A hamlet is a community. The Town of Babylon is comprised of ten hamlets and three incorporated villages. The hamlets are: Copiague Deer Park East Farmingdale North Amityville North Babylon North Lindenhurst West Babylon Wheatley Heights Wyandanch And, the barrier beach communities of Captree Island, Gilgo Beach, Oak Beach, Oak Island and West Gilgo Beach. Local governments in the state of New York include counties, cities, towns and villages. The communities within Town governments are known as “hamlets.”
The term “hamlet” does not have a legal definition under NYS law, but is used to identify communities within Towns (such as the Town of Babylon) that are not part of incorporated villages, sometimes referred to as “unincorporated communities.”
A hamlet does not have its own government and is under the jurisdiction of its Town for municipal services (e.g. garbage pick-up, building codes). Causing great confusion … hamlets have no official boundaries. (Outside of the state of New York, the term “hamlet” is rarely used.) The beach communities are counted as one by the U.S. Census Designated Place (CDP).