Chili, New York

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Chili (pronounced /ˈtʃaɪlaɪ/ CHYE-lye) is a town in Monroe County, New York, USA. The population was 27,638 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Chili was established in 1822 from part of the Town of Riga.

North Chili was a stop on the Underground Railroad.



The Chili area was once the hunting ground of the Seneca Indians. The first white settler was Captain Joseph Morgan who purchased land from Peter Sheffer of neighboring Wheatland.

The area of Chili became part of the newly formed Northampton. With the formation of Monroe County the area became part of the Town of Riga before splitting off into its own Town of Chili on February 22, 1822.

There are two theories about the origin of the name "Chili". One theory is that it was named after the country of Chile which was striving for independence at the time. Some suggest that the town was named after the Chiliasts[1] religion embraced by some of the early settlers of South Chili.

The local government includes Town Supervisor David Dunning (R) First Elected 2007; and Town Council Tracy A. DiFlorio (R); Virginia L. Ignatowski (R); Michael S. Slattery (R); and Mary C. Sperr (R). The appointed Deputy Town Supervisor is Jordon Brown, employed by Lifetime Assistance Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103.4 km²), of which, 39.8 square miles (103.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.48%) is water.

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