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Babylon, Islip getting nearly $500G from state to fix potholes

The towns of Babylon and Islip are getting

(Credit: James Carbone)

The state is helping Babylon and Islip Town residents drive a little more smoothly over area roads.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) has announced that more than $484,000 is being allocated for pothole repairs in Islip and Babylon towns. The money is part of the $40 million that has been designated for pothole repair in the state budget.

Babylon Town will receive $142,047, while the...

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Woman gives birth in Nassau medical center parking lot

Zulma Gutierrez, of Westbury, holds her newborn baby,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Zulma Gutierrez gave birth to her fourth child Tuesday morning at Nassau University Medical Center — in the parking lot.

When her water broke in the back of the ambulance, two police officers and a medic assisted her in delivering a healthy baby boy.

Nassau County police Third Precinct officers Sandra Richard and Robert Vergara and advanced medical technician Robert Roper responded to...

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Buses still replacing Montauk Line trains

Buses continue to replace some trains on the

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Buses continue to replace some trains on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Branch, as the LIRR performs track inspections through much of this week.

In total, 21 trains were scheduled to be wholly or partially replaced from Monday through Thursday. The LIRR estimated that 405 customers would be affected by the service change. The railroad said customers should allot an extra 23 to 41 minutes...

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Babylon to pay for study of rapid bus system

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Babylon has awarded a contract to a company to study a proposed bus rapid transit system on Route 110.

Town officials chose Parsons Brinckerhoff, of Manhattan, after sending out a request for proposals for technical assistance and consultation services on the proposed BRT line. The company’s fee -- $449,996 -- was in the middle among the three proposals, with one company coming...

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Town of Babylon begins airing meetings on Cablevision

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Babylon Town has begun broadcasting town board meetings on Cablevision’s Government Access channel.

The town was the last in Suffolk County to broadcast or stream its meetings over the Internet, a practice also being adopted by some Nassau municipalities.

“Not everyone has the time to come down to town hall every time there’s a board meeting,” said Babylon Town spokesman Kevin Bonner,...

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$12.9M in bonds for repairs, renovations

The roller hockey rink in Deer Park could

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Babylon Town Board has approved $12.9 million in bonds for roads, parks and building renovations and other projects in the next year.

Board members on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve 18 separate bond issues covering both one-time and rolling projects. The largest was $6 million for the town’s regular road maintenance program, designed to head off the need for more expensive road repairs.


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Babylon Town Board broadens public-nuisance law

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer on July 30,

(Credit: James Escher )

The Babylon Town Board has broadened a public-nuisance law that allows officials to board up buildings that have become sites of chronic criminal activity and fine the buildings’ owners.

An amendment to what was once informally known as the “crack-house law” passed 5-0 on Tuesday and added reckless endangerment, along with sex and weapons offenses, to a list of illegal activities tracked under...

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Yiendhy Farrelly appointed as new West Babylon schools chief

West Babylon Junior High School. (Jan. 23, 2014)

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The West Babylon school board has appointed Yiendhy Farrelly, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, as the next superintendent.

Farrelly, 35, came to the district in 2006 as its director of student services. Before that she held positions including summer program principal and special education teacher at Valley Stream Central High School District. She is fluent in Spanish...

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East Farmingdale apartment complex hearing today

Babylon Town Hall

(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Babylon Town Tuesday is holding a public hearing on a proposed apartment complex in East Farmingdale.

Parkway Properties Inc. of Farmingdale is looking to build 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments on a 2.25-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Eastern Parkway and Denton Place. The site currently has industrial and storage buildings.

The hearing is for zoning changes required for the...

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Babylon school board chief resigns, citing health reasons

The Babylon School District is made up of

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Babylon Schools Board of Education president Roger A. Katz resigned Feb. 24, citing “personal and health reasons” in a two-sentence letter to the district superintendent.

Katz, a senior technology architect at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is 65, according to records. He served on the board from 2000 to 2003 and again beginning in 2005.

He and his wife, Marisa, have two children who...

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