Chazy, New York
|Chazy, New York|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Staub G. Spiegel (D)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||61.3 sq mi (158.7 km2)|
|• Land||54.2 sq mi (140.3 km2)|
|• Water||7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)|
|Elevation||190 ft (58 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0978816|
Chazy is a town in northeastern Clinton County, New York, in the United States. The population was 4,284 at the 2010 census. The closest city is Plattsburgh, 12 miles (19 km) to the south. Chazy is 8.2 miles (13.2 km) from Canada. The zip code is 12921 and it is in area code 518.
The region was explored by Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer and navigator who mapped large portions of northeastern North America, in 1609. The town was first settled around 1763 by Jean Laframboise, who is also credited with introducing apple growing to the area. Chazy is named after a Lieutenant de Chézy, who was killed by the Iroquois.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 61.3 square miles (159 km2), of which 54.2 square miles (140 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (11.62%) is water.
The Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87 or I-87) and U.S. Route 9 (US 9) are north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 191 (NY 191) is an east-west highway entirely within the town. NY 22 is a north-south highway in the western part of Chazy.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,181 people, 1,566 households, and 1,171 families residing in the town. The population density was 77.2 people per square mile (29.8/km²). There were 1,841 housing units at an average density of 34.0 per square mile (13.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.94% White, 0.31% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.
There were 1,566 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,504, and the median income for a family was $47,589. Males had a median income of $32,825 versus $28,542 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,125. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
Chazy Central Rural School was opened on November 14, 1916 as a consolidation of eleven rural schools in the area. William H. Miner, a wealthy railroad industrialist and philanthropist donated $2,000,000 to build the school. It consisted of an elementary school program, a High School program, as well special departments such as Agriculture, Industrial Arts, Household Arts, Library, Drawing, Music, and Physical Training. The children also had access to expert medical and dental services free of charge. The old school was five stories high surrounding a bell tower of 71 feet, contained two gymnasiums, two swimming pools, as well as an auditorium capable of seating 1,100 people. The school was demolished and rebuilt around the old clock tower in 1969.
Chazy Central Rural School has four soccer fields which host youth, men's and women's leagues. The boys' varsity soccer team has won six New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009,2010,and 2012). The girls' varsity soccer team has won 3 State Championship in 2007, 2010, and 2011. The school built its own soccer stadium, which opened in the fall of 2007 and is named after George Brendler, a former gym teacher and athletics coach at the school. The field includes stadium seating, lights, and a state of the art scoreboard. The school's baseball and softball fields also host several youth leagues as well as a fireman's softball league. In 2011, the boys varsity baseball team won its first Sectional Championship in school history. The school also has a large public playground and a pond. Chazy Central School is the first rural central school to ever be established.
Chazy has two congregations, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and Chazy Presbyterian Church.
Chazy has a recreation park located on North Farm Road. This piece of land is home to four baseball/softball fields, multiple soccer fields, a small playground, and two covered pavilions. The park hots events such as an annual kids soccer jamboree and the annual Happy Pike fishing tournament.
Scott's Memorial Rink is located on McAdam Road. This hockey rink was completed using a $75,000 grant funded by the NHLPA Goals and Dreams program. The arena is home to the Chazy Youth Hockey Flyers. The Beekmantown Eagles girls varsity high school hockey team also practices and hosts games at this venue. The arena is named in memory of Scott House and Scott Wolter, both of whom played hockey for Chazy and were killed in separate car accidents.
Lake Alice, small lake located adjacent to Miner Institute, is named after William Miner's wife. The Lake Alice Wildlife management area consists of 1,468 acres along the Duprey Road in the Town of Chazy. The area is used for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, as well as fishing and bird watching. The Department of Environmental Conservation manages the area for recreational and scientific purposes.
Communities and locations in the town of Chazy
- Chazy – The hamlet of Chazy is located at the intersection of US 9 and NY 191, east of NY 191's interchange with I-87.
- Chazy Landing – A hamlet on the shore of Lake Champlain south of the Little Chazy River.
- Dunn Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain north of Minnetoska Point.
- Ingraham – A hamlet at the south town line on US 9.
- Long Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain in the northeast corner of Chazy.
- Minnetoska Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain.
- Monty Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain south of Minnetoska Point.
- Sciota – A hamlet in the western part of the town at the intersection of NY 22 and NY 191.
- Trombly Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain south of Chazy Landing.
- West Chazy – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town at the intersection of NY 22 and former NY 348.
- Wool Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain north of Dunn Bay.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "William Henry Miner and Heart's Delight Farm". The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute.
- United States Geological Survey (1966). Champlain Quadrangle – New York – Clinton Co. (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/quads/drg24/usgspreview/index.cfm?code=o44073h4. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- United States Geological Survey (1966). Beekmantown Quadrangle – New York–Vermont (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/quads/drg24/usgspreview/index.cfm?code=o44073g4. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- United States Geological Survey (1966). Mooers Quadrangle – New York – Clinton Co. (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/quads/drg24/usgspreview/index.cfm?code=o44073h5. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- United States Geological Survey (1966). West Chazy Quadrangle – New York – Clinton Co. (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/quads/drg24/usgspreview/index.cfm?code=o44073g5. Retrieved April 10, 2013.