> Is it true that in New York State, technically and legally
speaking, we have
> "Towns" but not "townships?" It is always "Town of ...." and
> Township." There seems to be a consistent distinction, and I
believe it is
> valid. In New England and other states there are "Townships."
NY has Towns, you are correct. New England also has towns. Most
states have townships, which are not generally speaking units of
government like towns are, but units of land survey, meant to be six
miles square. Here in the east they tend to have more irregular
boundaries becuase of the terrain; in the middle west they are a
beautiful regular grid.
Yates County Historian
In New Jersey, the Townships include groups of small towns or hamlets
and the government is at the Township level. It is just that the post
offices are not at the township level but the town level.
Some townships are very large. In NJ we have towns, villages, borough,
cities and townships. There might be some other designations; but I
can't think of them off the top of my head.
Diane Ward Sives
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