East Rochester, New York
East Rochester is a coterminous town
A town is a human settlement larger than a village but smaller than a city. The size a settlement must be in order to be called a "town" varies considerably in different parts of the world, so that, for example, many American "small towns" seem to British people to be no more than villages, while...

 and village
A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand , Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the West Village in Manhattan, New...

 located southeast of the City of Rochester
Rochester, New York
Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. Known as The World's Image Centre, it was also once known as The Flour City, and more recently as The Flower City...

 in Monroe County
Monroe County, New York
Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 744,344. It is named after James Monroe, fifth President of the United States of America. Its county seat is the city of Rochester....

, New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

. The village, home to about 6,587 people, is bounded by Pittsford
Pittsford (town), New York
Pittsford is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States and is an affluent suburb of Rochester. The population was 29,405 at the 2010 census....

 to the west and south and Perinton
Perinton, New York
Perinton is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 46,090 at the 2000 census.The Village of Fairport, New York is within the town on the Erie Canal. Perinton is adjacent to the village of East Rochester , and the towns of Victor , Macedon , Pittsford , and Penfield...

 to the north and east. The southern boundary is delimited by New York State Route 31F
New York State Route 31F
New York State Route 31F is an east–west state highway located in the vicinity of Rochester, New York, in the United States. The western terminus of the route is at an intersection with NY 96 north of the Monroe County village of Pittsford. Its eastern terminus is at a junction...

, which runs parallel to but never enters East Rochester. The village line in the remaining three directions are less distinct.


The Village of East Rochester was originally known as the Village of Despatch when the community was incorporated in 1897. Despatch was laid out as a planned community designed around the New York Central Railroad
New York Central Railroad
The New York Central Railroad , known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States...

 mainline that ran through the center of the village. Much of the original land which became the village came from Fairport
Fairport, New York
Fairport is a village located in the town of Perinton which is part of Monroe County, New York. Fairport is a suburb east of Rochester. It is also known as the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal"...

 businessman Walter Parce. This land was used to develop housing for employees of the earliest employers: The Merchants Despatch Corporation
Merchants Despatch
The Merchants Despatch Transportation Company was established in 1857 or 1858 by the American Express Company of New York...

 and the Aeolian Piano Corporation. The original buildings of the Aeolian Piano Corporation are still in use today as a shopping center and office complex called Piano Works Mall.

To better showcase the village's proximity to the city of Rochester, the village was incorporated as the Village of East Rochester in 1906.

The boundaries of the village were divided between the towns of Perinton
Perinton, New York
Perinton is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 46,090 at the 2000 census.The Village of Fairport, New York is within the town on the Erie Canal. Perinton is adjacent to the village of East Rochester , and the towns of Victor , Macedon , Pittsford , and Penfield...

, Pittsford
Pittsford (town), New York
Pittsford is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States and is an affluent suburb of Rochester. The population was 29,405 at the 2010 census....

, and Penfield
Penfield, New York
Penfield is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 36,242 at the 2010 census.The town was incorporated in 1810 by the proprietor, Daniel Penfield, who purchased the town lands in 1795 and moved to the area in 1809. Penfield is a suburb of Rochester, New York...


Coterminous status

In 1982, the residents of the village voted to become a coterminous town and village.


Two notable disasters have occurred in East Rochester, both involving derailment
A derailment is an accident on a railway or tramway in which a rail vehicle, or part or all of a train, leaves the tracks on which it is travelling, with consequent damage and in many cases injury and/or death....

s on the double-track mainline running through town. The first occurred on 29 October 1969 when a 30-car Penn Central freight train carrying produce derailed onto West Maple Avenue (which, along with East Maple Avenue, runs parallel to the tracks between NY 153 and South Lincoln Road), crushing numerous automobiles and toppling telephone poles. Remarkably, no one was injured.

