Town Historian

Town Hall - 1951Patricia Wayne
Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
(585) 336-7269

Irondequoit was founded in 1839. The Historian catalogs the history of the Town and presents historical facts to the community through presentations and publications. The Historian also operates the Pioneer House, which is located on the grounds of the Town Hall, in conjunction with the Irondequoit Historical Society.

Short History of Irondequoit

The history of Irondequoit can be divided into four phases.

Phase one is the pre-Columbian period when the Senecas controlled this land, the fiercest tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy that dominated the whole of New York. The Senecas were "the guardians of the western gate", that is, the trade route to the fur rich country of the Ohio Valley. There is no evidence that the Senecas ever had a permanent village of any size in Irondequoit for the geography of the area has been both an asset and a liability in its development. The Genesee River borders on the East, Lake Ontario, on the North and Irondequoit Bay on the West. Many marshes, ponds and swamps crisscrossed the land And attracted numerous waterfowl. The bodies of water that surrounded the land teemed with game fish. This provided a great storehouse of food. but the Senecas also knew that the environment did not seem to be a healthy one. For the very marshes and swamps that attracted the waterfowl, also attracted fever-carrying mosquitoes. The Senecas may not have made the connection but they knew the area was unhealthy.

The first Europeans to bring western "civilization" to the Senecas were the French who were rivals of the Senecas for the western fur trade. In1687, the Marquis Denonvillle, Governor-general of Canada, led a punitive expedition to the mouth of Irondequoit Bay. His army of 1500 soldiers and 500 Hurons, enemies of the Senecas, marched down the eastern shore of the Bay to the Seneca Villages to approximately Victor, New York and on a hot July afternoon wiped out the Seneca villages. The whole Iroquois Confederacy became mortal enemies of the French and in the struggle between the French and the British, known as "The French and Indian War" they sided with the British who emerged from the conflict in sole possession of the North American continent up to the Mississippi Valley.

The second phase in our history really begins after the American Revolution when this area was part of the Phelps-Gorham purchase. These two men, veterans of the Revolution, had purchased approximately all of western New York. Irondequoit, then part of Brighton, Was section 34. Settlement was slow because of the fever and the marshy condition of the land. But intrepid pioneers, like Alexander Hooker, Sylvester Woodman, the Rogers Family, and the Costichs ignored the reputation of the area as being a fever-ridden swamp over run with wolves, bears, and rattlesnakes. They drained the swamps, cleared the land and planted their crops. Still in 1839, when the town was founded three quarters of the land was still untouched. However, by the end of the century, this step-child of Brighton was known as the garden spot of western New York, famed for its peaches, superb melons, and vineyards on the slopes of Irondequoit Bay, truck farms that produced celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus and numerous other vegetables. The Rudman family were known as the peach kings of western New York Produce stands, such as Wambach's and Aman’s, still satisfy customers today.

The third phase began with the development of trolley and rail lines through Irondequoit in the 1870's. Thousands of summer visitors flocked to the resorts on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit bay. In order to insure regular passenger traffic, the railroad rented wooden platforms on the bluffs overlooking the lake at the end of St. Paul Boulevard village within a village developed. The tent city was known as "White City". It had its own governing association, electricity and water supply. The electric lights and water supply were supplied by the railroad. At the mouth of the bay was the famous resort of Sea Breeze with hotels and amusement rides. The park was also owned by the railroad. On the sores of the Bay, at least a dozen hotels at one time or the other offered meals, rooms, boats, fishing tackle and, like the Glen Haven, elaborate accommodations of the resort variety. The Newport House, first built by Joseph Vinton as a sawmill, has been serving customers on the Bay since 1840. The area was known as the "Coney Island of western New York".

The fourth phase of our development started with the automobile. Society became more mobile. People could travel to all parts of the country and didn't need to be restricted to their own locale for vacations. After World War II, returning veterans looked to areas outside of the city for homesites. Farmers in Irondequoit were offered prices for their land that they could not resist. The old Victorian homes were ton down to make room for ranch houses and center entrance colonials. Irondequoit was transformed from a sleepy village to a bustling suburb with expanded school districts, shopping malls, and businesses.

Despite these changes the residents have endeavored to keep the hometown flavor of this community "where the land and waters meet".

Pioneer House

The Irondequoit Pioneer House museum is located on the west lawn of the Town Hall on Titus Ave.

The exhibits are open every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The museum is a popular place for groups to visit. Organizations are welcome to schedule visits at times other than regular open hours.

