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Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population of the village was 27,867, as of the 2000 census, but a July 1, 2002 Census estimate put the village's population at 27,949. As a village, it is located in the town of Rye. Port Chester has a Metro North railroad station. The current mayor is Gerald Logan. 

Wandering tribes of Mohegan Indians were the earliest inhabitants of the area known today as Rye town and the village of Port Chester. The first white settlers were a group of enterprising young men and women who came from the English colony of Connecticut in 1660. After land purchases from the Indians, negotiated mostly by Peter Disbrow, they settled on the island of Manussing, for which they had paid eight cotes and seven shirts fifteen fathom of womone. Although the land was part of the territory claimed by the Dutch, the defiant colonists drew up a proclamation in 1662 declaring allegiance to Charles of England.
Through further treaties with the Indians, their combined holdings soon comprised all of what is now the city of Rye, town of Rye, Harrison, White Plains and parts of Greenwich, North Castle and Mamaroneck. In 1665 the general court of Connecticut merged the settlement under the name of Rye, in honor of a prominent family among the early colonists who has come from Rye, England.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.4 square kilometers, out of which 6.1 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 0.3 square kilometers is occupied by water. In the village the population was spread out with 22.5 percent under the age of 18, 10.8 percent from 18 to 24, 35.2 percent from 25 to 44, 18.6 percent from 45 to 64, and 12.9 percent who were 65 years of age or older. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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