From the Town of Babylon Beautification Program:
Town of Babylon Councilman Terence McSweeney, Town Clerk Gerry Compitello and Beautification Program Director Viscel Moore along with New York State Senator Phil Boyle, Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland Esq. and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly were on hand to thank Lt. Joseph O’Malley and Sgt. James Sclafani of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Vocational Training Program for once again assisting in keeping the quality of life of our residents safe and clean and presented them with a Proclamation from the Town of Babylon.
The Town of Babylon’s Beautification Program chaired by Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon relies on volunteers to assist with keeping our township clean and beautiful. For several years now, the Beautification Program has partnered with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program and, more recently the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Vocational Training Program to accomplish these goals. This time, the Vocational Training Program assisted a crew from the Town of Babylon’s Department of Public Works led by foreman Rich Incandela in the clean-up of Long Island Avenue.
The work began on Monday April 1st, and was scheduled to take a week, beginning at Commack Road and Long Island Ave. - both the north and south sides- continuing to the border of the Town of Babylon which is just shy of the Deer Park train station parking lot. Unfortunately, this one mile stretch of road is a frequent target of littering and illegal dumping and can become unsightly. It also happens to border the south perimeter of the Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve, which is a wooded nature preserve. By joining forces with the Vocational Training Program, the Town was able to save resources that would have been expended for such a clean-up.
Due to the diligent work of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Vocational Training Program and the Town of Babylon’s Department of Public Works, the clean-up was completed ahead of schedule! Projects of this magnitude sometimes take longer than expected. The collaboration was a wonderful testament to what can happen when local municipalities and county offices work together for the betterment of its constituents.
The Town also recognized Dunkin Donuts and Home Depot both on Commack Rd. in Deer Park with Certificates of Appreciation for their generosity in providing coffee, donuts and work gloves for the crew.
L-R: NYS Senator Phil Boyle, SC Leg. Tom Donnelly, Sgt. James Sclafani, Town Clerk Gerry Compitello, Councilman Terence McSweeney, Lt. Joseph O’Malley, SC Leg. Susan A. Berland Esq., Beautification Program Director Viscel Moore, and DPW foreman Rich Incandela