Town Squashes Rumors of Drug Counseling Facility Move to Lindenhurst

The former Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church convent.
The former Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church convent.

The Town of Babylon is currently in talks with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church to lease administrative office space in the church's former convent building, but in the face of swirling rumors, Town officials told Patch Thursday that the Town’s Drug and Alcohol Services program will not be making the move to Lindenhurst. 

"During preliminary discussions with OLPH about a leasing agreement, numerous Town programs were under consideration to be moved to this location," the Town said in a statement regarding the 16,000 square-foot building at 260 Wellwood Avenue. "However, at this time the Town’s Drug and Alcohol Services program has been eliminated from consideration for this relocation."

The Town's Drug and Alcohol Services program is currently split between two locations–one in Amityville and the other at the Town Hall Annex in North Babylon.

In a letter obtained by Clean Up Lindenhurst, Superintendent Richard Nathan wrote last week to Mayor Thomas Brennan expressing his support for drug counseling services at the OLPH building. However, Nathan said Thursday that letter had "been portrayed in an inaccurate manner," according to a statement on the school district's website. 

"Please know that I fully support the need for counseling services in the Lindenhurst community," Nathan wrote. "Such services improve the quality of life for all of our residents. However, with a more informed understanding of the proposed project and the suggested site for relocation, I do not believe that the South Wellwood Avenue location would be appropriate due to its proximity to the Lindenhurst Middle School and Alleghany Avenue Elementary School. 

"I truly support all of the Town of Babylon's efforts in supporting a drug-free community, but we need to consider the best interests of all those involved or potentially affected."

Brennan could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

While talks are ongoing, Town officials said the plan is to move the Town’s Long Island Green Homes program into the OLPH building, along with other Town administrative offices.  

"By partnering with OLPH to lease this vacant space, the Town is hoping to revitalize a vital part of Lindenhurst’s main street," Town officials said. 

claudia_pieroni April 01, 2014 at 02:00 PM
John Byrne, Perhaps I was a bit vociferous when I posted about you but anyone who thinks a court ordered drug counseling center near a school and in the middle of the main Village shopping area is a good thing, is no friend of Lindy. Keep your diatribe in W. Babylon. People here are trying to revive a community and economy...drug and alcohol abusers excluded. As far as the phony DrJimmy, I have read your comments where you call people "right wing teabaggers" so keep throwing those stones in your glass house.
DrJimmy April 01, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Claudia I will not deny that I have called people "right wing teabaggers" But please always remember it's in response to people like you who throw out the first pitch. When people can't articulate a point they resort to name calling. Yes, at times I have lowered myself to your level and for that I am ashamed. Try staying on target, staying on point and staying on the topic. If you do that people will take you more seriously. Regards, Your left, bleeding heart liberal, phony Dr Jimmy.
claudia_pieroni April 01, 2014 at 03:45 PM
You can't lower yourself to my level as you not so euphemistically state...you can only hope to rise to it. Regards, your local right wing teabagger
tory April 01, 2014 at 04:58 PM
and this is why NOTHING gets done-our poor children


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