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Babylon OKs step toward solar panels

The Babylon Town Board last week voted to approve a fast-track permit process for the installation of solar panels on residential properties.

The law gives the building department 14 days to process permit applications for panel arrays that meet basic standards and waives all permit application fees.

Outgoing Supervisor Steve Bellone has been a vocal proponent of “green” technology in the town.

The measure is one of many local laws being rolled out under the Long Island Unified Solar Permitting Initiative, a set of guidelines intended to work as a template for towns and villages writing building code for solar energy systems.

The Suffolk and Nassau county planning commissions and the Long Island Power Authority collaborated on the initiative.

In other business, the Babylon Town Board formalized a policy barring contract administrative employees from receiving permanent employee benefits such as sick leave and health insurance.

A town spokesman said the town employs six to eight such workers at a time, typically paralegals hired after law school to work on specific projects.

However, the spokesman wrote in an email, “No contract/hourly employees have received administrative employee benefits that extended to permanent administrative employees.”


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