Wayne Horsley was first elected to public office as a Councilman in the Town of Babylon in 1999. That position brought Mr. Horsley many diverse duties. Wayne was the Chairperson for Economic Development in the Town. One of his longstanding visions was to bring first class hotels to the Town of Babylon. This dream became a reality in June 2007 when the Courtyard Marriott Hotel opened on Rt. 110, Farmingdale. A second hotel in the Marriott division will also open in Farmingdale in December 2007.
Prior to serving on the Town Board, Wayne served the Town’s residents as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals and as the Deputy Director of the Industrial Development Agency. While working at the IDA he recruited countless businesses to the Town and assisted hundreds of new companies with creative financial initiatives.
Wayne spent many years as the Regional Director for Finance of the N.Y.S. Office of Parks. In this position Wayne was responsible for the financial administration of 25 state parks on Long Island. Furthermore, he served as Chairperson of the New York State Committee on State Parks Financing and was Founder of the L.I. State Parks & Parkways Historical Collection.
Legislator Wayne Horsley devotes much of his time to the concerns of all senior and civic groups in the Town as well as to local schools, youth organizations, scouts and volunteer firefighters.
In addition to his professional experience, Wayne maintains a large presence in the local community. Here is a partial listing of affiliations and memberships Wayne has maintained at some point throughout his career.
- President-Babylon Beautification Society
- Member of the Rt. 110 Redevelopment Executive Board of Directors
- Babylon Rotary International-Environment and Program Coordinator
- Trustee-Babylon Village Historical & Preservation Society
- Founder and recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Good Deed Award
- Chair of the Babylon Village Public Sculpture Committee
Dr. Horsley completed his Doctorate Degree in Modern World History at St. John’s University in December 2005 and is an adjunct Professor at the Jamaica campus as well as at Farmingdale College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Bernard Baruch College, and a Master of Modern History degree from St. John’s University.
Wayne has resided in the Babylon area for more than 45 years. He and his wife Barbara attended Babylon High School together and continue to live in Babylon. They are the proud parents of Scott, Bennett, Jordan, Jacqueline and daughter-in-law Mao. Wayne and Barbara have been blessed with two granddaughters, Luna and Sola.