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Suffolk, Paws of War kick off Pet Safety Initiative


Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. says he aims to protect all the county’s residents — including four-legged ones.

So on Friday, he launched a free microchip program that can help reunite owners with lost pets.

The program is being undertaken in conjunction with Paws of War, a Nesconset-based nonprofit that provides dogs and veterinarian services to veterans and first responders. They held the first of three free clinics as part of a “Dog Days of Summer” initiative.

Veterans and first responders get priority, but anyone can sign up.

“We see way too many heartbreak stories about animals that are not chipped and wind up being euthanized” at shelters after they get lost and are turned in, said Robert...| read more ››

Babylon Marks Juneteenth Holiday with Presentation and Discussion


Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Councilman and Human Services Chairman DuWayne Gregory and the Town Board were delighted to once again welcome Executive Director of the Keep Your Change academic enrichment program, Dr. Pam Robinson to Town Hall for a presentation and discussion about the historical context of the Juneteenth holiday. TJ Hatter of New York State Attorney General Letitia James Office, Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Legislator Tom Donnelly were also in attendance.

Town employees and members of the community were able to learn, view artifacts on display and ask questions about this part of American history and came away with a more complete understanding of the end of the Civil War, the end of slavery and the celebration of the...| read more ››

Department of Environmental Control Works to Install Eelgrass Signage along the Great South Bay


The Town of Babylon Department of Environmental Control recently collaborated with the South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER) office to create educational signage that raises ecological awareness to the importance of eelgrass in the Great South Bay.

Eelgrass is a type of underwater marine plant found throughout the Northeast Atlantic coast. The plant has many benefits to marine life, including the absorption of nutrients, stabilizing shorelines, providing marine habitat, storing carbon, etc. The plant is threatened by poor water quality and increasing water temperatures among other factors. According to SSER, about 45% of eelgrass has been lost since 2002.

Prior to the start of the summer 2022 season, the Town has installed the signs about the importance of preserving...| read more ››

Town Officials Welcome John’s Crazy Socks to East Farmingdale


Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman Terence McSweeney were excited to recently join other local elected officials in attending the Ribbon Cutting Celebration at John’s Crazy Socks new headquarters in East Farmingdale.

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son business, created in late 2016 and inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. It is now the world’s largest sock store with 4,000 different socks to choose from. The company has created 34 jobs 22 of which are held by people with differing abilities. In addition to cutting the ribbon, Babylon Town officials were also able to present John with a framed pair of his Down Syndrome Awareness Socks and a certificate of...| read more ››

Babylon Town Board Recognizes Lindenhurst Schools Superintendent upon his Retirement


At a recent meeting of the Babylon Town Board, Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, and the board recognized and proclaimed a day in celebration of Lindenhurst Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Giordano.

Following 24 years of service to the families and children of the Lindenhurst Union Free School District, Mr. Giordano is set to retire at the end of June. His career in Lindenhurst began in 1997 when he was hired as an assistant principal at Lindenhurst High School. In 2002, he became the high school building principal and served in that role until 2014 when the Board of Education unanimously appointed him superintendent of schools. As superintendent, he has overseen the implementation of significant advancements in the...| read more ››

Town Recognizes Young Resident Who Helps Clean Local Park


The Town of Babylon proudly recognizes 5-year-old AJ Rosales for his commitment to continuously cleaning up West Babylon’s Scott Park (Police Officer Dirk Wrede Park) and caring for our environment.

Every Tuesday when AJ stays with his grandmother, he loads up his quad and the two take a trip to Scott Park. Along the way, AJ stops to clean up any litter he sees. He then goes on to clean the park. Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilmen Terence McSweeney and DuWayne Gregory were honored to recently join AJ at the park and present him with a certificate of special recognition on behalf of the town.

We thank AJ for his dedication and commitment to our community....| read more ››

Town Partners with U.S. Coast Guard to Offer Free Boater Safety Course


As the 2022 summer boating season begins, the Town of Babylon remains committed to public safety and keeping our waterways safe for all to enjoy. Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman and Public Safety Chairman Terence McSweeney were proud to recently partner with members of the U.S. Coast Guard to offer residents a free boater safety class in North Babylon.

By 2025, all watercraft operators born after January 1, 1988 must complete a New York State Boater Safety Course as part of “Brianna’s Law.” This comprehensive boater education law requires all power boaters and those who operate sailing vessels through auxiliary power, complete a boating safety course. It was signed into law in August 2019 and went...| read more ››

Sheriff's Honors for One Who Dreamed of Joining the Ranks


Two years after Philip Joseph “PJ” Fusaro’s death due to COVID-19, his memory continues to live on as family, schoolchildren and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office celebrated his legacy Friday in his hometown of Shirley.

Donna and Phil Fusaro, PJ’s parents, were at times holding back tears during a ceremony at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School as Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. presented them with a special badge and posthumously named their son an honorary K-9 deputy sheriff.

Fusaro, a horticulturalist and animal lover who family members say was beloved in his community and dreamed of joining the sheriff's office K-9 unit, died May 3, 2020, after battling COVID-19. He was 25.

Donna Fusaro, a teaching assistant at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, told Newsday after the ceremony that her son was “the love of my life.”

“My son was the most selfless, giving person you would want to meet,” his mother said. “He was the guy that you called when you were in trouble at 3 o’clock in the morning and he would get out of bed and go, ‘No problem, I’ll be right there.’ He was just that guy. He was just amazing.”| read more ››