Farmersville, New York

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Farmersville is a town located in the eastern border of Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 1,028 at the 2000 census.



The area was first settled around 1805, but no permanent settlement was made until around 1817. Farmersville became a town in 1821 from form part of the "Town of Ischua" (now the Town of Franklinville).

The town gained notoriety because of the Farmersville Garbage Scandal during the 2000 New York State senatorial race between Rudy Giuliani (who later dropped out in favor of Rick Lazio) and Hillary Clinton. Giuliani had made a statement during a campaign press conference that any community that wanted to refuse taking garbage from New York City was free to do so. The town, eager to get out of a contract that they believed was harmful to them, took Giuliani up on his offer. Giuliani then claimed that he never made the statement and threatened the town with legal action in retaliation. The events of the scandal caused great hostility towards the Republican candidates in upstate and Clinton won the election, largely because of a higher level of support from the upstate counties than previously anticipated.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.9 square miles (124.1 km²), of which, 47.8 square miles (123.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

The eastern town line is the border of Allegany County.

New York State Route 16, New York State Route 98, and New York State Route 243 pass through the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

Farmersville is south of the Town of Freedom and north of the Town of Lyndon. The east town line is shared with the Town of Rushford in Allegany County. To the west is the Town of Franklinville.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,028 people, 389 households, and 282 families residing in the town. The population density was 21.5 people per square mile (8.3/km²). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 13.7/sq mi (5.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.32% White, 0.19% African American, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

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