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Yaphank's Main Street named for late legislator

Yaphank’s Main Street has been dedicated to Herbert Davis, a former Suffolk County legislator who wrote the law establishing 12-year term limits.

Davis, who was born in Yaphank in 1929, died last year at age 81. A crowd of about 50 attended the dedication Sunday, including Legis. Kate M. Browning (WF-Shirley), whose district includes Yaphank, Davis’ family members and officials from Yaphank Fire Department and veteran organizations.

“I feel very proud. He always helped the people of Yaphank,” said Judy Tapler, one of Davis’ four daughters.

Davis, a Bellport High School graduate who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, was also a longtime county and fire department official.

A Republican, he was elected in 1989 to the first of three terms in the county legislature.

Browning, a Democrat, wrote the resolution authorizing the street naming.

“Davis was a very dedicated man, and I have a great respect for him, though we came from different parties,” she said. “Herb’s dedication and commitment to the Yaphank community was substantial. It’s worthy of dedicating Main Street in his honor.”

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