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Bethlehem

The flag of the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, NY could be seen at http://www.townofbethlehem.org/supervisor.htm (no longer available). It is light blue with the town seal on it. The town seal can be seen at http://www.townofbethlehem.org.
Ned Smith, 15 August 2005

Brunswick

The Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County, flag is a coloured seal on white and appear[ed] twice at a collage of photos at the homepage at http://www.townofbrunswick.org/ [although the home page has now changed].
Dov Gutterman, 27 November 2002

Chester (Orange County)

Town of Chester, Orange County, NY- http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r104:E13JY5-247:
SESQUICENTENNIAL OF CHESTER, ORANGE COUNTY, NY -- HON. BENJAMIN A. GILMAN (Extension of Remarks - July 13, 1995)
.....Beginning on June 2, the town of Chester held a 3-day celebration commemorating its sesquicentennial anniversary. The celebration was hosted by town supervisor, Stephen Shortess, and town historian, Clark Holbert, and included the dedication of a new town flag for Chester....
Ned Smith, 15 August 2005

Chester (Orange County)

"Councilperson Murphy suggested having a Town flag/banner made with the town logo. She suggested Gettysburg Flag Works (P0 Box 524, 340 Columbia Tnpk., East Greenbush, NY 12061), as the school district has order items from this company and were pleased. Suggested using the Bicentennal logo and getting a quote."
http://www.townofchesterny.org/tocminutes/tb071399.html
I could not find any evidence indicating whether the suggestion was heeded or not.
Ned Smith, 15 August 2005

East Fishkill

It isn't so easy to see it but if you take the photo at http://www.eastfishkillny.org/photos/board.jpg, add some brightness and enlarge it, you will be able to see the seal on white on green of this town. The exact shape of the flag is yet unclear. The town is at Duchess County.
Dov Gutterman, 27 November 2002

Fredonia

From http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/01-12/hail-hail-fredonia-new-York.html:
"I went up to the top floor and found a small courtroom, complete with a group of flags in the corner. I don't recall if there was a Stars and Stripes, but there were flags for the state of New York, and the county of Chautauqua. There was also the very colorful flag of Fredonia: the sun in the upper-outside corner casting its yellow rays on a huge bunch of purple grapes in the center."
Ned Smith, 14 August 2005

Fulton

The City of Fulton is in Oswego County. There is a photo of the city flag, along with the US and NY State flags at http://www.valleynewsonline.com/News/2002/0914/Front_Page/010p1_xlg.jpg.  The photo shows a white flag with a circular device, probably the city seal, in the middle, but unfortunately a fold in the flag prevents a good view of the device. I could not find a depiction of the seal on the city's website, but from the limited view of the photo it looks that it may be something similar to the oval logo showing a canal lock which appears on their homepage.
Ned Smith, 1 September 2004

Glen Cove

Glen Cove is in Nassau County. In today's edition of the Long Island newspaper Newsday there is an article about a bald eagle which had arrived in the area and was being fed by the locals. Wildlife authorities decided to relocate for fear it would become too dependent on humans. A quote from the story is the only Flag- related bit- "The sentiment in City Hall and the community was 'Do they have to take it away, why can't we keep it?' Glen Cove Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp said, noting that an eagle graces the city flag." I haven't been able to locate anything further on the city's flag, but at least we now know that this NY municipality has one.
Ned Smith, 1 September 2004

A photo of the flag, furled around a pole, can be seen here.
Ned Smith, 30 January 2005

Horseheads

The Village of Horseheads is situated in the Chemung Valley. The flag is the seal on white. see http://horseheads.org/images/officials.jpg. The seal can be found at http://horseheads.org/.
Dov Gutterman, 28 November 2002

Kingston

From the city charter:

"Chapter 55, FLAG AND SEAL, OFFICIAL
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Kingston 8-7-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984, approved 8-28-1984, as Ch. 55 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

55-1. Design of official seal.
There shall be an official seal of the City of Kingston, New York, which shall consist of a circular device in the form of a disk with the words "City of Kingston, New York" at the top of the disk and the date " 1652 " at the bottom thereof. In the outer ring of the disk shall be the traditional olive branch. The pictorial symbols shall consist of the Senate House, a Hudson River sloop shown in full sail upon the river and the Catskill Mountains in the background with the sun rising above the scene.

