Overlooking the harbor One Room Schoolhouse Sideview of Stone Bridge/Mill Creek Sulpher Springs Church



Located east of Lake Ontario, the Town of Hounsfield’s scenic beauty emerges. Dramatic uninterrupted vistas and breathtaking limestone waterfront cliffs characterize the Town’s 27,291 acres of natural beauty. Once renowned for flourishing dairy farms and prosperous cheese factories, today the Town is the hub of cultural tourism in Jefferson County’s central region.

Water is a key feature. Mill Creek flows through its center. Its border are defined by Black River, Black River Bay and Henderson Bay. The islands of Gull, Snake (Bass), Calf, Great and Little Galloo and Stony expand the Town’s shoreline.

The Town named after Ezra Hounsfield, was formed from Watertown on February 17, 1806. Settlers arrived quickly as news spread of abundant forests, fertile soil, bountiful fish and game.

Nestled on the Town’s western boundary is Sackets Harbor which housed the military and naval headquarters for the US Northern frontier during the war of 1812.

Early settlers recognized the rich opportunities in the Town’s land and water resources. The population has grown from 2,700 in 1880 to today’s 3,300 figure. Two hundred years after settlement, the Town of Hounsfield is a popular place for both year-round residents and visitors.

Robert and Jeannie Brennan
Town Historians



Lakeside Cemetery
Rules and Regulations




Two Job Positions Available

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT - The Town of Hounsfield seeks qualified applicants for a one year appointed position of Highway Superintendent to fill a vacated term. This position requires leadership experience in personnel management; budget development, preparation, and administration; equipment capital planning and execution; roadway and drainage system maintenance; administrative record keeping; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to interact professionally with the general public. The Highway Superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day supervisory, administrative, and operational aspects of the department, including, but not limited to, all roadway maintenance (surface, subsurface, and drainage components), repair, and general upkeep, and winter snow and ice removal. The Highway Superintendent must be capable of performing all essential functions and duties identified in the position description and possess at least a Class B CDL. This position requires a minimum of five years of progressively responsible leadership and supervisory experience in the field of public works or a closely related field. Applicants please send a cover letter, resume and references to: townclerk@townofhounsfield.com or mail to: Town of Hounsfield, 18774 Co. RT. 66, Watertown, NY 13601 Deadline: End of business on November 9, 2016


DEPUTY TOWN CLERK - The Town of Hounsfield will receive resumes for a part time Deputy Town Clerk position. The purpose of this position is to preform administrative and clerical work in assisting the Town Clerk in discharging the duties of the office. Applicants must have strong accounting, record keeping, organization, computer, verbal and written skills. High school education, and a minimum of three years of experience in records management and/or experience in municipal government or any equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Applicants please send a cover letter, resume and references to: townclerk@townofhounsfield.com or mail to: Town of Hounsfield 18774 Co. Rt. 66 Watertown, NY 13601 Deadline: End of business on November 9, 2016


Notice is hereby given that the Preliminary Budget for the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, NY for fiscal year beginning January 1, 2017 has been completed and filed in the office of the Town Clerk, where it is available for inspection by any interested person during normal business hours.

Further notice is hereby given that the Town Board of said Town will hold a public hearing thereon at 7:00pm on November 9, 2016 at the Town of Hounsfield Town Office Building on Salt Point Road (County Route 66), Watertown, NY and that at such hearing any person may be heard in favor of or against the 2017 Preliminary Budget as compiled, or any items therein contained.

Notice is hereby given that the Town Board will also have public hearings consecutively following the 2017 Preliminary Budget hearing for the Town of Hounsfield Water District 1, Town of Hounsfield Water District 2, Town of Hounsfield Water District 3, Town of Hounsfield Water District 4, Town of Hounsfield Water District 5 for Special Benefit Assessment and Water Rates for each district and for Hounsfield Fire Protection.

Further notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 113 of Town Law that the following are proposed salaries of the Town Officers of the Town of Hounsfield: Supervisor $18,000 Town Justice 14,000 Town Justice 14,000 Councilmen (4) 4,000 each Town Clerk/Tax Collector 23,250 Highway Superintendent 50,000 There will be a town board meeting immediately following the close of the public hearings.

By Order of the Town Board
Diane Nier, Town Clerk
Date: 10-20-16

2017 Preliminary Budget

Please click here to review the 2017 Preliminary Budget.

2017 Budget Work Session

The Town of Hounsfield Town Board will hold a 2017 Budget work session on October 18, 2016 at the Town Hall at 6 PM.

Town of Hounsfield
Supervisor’s Annual Report

The detailed Annual Financial Report of the Supervisor of the Town of Hounsfield has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk at 18774 County Route 66, Watertown, NY. These reports for the year 2015 are public records and are available for inspection by all interested persons.

Diane M. Nier, Town Clerk
Dated: February 5, 2016

The Town water tower on Tower Road is now open!!

Comprehensive Plan of 2014
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If you are interested in serving in any local government position for the
Town of Hounsfield, please call the Town Clerk at
(315) 782-6380 or email: townclerk@townofhounsfield.com.


2016 Final Assessment Roll
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Historic Sackets Harbor in the Town of Hounsfield is located in Jefferson County, New York, just 8 miles from the City of Watertown. The Township is considered to be in the ‘Northern New York’ section of the state, approximately an hour from the Thousand Islands, and a half hour from Fort Drum Military Installation. The land comprising the town was purchased by Augustus Sackett in 1801. The Town itself being named for Ezra Hounsfield.

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Home Highway Superintendent Zoning Board of Appeals Water Department
Town Board Zoning Officer Assessor Sackets Harbor School
Town Clerk Planning Board Justice Court Genealogy

Contact Us

You may contact the Town of Hounsfield for Dog Licenses, Hunting Licenses, Transfer Site, Elections, assessments, board of assessment, zoning officer, official town business, highway superintendent, board meetings, justice court system and criminal cases, find out about town board representatives and Hounsfield town councilmen, local laws, water district, zoning information and more. Call us at (315) 782-6380 for specifics.


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