On 16 January 2007, a 13-car CSX intermodal
Intermodal freight transport
Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation , without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes. The method reduces cargo handling, and so improves security, reduces damages and...

 train traveling 60 miles per hour and carrying retail goods partially derailed at the South Lincoln underpass, spilling at least five containers and two intermodal wells onto the road below. The wreckage extended west from South Lincoln along East Maple Avenue to Madison Street as derailed cars crushed a number of vehicles parked alongside the tracks and dumped intermodal containers into the front yards of residents on Maple. Overall, eight wells and 15 to 20 containers came off the rails. As in 1969, no one was injured in the accident. The presence of mangled intermodal cars in the southbound lanes of Lincoln Road, as well as one teetering on the edge of the bridge, forced the closure of the road. It reopened January 18 following two days of cleanup. The 200 block of East Maple Avenue, however, remained closed for repair work for several days afterward.


East Rochester is located at 43°6′44"N 77°29′13"W (43.112413, -77.487).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²).None of the area is covered with water; however, Irondequoit Creek
Irondequoit Creek
Irondequoit Creek is a stream in eastern Monroe County, New York that feeds Irondequoit Bay. It actually begins in rural West Bloomfield in Ontario County, flowing north into the town of Mendon in Monroe County...

 runs along the eastern edge of the village.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 6,650 people, 2,774 households, and 1,625 families residing in the village. The population density
Population density
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 was 4,915.4 people per square mile (1,901.9/km²). There were 2,916 housing units at an average density of 2,155.4 per square mile (834.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.92% White, 1.38% African American
African American
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, 0.26% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.32% from two or more races. 2.38% of the population were Hispanic
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 or Latino
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 of any race.

There were 2,774 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,221, and the median income for a family was $48,553. Males had a median income of $32,094 versus $26,953 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the village was $18,875. About 6.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


East Rochester has been considered by the public as Rochester's "Little Italy," as over a half of the town's residents have Italian ancestry, and Italian can even be heard in offices and homes. It has also been home to some of the finest Italian restaurants in the Rochester area including The Northside Inn, Perlo's, The Grapevine Restaurant and for many years, Giuseppe's. Surace's Pizza, located along Commercial Street, adds to this reputation and is a lunch time institution in the community.

Due to the success of its high school sports teams, (despite the small size of the village and school in relation to surrounding towns) East Rochester has been affectionately referred to as "The Home of Champions." Its high school men's basketball, football and wrestling teams each won numerous sectional championships from the 1960s until the early 1990s. The majority of these football and wrestling squads found their success under the direction of local legend Don Quinn. In recent years, the school's women's sports teams have carried on this tradition as field hockey and lacrosse have enjoyed dominance on both the regional and state-wide level. Interestingly enough, it is Quinn's daughter who coaches these teams. Also one of the most successful teams in East Rochester is the varsity cheerleading squad. With 6 national champion titles and 9 section five champion titles, as well as various titles from local competitions, this team has become a "legend". The 2007–2008 East Rochester Boys Basketball team won a sectional title, the team's first since 1963.

Baseball has always been an integral part of village life.. In 1966, the East Rochester Little League's Senior Division Baseball All-Star team became world champions, winning the World Series, which was held in Des Moines, Iowa. Moreover, the East Rochester Boys Varsity Baseball team won their first Section V baseball title in 1989 and went on to win five more under coach Ron Rucker in the early 1990s.

The Bombers were the first High School in the Rochester area to play its outdoor sports upon a FieldTurf
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 artificial playing surface, with one being installed in 2001. Until the late 1980s, the Bomber football team played an annual game with their rivals from Fairport; the Red Raiders. The winner of this game took home the coveted Little Brown Jug and was played until the enrollment of Fairport High grew much too large to make such a contest feasible. The rivalry, however, is still somewhat understood between the two neighbors as it is often referred to in other capacities outside of athletics.


