Better Babylon Party

June 12, 2018

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 4:02 p.m. On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.   

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 7:04 p.m.

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session to discuss sensitive properties.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF BABYLON WAS HELD IN THE BOARDROOM,

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK,

ON TUESDAY,

JUNE 12, 2018

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

Trustee Debbie Basile

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Attorney Gerard Glass

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees opened at 8:04 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Basile.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the May 22, 2018, regular meeting of the Board of Trustees and dispense with the reading of the same.

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to hire the following employees with regard to the Pool for the 2018 Season:

            Thomas Horstmann                Director                                  $18.00 / hr.

            Mary Beth Briordy-Liles        Assistant Director                 $13.00 / hr.

            Kyle Baldwin                             Relief Manager                     $12.00 / hr.

            Emily Fudim                             Relief Manager                      $12.00 / hr.

            Ronald Pashen                         Relief Manager                      $12.50 / hr.

            Laurie VanRossem                  Swim Lesson Director         $20.00 / hr.

            Gerard Horstmann                 Filterman                                $16.50 / hr.

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the residents of Livingston Avenue South to hold a Block Party on Saturday, July 7th, 2018, from 12:00 Noon to 11:00 p.m. The street will be blocked between Park Avenue and Locust Avenue, subject to parking restrictions for emergency purposes.

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to make the assessment changes to the 2018/19 Roll as per the attached Assessor Petitions.

                                                2018/19 Roll               Corrected

Section/Block/Lot               Total A/V                    Total A/V                    Difference

017 – 02 – 061                        13,000                        12,000                         (1,000)

021 – 01 – 021                        26,855                         25,355                         (1,500)

                                                      Change Property Type

                                                From:                               To:

022 – 03 – 041                      220                                210                        

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to approve the following warrant for June 12, 2018:

General Account:                    $ 440,675.71

Conklin House:                       $        878.89                                      

TOTAL GENERAL FUND:  $ 441,554.60

TRUST FUND:                      $      6,737.68

TOTAL:                               $448,292.28

Trustee Davida commented that the Pool will be open just for this weekend, then will open officially for the season on Friday afternoon, June 22nd; a great 2018 season is anticipated.

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to hire the following Directors with regard to the Summer Recreation Program:

            GYMNASTICS:         Makayla Kearns          $15.00 per hour

            BASKETBALL:         Stephen Ippolito         $15.00 per hour

            TENNIS:                    Gerard Gravina           $15.00 per hour

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Babylon Village Arts Council to maintain temporary signs at various merchants in the Village until June 23rd, 2018 and at three entrances to the Village indicated below, to advertise the Puppet Show at the Gazebo on June 23rd:

                        By the intersection of John Street and Cooper Street

                        Deer Park Avenue and Washington Street (by the Church)

                        East Entrance to the Village on Main Street

ALSO RESOLVED to grant permission to the Babylon Village Arts Council to maintain temporary signs at the Gazebo and Argyle Park on the day of the puppet show to advertise show times.

(This amends the original resolution dated April 24th, 2018; this event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.)

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Babylon Village Arts Council to maintain temporary signs at various merchants in the Village from June 15th through July 7th, 2018, to advertise the Arts by the Falls outdoor art exhibit.

ALSO RESOLVED to grant permission to the Babylon Village Arts Council to display temporary signs at the three entrances to the Village indicated below to advertise the Arts by the Falls outdoor art exhibit:

                        By the intersection of John Street and Cooper Street

                        Deer Park Avenue and Washington Street (by the Church)

                        East Entrance to the Village on Main Street

(This amends the original resolution dated April 24th, 2018; this event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.)

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Long Island Yacht Club* to erect a seasonal tent for various events held at the Yacht Club.  The size of the tent is not to exceed the 35’ wide x 75’ long concrete pad.

*This permission is granted contingent upon the Long Island Yacht club acquiring the proper tent permit from the Building Department, to expire December 31, 2018, at a fee of $100.00.  Board of Trustee approval is required for all renewal permits.