The next major renovation project will be a gift shop area in the addition at the back of the house. We are still interested in vintage articles that can be used in future exhibits, such as spinning wheel, cradle, butter churn, or other household furnishings. We are also interested in momentoes of past wars or military service.


Irondequoit Historical Society

Bureau of Public Works

Robert W. Kiley
Commissioner of Public Works
Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
(585) 336-6033
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To report problems call our Operations Center at 585-336-6090

The Bureau of Public Works is a facet of the Community Services Department and is responsible for maintaining Irondequoit’s public infrastructure, which includes a network of arterial and residential streets and sidewalks, and a storm and sanitary sewer system. Public Works is also responsible for the planning and execution of capital improvements to preserve and enhance this infrastructure with the ultimate objective of preserving property values and creating a safe and high-quality environment for Town residents and businesses.


The Irondequoit Bureau of Public Works maintains public infrastructure and ensures a healthy, safe and natural environment. We are committed to providing efficient and effective high quality customer service to the citizens and visitors of Irondequoit.

Can't find what you're looking for? Please call the Public Works at 585-336-6090.


Police Department

Who to Contact | Message from the Chief | Community Services Unit | Crime Reports
| House Checks | Sex Offender Registry

Chief Tantalo
Richard V. Tantalo

Chief of Police
Irondequoit Public Safety Building
1300 Titus Avenue

Dial “911” for Emergencies

The Irondequoit Police Department is the second largest town police force in Monroe County, New York. The officers of the Department protect and preserve the rights of the citizens and property owners of the town. The Department provides these services through the Road Patrol, Community Services Unit, and Investigative Services, all with the support of civilian staff. The officers of the Department provide proactive enforcement of all of the laws of New York State, the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County and the United States. The Irondequoit Police Department is accredited by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety.

 Who to Contact

Richard V. Tantalo, Chief of Police2306
Mark Bean, Captain/Patrol Commander2281
Mary Heckman, Assistant to the Chief2306
Internal Affairs2220
Sergeant Jessica Franco, Supervisor-Criminal Investigations Unit2453
Filomena Amedeo, Records Office Manager2311
Officer Kylee Nichols, Community Service Unit Supervisor2290

Karlee Crist, Community Services Unit Assistant

Douglas Averill, Community Services Assistant & Crossing Guard Coordinator



Technician’s Unit Supervisor, Lt. Alan Laird2211
Property Clerk's Office2260
Impounded Vehicle Inquiries2200
Requests for Crime Reports2200
Requests for Accident Reports2300
Impound Lot Inquiries-Cristo Towing
1301 E. Ridge Rd. (rear)
IPD Fax585-342-3655

 Message from the Chief

As your Chief of Police, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce the Irondequoit Police Department to all our new residents.

The police department is located in the Public Safety Building at 1300 Titus Avenue, behind the Town Hall. The department provides police services in Irondequoit 24-hours-per- day, 7-days-per-week. To request a police officer for both emergency and non-emergency services, dial 911.

The police department consists of 51 officers, which includes uniformed officers, investigators and command staff.

The members of the IPD practice the philosophy of Community Policing. This philosophy promotes a strong partnership between residents and their police department. It is based on the premise that both the police and the community must work together as equal partners to identify, prioritize and solve problems such as crime, fear of crime in neighborhoods with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in your neighborhoods and in the community of Irondequoit.

The organizational structure of the Irondequoit Police Department consists of the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Unit, which includes juvenile investigations, Community Service Unit, and the Administration-Records Division.

The Irondequoit Police Department provides all of the police services for the Town of Irondequoit. Assistance is received from county, state and federal law enforcement agencies when needed.

Police reports such as incident, accident, stolen and lost property are kept on file at the Public Safety Building. Copies may be obtained Monday-Friday 8 AM-4PM at a fee of $ .25 per page.

Police record checks may be obtained for a fee of $ 15.00. A waiting period of five business days is required.

Property which is turned into the police department or obtained through an investigation may be released Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 3:30PM. (Appointment recommended)

This property may consist of lost and found, stolen or confiscated items. The property clerk can be contacted at 336-6000 ext. 2260.

Police Department Division Supervisors:

Captain Richard Ryan
585-336-6000 ext. 2221
Fax: 342-5699

Criminal Investigation Unit Supervisor Sgt. Mark Bean
585-336-6000 ext. 2281 
Fax: 342-3655

Community Services Unit Officer Kylee Nichols
585-336-6000 ext. 2290 
Fax: 342-3655
Community Services Assistant Karlee Crist
585-336-6000 ext. 2287 
Fax: 342-3655

Records Officer Manager Filomena Amedeo 
585-336-6000 ext. 2311
Fax: 342-5699

The Irondequoit Police Department is a New York State accredited agency. 

