Community calls for uniformed officer at Babylon LIRR station

<p>Several Babylon residents made their concerns about the LIRR station known Monday night during a community meeting.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 20, 2018, 6:02 PM

Updated 2,008 days ago


Babylon Long Island Rail Road riders are demanding a stepped up police presence at the Babylon train station.
At a community meeting Monday, residents said they feel uncomfortable and nervous at the station. They pointed to people aggressively asking for money, being publicly intoxicated and loitering.
Resident Christopher Paolillo says a woman on the platform was being harassed by a man who was taking pictures of her.
“She came out of the platform to get some help, and there was nowhere to go," he told News 12.
Some residents say they don't feel safe when they step off the train onto the platform at night. They say they often don't see police officers here at the train station. 
Some want the MTA to place a permanent police officer at the train station. Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino says she wrote to the MTA asking for more patrols following a knifepoint attack and car break-ins near the train station.
“I want to be out here fighting for our community to make sure we get what we deserve," says Pellegrino.
Some commuters told News 12 that a full-time officer is not needed.
"I always feel pretty safe here, there's enough cops around in the village, I feel pretty good about it," says Anthony Callahan.
Suffolk police says there have been a few minor crimes near the train station the past six weeks. News 12 reached out to the MTA for comment on more patrols. They have not yet responded.

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