Patchogue, New York

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Patchogue (pronounced /ˈpætʃoʊɡ/ or /ˈpætʃɒɡ/) is a village on the south shore of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 12,919 at the time of the 2000 census.[1] The village is named after the Native American Patchogue Tribe, which once inhabited the area.

Patchogue is part of the town of Brookhaven, on the South Shore of Long Island, adjoining Great South Bay.



Patchogue, which is approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan, became incorporated in 1893. A natural riverfront and harbor are resources that the village has utilized for the past 100 years, to become a modern and largely self-contained community.

The current mayor of Patchogue, Paul Pontieri, was a vice-principal of the neighboring South Country School District's Bellport High School for many years. He has also served as a vice-principal at Ward Melville High School, in Three Village School District. He was elected in March, 2004 to a four year term, then re-elected in 2008. He is the only Mayor of Patchogue to have run, unopposed, when he was re-elected in 2008.[citation needed] The Village attorney is Brian T. Egan, Esq.

Patchogue is the mailing address for residents of the village, as well as residents of the adjoining hamlets of North Patchogue, Canaan Lake, and some areas on Fire Island.

Patchogue and the adjacent hamlet of Medford share a school district and library. There are Primary, Middle and High Schools, plus continuing education programs for adults. The School District, combined with St. Joseph's and the Briarcliffe Colleges, provide a variety of educational opportunities.

The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1923, was home to many Vaudeville acts. It was then renovated into a triplex, after which it was converted to a single movie theater, closing its doors in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s, the Village, under the administration of Mayor Stephen Keegan, acquired the theater and completely refurbished the building, restoring its original splendor. It now seats 1,166 people and the lobby has a full service bar.

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