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BABYLON PUBLIC LIBRARY SOUTH SHORE LI'S LARGEST CIRCULATION WEEKLY NEWSPAPER S erving the community since 1966 P rinted on recycled paper W ebsite : www . babylonbeacon . com e - mail address : acjnews @ rcn . com O F F IC IA L N E W S P A P E R Periodicals Postage Paid- Babylon Post Office, Babylon NY 11702 (USPS 03960-8000) FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY •TOWN o p r j r v i a m •«••— - - •Bi S(M-£0m AN 'N01A9V8 3AV TWO S K VlOldlVd '3HVMVT C öö O m XOI published •WEST I •COPLAC •NORTH BÌ Inside this week: • A r o u n d Town . . . Page 2 O b ituaries. . . Page 7C See inside for chool and Sports news Founders Edward D Wolfe, Jane D. Wolfe Publishers, Carolyn and Alfred James ru o lic Notices: Your Right to Know: Pages. . . 6, 7, 6C, 9C & IOC The Babylon Beacon is the hometown newspaper o f Mickey Crowley of West Babylon VOL. 44 NO. 5 THURSDAY, .February 4,2010 50 CENTS In the News: A Long Island state o f mind Suffolk t ’uunlv Avi i uttw S ten Uny. le/t, andfyiatthew Crassea, Presidentof thè LongIshmdAssociaHon, center, joatedw ithm w fy elected N assau C ounty Executive k d Mangano. at thè L ong Idonei A ssociation’s annua1 1 'ount\ E lecitine % breakfast un January 20, 2010 at thè C resi Hollow C 'owin y Club Pie Long N a n d leaders luutan opportumty lo d is c u ti common issues Jàcm g Long Island. Syd Askoff, former Babylon Village Mayor, attorney and legislator, dies by Carolyn James Throughout his life, Syd Askoff wanted to live in only one place—Babylon Village. And, he devoted much of his tim e and energy to protecting the com m unity and improving it as a volunteer with the Babylon Village Fire D epartm ent, a Village Trustee and Mayor, and Suffolk County Legislator. “When he was in the service, he never left the base no matter where he was stationed because he said he didn’t want to fall in love with any other place and wanted to come home to Babylon,” said his wife of 32 years, Gail.- Syd Askoff died Jan. 17, 2010 at the age o f 86. He B a b y lon School B o a rd b u sin e ss... by Janine Logan Items from the Jan. 11 Babylon School Board meet­ ing. . • Faculty from the Practical Arts department opened the board meeting with a presentation on the finan­ cial literacy courses offered at Babylon Junior-Senior High School. In one course, students use a virtual simulation game to manage their time, career, money, and personal life. •Board members voted to amend the Interscho­ lastic Athletics Handbook and not require a parent member sit on the Varsity Sport Committee. Dissent­ ing, was board member, Roger Katz, who does not agree with the amendment. “Lack of an independent parent on the committee leads to less credibility. This policy has been in force for only one year and we need a longer test,” said Katz. The committee reviews rec­ ommendations for seventh and eighth grade students to play on a varsity level and each child’s readiness, both physical and emotional, to play at this more competitive level. •Resident Ron Lasky commended board members for their diligence in holding the tax levy increase to just over one percent this past budget year. In the past, Lasky has asked the board to comment on the yearly tax increases that residents have absorbed, to­ taling nearly 66 percent since 2001. “It’s important that we maintain a good rapport with community and maintain that open doou policy,” said Lasky. Resident Eileen Berry asked the board- members and district staff to consider the use of the Connect Ed telephone alert system to inform taxpayers about upcoming board meetings and topics on the agenda. Superintendent Ellen Best Laimit, Ed. D. relayed that there are concerns about intrusiveness and use of the system is limited to student functions.. Berry coun­ tered that the system was used recently to announce the school play and to welcome grade school students back to school after the holiday break. “I think that is intrusive,” said Berry. School board president Judy Anderson said the board will work on getting more timely meeting information onto the website. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Babylon Memorial Grade School. was the last surviving form e r M ayor of Babylon Village. Mr. Askoff moved to Babylon when, he was seven years old, the only child o f Sarah and Samuel Askoff. He g raduated from Babylon schools and joined the U.S. Air Corps, serving during W orld War II. Following his discharge from the service, he worked as an investigator for the U.S. Labor D epartm ent and attended Hofstra University and then St. John’s Law School. He became an attorney in 1972. By that time, Mr. Askoff h ad served as Babylon Fire Chief, from 1962 to 1963 and as Village Mayor from 1966 to 1969. He was elected to the Suffolk C o u n ty Legislature a year later and was am o ng the first Suffolk lawmakers to represent the newly established body. He served in that post through 1974, and was instrum ental in setting up the first Suffolk Off -Track Betting (OTB) and serving as its first president. “He worked diligently to get the state approvals needed and form the corporation here in Suffolk w h ich now generates several m illion dollars in revenue for the county every year,” said Terrence P e a r s a l l, a L e g islativ e spokesm a n and chief of staff. M r. A s k o f f to l d th e County officials he would organize the OTB in six m o n t h s , said his w ife. “They said he would never do it; it would take much longer,” she recalled. “He did it in five and a h a lf months,” she said. T h o s e w h o rem e m b e r Syd as Mayor talk about his Former Babylon Village organizational skills and Mayor Syd Askoff . work ethic. “He was tough and dem a n d ing because he wanted everything in the Village to be better,” said Mayor Ralph Scordino. “Those who worked with him said he did a great job and wanted to keep Babylon the beautiful place that it is.” “If he saw som ething that needed to be changed (Continued on page 5)

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