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A Message from Mayor Ralph Scordino

Babylon Village mayor wants "everyone to know that we are working around the clock."

Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino has sent out a letter to village residents concerning the aftermath and relief efforts underway:

The devastation felt by Superstorm Sandy has affected all of us in Babylon Village, especially those residents, businesses, utilities, and village properties south of Montauk. It isn’t necessary to outline the type of damage that occurred. You are all very aware of the damage and that the fact that some of our residents lost everything. We were working very hard to assist our residents during the storm and Fire Department members put themselves in harms way on many occasions to rescue people and fight fires. After the storm our highway, sanitation and code enforcement departments are continuing to work feverishly to clear roads, remove trees, and move debris so utility trucks have access where necessary and protect our residents. I want everyone to know that we are working around the clock and very closely with all public utilities and governmental agencies to recover and rebuild from this unprecedented occurrence.

However, recovery can be slower than we want many times and also very frustrating. I have been uplifted, however, by the outpouring of support from community members to help their neighbors and friends during this time. Clothing and food drives have been extremely successfui and the offers of shelter and support to neighbors have been wonderful. Our places of worship and community organizations have been working overtime to help those in need. And again, I can't say enough about the work of our Fire and Highway Departments and Code Enforcement personnel during this very trying time.

I would also like to commend and extend our thanks to the First Precinct and the Town of Babylon for their assistance and coordinated efforts on our behalf. Babylon is a very strong, resilient, and close-knit community. We will recover and rebuild from this devastation and our bonds will be closer. Our hearts and helping hands go out to those residents whohave lost so much and we will be there for you. I am available to you 24/7 to assist you in any way that I can. Please feel free to call my office during business hours — 669-1212- or my home after hours — 669-0058.

Sincerely,
Ralph A. Scordino,
Mayor Babylon Village

Nibor November 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
You're doing a fine job. Thanks Ralph!
Seadog24 November 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Your doing great! We noticed some crews before the storm preparing, and after it was just hours and the streets were being cleaned up. I think Babylon Village, and its residents have responded well. Keep up the good work!
debra hayden November 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Beautiful letter, May God Bless you and your community.
Suzie November 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Ralph, thanks for being there for the residents as we know you are..special thanks to our Highway & Sanitation Depts. and to everyone in Babylon the churches and the volunteers ......the residents who make this the best place to live.....
Patty Duryea November 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Nice Job Ralph....I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the people in our community who have shown tremendous support to all of us down here on Fire Island avenue and the surrounding blocks. From you the mayor to the firefighters, police, highway department, american legion, churches, and even keyspan and lipa personnel(to some peoples dismay) and most of all the wonderful volunteers who have come down our roads with food and warm drinks and water and garbage bags and words of encouragement..I thank all of you. I am forever grateful to all of you and may God Bless you.
Sandra Miller November 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Dear Ralph, you are doing a great job! I called the office before 9:00 a.m. and you answered the phone personally. The village sanitation has been super. We have received such kindness and generosity from volunteers. I am grateful for the people that guarded our neighborhood when the curfew was initiated. We are truly blessed, thank you from the Miller family on Stuart Avenue S. and may God Bless you.
Jon Taylor November 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Mayor Scordino, Skip Gardner, the entire Fire Dept. and enforcement officers ... THANK YOU!
Babylon 7 November 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Our Family, who hasn't lost it all, but has lost much, have been tremendously hit financially. My question is, with all the millions of dollars raised for Long Island NY,where is it all and how can we get financial assistance to help with replacing things that arent covered by ins, fema, flood, and auto ins, who are all nitpicking at what they think is "covered" as THEY SEE IT...now we sit here with no upfront money to start fixing anything, my 3 kids have 2 sleep elsewhere because we used their beds to stop the flooding waters from coming into our house. We tried hard to save our home. We are a Family that believes in helping others and we do, privately,now we need help and just want to know where are the millions of dollars that were raised to help us who are in need of financial help, we live in the village of Babylon and yes they are all doing a great job, but now were asking for help to replace items not covered by ins and to pay bills,like our mtg, some beds n dressers,were not asking for "fake replace" items that we didnt lose..we were lucky in alot of ways and its now clear our luck has run out and we do indeed need finacial help by donation, so where is all that Fundraised Money and how can we get some of it, to get us going again?Ive done research and all I see is how to donate, there isn't anything about how to recieve some of this cash, were good on food and have electric n heat and ..... If someone could let us know it would be grately appreciated...Thank You
lisa ludwig November 11, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Dear Ralph, Skip and the entire crew... thank you for all the great help and tremendous effort put forth by you all. We have all lost a great deal.. but we will never lose our determination for rebuilding in our wonderful community of Frederick Shores. I am convinced that there is no place like ours... I am just so grateful for you all during this difficult time. SUCH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY... GOTTA LOVE IT!!! LISA LUDWIG
57chevy November 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Dear Ralph, You are doing a Great Job!!!! Before and after the storm. We are very lucky to have a Mayor that has such a Love and Respect for his community. I was very impressed to see the Babylon Fire Department doing drills before the storm hit and all of the Babylon Workers doing what they could to secure and make the Village safe. Thank You All!!!!
Seadog24 November 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thanks to all that stepped up to help their neighbors and continue to volunteer!
Donna Viverito November 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Still without power on Sunday nov 11th We had been working all day on our house and were all exhausted. We were ready to grab our 10th McDonald's meal since the storm when a knock came at my door. Opening the door there was Giovanna from the ilvillagio restaurant in the village she asked us if we would like some dinners they had prepared, I was so surprised, they asked us how many people were here and gave us four dinners. At that moment I realized how truly blessed we are to be in a village where we always pull today in face of adversity. I want to thank the il villagio family for their kindness and for making my birthday dinner special instead of burger & fries. Please patronize them this is not the first time they have been so generous with the families in the village. Donna Viverito

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