The village is named after the Patchogue Indians, who once inhabited the area.
The current mayor of Patchogue is Paul Pontieri, who was a vice-principal in the neighboring South Country School District's Bellport High School for many years, and also served as a vice-principal in Ward Melville High School in Three Village School District. He was elected in 2004 to a term that ends in March 2008.
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 and an emphasis on sports. The School District combines with the St. Joseph's and the Briarcliff Colleges to give what some say is a strong commitment to local education.
The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is a local venue for plays and the like. At one time a movie theatre, it has been fully renovated and seats more than a thousand. The lobby can hold receptions and has a full service bar.
Patchogue has churches of many denominations. The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce with more than 400 members, Knights of Columbus Council 725, Kiwanis, Rotarians and Lions join the religious institutions to provide support and voice to residents and business people in the town. The Patchogue Ambulance Company is an all-volunteer effort. The Lighthouse Mission feeds more than a thousand poor people each week, and provides spiritual support and school supplies. Patchogue also is home to two synagogues, Young Israel of Patchogue and Temple Beth-El.
The Brickhouse Brewery and Restaurant serves both alcoholic beverages and food. It is located in the former Shands Hardware Store which is 150 year old institution.
As of 2005, Village co-historian Anne Swezey and the Greater Patchogue Historical Society hope to bring back the tourist industry, if not the mills. They have restored the 1858 one-room schoolhouse. The village demolished the lace mill and planned to replace it with a combination retail and housing development, according to former Mayor Stephen E. Keegan.
However, the site is now the home of Briarcliffe College. It occupies the building built by the Swezey Department store, which was constructed after the Lace Mill was torn down. This location had not been profitable for Swezey's.
Plans are also in the works to bring new life to the Patchogue River. The village, working with the Fire Island National Seashore, which has headquarters and two ferry terminals on the river, wants to develop a year-round commercial recreation area and visitors center. The historical society is also creating a showplace for an 1890 catboat by Patchogue's best-known boat builder, Gil Smith. The river is where Patchogue began, Swezey says, and where it will come back.
The Blue Point Brewing Company opened in Patchogue in 1998, and is the only commercial brewery on Long Island (not counting the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, which is in the City of New York and contracts most of its product from Matt Brewing Company in upstate Utica, or the various brewpubs that brew mostly for consumption on the premises).
As of 2005, plans were put into action to develop more affordable housing in the Village with Copper Beech which is located directly North of the train tracks, and Bay Village located on South Ocean Ave. The Copper Beech project was done in partnership with Suffolk County, Long Island Housing Partnership, and Pulte Homes. Construction began in 2005.
As of 2007, after almost 40 years of running aground in the Patchogue River, the Village developed a plan to successfully dredge and revitalize the Patchogue River. As of December, the river is 75% completed. The Village was supported by both the County and the State in this endeavor.
As 2007 drew to an end, the former Swezeys Department building located on the North side of the Four Corners, the very heart of the Village was sold to Tritec Development for $4.2 million with plans for a hotel, retail, office, and residential space which will help bring the pulse of the Village back to life.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (10.71%) is water.
There were 4,636 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $47,027, and the median income for a family was $60,126. Males had a median income of $38,561 versus $30,599 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,962. About 8.1% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
"Going to Patchogue" a novel by Thomas McGonigle. Published by Dalkey Archive, 1991. Well reviewed in the NYTimes, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and Los Angeles Times.