Pencil Sketch of Town Hall by Mary Ann Barr 2021

Pencil sketch by Mary Ann Barr 2021

The Town of Danby in New York

Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Town Clerk 607-277-4788
Town Court 607-277-0095
Town Court Hours M,Tu,W 8am-11am

Town Boards and Committees

The Town Board is the governing, legislative, and policy-making body of the Town. It is also the branch of government that appropriates funds for governmental functions and services and thus controls town finances, the town budget, and salaries.

Members of the Town Board are elected by Danby residents in the town’s biennial local elections. For more details, see the Town Board page.

Appointed Board/Committees/Positions

The Town of Danby welcomes your participation on volunteer Boards and Committees.

As outlined in the Boards and Committees Appointment Policy, service on town boards and committees is one of the principal means by which citizens can participate in the conduct of local government.

Descriptions of each Board/Committee are below. Please complete and submit the application/interest form (a copy of which is at the bottom of this page) if you wish to apply for an open position. 

Please contact the Town Clerk’s office if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Danby.

When a proposed project does not comply with the Zoning Ordinance, an appeal may be filed with Danby’s Board of Zoning Appeals (the “BZA,” a.k.a. Zoning Board of Appeals, “ZBA”).

Board of Zoning Appeals

The purpose of CAC is to advise in the development, management, and protection of the Town’s natural resources.

Conservation Advisory Council

The Planning Board receives and acts upon site plan approval requests, special permit requests, and subdivision applications. 

Planning Board 

The Town of Danby appoints one person to serve a one-year term as the Town Historian.

Per Resolution 18 of 1968 wherein the West Danby Water District was created, a five-person committee was also established to provide oversight and guidance to the Town Board regarding Water District matters. Each committee members serves a five-year term.

Appointment Timeline

October 1

  • Appointed individuals whose terms end on 12/31 are notified
  • Board/Committee Chairs are notified regarding those members whose terms expire on 12/31

October 1–October 15

  • Advertisements posted for open positions
  • Vacancies listed on the town website


  • Vacancies announced at each public meeting

December, First Town Board Meeting

December, After First Town Board Meeting

  • Invite Board/Committee applicants to second December Town Board Meeting

December, Second Town Board Meeting

  • Board/Committee Applicant Interviews

January, Town Board Organizational Meeting

  • Town Board votes on appointments
  • Applicants notified in the following days 
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The Town of Danby sits on the traditional & ancestral land of the Gayogoho:no’ (Cayuga Nation), one of the five nations to first form the Haudenosaunee. Indigenous peoples were largely forced out of Upstate New York by the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition in 1779. The land that would become the Town of Danby was a part of the Watkins and Flint Purchase, a 336,380 acre patent granted by New York State to numerous eastern investors in 1794. 

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