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THIS MONTHS FEATURE

 

IMPORTANT VOTING DEADLINES

OCTOBER 9 – THIS FRIDAY - The last day to register to vote if you want to vote in  this year’s Presidential election.

If  you still need to register to vote, you can do so electronically by clicking here.  You can check your registration status here.

OCTOBER 27 – The last day  to send an absentee ballot request for this year’s Presidential  election.

You can  request an Absentee ballot in any of the  following ways:

     
  • Submit your request electronically through the New York State
    Absentee Ballot Application Portal
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  • By sending an email request to BOE-WestAbsentee@westchestergov.com
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  • By sending a fax request to (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190
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  • By going       in-person to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
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  • By mailing a       paper application (which can be downloaded here in English, Spanish and other languages) to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601  
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  • By telephoning a       request to the Westchester Board of Elections office by calling (914) 995-5285 or (914) 995-5291
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Given  mail delays, everyone is encouraged  to request and return their absentee ballots as early as possible.  You can also request an absentee ballot in person at the Board of Elections  up until November 2 (25 Quarropas Street, White  Plains, NY 10601).

NOTE:  If you requested an Absentee Ballot for the Primary because of Covid, you may  have received an envelope from the BOE this summer which included an Absentee  Ballot application for the General Election. This envelope did not include  an Absentee Ballot. If you think you received an Absentee Ballot this  summer, please check now.

NOVEMBER 3 – The last day  your Absentee Ballot can be Postmarked and count.

Absentee  ballots can also be returned at polling locations during Early Voting and on  Election Day, November 3, or can be hand delivered to the Board of Elections  up until November 3 at 25 Quarropas Street in White  Plains.

Early Voting  Runs from October 24 through November 1. Details can be found here.

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History

Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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