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to renew the intermunicipal agreement for Social Media Services between the Village of Babylon and the Town of Babylon until May of 2019.

On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED in accordance with the Records Retention and Disposition Schedule MU-1, to dispose of the items on the attached chart.  [Village Clerk’s Office]

Box #

Description

Dated

--          

Affidavits* of Publication/Posting

(*Other than those pertaining to Bonds, Tax Sales, & Elections)

Prior to June 2012

---

Alcohol & Beverage Control Notice to Renew

Prior to June 2015

---

Tentative Assessment Rolls

Prior to June 2012

972

Daily Receipts

6/2011 – 5/2012

971

Taxes

6/2011 – 5/2012

973

Taxes

6/2011 – 5/2012

984

Miscellaneous Permit Applications

2010 – 2012

Trustee Adams made the following announcement:

Please be advised that registration for the Summer Recreation Programs will take place in Village Hall on Tuesday, June 19th, Wednesday, June 20th, and Thursday, June 21st, from 9:00a.m. to Noon.  The Summer Rec Programs begin on Monday, June 25th; ‘Science Fridays’ are being held again this year.

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue refunds in the amounts indicated to each of the applicants listed below for the return of Board of Trustees Public Hearing sign(s) for partial refund:

Amount:     Applicant:                  Property:                                                              Hearing Date:

$100.00      Frank Bragaglia       The Brixton, 111 Deer Park Ave.                                 5/8/18

$  50.00      Sal Cataldo                Long Island Beach Bowls, 14B Railroad Ave.          5/8/18

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to allow the Village of Babylon to collect a fee for grease traps installed on Village property.  The fee is to be established on a case by case basis.

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Conklin House to maintain temporary signs at various merchants throughout the Village from June 15th to July 22nd, 2018, to advertise the Beer & Barbeque Event to be held at the Conklin House on July 22nd.

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Bayman Statue Committee to maintain temporary signs at various locations throughout the Village from June 13th to July 2nd, 2018, to advertise the Bayman Statue unveiling celebration on Sunday, July 1st.

On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the Bayman Statue Committee to hold a dedication ceremony just east of the Argyle Boat Basin, on Sunday, July 1st, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. for the unveiling of The Bayman.

Trustee Basile announced that the Conklin House will have the 2nd Annual Beer & Barbeque Event on Sunday, July 22, 2018, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to grant permission to the United Methodist Church, 21 James Street, to maintain a temporary sign on the Nursery School playground fence facing Deer Park Avenue to advertise the James Street Players Summer Youth Production.  This permission is granted for July 1st  to August 5th, 2018.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried,

WHEREAS a Public Hearing was held on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018,

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED to approve the application of Frank Bragaglia, 111 Restaurant Corp., to add outdoor seating to the restaurant/bar The Brixton, 111 Deer Park Avenue.

ALSO BE IT RESOLVED to approve and adopt the attached Covenants & Restrictions for The Brixton, 111 Deer Park Avenue.   [Section 10 / Block 4 / Lot 7]

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue refunds in the amounts indicated to each of the applicants listed below for the return of ZBA sign(s) for partial refund:

Amount:           Applicant:                                                      Property located at:

$  50.00           570 East Jericho Family, LLC                    150 East Main St.

$  50.00           Sherry Hirschman                                        126-128 North Carll Ave.

$  50.00           Brian Klindworth                                          46 Alton Road

$  50.00           Elizabeth Lenox                                             49 Perrydale Ct.

$  50.00           Gino Orrino                                                    149 Annuskemunnica Rd.

$100.00           Jamie Winkler                                               141-145 Little East Neck Rd.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue a refund in the amount of $700.00 to Tim Sini for boat slip #4027 on East Creek.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue a refund in the amount of $500.00 to John & Lorraine Fogarty for boat slip #4091 on East Creek.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue a refund in the amount of $100.00 to Jarrett Fifield for switching boat slips on East Creek.     [From #4019 to #4090]

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to issue a refund in the amount of $650.00 to Chase Drossos for boat slip #4014 on East Creek.

