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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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  • 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...
  • OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver

    OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver
    A celebrity lawyer, who won a judgement against O.J. Simpson, is now getting involved in a lawsuit against the estate of a woman who drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway -- killing eight people, including herself. A law clerk for attorney...
  • West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire

    West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire
    Sixteen fire departments joined forces late Thursday to fight a blaze that went on to destroy a West Babylon elementary school, leaving four hundred students without classrooms to return to Monday. Two of the three wings that make up South Bay Elementary...
  • LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire

    LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire
    Displaced students on Long Island will attend class at a nearby Catholic church Tuesday, after a fast-moving fire gutted most of their school. South Bay Elementary in West Babylon remains largely unsalvageable after flames ripped though the 1950s-era...
  • Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class

    Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class
    Hundreds of students displaced from a fire that destroyed their school have found a new home and are heading back to class Tuesday. Some 320 students from South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon will be arriving at the steps of Our Lady of Grace...
  • "Self-Defense" Gunman Talks After Fatally Shooting Intruder

    "Self-Defense" Gunman Talks After Fatally Shooting Intruder
    "It was self defense," is what Kenneth Messemer told PIX News exclusively Tuesday morning, regarding Messemer's fatally shooting a man who police call an intruder. When officers arrived at Messemer's home at 813 6th St. around 7:30 last night, they found...
  • Intruder Shot, Killed Inside Long Island Home

    Intruder Shot, Killed Inside Long Island Home
    A man was shot and killed inside a Long Island home Monday night and Suffolk County police are investigating whether he knew the homeowner. Police arrived at 813 6th Street in West Babylon at about 7:30 p.m.on a report that a man was shot. They...
  • Another Driver Arrested For Driving Wrong-Way On Taconic

    Another Driver Arrested For Driving Wrong-Way On Taconic
    Just two months after a West Babylon mom allegedly drove drunk in the wrong direction on the Taconic State Parkway, a Bronx man has been arrested for the same offense. According to state police, Gregorio Pena, 44, of the Bronx had a blood-alcohol level...