ALBANY – Beginning as early as the third quarter of 2023, the Mid-Hudson Valley will have a second telephone area code.
Persons with the current 845-prefix will retain it, but as those numbers run out, new ones will be issued with a 329-area code.
The 845-code serves all or parts of the counties of Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.
The need for the new code stems from the increasing demand for residential and business phone numbers.
What is a local call now, will continue to remain local, even between the two area codes and all calls will require dialing all 10 digits.
The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
Calls to reach 911 emergency service will remain three digits.