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Historical marker in Lisle honors first woman to vote in New York State

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LISLE (WBNG) -- The Village of Lisle came out to honor the first woman to vote in New York State. On Friday, a historical marker in front of the former town hall on Main Street was unveiled to commemorate Florence Chauncey, the first woman in all of New York State to cast a ballot in November 1917. 

The sign debuted in January, but weather conditions permitted its installation. 

Various community leaders spoke about the historical milestone all the "Ladies of Lisle" contributed to. 

"Florence Chauncey was truly a hero of her times if you will, but also very visionary, took a strong stance on an issue and encouraged her friends to vote on it, so we're very thankful for that," said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-122nd District). 

Several of Chauncey's grandchildren and cousins were in attendance. One grandson says the family had no idea their grandmother made such an impact on New York State. 

"Never even a hint. The only thing that could come close to a hint was when she said to me when I turned 18, 'did you vote today,' and I said, 'yes I did' and she said, 'that was important, we fought for that,'" said Jim Vollertsen. 

He said the family found out when Roger Luther, the Executive Director the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (PAST), contacted them to ask if they would attend the ceremony. 

Vollertsen says the family was in awe. 

"That was the real amazing thing, I could not picture my grandmother standing up to these people that would not let her in to vote," he said, adding how proud they are of her, "she accomplished something very important and it was the accomplishment that was important not her personal." 

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd District) says she hopes this sign will help people stop and recognize the importance of this community and its impact on women's suffrage. 

"People will drive by this place and they will look at that sign and know that something important happened here and want to know more about the story of this community. This place has a lot of heart and it played a very vital role in women's suffrage," said Lupardo. 

People had the opportunity to see the original ballot box that Chauncey cast her vote in. 

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