About Perinton

About Perinton

The Town of Perinton is located on the Eastern border of Monroe County, adjacent to Ontario County. The Town is 12 miles East of Rochester, NY, 88 miles East of Buffalo, NY and 79 miles West of Syracuse, NY.

Bordering Monroe County towns include: East Rochester (East), Pittsford (West) and Penfield (North). Ontario County towns include Victor (South) and Macedon (East). Eastview Mall is in Victor, but only 4 miles from the center of Perinton.

The hamlet of Eygpt – featuring Lollyop Farm – is in the Southeastern portion of Town. Bushnell’s Basin is a picturesque hamlet in the Southwestern portion of Town.

The Village of Fairport runs along the Erie Canal in the middle of Town.

The estimated population of 46,713 feeds 5 area school districts – Fairport, Victor, East Rochester, Penfield, and Pittsford.

In 1788, Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham purchased 2.6 million acres of land in the wilderness of Western New York. William Walker of Canandaigua purchased 36 square miles of the land and hired his brother Caleb and his cousin Glover Perrin (1762-1830) to survey and divide the land into 66 equal lots. The area was known as Township 12, Range 4, in the governmental unit of Northfield.

In 1793, Glover Perrin, his family, and his six siblings and their families, became the first permanent white settlers in the area. They settled in the flat and well-watered areas, specifically in the hamlet of Egypt and Perinton Center. Early commercial ventures included mills, blacksmith shops, taverns, and inns.

By the late 1820s, the village of Fairport, located within the town on the Erie Canal, was becoming a booming canal town. Fairport, however, was not incorporated as a village until 1867.

The town of Perinton, outside of Fairport, remained essentially rural until the 1950s. Today farms still exist in Perinton, but are surrounded by suburban subdivisions, office and industrial parks, and an impressive number of parks and open spaces. The village of Fairport still maintains the ambience of a canal town and capitalizes on the recreational aspects of that canal.

Town principles

The Town takes great pride in its employees and making sure they all strive to meet the following principles for residents and visitors to the town:


We conduct ourselves at all times in a manner that fosters open communication and good decision making with the highest degree of honesty, respect and fairness for all.


Promote an atmosphere that fosters togetherness, unity, reliability and builds a bond with residents that makes them feel welcome and that we are all working in harmony toward a common goal.


Create an atmosphere in which staff members realize that what they do is vital to the Town’s success. They know their abilities, qualities and achievements are appreciated and their voice will be heard when they make a suggestion. This will carry over to the residents we serve.


Working toward a “people first” approach. Openness and transparency leads to trust among staff members and residents. Making tough decisions now that lead to prosperity in the future and are fiscally responsible for the next generation.


We engage community members with a focus on listening to and supporting their needs, anticipating and delivering high quality services and ensuring their satisfaction and trust. We strive for creative solutions to constantly enhance our services to meet the changing and diverse needs of the community we serve.

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