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THIS MONTHS FEATURE

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Westchester County Board of Elections has announced the times and locations for early voting for this fall's general election.

The early voting period is October 24 through November 1.

Registered voters voting early may cast their ballots at ANY of the seventeen (17) designated early voting locations. On Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned polling sites.

Early Voting Times:

• Saturday, October 24:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Sunday, October 25:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Monday, October 26:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, October 27:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

• Wednesday, October 28:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Thursday, October 29:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

• Friday, October 30:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Saturday, October 31:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Sunday, November 1:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Early Voting Locations:

• Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709

• Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

• Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607

• Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528

• Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576

• Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

• Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

• Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595

• Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

• New Rochelle City Hall Annex, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801

• Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562

• Peekskill Nutrition Center, Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566

• Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589

• Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601

• Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710

• Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701

• Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

If you have any other questions, please visit the Westchester County Board of Elections on the web at https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com or call

(914) 995-5700.

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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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