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Port Chester, New York

Port Chester, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°0′18″N 73°40′8″W / 41.005, -73.66889
Country United States
State New York
County Westchester
Area
 - Total 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km²)
 - Land 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km²)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 27,867
 - Density 11,824.7/sq mi (4,565.5/km²)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10573
Area code(s) 914
FIPS code 36-59223
GNIS feature ID 0977392

Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The village is part of the Town of Rye. According to the 2006 Census estimate, Port Chester had a population of 28,300. Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the state. ... List of New York counties Map of the counties of New York State (click for larger version) Albany County: formed in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties. ... Westchester County is a primarily suburban county located in the U.S. state of New York with about 950,000 residents. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... 914 is the area code for Westchester County, New York. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... The definitions of the political subdivisions of the state of New York differ from those in certain other countries or even various other U.S. states, leading to misunderstandings regarding the governmental nature of an area. ... Westchester County is a primarily suburban county located in the U.S. state of New York with about 950,000 residents. ... This article is about the state. ... Rye is a town located in Westchester County, New York. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...

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Geography

Port Chester is located at 41°0′18″N, 73°40′8″W (41.005099, -73.668822)[1].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (5.22%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


History

See also: The History of the Town of Rye Rye is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. ...


Early settlement

In 1660, three settlers from Greenwidge (now Greenwich, Connecticut), Thomas Stedwell, John Coe, and Peter Disbrow, arranged to buy Manursing Island and the land near the Byram River from the Mohegan Indians. The land that they bought is now Port Chester. The village was originally known as Saw Pit for the saw pits which were in use during the time. Logs were cut in holes in the ground for wood to be used for shipbuilding. The name of Sawpit was used for the first time in 1732. The village eventually outgrew this name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868. When Port Chester was first incorporated, it was considered a major seaport. Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Peter Tesei  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area  - Total 174. ... The Byram River is a river, approximatly 20 miles, 32 km, long, in southeast New York and southwestern Connecticut in the United States. ... The Mohegan tribe is an Algonquian-speaking tribe living in eastern (upper Thames valley) Connecticut [1] that was jointly ruled by the Pequot tribe until 1637. ... Portable saw A saw is a tool for cutting wood or other material, consisting of a serrated blade (a blade with the cutting edge dentated or toothed) and worked either by hand or by steam, water, electric or other power. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Port. ...


In 1665, Sawpit was claimed by both New York and Connecticut. However, the land was given back to the New York Colony by Connecticut in 1683. This struggle over the ownership of Sawpit continued for almost 105 years. In 1788, the Legislature of New York ruled that Sawpit was a part of the Town of Rye in New York. This article is about the state. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ...


Travel was considered very dangerous in the early years of Sawpit as good roads were hard to find. The Boston Post Road, King Street, and Grace Church Streets are some of the early migration paths in the Sawpit/Town of Rye settlement. Most roads, however, only consisted of rough dirt, which made transportation via water very important. The local waterways, the Byram River and the Long Island Sound were very important to the growth and development of Sawpit/Port Chester. Because of the closeness to these waterways, early residents took part in boat building, farming, and shell fishing. The Boston Post Road was a system of roads from New York City to Boston, Massachusetts, containing some of the first major highways in the United States. ... Junction Location NY-120 Harrison (ST) HRP / CT-15 Rye Brook / Greenwich, CT NY-120 North Castle (NT) Legend New York State Routes Current - Deleted New York State Route 120A (NY-120A) is a state highway in southern Westchester County, New York. ... The Byram River is a river, approximatly 20 miles, 32 km, long, in southeast New York and southwestern Connecticut in the United States. ... New York City waterways: 1. ...


Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 27,867 people, 9,531 households, and 6,376 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,824.7 people per square mile (4,559.1/km²). There were 9,772 housing units at an average density of 4,146.5/sq mi (1,598.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.70% White, 6.99% African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 22.98% from other races, and 6.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.23% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 9,531 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.44. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.


