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Babylon path named to honor councilwoman

The Town of Babylon has approved the renaming of a pathway after longtime Councilwoman Ellen McVeety.

The pathway, currently called Memorial Way, is located between Cedar and Overlook beaches and leads up to the town’s 9/11 memorial. It will now be called Ellen T. McVeety Way.

Town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said McVeety is being honored for her years of public service, and in particular for her instrumental role in working with 9/11 families to create the memorial. Ruggeri said the memorial committee approved of the renaming.

McVeety, 63, of Amityville, said she was honored and humbled by the action.

“I don’t feel I really deserve it,” she said. Working on the memorial, she said, was a “labor of love.”

McVeety has worked for the town since 1988. She began as a citizens advocate, was elected town clerk in 1991, and after serving four terms was elected councilwoman in 1999.

McVeety retired at the end of 2011 but has agreed to stay on as an alternate in place of Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, who is being deployed to Afghanistan.

Ruggeri said a renaming ceremony is planned for the spring.

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