Babylon Democrats News

Kathy C. Hochul for New York governor


Shortly after Kathy C. Hochul took office 14 months ago, it became clear that New York's first woman governor would have to face multiple state crises in short order. Continuing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, declining revenue from a sprawling transit system, housing shortages, sharing the burden of migrants crossing faraway borders, and a disturbing uptick in violence of different kinds all greeted her.

Hochul rose to the office by succession after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, elected three times, resigned last year facing impeachment. She quickly moved to meet several political and governmental challenges in a credible way.

Now Hochul seeks a first elected term, and has moderate and pragmatic plans at the ready that encourage us to support her bid.| read more ››

Kimberly Jean-Pierre for New York's 11th Assembly District


Includes parts north west down through the south west section of Town of Babylon and small section of south east section of Town of Oyster Bay

Running for a fourth term, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, 36, a Democrat from Wheatley Heights, knows the specific needs of her constituents.

Jean-Pierre is helping to make communities accessible with legislation to combat housing inequality. Her housing discrimination law increases penalties against real estate brokers and creates statewide standards on the prerequisites prospective homebuyers must meet to receive services. She has also secured $20 million in capital funding for public library construction and expansion statewide, focusing on digital equity needs for various communities.

Christopher Sperber, 37, a Republican from West Babylon, a former court officer working...| read more ››

Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate


Sen. Chuck Schumer's stature and power has grown with the majority leader title that now precedes his name.

But he hasn't forgotten the communities that brought him to that place, including those on Long Island, and the ones that depend upon him for resources. The state and the region are better off with him in the U.S. Senate's leadership, currently as majority leader and before that minority leader.

It's that mix, combined with a dynamic and engaged presence even after more than four decades in Washington, that has helped Schumer, 71, mostly successfully navigate the choppy waters of a divided U.S. Senate, while always looking for ways to get more for his home state.| read more ››

Law Enforcement Leaders Hear Stories, Share Experiences at Hempstead Conference


The heartbreaking memories all came flooding back last week for Lisa Tuozzolo of Huntington, the widow of former NYPD Paul Tuozzolo, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the Bronx in 2016.

When Tuozzolo learned that FDNY paramedic Alison Russo had been stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Astoria, Queens, she thought of the first responder's family and how the pain they must be experiencing was all too familiar.| read more ››

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 ››