Assembly Joseph Saladino (R–Massapequa) held his seventh annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo at the Captree Boat Basin on Sunday afternoon.
The event, which is sponsored by Captree Cove Restaurant and many other businesses and organizations, was organized to help families learn about the seaside community they live in and the impact it has on our economy.
"It's not just for the environment," said Saladino. "We promote the businesses here that take people out on fishing charters, sail boats, jetskies. We want to make sure their businesses are doing okay, too."
The event included a full rock band playing cover songs throughout the afternoon, free fishing for children, arts and crafts, a clown and even a large fish-shaped cake for guests to feast on.
"We have children also earning their Eagle Scout awards here by doing volunteer work," said Saladino. "Overall, its been a fun time and we got a lot done to promote the seaside entities."
This was the first year Saladino held the event at Captree Boat Basin, technically in the Town of Babylon. Saladino, whose assembly seat is being challenged by fellow Republican Richard Young, had his district borders changed earlier this year to include much of Babylon Village and West Islip.
"This event was fun for everyone, whether you like the rock 'n roll band or watching a child catching their first snapper," he said. "Everyone's having fun at the Marine Expo."