Both Southampton and Southold in Suffolk County on Long island were settled
c. 1640.  Each of these claims the "earliest English-speaking settlement",
dutch settlers were in the NY city area earlier, I believe.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Suzanne Etherington [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 10:50 AM
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> Subject:      Oldest/First Town in NYS?
> I pass this request for info along for a non-cyber colleague - Can anyone
> tell me which is the oldest town in NYS?
> Thanks, Suzanne