Our Village

 

The village of Cato is located at the crossroads of NYS Routes 370 (east and west) and 34 (north and south), making it easily accessible to the New York State Thruway, eight miles away, Auburn (20 miles south), Oswego (25 miles north), Syracuse (25 miles southeast) and Rochester (50 miles west).
Due to the close proximity of these four cities, Cato has become a bedroom community with many residents working elsewhere. People are beginning to settle in the village since fiber optic and cable services are available.  The Cato-Meridian Central School, located midway between the villages of Cato and Meridian, is the largest employer in the area.
A unique characteristic of the village, which is one mile square, is its location among the best formed drumlins in the world. The water drainage line is one mile north of the village; water north of this line flows to Lake Ontario, while water south of the line flows to the Seneca River. There are small lakes and swamps in and around the village, which causes poor drainage in some areas.
Although some services are not actually in the village, they are at its doorstep. The Pine Hill Medical Center has a full time family physician supported by a nurse practitioner and a physical therapist, as well as a full time dentist. Also located at the Center is a Public Health Nurse outreach program, which includes WIC, child immunization and home visitation. Businesses include a full service grocery store, a bank, two restaurants, Telephone Company, hardware, a service station, an auto dealership, an auto parts store, a florist, a funeral home, and two hairdressers. There is also a fire department with an excellent rescue unit, an up-to-date library, plus a 24 unit senior citizens housing complex. There are two churches, Cato Union and St. Patrick’s, which meet the spiritual needs of the residents.
The Cato-Meridian Central School not only provides an educational program, but recreational activities for youth and adults. Continuing education is available at nearby colleges such as Cayuga Community, Lemoyne, Cornell, Ithaca, SUNY Oswego, and the University of Rochester.
Other sports activities are close at hand. An excellent nine hole golf course sits at the south edge of the village, and a community built baseball field is used all summer long by youth and adult softball teams. The old railroad bed has been converted into a hiking/biking trail of 18 miles to Fair Haven and a state park. Just a few miles away is Cross Lake, providing a marina, boating and camping. The American Legion, Rotary, Lions, Masons and Eastern Stars are very active organizations; Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H and church youth groups provide varied activities for the youth.
One of the most unique qualities of our community and the area is the spirit of cooperation, resulting in the construction of the ball field, a park and a first class recreational center, to name just a few. An attractive brochure of the area is available in the village office. We are proud to say, “We did it ourselves.”