The Town of Lancaster is offering all Board Meetings live streamed as they are happening and archived afterwards on their YouTube channel. This includes Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Ethics Board and Industrial Development Agency meetings.

This opportunity to view and listen to board meetings will further open the government to the community. To access the YouTube channel, go to the Quick Links, at the right-hand side of the Home page, and click either “YouTube Live Streaming” or “YouTube Previous Board Meetings.” The Town of Lancaster is happy to provide more access to anyone unable to attend these governmental meetings. 

Supervisor Ruffino has declared the Town of Lancaster to be in a State of Emergency. All Town business will continue during this period. The declaration is attached.

pdf State of Emergency 2021 11 17 to the present

Cooler temperatures are a reminder of fun fall activities and family gatherings for the holidays. However, the fall and winter months also call for extra precautions. 

We urge you to take preventative measures to reduce the risk and protect yourselves, your families, and your community:

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

  • Make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning by testing them once per month. Both alarms should be battery-operated or have a battery back-up, and batteries should be changed once per year. You should have a separate alarm for each to prevent these separate emergencies.
  • Have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every floor, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. You can check for interconnecting alarms so that one sounds, they all sound.
  • Your smoke alarm doesn’t just sound when there is a fire. Learn the difference between the sounds: three loud beeps (continuous) means there is smoke or a fire, and one “chirp” every 30-60 seconds means it is time to change the battery.
  • Your smoke alarm must be changed every 10 years. Make sure you find out how old the smoke alarm is when you move into a new residence. If your smoke alarm continues to “chirp” even after you have replaced the battery, it’s time to replace your smoke alarm.
  • Most home fires start in the kitchen. Make sure you always keep watch over your cooking and that there is a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Have a fire escape plan and review it with your family. Make sure plans meet the needs of those with disabilities, children, and those with mobility issues in the household.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
  • On average, one of every 13 hotel or motel reports a structure fire each year. Make sure you are staying at a hotel or motel equipped with smoke alarms and sprinklers, locate the fire exits when you arrive, and review the escape plan with your traveling companions.
  • Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.
  • Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, at least 20 feet away from your home.

Cooler temperatures are a reminder of fun fall activities and family gatherings for the holidays. However, the fall and winter months also call for extra precautions.

The Lancaster Building and Zoning Department offers these tips to help you take preventative measures to reduce the risk and protect yourselves, your families, and your community:

  pdf Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips


The Town Board has changed the office hours of the Town Hall, effective September 8, 2021, to 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Hearts & Hands is a WNY nonprofit that matches caring, reliable volunteers with older members in our community with essential needs, to aid them in living happy, independent lives. 

Erie County has initiated a Mircoenterprise Loan/Grant Program for eligible small businesses. See the attached information.

pdf Microenterprise Flyer

Assistance from the Social Security Administration is available as detailed in the attached document.

pdf Social Security


The Home Energy Assistance Program office strongly suggests that residents apply as soon as possible this season due to Covid-10 pandemic, higher energy costs and higher unemployment rates. Please see the attached documents for more information.

pdf HEAP Flyer

pdf NY Doc Submit

pdf HEAP Application

Erie County's no cost Household Hazardous Waste drop-off Program has contracted with Hazman to provide a no cost drop-off in Tonawanda. More information below. 

  pdf Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has named the Town of Lancaster the 38th Safest City in New York State.

pdf Lancaster Named 38th Safest City in New York State

All Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings will now be in-person only. The doors to the Town Hall will be open to the public starting June 1st.

Visitors who are vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear a mask in the Town Hall. Anyone not fully vaccinated must wear a mask.

pdf Emergency Executive Orders May 15 & 18, 2021


Follow these instructions if you suspect GPS devices/apps are improperly routing commercial truck traffic through your residential community.  How To Report Residential Truck Traffic