Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilman Terry McSweeney, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma and Clerk Gerry Compitello were on-hand for the renaming of 49th Street in Lindenhurst to “James A. Schiavone Memorial Way.” James A. Schiavone was a New York City Police Department Detective and resident of Lindenhurst who died in December due to an illness related to his heroic actions on September 11, 2001. New York State Congressman Peter King, Assemblypersons John Brooks and Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and representatives from the Village of Lindenhurst joined Detective Schiavone’s family and over 150 guests at the ceremony.
Schiavone, who was 49, was represented by his mother, brother, sister, wife and three children at the ceremony. He grew up on 49th Street and played in Zahn’s Park, which is across from where the sign that bears his name now hangs. Originally, his family asked for a plaque to be placed at the park, however Supervisor Schaffer and Town of Babylon Beautification Program Director Florence Findley suggested a street renaming would be more fitting.
His brother, John, and daughter, Breanna, each spoke of the impact that Detective Schiavone had on them and the rest of their family.
Photo: Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, other members of the Town Board and local elected officials are joined by NYPD Detective James A. Schiavone’s family and members of law enforcement below the sign that dedicates 49th Street in Lindenhurst as “James A. Schiavone Memorial Way.”