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West Babylon

West Babylon
The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station...
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The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station at Babylon from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested

    Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested
    The body of a woman who killed herself and seven other people by driving a minivan the wrong way on a parkway and crashing into an SUV will be exhumed for testing in an attempt to counter findings that she was drunk, a family lawyer said Tuesday....
  • "Love Missle" Paraded Around the City; Authorities Give It a Salute

    Traveling Manhattan, one sees a lot of interesting sights. Giant rats, blimps, protests and of course, a 25-foot-long U.S Air force missile. Arye Sachs, a 48-year-old, West Babylon man, is being sued by Pfizer Inc. for trademark infringement because...
  • Update: NYPD Cops From LI Shot at Subway Station

    One of the two transit officers from Long Island shot by an alleged fare beater on a Queens subway platform was back home Wednesday, saying he is "feeling great" but is concerned about his critically injured partner. Jason Maass, 28, who police said...
  • 14-year-old West Babylon Boy Found Dead

    "I don't know what to say, it's just, its, it's a loss that I... I can't do this." A father devastated by the loss of a child. 14 year old Garrett Quedens lifeless body was found on this dead end street just before, 4 this morning by a newspaper...
  • Two Men Arrested in LI Teen's Death

    WEST BABYLON, N.Y. - Two men have been arrested after police said they provided a bottle of vodka consumed by a 14-year-old boy who was found dead on a West Babylon street before dawn on New Year's Day. Ishmoile Mohammed III, 19, and Reynold Jennings,...
  • Woman, 81, Fatally Hit While Crossing Street

    An 81-year-old woman died after she was hit by a car while crossing the street just outside her home at a West Babylon senior housing complex, Suffolk police said Wednesday. Sara Voliton was crossing the four-lane Great Neck East Road at Cumberland...
  • Man Found Shot Blocks Away from LI Police Station

    WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (WPIX) - Suffolk County police are trying to figure out who shot a man to death just three blocks away from a police station. Michael Sinclair, 34, of Brooklyn was found injured with multiple gunshot wounds. He was found lying on...
  • DA: 8 More Victims of AIDS-Infected Sexual Predator

    The existence of eight additional victims of AIDS-infected sexual predator Robert Musmacker emerged Wednesday, according to a 25-count grand jury indictment against him unsealed in Criminal Court in Riverhead. The indictment supersedes a previous...
  • Ex-NYC Cop Kills Himself In Heated Fight Over Love

    WEST BABYLON, N.Y (WPIX) -- An ex-New York City cop reportedly heated over allegations of infidelity apparently shot at his wife and another male before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities. Cecil Ramsay, 51, reportedly shot himself in...
  • Mysteries Persist One Year After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 8

    Mysteries Persist One Year After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 8
    The scar is almost gone from the highway where a suburban mother sped the wrong way for more than a mile with a minivan full of children while stoned and drunk, sparking a fiery crash that killed her and seven other people. The grass burned away by Diane...
  • Ex-Church Janitor Arrested For Robbery

    Ex-Church Janitor Arrested For Robbery
    A former janitor on Long Island was arraigned in Central Islip Wednesday for the burglary of a West Babylon church where he used to work. According to Suffolk County Police, Steven Krasowsky, 45, worked at the Our Lady of Grace Church from February...