Trustee Muldowney commented that Mike Reilly will hold clinics at the Golf Course again this year.

Mayor Scordino read the following Bond Resolution and polled the Board:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF BABYLON, IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, NEW YORK, HEREBY RESOLVES (by the favorable vote of not less than two-thirds of all the members of said Board of Trustees) AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.  The Village of Babylon, in the County of Suffolk, New York (herein called the “Village”), is hereby authorized to construct upgrades and improvements to the fueling station at the Village highway yard.  The estimated maximum cost thereof, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, is $300,000 and said amount is hereby appropriated for such purpose.  The plan of financing includes the issuance of bonds of the Village in the principal amount of $300,000 to finance said appropriation, and the levy and collection of taxes on all the taxable real property in the Village to pay the principal of said bonds and the interest thereon as the same shall become due and payable.

Section 2.  Bonds of the Village in the principal amount of $300,000 are hereby authorized to be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Local Finance Law, constituting Chapter 33-a of the Consolidated Laws of the State of New York (herein called the “Law”), to finance said appropriation.

Section 3.  The following additional matters are hereby determined and declared:

(a)        The period of probable usefulness applicable to the object or purpose for which said bonds are authorized to be issued, within the limitations of Section 11.00 a. 35 of the Law, is five (5) years.

(b)        The proceeds of the bonds herein authorized, and any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, may be applied to reimburse the Village for expenditures made after the effective date of this resolution for the purpose for which said bonds are authorized.  The foregoing statement with respect to reimbursement is made in conformity with Treasury Regulation Section 1.150-2 of the United States Treasury Department.

(c)        The proposed maturity of the bonds authorized by this resolution will not exceed five (5) years.

Section 4.  Each of the bonds authorized by this resolution, and any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds, shall contain the recital of validity as prescribed by Section 52.00 of the Law and said bonds, and any notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, shall be general obligations of the Village, payable as to both principal and interest by general tax upon all the taxable real property within the Village.  The faith and credit of the Village are hereby irrevocably pledged to the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds, and any notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds, and provision shall be made annually in the budget of the Village by appropriation for (a) the amortization and redemption of the bonds and any notes in anticipation thereof to mature in such year and (b) the payment of interest to be due and payable in such year.

Section 5.  Subject to the provisions of this resolution and of the Law and pursuant to the provisions of Section 21.00 of the Law relative to the authorization of the issuance of bonds with substantially level or declining annual debt service, Section 30.00 relative to the authorization of the issuance of bond anticipation notes and of Section 50.00 and Sections 56.00 to 60.00 and 168.00 of the Law, the powers and duties of the Board of Trustees relative to authorizing bond anticipation notes and prescribing the terms, form and contents and as to the sale and issuance of the bonds herein authorized, and of any bond anticipation notes issued in anticipation of said bonds, and the renewals of said bond anticipation notes, and as to the execution of agreements for credit enhancements, are hereby delegated to the Village Treasurer, the chief fiscal officer of the Village.

Section 6.  The validity of the bonds authorized by this resolution, and of any notes issued in anticipation of the sale of said bonds, may be contested only if:

(a)        such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which the Village is not authorized to expend money, or

(b)       the provisions of law which should be complied with at the date of the publication of such resolution, or a summary thereof, are not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty days after the date of such publication, or

(c)        such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution.

Section 7.  This bond resolution shall take effect immediately, and the Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish the foregoing resolution, in summary, together with a Notice attached in substantially the form prescribed by Section 81.00 of the Law in “The Beacon,” a newspaper having general circulation in the Village and hereby designated the official newspaper of said Village for such publication.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, the adoption of the foregoing resolution was put to a vote:

                                                   AYES             NOES

            Trustee Basile                X                   ____

            Trustee Davida              X                   ____

            Trustee Adams              X                   ____

            Mayor Scordino            X                   ____

            Trustee Muldowney     X                   ____

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to increase the budget for the Assessor, A1355.106, by $5,000 and decrease the Contingency account, A1990.400, by $5,000.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to increase the Parking Lot revenue account, A1721, by $26,000 with the anticipated revenue of two new parking meters and increase the Off-Street Parking expense line, A5650.200, by $26,000 for the purchase of two meters.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to schedule a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, to consider the adoption of Local Law #3 of 2018, a Local Law regarding Charges for Consultant Services.    [365-31.1]

Mayor Scordino read the following:

I have something important to tell the community and I want to make sure that my words are precise, so I will be reading a statement which I will provide to the press afterwards.

