Town of Brasher

History

Brasher Falls Main StreetBrasher Falls was traditionally a mill town with several manufacturing operations, harnessing the power of the St. Regis River.

Over the years, these operations disappeared and most of the residents found employment at the nearby aluminum plants (Alcoa and Reynolds Metals) and the General Motors foundry in Massena, NY. Residents have also found sources of employment in agriculture, retail establishments and the nearby educational institutions in Potsdam and Canton (Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton).

Current Activities

Brasher Town OfficeThe Town of Brasher has been revitalizing its downtown community in the past few years. In 2004, the Town constructed a modern town hall. Locating the facility in the downtown area provided the opportunity to landscape the parcel of land adjacent to the Main St. business corridor; as well as provide a state of the art municipal sewer system for residents of the downtown area.

The Town of Brasher has applied for a grant from the Restore NY program to help with the completion of this Main Street development as well as to rehabilitate other historical buildings and create a museum in downtown Brasher.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has also applied for and received notification of a grant for $200,000 from Senator Hillary Clinton to place a fiber mesh over five communities in St. Lawrence County. Brasher Falls is one of those communities that have been selected for this service. This would provide high speed Internet access to all within a 5 mile radius of the downtown community. Installation of this wireless mesh is slated for spring of 2007.

2006 marked the completion of renovations to St Lawrence Central, bringing our local school into the 21 century with electronic chalk boards, new state of the art gym, and other high tech equipment and software, advancing the education of our students in the area.

Also, in 2006 many new businesses have relocated to the area, to include but not limited to: A full service web development company, several diners and one upscale restaurant/bar, five local pubs; one of which also serves and delivers food, a bed and breakfast, a liquor store, and a full service campground.