Court Clerk to transfer a matter from one Judge to another.

Each Judge should be contacted by calling the Court Office. The Judge will not talk to a Party unless all Parties are present.



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Heritage & History

Since its establishment, Clarence has progressed from an isolated, heavily forested wilderness inhabited by a few sturdy pioneers to a thriving suburban town. Named from the English House, of Clarence the Town was established as the first township in Erie County on March 11, 1808. It contains more than 52 square miles and, while it has not incorporated villages, it is comprised of communities of Clarence, Harris Hill, Clarence Center, and Wolcottsburg as well as parts of the hamlets of Swormville, East Amherst and Millersport.

At one time the Town was inhabited by Native Americans and was called “Ta-Num-No-Ga-O” place full of hickory bark. Subsequent names changes occurred including Ransomville, Pine Grove, Ransom’s Grove and Clarence Hollow, before it became known as Clarence.

A.G. Eshelman’s “The Square Deal Store,” also known as the Emporium.
Asa Ransom
Asa Ransom
Asa Harris Inn
The Asa Harris Tavern
In 1799, before the town had been established, Joseph Ellicott, an agent for the Holland Land Company, offered lots on old Buffalo Road to those who would build and operate taverns upon them. These lots were 10 miles apart and were sold at the company’s lowest price of $2 per acre on a long-term no interest basis. The first settler to take advantage of this offer was Asa Ransom a young silversmith from Geneva, New York, who became the Town’s first resident. Ransom erected a spacious, two-story log house and tavern where he opened the Holland Land Company’s land office in 1801. That spring he erected a sawmill on he banks of the creek that winds through Clarence Hollow and bears his name. He expanded his operations in 1803 by building a gristmill. In 1807, Asa Harris, a Revolutionary War colonel, constructed a tavern along the Buffalo Road on a barely discernable rise today known as Harris Hill.

During the war 1812, the able-bodied men and boys of Clarence marched off to join the American militia assembling on the Niagara Frontier. Just before Buffalo burned during this struggle, Smith and Hezekiah Salisbury, publishers of the Buffalo Gazette, escaped with their printing equipment to the Harris Tavern. They subsequently printed their first issue there on January 14, 1814.

After the depression of the 1930’s, there was a land boom and the Town experienced its greatest period of development after World War II. Census records show that in the year 1900 there were 2,948 people residing in the Town and 6,331 in 1950. Ten years later, the population doubled to approximately 13,267. In 2000 the census figure showed the Town population in excess of 26,000 people.  The current 2010 census figure for the Town’s population is 30,673.

Agriculture was the chief source of income. However, the industrial history of the Town began with the manufacture of potash, followed by brick factories, which used clay from the banks of Ransom Creek. This development was followed by rock quarrying operations which provided sand and gravel for a number of industries. With the discovery of a large deposit of gypsum on Roll Road, National Gypsum Company built a plant and began operations in June 1926. This was followed by Universal Atlas Cement Company also on Roll Road and in later years, the Certainteed plant on Kraus Road. The pioneering work in the development of the heart pacemaker and other items of medical electronics by Wilson Greatbatch brought this industry Clarence and provided employment for many people in the 1980’s.

The Town of Clarence continues to grow today with many new residential homes being built. We are rich in history and proud of our heritage.

Clarence ElementaryWest Short House
West Shore House                        Clarence Center Elementary School

Wagner's Bakery
Wagner’s Bakery (previously the Clarence Classical School Building)

Wilson Greatbatch

Wilson Greatbatch





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