55-2. Design of official flag.
There shall be an official flag of the City of Kingston, New York, which shall consist of three equal and horizontal stripes, in colors of Nassau orange, white and blue, with a pictorial field emblazoned upon the center of the flag. This field shall be harmoniously incorporated into the total design and shall depict the Senate House, a Hudson River sloop in full sail upon the river, the Catskill Mountains in the background and the sun rising above the scene. These symbols shall be contained in white elliptical design with the words "Kingston, New York," in gold across the top of the ellipse. At the bottom thereof shall be a gold banner bearing the date "1652." On either side of the date and curving upward at the sides of the ellipse shall be olive branches to complete the design.

55-3. Explanation of design.
The design of such seal and flag shall symbolize the following:

  1. The Nassau orange, white and blue stripes and general design stand for the flag of the Netherlands, under the sovereignty of which the City of Kingston was founded in 1652.
  2. The Senate House thereon commemorates the historical fact that the City of Kingston was the first official capital of the State of New York and the site of the creation of the State Government under the infant Republic in 1777.
  3. The Catskill Mountains connote majesty and permanence.
  4. The Hudson River sloop serves as a reminder that the river is a valuable aid to commerce and means of general early transportation. [Amended 12-16-1999 by L.L. No. 2-2000, approved 1-3-2000]
  5. The sun with its radial beams holds forth the promise of Kingston's gleaming future predicated upon its noble past.
  6. Kingston's dedication and devotion to the causes and blessings of peace are depicted by the olive branch.
  7. The design of the seal carries out the basic significance of the original seal of the city without radical departure therefrom and is emblematical, historical and harmonious."

Photos at: http://www.ci.kingston.ny.us/Assets/CityGovt/DCP_0477.jpg and http://www.ci.kingston.ny.us/Assets/CityGovt/Mayor.jpg.
Dov Gutterman, 28 November 2002

Nissequogue

From personal observation, the flag of the Village of Nissequogue, in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY is the village seal on a light blue field. The seal has a voided outer ring with the words Village of Nissequogue New York, and the area inside the ring is golden, with a wavy blue band bisecting it horizontally. On the golden area are three bulls heads, arranged 2 and 1, and on the band are three clams. The seal can be seen on the police patch at http://www.pdworks.com/suffolk/nissequogue.jpg.
Ned Smith, 17 September 2005

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay has a seal on a plain field (dark background) town flag, for which I can only find a black&white photo. See http://members.aol.com/bsa57/TOB.HTM
Ned Smith, 30 January 2005

Palmyra

From www.palmyrany.com/minutes/VB/20011015vbm.pdf

VILLAGE OF PALMYRA BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING
October 15, 2001 6:30 p.m.

"VILLAGE FLAG: Former trustee, Ann Guest asked the Board to consider creating a Village flag. She feels the flag on the steel pole should be ordered to half-staff for national and federal situations only. However, it's nice to be able to honor the passing of distinguished Village residents and this could be done by lowering the Village flag. It is also something that perhaps the Economic Development Committee (EDC) could use for a fund raiser. She passed out copies of the patch used by the Police Department and suggested something similar would be appropriate. Trustee DeVogelaere felt that the flag on the steel pole should be lowered especially since the Village found out it has the authority to lower when we deem necessary. The Village Clerk said problems arise when trying to decide who the flag should be lowered for and guidelines should be set. Chief Dalton suggested a committee look at different options, Trustee DeVogelaere should chair it. Mayor Gunkler asked Ann Guest to get some names and addresses of flag makers to the Village Hall and promised the matter would be looked into further."

From www.palmyrany.com/minutes/VB/2001105vbm.pdf

VILLAGE OF PALMYRA BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING
November 5, 2001 6:30 p.m.
Trustee DeVogelaere reported that a contest will take place, pending School Board approval, to design a Village flag. Participants will receive PIG points. Details are still be worked out.
Dov Gutterman, 28 November 2002

Poughkeepsie

The flag of the City of Poughkeepsie is a red (or orange?)-white-blue vertical triband with city name (and seal?) on the white stripe. Photos: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/art/mayor.JPEG
Dov Gutterman, 28 November 2002

