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Please note that parking permits for 2019 will go on sale OCTOBER 1, 2018 through OCTOBER 31, 2018

The City is currently moving toward electronic “paperless” permits.  If you are a current permit holder at MTA or Highland Cedar Lots you will receive an email from donotreply@rmcpay.com by September 20th with a Link Code to renew your permit. You must renew your current permit to the new online portal between October 1 and October 31, 2018 in order to maintain an active 2019 permit.
There are no exceptions.

The City Clerk staff will be here to assist you in the new renewal process.  If you have questions after you receive your renewal email in September, the office can be reached at (914) 967-7371.



NEW Wednesday Hours Beginning September 12, 2018

Beginning Monday January 29, 2018 the Mayor and City Council will hold walk in office hours in the Mayor’s Conference Room Annex at Rye City Hall, 1051 Boston Post Road. The Mayor’s Conference Room Annex is located on the 1st floor of City Hall adjacent to the Council Chambers.

Office Hours Schedule:

Office hours are held on a weekly, reoccurring basis.

Monday 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Councilwoman Danielle Tagger-Epstein & Councilwoman Julie Souza.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m (beginning September 12, 2018).

Mayor Josh Cohn, Deputy Mayor Emily Hurd & Councilwoman Sara Goddard.

City News

Rye Historical Fact

  • Benjamin Franklin developed the system of milestones for the Boston Post Road marking the distance from lower Manhattan. Three milestones, #24, 25 and 26, still exist in Rye.
  • The first Rye settlers came from Greenwich in 1660. They bought Manursing Island from the Siwanoy for 8 coats, 7 shirts and 15 fathom of wampum.
  • Rye was part of Connecticut in the late 1600s. The New York/Connecticut boarder dispute wasn’t settled until 1731.
  • George Washington stayed at the Square House (known as “Widow Haviland’s”) twice in 1789. He called it “a very neat and decent inn”.
  • John Adams and his cousin Samuel stopped at the Square House in 1774 on their way to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
  • The first village square was located across from the Square House and was where the local militia trained. Criminals were punished there in stockades and a whipping post.
  • Purchase St. wasn’t paved until 1912. To keep the dust down, the Village Improvement Association used sprinkling carts to spray water on the street.
  • When the Square House became the Village Hall in 1904, Rye’s population was 3,500. The Square House remained the Village Hall until 1964 when City Hall was built.
  • The railroad came to Rye in 1849. Before that, the most efficient mode of transportation was on the water.
  • The Rye Arts Center building at 51 Milton Road was built in 1788 as the second Episcopal Church, replacing the original church that burned during the Revolution.


Courtesy of The Rye Historical Society