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Goshen (V)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States. Goshen is a village in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 5,676 at the 2000 census and 5,437 in 2005 U.S. Census Estimate. Goshen is the county seat. Goshen's current mayor is Scott Wohl his term expires in April 2007.
The Village of Goshen is about 50 miles northwest of New York City. The village is within the Town of Goshen. Goshen is the home of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and hosted harness racing's top event, the Hambletonian, from 1930 to 1956, at the former Good Time Park. The village is located on New York State Route 17 in the center of Orange County. The village was settled in 1714 and incorporated in 1809. The village was the site of the hanging of the famous outlaw Claudius Smith, a British Loyalist who along with the Mohawk Indian Chief Joseph Brandt raided the countryside surrounding Goshen during the American Revolutionary War.
The horse racing industry was probably originally brought to Goshen by the Smith family of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York in the early 18th Century known as the Horseblock Smith's after whom one of the main thuroughfares of Central Long Island is named Horseblock Road. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.3 square kilometers. None of the area is covered with water. In the village the population was spread out with 22.3 percent under the age of 18, 8.9 percent from 18 to 24, 29.5 percent from 25 to 44, 21.1 percent from 45 to 64, and 18.2 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.
Goshen is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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