Description of community
The Village of Stamford is a small community, just over one square mile in area, located in the Towns of Harpersfield and Stamford, Delaware County, New York. The Village is nestled in the Catskill Mountains approximately 12 miles northwest of the Catskill State Park. The Village is located in the Delaware River Basin, which forms part of the New York City Watershed. Due to its proximity to other small villages and towns, there is a strong interdependent relationship between the Village of Stamford and surrounding communities. Shopping, recreation, and entertainment can be found in the village or in a nearby town or village.
The Village’s Catskill location means that it is conveniently located to major economic centers. The closest cities of significant size in order of distance from the Village are Oneonta (25 miles), Kingston (60 miles), and Albany/Schenectady/Troy (70 miles). The best way to reach the Village of Stamford is via highway; State Route 10 and State Route 23 bisect the Village. Regionally, access to the village is gained from Exit 20 on Interstate 88 near the Town of Richmondville and Exit 21 of the New York State Thruway (I-87) near the Town of Catskill. Stamford and environs are characterized by rugged, wooded mountainsides, including 3213’ Mt. Utsayantha, and small farms and hamlets in the valleys. Stamford’s high elevation and surrounding mountains provide a microclimate cooler and snowier than that of the surrounding region, a boon for those seeking relief from the summer heat as well as for winter sports enthusiasts