 

Trustee Basile came to me and said that she felt it might be time to step down from her position on the Village Board.  She wanted to spend more time with her family and doing other things in her life.  She had given a tremendous amount of time, energy, and talent to Babylon and it was time to move on.  Even though we would miss her on the Board, I told her that I understood and knew how time consuming this position was.  Debbie recently told us that she had made her decision and would be resigning next month.

 

Debbie has been a force in Babylon Village which started 25 years ago when she was a founding member of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.  These next comments are from their web site.  “The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition (BBCC) was founded in 1993 when three friends, Debbie Basile, Betty Ann Innes and Pat Smith of Babylon, Suffolk County, New York; two of them diagnosed with breast cancer, found they could no longer ignore the statistics. Determined to fight the disease by raising awareness and educating women about breast cancer, the BBCC, with its staff of dedicated volunteers, undertook the task of completing a demographic survey to ascertain the incidence of breast cancer in Babylon.

 

From this early work grew a volunteer driven grass-roots organization that serves the entire Township of Babylon and now helps those with all gynecological cancers in addition to those with breast cancer. The BBCC provides direct patient services and support to help ease the burdens that breast and all gynecological cancers put on patients and their families. In addition to assisting in the basic needs of those battling cancer the BBCC also reaches out to the community at large, providing educational programs to encourage healthier lifestyles which would decrease the still very high instance of these cancers in our community.  In 2010, Senator Owen Johnson presented Debbie with a Legislative Resolution honoring her 17 years of distinguished service as President of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.  Senator Johnson said, “I am proud to honor Debbie Basile for her leadership, her tireless efforts, her compassion, and her dedication to others.”  She was also recognized by Newsday and other Long Island publications through the years for her activism and was named one of Long Island’s 50 most influential Women in 2006.

 

The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition is an example of Babylon’s Best.  An idea that takes root at someone’s kitchen table and then is brought to realization by volunteers.  And Debbie was that founding member at that kitchen table.  That type of energy and volunteerism is what brought her to the attention of the Village government.  The Board is always looking for people who are willing to work hard and do things that others are not willing to do. People who go above and beyond.  That’s Debbie.

 

She joined the Village Board in 2003 and immediately went to work on a variety of projects.  Debbie, along with the Conklin House Board, has been responsible for all the activities at the Conklin House.  She is responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of this historic building on an ongoing basis – new roof, windows, paint inside and out, grounds and gardens, etc.  Debbie restored The Conklin House to its significant place in our community.  She also made it a focal point for Village celebrations, especially at Christmas……… cookie contests, decorations, photos with Santa, etc. in coordination with the ‘Old Fashioned Shopping Night’ sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  Debbie also used the Conklin House as a hub for community events such as: Apples & Art, Hosted the Beer & BBQ, made The Conklin House Gardens available for Wedding pictures, Hosted Teas, Art Shows, Plays, Concerts, cooking classes, cake decorating classes and a ‘Dinner for 8’ prize for a special family.  Debbie also made the Conklin House available as a venue for other Village organizations such as the Babylon Village Arts Council to provide art classes and lectures to the community.  Debbie was also influential in presenting The Nathaniel Conklin Award for Volunteerism and hosting an event for the recipient.

 

As a trustee, Debbie also was responsible for overseeing the maintenance and installation of all the street lights in the village and coordinated any necessary repairs to traffic signals in the Village. She also was responsible for updating the Village’s insurance policies to make sure that the Village received the best possible coverage at the most economical rates.  She made sure that defensive driving courses were available to Village employees and their families to ensure best rates for the Village and more affordable rates for our employees.

