Lancaster Town Court

Town of Lancaster location in Erie County, NY

525 Pavement Road
Lancaster, NY 14086

TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

Phone: 716-683-1814
Fax: 716-685-5313

http://www.erie.gov/lancaster/offices_court.asp

Town Justices:

J. Michael Kelleher
Mark Montour

Town Prosecutors:

John Dudziak, Esq.

Address:
Town Hall
21 Central Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086

Phone: 716-684-3342
Fax: 716-681-7475
Email: jdudziak@lancasterny.com

District Attorney:

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

Court Clerk:

Office Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Court Schedule:

Tuesdays at 11:00 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm

Court Information

Adjournments:

Adjournments will be granted for good cause shown no later than 72 hours prior to court date.

Resolution of Vehicle and Traffic Violations

  1. By Mail
    Not guilty plea is made by signing and dating Part B on the back of the summons mailing your summons to Court which we will mail back a return date.
    Guilty plea is made by signing and dating Part A and mailing to Court. A fine notice will then be sent by the Court.
  2. In Person
    You may appear at the Court Office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:15 P.M. to plead to the court and/or pay fines or send to the Court by certified mail.
    You may also appear at the time scheduled on the summons to plead guilty or not guilty to the summons.
  3. Payment of Fines
    Cash, money order, certified check or credit card will be accepted as payment for fines due. No company or attorney’s checks accepted. Time is allowed for payment. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone.

Civil Jurisdiction

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

Small claims applications will be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm

Tips:

The Court Clerks are not permitted to give legal advice, so please do not ask for it.

Map:

 

You may not know

Lancaster is a town in Erie County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town population has 41,604 residents. The Town of Lancaster has a village also called Lancaster. Both town and village are east of Buffalo. The town contains the western part of the Village of Depew. The eastern part of Depew lies in Cheektowaga.

In 1803, the Holland Land Company sold its first plot of land in the future town. The Town of Lancaster was formed from the Town of Clarence, New York in 1833. The town was named after Lancaster, Massachusetts, but the reason for applying this name is not known. Lancaster, however, was originally called Cayuga Creek. Later it incorporated and renamed itself to become what we now know as Lancaster.

Lancaster contains the oldest stone structure in Erie County, the Warren Hull House. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The town also contains the oldest wooden structure in Erie County, known as the Gipple cabin. The cabin is located on private land in Southeast corner of the intersection of Wehrle Dr. and Harris Hill Rd. The Lancaster District School No. 6 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

In 1857, part of the town was taken to form the Town of Elma.

Beginning in early 1990s, the town entered a period of rapid growth. In 2003, the town and village police departments merged. Additions to the middle school and the William Street School were finished in 2005.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98.2 km²), of which 37.8 square miles (98.0 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) (0.16%) is water.

The town is located on the northern and eastern side of Erie County and is east of the city of Buffalo.

Lancasters’ boundaries are, Wehrle Dr. in the North, Hall Rd. in the South, Transit Rd. in the West, and Townline Rd. in the East. The North town line is not fully bordered by Wehrle Dr., because after reaching Harris Hill Rd., Wehrle Dr. bends Northeast into the Town of Clarence. Similarly, The South town line is not fully bordered by Hall Rd., because it becomes a dead end West of Bowen Rd. At the other end, Hall Rd. ends at Ransom Rd., making a dogleg left turn to the north, becoming Ransom Rd. Therefore the Southern town line is not marked by a road, East of Ransom Rd., and West of the dead end beyond Bowen Rd.

Most of the western part of the town is built up, while the eastern part is not very built up at all. The reason for this is because of the villages of Lancaster and Depew are in the western part of the town, and also many subdivisions are in the western part of the town. The eastern part of the town has long roads with almost no subdivisions. The western part however contains many subdivisions because of the towns’ rapid growth.

Many rural or somewhat rural areas still exist in Lancaster. The Hamlets of Bowmansville and Townline, areas along Genesee St. (New York State Route 33), The Southeastern part of the town, the Northeastern part of the town, and the North part of the town all still remain a somewhat rural character. Some farms still exist. The area immediately South of the village around Como Park and Aurora St., are now very built up. Bowen Rd., in the South part of the town, serves as the divider between built up Lancaster, and the more rural Lancaster. The area North and East of the Village of Depew are also built up. Many subdivisions are being built North of Walden Ave., west of Cemetery Rd. Cemetery Rd., in the North part of the town, serves as the divider between the built up part of the town, and the more rural part of the town.

Many people would like Lancaster to keep its “small town” identity, however this is becoming impossible because of how many subdivisions are being built, and the rate that they are being built at.

Cayuga Creek and Ellicott Creek flow across the town to the west, Ellicott Creek being the more northerly stream.

The west town line is marked by New York State Route 78. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the northern part of the town. New York State Route 33, Genesee Street, crosses the town immediately south of the Thruway, and U.S. Route 20, Broadway, crosses the central part of the town.

Communities and locations in the Town of Lancaster

  •     Bowmansville – A large unincorporated hamlet in the northwest corner of the town, located near Genesee Street (NY-33) between Harris Hill Rd. and Transit Rd. (NY-78). Ellicott Creek flows through the hamlet. The hamlet took its name from early settler Benjamin Bowman. The West Shore Railroad once passed through the hamlet, and had a station on Maple Dr.
  •     Dellwood – A location at the east town line, on Townline Rd., north of the Hamlet of Town Line Station. Dellwood is located on the old D,L,and W Railroad bed. That abandoned railroad bed contains the Lancaster Heritage Trail, a bike path ending at Townline Rd. in Dellwood.
  •     East Lancaster – A location east of Lancaster Village on Broadway (US-20) between Bowen Rd. and Pavement Rd.
  •     Looneyville – A location located on Townline Road at Walden Ave., north of the Hamlet of Dellwood.
  •     Town Line – A larger, unincorporated hamlet on Townline Rd. and Broadway (US-20) on Lancaster’s eastern town line. It is a Census Designated Place, or CDP.
  •     Town Line Station – A location on Townline Rd., Lancaster’s eastern town line; north of the Hamlet of Town Line. Located at the old Erie (now Norfolk Southern) Railroad crossing at Townline Rd.
  •     Cayuga Creek – A stream flowing westward through the town and village; flowing through Como Lake Park.
  •     Ellicott Creek – A stream flowing westward through the northern part of the town, including the Hamlet of Bowmansville. Named after Joseph Ellicott.
  •     Little Buffalo Creek- a small creek breaking off of Cayuga Creek. The creek breaks off Cayuga Creek under the Bowen Rd. bridge.
  •     Scajaquada Creek- A small stream flowing through the Village of Depew and the Town of Lancaster.
  •     Plumb Bottom Creek- A small stream flowing from the Town of Lancaster into the Village of Lancaster, finally ending up at Cayuga Creek.
  •     Slate Bottom Creek- A small stream flowing through the southern part of the town.
  •     Como Lake Park– A county park in the southwest part of the town and in the village, south of US-20.
  • Villages: The Town of Lancaster contains two villages; its own Village of Lancaster, and the eastern part of the connecting Village of Depew. The Town of Cheektowaga contains the other half of Depew.
  •     Lancaster – The Village of Lancaster is in the west part of the town, located on US-20.
  •     Depew – The eastern part of the Village of Depew is in the western part of the town.

 


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