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Should Public Drunkenness Be Outlawed in Islip?

Babylon Town just made it illegal, should other LI towns follow suit?

Filel photo by Patch.
Filel photo by Patch.
Babylon Town has made it illegal to be drunk in a public place or venue, such as a cabaret, and most Patch readers aren't very happy with the decision.

The law, passed unanimously at Babylon Town Hall last Thursday, makes  appearing intoxicated in public a misdemeanor offense throughout the town's borders, including the villages of Amityville, Babylon and Lindenhurst. 

Breaking the new law could cost the accused between $250 and $1,000, or up to 90 days in jail. Fines could reach as high as $5,000 for repeat offenders.

Given the proximity of West Islip and the village, Patch wonders what West Islip residents think of the law, whether it will curtail their visits to restaurants and bars along Deer Park Avenue and Main Street.

Readers questioned the enforceability but most of all the need for such a law given the already in place public disturbance laws and drinking related laws. In fact no one commenting believes it's useful and one went as far as calling it a communism act.

Tell us below what you think Islip should do or not do, and if the Babylon law will stop you from enjoying a drink in the village.


Ultimate Conservative November 12, 2013 at 08:09 AM
How do they actually intend to enforce this? The police are busy enough. This law will actually hurt the restaurant and bar industry. Less money will be spent going out as people simply stay home....
Glenn November 12, 2013 at 06:51 PM
This is what happens when you elect Progressives like Supervisor Schaffer and the Socialist Working Families Party endorsed council members like Donnelly and Gordon. You get stupid laws intended to modify your behavior because they don't like it. "Appearing intoxicated"?!?!?! What exactly is that supposed to mean? If someone looks drunk but isn't they can be fined? And who determines it? Are cops going to raid "public venues" with breathalyzers to hand out tickets? A stupid, stupid law passed by stupid, stupid politicians elected by stupid, stupid people.
Walter Isaacs November 12, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Is that the same sentiment you hold for the voters in West Islip after last year's BOE election?
crookhaven November 13, 2013 at 02:31 AM
fire john carney! he looks like a drunken commissioner from islip!

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