Pulaski, New York

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Pulaski is a village in Oswego County, New York, United States. The population was 2,398 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Pulaski is within the Town of Richland, and lies between the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill region. The village is located on US Route 11 and is adjacent to Interstate 81. Pulaski was incorporated on April 26, 1832. Although the village takes its name after General Casimir Pulaski (pronounced /pəˈlæski/), area residents have traditionally pronounced Pulaski with a long "i" (/pəˈlæs.kaɪ/), saying Pol-a-SKY rather than Pol-a-SKEE.. The historic core of the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as the Pulaski Village Historic District.[1]

Pulaski lies in the Snowbelt which is characterized by heavy amounts of lake effect snow. It has a regional reputation for its heavy snow accumulations and adverse traveling conditions in winter, and for the long duration of winter conditions, often from mid-November through mid-April.



Pulaski history shows that during the early years before incorporation on April 26, 1832 the village was called by a couple different names. It was once called “Fishville” and sometimes it was called “Salmon River”.[2] It was also stated that the name “Pulaski” was often spelled “Polaski”. It was also used for years with the spelling of Polaski from “The Palladium Times” to official state documents.[2]

Mary Parker the local Historian offered these two possibilities in a article titled “Name Selection A Mystery”. One of which she says is the most credible is in 1829, three years before in incorporation “Thomas C. Baker a prominent lawyer, liberal, abolitionist, and leading citizen had proposed the name at a meeting.”[3] One other story states that “Revolutionary War heroes put names in a hat and the name Casmir Pulaski had been pulled".[3] As Mary Parker says one or both may not be true but local historians are researching how the name was picked.

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