Babylon Democrats News

Supervisor Schaffer Endorsed by Sierra Club

Oct
26
2013

The Town of Babylon Democratic Committee is proud to announce that Supervisor Rich Schaffer has been endorsed for re-election by the Sierra Club Long Island Group.

“I am honored to have the support of the Sierra Club as I look to continue the work that my team has started in the Town of Babylon,” said Supervisor Schaffer. “I'm proud of our record of implementing progressive, common-sense policies to protect the health of our residents and enhance their quality of life.”

While in office, Supervisor Schaffer has made a strong commitment to numerous environmental initiatives, including the restoration of open space, promotion of clean-energy, maintaining the Town's successful green homes program and conducting numerous specialized recycling drives. As Supervisor, Schaffer...| read more ››

Babylon Dems Support Supervising Judge Horowitz for District Court

Oct
18
2013

The Town of Babylon Democratic Committee has announced their support of Supervising Judge Richard Horowitz for the First District Court of Suffolk County. Horowitz was recently appointed Supervising Judge by the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State and has served in the District Court of Suffolk County since 2007. As Supervising Judge, Richard Horowitz oversees the daily operations of six court houses and twenty four judges throughout Suffolk County.

“Judge Horowitz brings an extensive resume of well-rounded judicial experience to the Suffolk County District Court and has treated every case that has come before him fairly and thoughtfully. I hope that you'll join me in supporting Supervising Judge Horowitz for District Court,” said Committee Chairman Robert Stricoff....| read more ››

New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Rich Schaffer For Town Supervisor

Sep
26
2013

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Rich Schaffer for Town of Babylon Supervisor.

Schaffer was elected to be town supervisor in a special election in 2012, a post he previously held from 1992 until 2001. In office, he has helped to restore open space and flood-prone properties in Ketcham’s and Santapogue creeks; in the future, he hopes to introduce more bike lanes into the area.

“Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer’s years of protecting our natural resources make him an exceptional steward of our environment,” said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. “We are proud to stand with him as he continues...| read more ››

Babylon Dems Begin Drive to Victory with Successful Fall Fundraiser

Sep
20
2013

The Town of Babylon Democratic Committee recently held their fall fundraiser at Colonial Springs Golf Club in Farmingdale with over 200 supporters in attendance. Entitled “Driving Rich to Victory,” this year's event celebrated the party's ticket of Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Councilman Tony Martinez, Town Clerk Carol Quirk and Suffolk County Legislature candidate Tom Dolan, collectively known as the “Schaffer Team.”

The golf-themed event was a departure from the more formal black-tie fundraisers of past years and featured a more laid back, fun atmosphere. Taking advantage of Colonial Springs' driving range and putting green, guests took part in contests for prizes such golf clubs, apparel and barbeque equipment. Supporters met the candidates and spoke about local issues and the upcoming campaign....| read more ››

Babylon Dems: Vote Judge John Kelly for Family Court

Sep
17
2013

The Town of Babylon Democratic Committee has announced their support for Judge John Kelly for Suffolk County Family Court. Judge Kelly has been a Suffolk County Family Court Judge since January 2004.

“For nearly ten years, Judge Kelly has provided an honest and impartial approach to the Suffolk County court system,” said Committee Chairman Robert Stricoff. “Judge Kelly's impressive resume of over 25 years of judicial experience is proof of his dedication to seeing that every case that comes in front of him is treated fairly under the law. I am proud to support John Kelly for Suffolk County Family Court Judge.”

Kelly, a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook and New York Law School, began practicing law in 1986...| read more ››

Black, Hispanic leaders launch Suffolk political effort

Aug
13
2013

Black and Hispanic leaders vowed to unite for diverse political representation in Suffolk County as they launched a political effort within the Democratic Party Monday.

The newly formed Black and Hispanic Democratic Committee appointed co-chairs to represent the two minority groups and to hold seats in the Democratic committee that decides where to throw the weight of the party in local races.

It's time for black and Latino Democrats to realize that they have common issues at stake, said Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood), who spearheaded the group's establishment.

"There is absolutely no difference in the African-American agenda and the Latino agenda," Ramos told more than 30 people meeting in Brentwood. "We ride down, in many cases, the same neglected streets....| read more ››

Democrat Tom Dolan announces run for Suffolk legislative seat

Aug
6
2013

Democrat Tom Dolan yesterday officially announced his candidacy for Suffolk County’s 14th Legislative District seat and vowed he would take a pay freeze as County Executive Steve Bellone did, if he is elected.
Dolan made his announcement, with nearly 100 supporters behind him, at the 50-yard line of the Venetian Shores town park football field used by the Lindenhurst Bulldogs, a local junior football and cheerleading organization of which he is vice president.

“Steve Bellone showed his leadership by coming into county government and freezing his own pay. I will do the same,” said Dolan, a financial planner whose late father was once Babylon Democratic chairman.

Suffolk lawmakers make $96,570 annually. When Bellone assumed office last year, he took...| read more ››

Dolan: Ensure a Better Future for Babylon Town

Aug
6
2013

In a race to replace a lifelong Babylon Village resident at the head of the Suffolk County Legislature, two men from Lindenhurst have stepped up to campaign for the now opened seat – Republican Kevin McCaffrey and the newcomer, Democrat Tom Dolan.

Dolan, a lifelong Lindenhurst resident, launched his campaign on Monday afternoon at Lindenhurst’s Venetian Shores Park, noting his lack of governmental experience but also his experience at helping plan a fiscally safe future for businesses and families throughout the community.

“I think its important, especially with what’s going on, fiscally that we take a look at things to make sure they’re more effective,” Dolan told Patch. “I think we have to look to have people [employees] contribute towards...| read more ››

Tom Dolan Begins His Campaign for Suffolk County Legislator

Aug
5
2013

Long time Lindenhurst resident Tom Dolan officially kicked off his campaign for county legislator at Venetian Shores on Monday afternoon.

“As a professional financial planner, it is my responsibility to help and keep businesses and families make smart decisions to secure their futures,” said Dolan, a board member of the Lindenhurst Bulldogs Football & Cheerleading League and professional financial planner. “I find it so fitting to be standing here today, a kid from Lindenhurst, where from this spot I announce I am running for county legislator.”

Dolan spoke surrounded by friends, family and children dressed in their football uniforms and cheerleading outfits on the football field at Venetian Shores on Monday afternoon under a bright, sunny sky.

Dolan has no...| read more ››

Consolidating to Save Money, Improve Services

Jun
18
2013

With your support, I was elected as County Executive to make Suffolk County a great place to live, raise a family and operate a business. I work each day to overcome impediments to improving Suffolk County by making the tough decisions to move us forward. For years we have spoken in our region about eliminating unnecessary government offices and the need for common sense consolidations that save taxpayer dollars while delivering more efficient services. This November, we will do something about it.

I have introduced a resolution that asks the Suffolk County Legislature to allow the voters to decide in a referendum whether we should merge these offices under the leadership of an elected Chief Financial Officer. This resolution to...| read more ››