Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer joined with members of the Babylon Town Board, fellow local officials and community members to dedicate the Anthony J. Tatti Youth Center in North Babylon, formerly known as the North Babylon Teen Center. Anthony J. Tatti, a lifelong North Babylon resident who has run youth programs in the area for over 45 years, was recognized by the various local officials and community members in attendance at the dedication ceremony, who discussed his various contributions to North Babylon and the surrounding area.
“It is a true honor to rename the North Babylon Teen Center for Anthony Tatti, who has done so much for the North Babylon community and was a driving force behind both the youth center and the programs that it hosts,” said Supervisor Schaffer. “Being that these programs have created cherished memories for many residents and contributed to the development of so many children within the Town of Babylon, it is only right and tremendously fitting that the center be named after him.”
Anthony Tatti was integral to the development of the center, leading efforts for it to be built in 2003 and serving as executive director of North Babylon Community Youth Services, the non-profit organization that is housed there. In this role, Tatti created and maintained robust recreational and educational programing for children from kindergarten through high school to take part in year-round. Programs offered include camps, teen employment, volunteer services, tutoring and drama programs.
Tatti’s other contributions to the community include his continued service as a volunteer for the North Babylon school district as part of the Parent and Youth Activities Committee (PYAC), which created student workshop programs and summer drama classes for middle school students. He also was instrumental in starting Parent University, a series of annual workshops for parenting and parent concerns.
Pictured in front from left to right are Jennifer Montiglio, Town of Babylon Receiver of Taxes; DuWayne Gregory, Town of Babylon Councilman; Claire McKeon, Town of Babylon Youth Bureau Executive Director; Michael Tatti, nephew; Karen Tatti, wife; Maria Tatti, sister; Anthony Tatti, honoree; Alyssa Tatti, daughter; John Anthony Tatti, son; Delice Scotto, sister-in-law, Louis Scotto, brother-in-law; and Rita Savastano, North Babylon Community Youth Center board member. Behind them are Tom Donnelly, Suffolk County Legislator; Terence McSweeney, Town of Babylon Councilman; Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive; Supervisor Schaffer; and Gordon Canary, Office of New York State Senator Phil Boyle.