The village is governed by a mayor and village board on which the mayor, vice mayor, and three elected village trustees are seated. There are additional boards for architectural review, assessment review, library, and zoning appeals, two commissions for the village cable channel and planning, and a housing authority.
Village Presidents and Mayors
Name Title Term
T. Joseph Mitchell President 1907–1909
Howard R. Worden President 1909–1910
William J. Genthner President 1910–1911
Charles H. Derby President 1911–1913
Charles S. King President 1913–1914
Howard R. Worden President
George H. McInerney Mayor 1931–1933
W. Duane Smith Mayor 1933–1935
T. Joseph Mitchell Mayor 1935–1936
George Schreib Mayor 1936–1947
Lee R. Arcuri Mayor 1947–1949
Howard A. Hustleby Mayor 1949–1951
Kenneth D. Mackenzie Mayor 1951–1953
Paul N. Bower Mayor 1953–1971
Anthony Della Pietra Mayor 1971–1979
Ralph Celantani Mayor 1979–1983
Peter D. Quinzi Mayor 1983–2000
David P. Bonacchi Mayor 2000–2007
Jason W. Koon Mayor 2007 – present


Three state highway
State highway
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s enter the vicinity of East Rochester: the aforementioned NY 31F, better known locally as Fairport Road, New York State Route 153
New York State Route 153
New York State Route 153 is a long north–south state highway located in the eastern suburbs of Rochester, New York, United States. The southern terminus of the route is at NY 96 in the village of Pittsford. Its northern terminus is at an interchange with NY 441 in the town of...

 (Washington Street), and unsigned New York State Route 940U (West Commercial Street). NY 153 has the highest average annual daily traffic of any street serving East Rochester proper, carrying 11,000 vehicles per day between NY 31F and Commercial and 18,000 vehicles daily from Commercial to Linden Avenue as of 2004. NY 31F carries over 27,000 vehicles per day but does not enter the village. NY 153 is also the only north-south street in the village that runs from one end of the village to the other and continues into neighboring towns. Linden Avenue is the only east-west street accomplishing this feat.

The double-tracked CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation operates a Class I railroad in the United States known as the CSX Railroad. It is the main subsidiary of the CSX Corporation. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and owns approximately 21,000 route miles...

 Rochester Subdivision
Rochester Subdivision
The Rochester Subdivision is a railroad line owned by CSX Transportation in the U.S. state of New York. The line runs from Syracuse west to Buffalo along the former New York Central Railroad main line. At its east end, west of downtown Syracuse, the line becomes the Mohawk Subdivision...

 rail line runs east-west through East Rochester, dividing the town in half. No grade crossings exist within the East Rochester limits. Two streets, NY 153 and South Lincoln Road, pass under the mainline by way of underpasses roughly 0.5 miles apart.

Emergency response

Access to emergency services is obtained by dialing 9-1-1
9-1-1 is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan .It is one of eight N11 codes.The use of this number is for emergency circumstances only, and to use it for any other purpose can be a crime.-History:In the earliest days of telephone technology, prior to the...

 which connects the caller to the City of Rochester's
Rochester, New York
Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. Known as The World's Image Centre, it was also once known as The Flour City, and more recently as The Flower City...

 Emergency Communications Department Center). The East Rochester Police Department provides primary law enforcement for the town residents.

The East Rochester Fire Department is staffed by volunteers and provides emergency fire, rescue and non-transport emergency medical services within the town.

The East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (ERVAC) provides primary emergency medical response, including Basic Life Support
Basic life support
Basic life support is the level of medical care which is used for patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries until the patient can be given full medical care at a hospital. It can be provided by trained medical personnel, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and by...

, with trained Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency medical technician
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. Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support is a set of life-saving protocols and skills that extend Basic Life Support to further support the circulation and provide an open airway and adequate ventilation .-Components of ALS:These include:...

services are provided by the Southeast Quadrant Mobile Critical Care Unit (SEQ MCCU).

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