Town of Mentz, Cayuga County, New York


The Town of Mentz Board will hold a public hearing on February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Mentz Town Hall, 14 Sponable Drive, Port Byron, NY 13140.

The purpose of this public hearing is to consider adoption of “Local Law 1 of 2021 Amending Town of Mentz Zoning Ordinance adopted on October 22, 2019.”

A second public hearing will be held regarding a local law eliminating the Constructive Notice Provision in Town Law 65-a

By Order of the

Mentz Town Board


For Immediate Release: Friday, February 12, 2021 Guidance on Qualifying Health Conditions

 As the Cayuga County Health Department prepares to start vaccinating residents who have one or more qualifying health conditions, we wanted to inform the public of what information we need from each person in order to receive a vaccination at our clinics. 

At this time, the Cayuga County Health Department will require any individual who has qualifying health condition to provide documentation that they are in fact eligible to receive vaccine. The eligibility documentation can be in the form of: 

• a note on the health care provider’s letterhead (including patient name, date of birth and list their health conditions that qualifies them)

 • a visit summary note w/ health conditions listed, summary note must be from a visit within the past twelve months

 • or a print off from the electronic health record portal with the necessary information 

No individual will be allowed to receive the vaccine without qualifying documentation. The Health Department will be keeping the qualifying documentation for auditing purposes. If you are 65 years of age or older, your age makes you eligible to receive the vaccine at a local pharmacy or state vaccination site, but not at a health department clinic. In order to attend a health department clinic if you are 65 years of age or older, you must also have a qualifying health condition and a note from your health care provider. 

The Cayuga County Health Department does not know how many doses we will be receiving for those with qualifying health conditions. Depending on when the vaccine is delivered and how much is received will determine when a clinic is scheduled.

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Town of Mentz is inviting you to a 

scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town of Mentz - Town Board Meeting

        Every month on the Third Tuesday

Mentz Virtual Town Board Meeting Invitation


Town of Mentz is inviting you to a 

scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town of Mentz - Planning Board Meeting

        Every month on the Second Tuesday, until Jul 13, 2021, 6 occurrence(s)

Mentz Virtual Planning Board Meeting Invitation


The Planning Board of the Town of Mentz is looking to fill a vacancy effective January 1, 2021.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a letter of intent to: Town of Mentz Attention David Denman, Planning Board Chairman 

PO Box 798, Port Byron, NY 13140



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The Town of Mentz is located in Central Cayuga County, New York. The town was formed in 1802 as the "Town of Jefferson" from the town of Aurelius while still part of Onondaga County. In 1808, it assumed its current name. 

The first permanent settlers arrived in 1810, although others had attempted to settle the area previously.

In 1837, the community of Port Byron set itself apart from Mentz by incorporating as a village.

The Erie Canal was moved to include the Seneca River in 1856.

In 1859, part of the town was used to form the towns of Montezuma and Throop.    

 There are a number of people who can trace their roots back to Port Byron or who settled here for a while. Before he was a leader of the Mormon faith, Brigham Young lived here in the early 1830s. He was a painter and builder. One of the early buildings he lived in still exists on Pine Street. Henry Wells of "Wells Fargo" fame also lived here in the early 1830s. We can trace Isaac Singer of sewing machine fame here in 1837.     Opera singer Richard Bonelli was born here as Jacob Bunn.

The New York State Thruway (interstate 90) crosses the town, following along the original path of the Erie Canal. New York State Route 31 (east-west) crosses New York State Route 38 at Port Byron.

Coordinates: 43°2′25″N 76°37′44″W

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