The median income for a household in the village was $45,381, and the median income for a family was $51,025. Males had a median income of $32,848 versus $32,461 for females. The per capita income for the village was $ About 10.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

Port Chester has many Latino immigrants, in contrast to surrounding towns, such as Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and especially Greenwich, Connecticut which are known for high-income Caucasian populations. Greenwich, which directly borders Port Chester to the east, is one of the wealthiest municipalities in the United States. Mostly thanks to blue-collar business, Port Chester has become a significant commercial center in recent years. Business grew considerably with the opening of a Costco branch and "The Waterfront", a large shopping center and movie theater on Main Street and Westchester Avenue. The Waterfront Complex has been in the works since 1982, when the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) began planning for the redevelopment of this area. The IDA was formed in the early 1970's by then Mayor, Joseph Dzaluk. Unfortunately for Port Chester's economy, the development of the downtown area would not take place for almost another 20 years. The Rye, NY City Seal. ... Harrison is a town/village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... Mamaroneck is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Peter Tesei  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area  - Total 174. ... Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the world based on sales volume, headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, United States,[1] with its flagship warehouse in nearby Seattle. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ...

Education

Within the city's borders, there is one public school district, the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District. The term public school has three distinct meanings: In the USA and Canada, elementary or secondary school supported and administered by state and local officials. ...


Enrollment:

  • Port Chester Senior High School 1,090
  • Port Chester Middle School 790
  • Thomas Edison Elementary School 487
  • King Street Elementary School 485
  • Park Avenue Elementary School 480
  • John F. Kennedy Magnet School 470

Legal challenges to Port Chester's electoral system

To enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the United States Department of Justice brought a lawsuit in 2006 to compel the village government to change from its present racially discriminatory at-large electoral system to one that is district-based. This lawsuit would halt the scheduled March 2007 elections until the village develops an acceptable plan. In its December 15, 2006 complaint the Justice Department alleges that, "the current at-large system for electing members of the Port Chester Board of Trustees results in Hispanic citizens having less opportunity than white citizens to participate in the political process and to elect candidates of their choice to the Port Chester Board of Trustees." (United States v. Village of Port Chester 6 Civil 15173) Local Latino activist Cesar Ruiz, NYS Assemblyman Peter Rivera and Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy held a news conference on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (January 15, 2007) to display support for the Justice Department's lawsuit and the need to reform the village's electoral system. The National Voting Rights Act of 1965 ()[1] outlawed the requirement that would-be voters in the United States take literacy tests to qualify to register to vote, and it provided for federal registration of voters in areas that had less than 50% of eligible minority voters registered. ... Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, Washington, D.C. For animal rights group, see Justice Department (JD) The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Rivera (b. ... Angelo Falcón at age 54 Angelo Falcón (dob June 23, 1951 as Angel Manuel Falcón), is a political scientist best known for starting the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy (IPR) in New York City in the early 1980s and his studies of Puerto Rican and Latino politics... NiLP Offices in SEIU Local 32BJ Building in Manhattans SoHo neighborhood The National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) was established in 1982 as the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy (IPR) in New York City as a nonprofit and nonpartisan policy center focusing on critical Latino policy issues. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ...


The Village Board of Trustees passed a resolution on December 4, 2006 saying that they don't agree with the Department of Justice's decision that they must reform the election system, claiming that the problem was not discrimination but rather the "apathy" in the Hispanic community. Federal authorities believe that the Village's "at large" voting system denies Hispanics representation on the board of trustees and the board of education. According to Reuters, "All voters in town elect each board member, whereas dividing the town into six electoral districts would give Hispanics a majority in at least one of them because they are largely concentrated in one area of town, the suit said." Although Latinos make up 46 percent of Port Chester's population, no Latinos have ever been elected to their Board of Trustees or local school board. is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On March 2, 2007, a federal court judge ruled in favor of the Department of Justice and placed an injunction on the March trustee elections scheduled to take place. This ruling does not affect the mayoral election, though will result in Port Chester being broken down into election districts. is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Notable residents

Jon Alpert (b. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Elliot del Borgo (born Port Chester, New York October 27, 1938) is an American composer for winds and strings. ... Edson Buddle (born May 21, 1981 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American soccer player, who currently plays striker for Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Personal Information Birth May 12, 1982 ) (age 25) Port Chester, New York USA Height 5 ft 4 in (1. ... George Gallo Jr (born 1956 in Mamaroneck, New York) is a North American painter, musician, filmmaker, and producer. ... For the Australian author, see Anthony Hill (author) Anthony Hill is an artist and painter, part of the post-WW II art movement termed British constructivism, alongside fellow founders Victor Pasmore, John Ernest, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, and Stephen Gilbert. ... Andre Roy (born February 8, 1975 in Port Chester, New York) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays left wing for the National Hockey Leagues Pittsburgh Penguins. ... For other persons named Edward Sullivan, see Edward Sullivan (disambiguation). ... Peter J. Vita (April 30, 1910 - January 7, 2004) holds the world record for the longest working career as a barber. ... A boy visiting a barber A barber (from the Latin barba, beard) is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair, give shaves, and trim beards. ...