As your Chief of Police, I encourage you to call the police when you see something suspicious or questionable in your neighborhood. Your participation is essential, and we must work together to solve community problems and keep Irondequoit a great and safe place to live.

Copies of our annual report are on file at both branches of the Irondequoit library. 

Richard V. Tantalo
Chief of Police
585-336-6000 ext. 2306

Our Commitment to Community Policing

Police Chief Richard Tantalo

The Irondequoit Police Department practices community policing.   Click here to visit the Community Services Site.

Community policing reduces the difficulty and stress of the law enforcement function. Without the spirit of cooperation between community and police, very little progress can be made to improve either police service or police relations with the public.

Police work is -- and always will be -- about people. Since the first foot patrol pounded the pavement, it has always been a “people” business. Community policing leads to a spirit of understanding and cooperation between police and the public.

Community-policing helps the public understand that police officers are not mere automatons -- writing tickets, enforcing the law, and preserving order. Police officers are also human beings who go home at the end of their shifts and function within the community just like the public they serve. 

Community-policing policies help bridge the divide. Police officers who emerge from their vehicles and engage the public get to know citizens, and citizens get to know them.

The Irondequoit Police Department firmly believes that it is in our police officers’ best interest to establish a relationship with members of the community. When the complainant is encountered as a fellow citizen -- with the same hopes, fears, and desires for a peaceful, law-abiding community -- then police officers can have a sense of investment and fulfillment in performing their duties.

This Department believes that community policing is necessary to ensure that neither the police nor the public forgets the interdependent nature of their relationship. The officers and the community are working together toward a common goal: a safe community for all.

Community policing makes police work safer, more efficient, and, most important, more rewarding. It is not “Us and Them,” it is “We”.

It appears that community policing as both a philosophy and a practice is here to stay. Our community policing program changes the paradigm from one in which the police are the experts to a model in which the police and community work together to identify, prioritize, and solve problems that affect the quality of life in our community.

 Crime Reports

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Complaints may be filed with a police supervisor at any time.

The complainant will be asked to complete a “Report of a Complaint Against an Officer” form.

 House Checks

In keeping with the philosophy of the Irondequoit Police department to promote a strong partnership between the residents and their police department, we offer a program that authorizes the police department to check your house while you are away.

In order to take advantage of the program, please fill out the house check form. You must return the form in person to the Irondequoit Police Department - photo ID will be required in order to protect you and your property.

A house check includes an officer walking the perimeter of your house while you are away and checking the windows and doors to ensure that they are locked. If you have any questions about this service please call 585-336-6000 x 2200 or 585-336-6000 x 2201.

 Sex Offender Registry


Public Safety


Scott Donahue, Officer
Animal Control
Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York
(585) 336-6052

Animal Control is responsible for the control and protection of common domestic animals and nuisance wild life for the Town of Irondequoit.

Irondequoit Police Department

Richard Tantalo
Chief of Police
Irondequoit Public Safety Building
1300 Titus Avenue

Dial “911” for Emergencies

The Irondequoit Police Department is the second largest town police force in Monroe County, New York. The officers of the Department protect and preserve the rights of the citizens and property owners of the town. The Department provides these services through the Road Patrol, Community Services Unit, and the Investigative Services Section, all with the support of civilian staff. The officers of the Department provide proactive enforcement of all of the laws of New York State, the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County and the United States. The Irondequoit Police Department is accredited by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety.

Irondequoit Ambulance and Fire Departments

Irondequoit Ambulance
Laurelton Fire Department
Point Pleasant Fire Department
Ridge-Culver Fire Department
Sea Breeze Fire Department
St. Paul Boulevard Fire Department

Planning & Zoning Department

Planning Board | Zoning Board of Appeals | Town Code

Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
(585) 336-6771

This division of the Community Development Department is responsible for Town planning, review of site development plans for land use applications, and environmental conservation efforts. This includes staff support to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, Conservation Board, and Town Board in carrying out the land use planning and zoning functions of the Town. The staff provides liaison and coordination with other Town departments and with county, state, and federal agencies; maintains and assists in periodic updates of the Town Master Plan and official Zoning Map; and prepares and maintains records of Planning and Zoning proceedings and decisions.