Riverhead

There are three small images of the flag of the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY, to be found at http://www.grummanpark.org/eventsarchive.htm - the fourth photo (not too clear); the fifth photo (a bit better); and a partially visible view in the last photo on the page. The flag is divided quarterly, offset to the hoist, so that the first and third quarters are square (or at least close to square) and the second and fourth quarters are longer rectangles. The Town Seal is placed over the intersection of the quarters. The first quarter is spiky waved dark blue and white stripes, the second and third quarters are green, and the fourth quarter dark blue.
A rather indistinct image of the town seal in color is at http://www.riverheadli.com/rthome.html. You get an excellent blue line drawing of the seal if you go to the pdf file at http://www.riverheadli.com/2005.ZBA.Application.pdf  and enlarge to 600% on the pdf toolbar.
Ned Smith, 16 August 2005

Shelter Island

The Town of Shelter Island, Suffolk County, NY, is the town seal on a white field. A portion of the flag is visible at http://www.newsday.com/media/photo/2003-07/8811334.jpg. It is the third one from the left- "helter is" is visible on the reverse portion of the seal's outer ring which is not covered by other flags. The seal can be seen at http://www.shelter-island.org/town_logo.jpg.
Ned Smith, 17 August 2005

Smithtown

From http://www.smithnetny.com/smithnews/jun2697/story2.htm [no longer available]
Flapping Over Town Flag - Supervisor Rejects Request For Smithtown Flag At County Center

In a dispute over whether to make a second town flag at a cost of between $500 and $2,000, some flag information has been gleaned. Fuelling the controversy is the desire to provide the Suffolk Legislature with a Smithtown flag to hang in its County auditorium. All nine other Suffolk towns have a flag adorning the auditorium but where the Smithtown flag should fly there is only a pole. It appears that the town flag embodies the the Town seal.

The Town seal has on it a shield, a crown, and a bull encircled by "The Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York 1665 ." Under the shield it says in Latin "Nec Timeo Nec Sperno," which means "neither fear nor despise". The art work in the center of the Smithtown seal is from the family logo of Richard Smith, who founded the Town 332 years ago.
Dov Gutterman, 2 January 2003

Syracuse

Wikipedia shows a b&w drawing of what it purports is the city flag of Syracuse NY at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syracuse%2C_New_York. This has a large logo with the Mayor's name underneath. The logo is rectangular on its lower portion, and semi-circular on the upper portion. It has been reproduced on many other websites. But I am suspicious about this claim. In addition to the unlikelihood of the city putting its mayor's name on the flag, and having to change it with every change in administration, I am doubtful of this flag for another reason.
A photo at http://www.syracuse.ny.us/images/content/mayor.jpg shows the Mayor of Syracuse in front of a white flag with a blue & gold circular emblem which looks as if it is the city seal. I think that this is much more likely to be the official flag of the city.
Ned Smith, 17 September 2005

West Seneca

From http://www.westseneca.net/history.html:

On March 4, 1963 the West Seneca Town Board authorized the creation of an official town flag with an insignia reflecting the heritage or our town, culminating in the Town's official seal. Occupying a conspicuous position at the top center of the seal is a Seneca Indian, most likely a Chief Cornplanter, respected warrior and statesman who was well known on Buffalo Creek. Next to the Chief Cornplanter is the Ebenezer Society Boundary Marker, date unknown, depicting the four corners of Ebenezer. The bottom left of the seal shows the Leydecker covered bridge. Built in 1865 and demolished in 1935, it supported traffic for seventy years and was the last of its kind to remain serviceable in Erie County. Middle Ebenezer is depicted in the center bottom of the seal, with Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, incorporated in 1864, and the Christian Metz home located on School Street. The waterwheel in back of the sawmill on the millrace on Indian Church Road is depicted at the bottom right of the seal. The West Seneca town seal is an eloquent symbol of the heritage received from our earliest inhabitants, the Seneca Indians, and later the Ebenezers, whose cultural influence and work values continued to play an influential role in the development of our community for many years, and remain part of our cherished heritage. Our town flag upon which the official town seal rests, is always on display in Council Chambers of Town Hall and is available for viewing if you would like a closer look.
Dov Gutterman, 29 November 2002

White Plains

There are several photos online of the mayor of the City of White Plains, Westchester County, NY standing near the city flag. See http://www.whiteplainscnr.com/old/images/photos/articles/fp-071701/Jul18-01.jpg and http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/news/releases/CrimeStats.htm for example.
The flag is yellow, with lettering saying "White Plains" "1776" and "New York" and an emblem based on the city seal, which shows a flag bearing a sword crossed with a staff surmounted with a Phrygian Cap. This is obviously based on the Revolutionary War "White Plains Flag". The seal can be seen at http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/EnglishWeb.htm.
Ned Smith, 17 September 2005