Trivia

  • The Lifesavers Company operated a factory in Port Chester from 1920 until 1984. The building is one of Port Chester's most prominent landmarks.[1]
  • Port Chester was home to the first Caldor department store.[2]
  • Port Chester is home to the world famous Pat's Hubba Hubba restaurant.
  • Port Chester is home to Marianacci's Restaurant on Sherman Street. It was opened in 1950 by the Marianacci family and has served the community and many notables over the years.[3]
  • Port Chester is home to the Port Chester High School Band featured in the movie Spider-Man 3 and the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street.
  • Port Chester is the home town of Ed Sullivan. He went to Port Chester High School and raised his family here.
  • Port Chester's Capitol Theatre is a national landmark, which was a 1920s movie theatre and hosted live music for decades, including the Grateful Dead, Phish, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, Ice T's Body Count, Pink Floyd, Parliament/Funkadelic, Edgar Winter, David Bowie, The Allman Brothers, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, and the first NY performance by The Dictators.
  • Port Chester's name comes from it being the eastern port of Westchester. Some of its other names included Saw Pit/Saw Pit Landing/Sawpits (for its lumber operations) and Haseco, the original Native American name for the village, which meant "grown too long and gotten woody."
  • The Abendroth Brothers foundry was one of the largest industries in latter day Port Chester. It was large enough to have its own locomotive. Port Chester in its past, had many industrial companies.
  • Port Chester is the home of Marvel Mystery Oil. Although the brand was sold in the 1990s to DAP/RPM, it was based in Port Chester until that time. Their building still stands, with the Marvel signs intact.
  • Techno musician Moby got his start in Port Chester and neighboring Greenwich, CT. He played frequently at the Adee Street club "The Beat".
  • Port Chester was the terminus on one branch of the original Westchester railroad, the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, from 1906-1946.
  • US Route 1 (aka The Boston Post Road) runs directly though Port Chester in the form of Main Street. It is also parallel to I-95 and I-287 ends in Port Chester. Westchester Avenue also ends in Port Chester.
  • Port Chester's port history appears in some interesting places. Near the corner of Main Street and Westchester Avenue, you can find embedded in the sidewalk are brass hand-set letters which read "Steamship Tickets."
  • In 1970, Joseph Dzaluk was elected mayor by the largest plurality through that date. He founded the Port Chester Industrial Development Authority in 1972 that brought 1,800 jobs to Port Chester.

LifeSavers Five-Flavor Roll For the band see Lifesavers Underground LifeSavers is a traditional American brand of hard candy. ... Caldor was a chain of discount department stores based in the Norwalk, CT. The chain declared bankruptcy in 1995 and closed all of its stores on May 15, 1999. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film written by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton, and starring Maureen OHara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. ... For other persons named Edward Sullivan, see Edward Sullivan (disambiguation). ... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the band. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Janes Addiction is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... The Allman Brothers Band is a pioneering and innovative Southern rock group from Macon, Georgia originally popular in the 1970s, described by Rolling Stones George Kimball in 1971 as the best . ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (19 January 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... Moby (born Richard Melville Hall, September 11, 1965) is an American DJ, songwriter, musician and singer. ... This article is about Greenwich in England. ... The New York, Westchester and Boston Railway Company (NYW&BRwy), known to its riders as the Westchester and the Boston-Westchester, operated as an electric commuter railroad in the Bronx and Westchester County, New York from 1912 to 1937. ...

References

The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • The Town of Rye Official Website
  • Port Chester, New York is at coordinates 41°00′18″N 73°40′08″W / 41.005099, -73.668822 (Port Chester, New York)Coordinates: 41°00′18″N 73°40′08″W / 41.005099, -73.668822 (Port Chester, New York)
  • Port Chester Library Local History Room

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