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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Supervisor Romaine Speaks at “Biz Markie Way” Street Dedication in Patchogue Village

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Farmingville, NY – On September 25, Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) was one of the guest speakers at the street dedication ceremony in memory of Hip-Hop star and former Patchogue village resident, Biz Markie, who passed away on July 16, 2021. The event was sponsored by the Village of Patchogue and “Of Colors – A Creative collective.” South Street, which is near the home that Mr. Markie lived in during his teenage years was dedicated as “Biz Markie Way” in his honor. Born, Marcel Theo Hall, Biz Markie scored his biggest hit “Just a Friend” in 1989 and went on to a successful music and acting career, appearing in numerous films, and regularly on the children’s television program “Yo Gabba Gabba.” During the ceremony, Supervisor Romaine spoke of Mr. Markie’s career and his dedication to community service. He concluded his comments saying that Biz Markie was more than “just a friend,” referring to the title of Hip-Hop star’s most popular recording. Pictured at right is Patchogue resident Tracy Todd Hunter, longtime friend of Biz Markie and “Of Colors – A Creative Collective” founder and curator.

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