Friday, 15 May 2009 10:15
The Town of Oyster Bay will unveil a special commemorative sign at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park on Saturday, May 30, at 12:30 p.m. in honor of former Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Edward J. Poulos, who served on the Town Board from July 21, 1959 to August 29, 1967 and later, became a Family Court and District Court Judge in Nassau County, it was announced by Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Judge Poulos had a vision of creating a state-of-the-art park for the residents of Syosset-Woodbury. His determination ultimately helped make Syosset-Woodbury Community Park a reality. The park was officially dedicated on June 13, 1965.
“Judge Poulos helped acquire the land and took personal interest in overseeing every step of the park construction process,” explained Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. “In fact, he served as Master of Ceremonies for the dedication ceremony. Everyone who spends an enjoyable day at this park owes a debt of gratitude to Judge Poulos. Given his extraordinary efforts on behalf of this park, it is most appropriate that we unveil this beautiful commemorative sign in his honor at this special location.”
Judge Poulos, who passed away in 1972 at the young age of 51, had an impressive record of public service. Eager to aid in the World War II effort, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force prior to the United States officially entering the conflict. He became a pilot for the 56th Fighter Group and saw considerable combat action. Upon returning to the United States, he continued his education and graduated from St. John’s Law School in 1951. After years in private practice in New York City, he served as Deputy Oyster Bay Town Attorney from 1956 to 1959. He then served on the Town Board for eight years before being appointed to the bench.
Judge Poulos left behind a legacy as a dedicated and responsive public official who put the needs of the people first,” Supervisor Venditto said. “This commemorative sign, as well as the entire park, will stand as an enduring and fitting tribute to that legacy.”