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





The Town of Hounsfield Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing prior to the regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tues., December 5th, regarding the JCIDA project EAST at the airport. Anyone interested, please attend.

Yvonne M. Podvin
Planning Board Chair


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Hounsfield will be holding a Public Hearing on October 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Barn for comments/questions on the proposed Local Law #1 of 2017, amending the Town of Hounsfield Zoning Law Section 510: Parking and Off-Street Parking and adding the Hounsfield Solar Energy Law to the Town of Hounsfield Zoning Law.

Dated: Watertown New York September 13, 2017
By: Town of Hounsfield Clerk Diane Nier


Town of Hounsfield 2018 Notice is hereby given that the Preliminary Budget for the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, NY for fiscal year 2018 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 October 11, 2017 at the Town of Hounsfield Town Office Building at 18774 Co. Rt. 66 (Salt Point Road), Watertown, NY and that at such hearing any person may be heard in favor or against the 2018 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 2018 Preliminary Budget 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
  • Councilmembers $4,000 ea.
  • Town Clerk/Tax Collector $23,750
  • Highway Superintendent $52,500

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: 9/29/17


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Timothy Scee,
Town Supervisor

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report by District -

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District 5


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure.

Timothy Scee,
Town Supervisor

Water Committee Meetings

The water committee meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm

2017 Budget

Please click here to review the 2017 Budget.

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 2016 are public records and are available for inspection by all interested persons.

Diane M. Nier, Town Clerk

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.


2017 Tentative Rolls (5/11/17)
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2017 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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Town Clerk Planning Board Justice Court Genealogy

Contact Us

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