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Give your fingers a wiggle and stretch to prepare for 329, Westchester’s new area code, which joins the existing 845 and 914 codes in the region.
It may seem like only yesterday that area code 845 was launched in Westchester and much of the Hudson Valley region as 914 number combinations ran dry (it was June 2000, actually), but there is now renewed need for a fresh trio of digits.
Citing an expanding economy and an ever-increasing demand for cellular service, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is implementing area code 329 for requests for new residential, commercial, and wireless phone numbers in 10 counties across the Hudson Valley area, including Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, and Greene. Consumers with existing 845 and 914 area codes will see no change to their current phone numbers, and chats within the three area codes will be billed as a local call.
The PSC reports that this so-called area code “overlay” is the most cost-effective and least disruptive way to handle the need for additional numbering resources.
The new area code is expected to be activated in the third quarter of 2023, but dial back the worry: It’s estimated that 329 won’t run out of potential new number possibilities for approximately 28 years.