Babylon supervisors through the years
The Town of Babylon was created in 1872 out of the southern part of the Town of Huntington. It has since had 30 supervisors, some of whom are below.
Elbert Carll (1872–1873, 1875–1876)
Carll was elected the first supervisor of Babylon when the town split from the Town of Huntington in 1872. A resident of what is currently the Village of Babylon, Carll previously served as a Huntington trustee.
John E. Ireland (1873-1875)
Amityville resident John E. Ireland operated insurance, real estate, grain and agricultural businesses. He was the son of Samuel Ireland, who is credited with naming Amityville.
Charles T. Duryea (1876-1881)
Duryea operated Huntington’s Suffolk Hotel for several years before coming to Babylon in 1874 to manage the Sumpwams House. He also served as editor of the Budget newspaper in Babylon.
Stephen A. Titus (1881-1884, 1885-1886)
Titus worked for several area newspapers, including the South Side Signal and the Port Jefferson Leader. After his terms as supervisor, he became editor of the New York World’s Brooklyn edition.
George A. Hooper (1884-1885, 1886-1889)
A New Jersey native, George A. Hooper came to Amityville as a young man. He died at 40 years old.
Richard Higbie (1889-1893)
Born at the LaGrange Hotel in West Islip, Higbie served as a New York State assemblyman and later as a New York State senator. He also operated a general store in Babylon with his brother-in-law, John Clinton Robbins, who was also a town supervisor.
William G. Nicoll (1893-1896)
In addition to town supervisor, William G. Nicoll was elected a town justice of the peace and, later, Suffolk County surrogate judge.
Thomas Powell (1896–1899)
A farmer in East Amityville (now Copiague), Thomas Powell also served as the town assessor, a local school trustee and a director of the Bank of Amityville.
Edward Daily (1899–1912)
Daily was Babylon’s longest-serving supervisor. An undertaker, he was also a village mayor and alderman. He served as commissioner of highways and overseer of the poor for Babylon Town.
Henry A. Brown (1912–1913)
A resident of West Deer Park, later Wyandanch, Brown spent his early years as a farmer and owner of a general store. He served as Deer Park postmaster, town commissioner of highways and justice of the peace. When Brown was appointed to fill the term of town supervisor after the death of Edward Daily, he insisted on retaining his position as justice of the peace.
Frederick Sheide (1913–1917)
In 1900, Sheide started a soda bottling business in Lindenhurst before he becoming a hotelier. Sheide also served as town clerk and as a New York State assemblyman.
John Clinton Robbins (1917-1919, 1924-1925)
Robbins was a partner in the Babylon Village general store Higbie & Robbins, served as president of the Bank of Babylon and a director of Amityville’s Long Island Home. During his first term as supervisor, Robbins oversaw the construction of the first Babylon Town Hall, which is now the Town of Babylon History Museum.
William T. Louden (1920–1922)
Louden worked in the Almshouse on Blackwell’s Island before opening the Long Island Home, a private sanitarium, with his father and brother. Louden serve two terms as president [mayor] of Amityville.
William S. Willmarth (1922–1923)
Willmarth had a poultry business in Amityville and later was a real estate broker. Twice elected town superintendent of highways, Willmarth was appointed supervisor after the death of William T. Louden.
Frederic J. Wood (1925, 1936–1941)
A Babylon attorney, Wood served as a town justice of the peace, Babylon Village police justice and assistant state attorney general. Wood first served as town supervisor to complete the term of John Clinton Robbins after his death. More than a decade later, Wood was elected to three more full terms.
Joseph P. Warta (1926–1931)
Lindenhurst insurance agent and firefighter Joseph P. Warta also served as Suffolk County sheriff and town assessor.
Henry S. Johnson (1932–1935)
Civil engineer Henry S. Johnson was elected town superintendent of highways before his tenure as supervisor.
Donald E. Muncy (1942–1947, 1952–1957)
Muncy was the owner of an Amityville gas station, an excavation-trucking business and a West Babylon motel. During several terms in office, Muncy advocated for the construction of the new Town Hall in North Lindenhurst.
William F. Wolter (1948–1951)
Wolter, a Lindenhurst resident, served as a town justice of the peace for 24 years before his tenure as supervisor. He was also a member of the Lindenhurst Fire Department.
Arthur M. Cromarty (1958–1963)
Amityville attorney Arthur M. Cromarty was a town councilman before his stint as supervisor. He was later a judge in various Suffolk County courts. The Suffolk County Court Complex in Riverhead is named in his honor.
William T. Lauder (1963-1965)
Before assuming the office of town supervisor, Lauder served as police judge and village attorney in Amityville, and a Town of Babylon justice of the peace. He has served as Amityville Village historian.
Gilbert G. Hanse (1965-1967)
Hanse served as Babylon Village fire chief, justice of the peace and trustee. He was village mayor from 1951 to 1965 and 1970 to 1987.
Joseph A. Stabile (1968--1969)
Deer Park resident Joseph A. Stabile served just 14 months as supervisor, resigning early in his second year when he was appointed a Suffolk County Court judge by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
Aaron Barnett (1969-1975)
After serving as chairman of the town zoning board of appeals, Barnett was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Joseph A. Stabile, and was later elected to three more terms.
Thomas Fallon (1976-1977)
Fallon was a North Babylon resident and trial attorney.
Raymond C. Allmendinger (1978-1982)
Allmendinger was elected to the town board before his time as supervisor. He later became the Suffolk County labor commissioner.
Anthony Noto (1982-1987)
Noto served eight years on the Suffolk County Legislature, two as presiding officer, before he was elected town supervisor.
Arthur G. Pitts (1988-1992)
Pitts served as an associate village justice in Lindenhurst before his election as supervisor. Pitts ended his tenure as supervisor when he was elected Suffolk County Court judge. He has served in the Suffolk County Supreme Court since 2000.
Richard Schaffer (1992-2001, 2012-present)
Schaffer served as a Suffolk County legislator for five years before being elected supervisor in 1992 at the age of 29. He was appointed to the post again in 2012 after Steve Bellone was elected Suffolk County executive.
Steven Bellone (2002-2011)
Bellone served as a town councilman before his decadelong tenure as town supervisor. Elected Suffolk County executive in 2011, he is the first Babylon Town supervisor to hold that office.