Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined with members of the Town Board to accept an award on behalf of the Town of Babylon for their role in raising awareness about Car Free Day 2014, which encourages alternative methods of transportation to conserve energy, decrease emissions and reduce traffic. The Town received a bronze level award from the Car Free Day Long Island committee for encouraging residents and employees to take part in the initiative, which is celebrated in forty countries worldwide, and had declared September 22nd, 2014 Car Free Day in the Town of Babylon.
This year was the second annual Car Free Day on Long Island and was organized by the Car Free Day Long Island Planning Committee, which includes representatives from numerous local organizations such as the Long Island Railroad, Stony Brook University and North Shore-LIJ Health System. In 2013, it is estimated that the first Car Free Day resulted in reducing 32 tons of carbon emissions and lessening driving on Long Island by over 65,000 miles.
Pictured from left to right are Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma; Town Clerk Carol Quirk; Supervisor Schaffer; Rosemary Mascali, co-chair of Car Free Day Long Island; Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman Tom Donnelly.