 

AND ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS…………….Debbie volunteers at a soup kitchen!

 

Debbie told us recently that she had made her decision and she would be leaving at the end of July.  So now we had the task of finding someone to replace her, which would not be easy. Appointing someone to this board is very difficult.  No one really realizes how much work this job is………except for the people sitting right here.  We needed to find someone who had proven themselves, as Debbie did with the Breast Cancer Coalition. And we needed someone who expressed an interest in joining the Village government as an underpaid, overworked, often underappreciated worker for the good of this Village.

 

We realized that we had met that person just recently.  The Board has made the decision that we will be appointing Robyn Silvestri as Trustee when Debbie Basile retires in July.  I met Robyn last year when she was running for the School Board.  I did not know her but several people had come to me and asked me to vote for her.  Their reasoning was that she was a very hard worker, innovative, independent forward thinker, collaborator, and a strong proponent of inclusive and transparent government.

 

Robyn has been an active community member since 2001.  She is multi-lingual and culturally diverse. She is fluent in 3 languages and is currently studying a 4th.  Her cultural diversity comes from living and working abroad for over 10 years.

 

Robyn had mentioned to several people that she was interested in Village government at some point in her life.  When I heard that, I wanted to meet her to discuss her vision for the Village.  I encouraged her to volunteer for the Babylon Village Volunteer Corps and she did.  During this past year, she has been a contributing member of that Village committee and has worked very closely with Trustee Adams.

 

Robyn’s professional background includes 20+ years of experience managing clients and working in multinational companies and startups.  She has been recognized for her ability to drive collaboration in diverse environments and cultures while crafting innovative solutions.  I will be providing her resume for the press as there is too much to mention regarding her professional life.

 

As far as her community involvement, Robyn was President of the K-6 PTA.  During her tenure, Robyn and her team of volunteers organized multiple successful fundraisers netting over $60K over a two-year period to support programs and events.  She effectively researched and wrote grant proposals on behalf of the organization to supplement fundraising efforts.  She increased adult and student volunteerism through introduction of a website, online volunteer registration, and creation of a Student Volunteer program.  Robyn collaborated with numerous Village and Community organizations on cultural and educational programs to leverage resources, including Village Hall, Babylon Public Library, Chamber of Commerce, Babylon Village Arts Council, multiple youth sports organizations, Scouts, Babylon Village Youth Project, Parents for Megan’s Law, PTSA, and the Suffolk County Police Department.  She is a volunteer with the Friends of the Babylon Public Library, Save the Great South Bay Foundation, the Beautification Society, and a past Whaler’s Cove Board Member.  She is an active member/supporter of the PTAs, Babylon Village Women’s Club, Friends of the Babylon Public Library, Long Island Women in Tech, and Wounded Warriors.

 

And a slight minor thing………………. Robyn works part-time and is married with 4 small children. When Debbie made her final decision and told us the date, we immediately considered Robyn for the position and were thrilled when she said that she would accept an appointment.  It is obvious that Robyn is NOT someone who says ….  ”I don’t have the time”.  She is someone who FINDS the time. 

So in late July, Debbie will be retiring and we are sorry to see her go.  But, we are happy that someone with Robyn’s energy will be replacing her.  We wish Debbie much happiness in her retirement and on behalf of the residents of Babylon Village, I thank her for her service. 

 

The board is always looking for ways to strengthen our community and Robyn has proven herself to be a bridge builder who can connect people and resources.   I welcome Robyn to the Board and am confident that she will serve the people well.

 

Thank you.

Trustee Basile thanked the community for trusting her and expressed gratitude for the support of the employees and the Trustees.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to accept the resignation of Deborah Basile as Trustee of the Village of Babylon effective July 28, 2018.

On the motion of Mayor Scordino, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to appoint Robyn Silvestri as Trustee of the Village of Babylon to fulfill the unexpired term of Deborah Basile effective July 29, 2018.

The meeting was opened to the public;

Frank Curtin, 420 Fire Island Avenue, inquired about the Bond and Grease Trap Resolution

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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