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Westerlo, New York

The selectable images and aerial photographs within this page show material related to Westerlo, New York. Westerlo is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 3,361 at the 2010 census.

The town is on the south border of Albany County.


Westerlo was formed from parts of the Towns of Coeymans and Rensselaerville in 1815. It is named after Rev. Eilardus Westerlo (1738–1790), who was minister of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church (now called The First Church) in Albany, NY, from 1760 to 1790.It was originally named Chestertown.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (1.14%) is water. It was originally named Chestertown.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,466 people, 1,326 households, and 970 families residing in the town. The population density was 59.9 people per square mile (23.1/km²). There were 1,537 housing units at an average density of 26.6 per square mile (10.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.55% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 1,326 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,488, and the median income for a family was $55,660. Males had a median income of $39,516 versus $28,393 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,000. About 4.4% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Hannay Reels, the nation’s largest manufacturer of hose reels, is located in Westerlo.

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Basic Creek Reservoir (4.57 km)

The Basic Creek Reservoir is one of three reservoirs in the City of Albany, New York's water system. The reservoir is located in Westerlo, New York and was constructed from 1928-1932 by damming the Basic Creek and flooding former farmland and forest. It is bisected by the Albany County Route 404 causeway. The Basic Creek Reservoir serves as a feeder reservoir, allowing water from the Basic Creek watershed to be diverted to the Hannacroix Creek, which in turn flows into the Alcove Reservoir, the primary source of water for the city.

New York State Route 32 (6.57 km)

New York State Route 32 (NY 32) is a north–south state highway that extends for through the Hudson Valley and Capital District regions of the U.S. state of New York. It is a two-lane surface road for nearly its entire length, with few divided and no limited-access sections. From Harriman to Albany, it is closely parallel to Interstate 87 (I-87) and U.S. Route 9W (US 9W), overlapping with the latter in several places.

Alcove Reservoir (10.59 km)

Alcove Reservoir is a reservoir located in Albany County, New York, United States. It serves as water supply for the city of Albany. At in elevation, the closest hamlet is Alcove, part of the town of Coeymans. New York State Route 32 passes the reservoir on the west. It was built 1928–1932, inundating the village of Indian Fields. The Alcove Reservoir is fed by the Hannacrois Creek, Silver Creek and Gulf Creek.

Greenville Presbyterian Church (New York) (10.72 km)

The Greenville Presbyterian Church is located on NY 32 just north of its intersection with NY 81 in Greenville, New York, United States. Its three buildings on two acres were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1985. The church itself was established in 1790, the first non-Dutch church in the Catskill region. Its current building dates to 1860, and is a well-designed late example of the Greek Revival architectural style. The chapel and former school building, now part of the local library, were added in 1885 and 1906 respectively.

Medusa, New York (10.8 km)

Medusa is a hamlet in the Town of Rensselaerville, in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 376 at the 2000 census, which listed the community as a census designated place (CDP), but it was not included as a CDP in the 2010 census. History First settled in 1786 by Uriah Hall and his son Joshua, Medusa's first name was Hall's Mills after those first settlers.

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