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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Town of Babylon Stresses Water Safety


Town officials dedicate week to water safety awareness, take pledge to “Pool Safely”

Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and other members of the Town Board visited Venetian Shores Park in Lindenhurst to remind residents about the importance of safety when boating and swimming on the Great South Bay, Atlantic Ocean and backyard pools this summer. In an effort to raise awareness, the Town Board partnered with “Pool Safely,” an organization focused on backyard water safety and declared July 1 through July 7 Pool Safely Week in the Town. Community activist Gina Lieneck, who tragically lost her daughter in a boating accident, was also on-hand to speak about Brianna’s Law, legislation she championed to raise the standards for boating safety education in New York State.

“As a south shore community, Babylon is synonymous with the Great South Bay and Atlantic Ocean,” said Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “With all the fun that activities like swimming and boating bring us, we must also be aware of the dangers they can cause. We hope that our residents use today as an opportunity to remind themselves to be safe on, in and around the water,” he added.

Schaffer also highlighted the Town’s Parks Department swimming lessons, citing the importance for children to learn how to swim. Registration for lessons is still open and information can be found in the Town of Babylon’s Summer Recreation Guide at

Councilman Terence McSweeney, a volunteer firefighter in the Town of Babylon and FDNY member, spoke about the importance of backyard pool safety. Emergency services must move quickly to respond to backyard pool incidents to avoid tragic outcomes.

At the conclusion of the press conference, elected officials and other community members signed the Town of Babylon and Pool Safely pledge to keep the town’s waters safe.

Also in attendance were Bobby Hazen, the founder of End Drowning Now, Town of Babylon Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, New York State Senator John Brooks, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly and Brendan Cunningham, a representative from New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s office.

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