From the Town of Babylon Beautification Program:
Payton Lewis was inducted as a Town of Babylon Junior Beautification Ambassador (JBA) at a special ceremony at Town Hall on March 13th. He is a first grader at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School in Copiague and the CEO of Payton’s Planet: Door-2-Door Recycling Service. Payton was recognized by Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Councilwoman and Beautification Program Chair Jacqueline Gordon and the entire Town Board for his dedication and efforts to keep his town clean. At 6 years old, he is the youngest Junior Beautification Ambassador in the Town of Babylon.
Payton’s journey began last April on Earth Day when in school, he learned about the environment and the importance of recycling. He started picking up recyclables on nature walks with his mom and soon with his dad’s help started his own business. During the ceremony, Payton told the Supervisor and Councilwoman that what he does is important because he “wants to save the earth!” When he is not in school or out saving the planet, Payton loves to read, draw and dance to music. He enjoys football, baseball, basketball and being outdoors.
Councilwoman Gordon said, “Payton is part of the next generation of future leaders who will take care of the Town of Babylon and our environment.” Befitting the young CEO, Supervisor Schaffer gave Payton a chance to sit in the Supervisor’s chair on the dais as head of the Town Board.
The TOB Beautification Program was created and designed to help educate the community about the importance of keeping our township clean and beautiful through awareness and hands on activities. The Program encourages the positive effects of volunteerism and stewardship and promotes an appreciative and caring attitude toward our environment and the needs of others. Like his fellow TOB Junior Beautification Ambassadors, Payton will help to promote these ideals and will also gain an understanding of issues impacting our neighborhoods.
Along with the Town Board, there to congratulate Payton on this honor and share this proud moment were his mother Shakira Lewis, father Bradley Lewis, sister Makenzie Lewis, and grandparents Sally Lewis, Randolph Lewis, Patrice Hodges and Harold Hodges. Also present were, his Aunt Kelly Ajayi, godfather Lamont Jarman, Cousin Andrew Haynes, friend of the family Michael Keirsey, his Sunday school teacher Terry Porter-Louder and Sunday school classmate Cameron Parris. From Deauville Gardens West, Payton’s principal, Mrs. Kristina Biamonte was there as well.
Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, TOB Beautification Program Director Viscel Moore, Town Clerk Gerry Compitello, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma, Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Bradley Lewis, Payton Lewis, Makenzie Lewis, Shakira Lewis, Councilwoman & Beautification Program Chair Jaqueline Gordon, Councilman Anthony Manetta, Councilman Terence McSweeney and Town Attorney Joe Wilson