Town of Mentz, Cayuga County, New York

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The Town of Mentz has an open position for Court Clerk.  The prospective applicant must have computer skills, good communication skills, the ability to maintain confidentiality, reconcile receipts, work with the DMV, attorneys, as well as law enforcement agencies, and the DA.

For a complete list of the Court Clerk Responsibilities:  Click Here

Send your inquiries to:

Mentz Town Court


Or by mail to:

Mentz Town Court

PO Box 798

Port Byron, NY  13140


Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial brick for $30.00,

please contact the Town of Mentz office at 315-776-8692.



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 Charleen Wood, Town Clerk 

PO Box 798, Port Byron, NY 13140


Hello, Cayuga County residents!

The Cayuga County Planning Department is seeking feedback on your current trash and recycling services. Please take the time to fill out this short survey. Your answers are greatly appreciated and will be taken into consideration as the Department develops the new county-wide Local Solid Waste Management Plan. For further questions, please call Jenna DeRario at (315)-253-1203.

 You can access the online survey at:

You can access the paper survey for printing here: Paper Survey

 The final deadline to complete the survey will be November 1, 2021.

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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