Town of Huntington, NY - News Details

1/10/2019 - Lupinacci Statement on Retirement of Huntington Deputy Supervisor Pat Del Col

Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci has released a statement regarding the upcoming retirement of Deputy Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Del Col:


“On January 29, 2019, Deputy Town Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Del Col will retire from 25 years of service to the Town of Huntington to start a new career in the private sector.


“Deputy Supervisor Del Col’s roots are firmly planted in the Town of Huntington. She attended Birchwood Elementary School from Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and then attended Countrywood Elementary School where she completed Grades 3 through 6. Pat attended Memorial Junior High School and graduated from Walt Whitman High School.


“She attended Stony Brook University, and subsequently Long Island University at C. W. Post campus graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Cell Biology and Zoology.


“Pat began her career in public service with the Town of Babylon as a Senior Environmental Planner where she worked on land use and planning reviews, their Bay Management Program and Waste to Energy Project.


“In 1986, Pat came to the Town of Huntington as the newly appointed Director of Environmental Control, the Town’s largest department, where she managed a staff of over 300 employees.


“In 1998, Pat left the Town to work at Covanta Babylon as their Facility Administrator. She managed facility operations, vendor contract negotiations, refuse deliveries, ash hauling, agreement and various vendor contracts and capital projects.


“Seven years later, Pat returned to the Town of Huntington as the Director of Engineering Services where she was responsible for the management and administration of the divisions of Engineering Design, Building and Housing, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Dix Hills Water District.


“Pat’s professionalism, personality and leadership skills were recognized by elected officials, Town staff and residents. With that, Pat Del Col was appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Huntington in 2010 by then-Town Supervisor Frank Petrone.


“Deputy Supervisor Del Col re-defined the position of Deputy Supervisor. She ran the day-to-day operations but she did so in partnership with the department heads and key staff. She sought consensus and was vigilant when reviewing all sides of an issue before making a final recommendation for the Supervisor and the Town Board. Pat was always approachable and her door was always open to staff and those doing business with the Town. A small bowl of chocolates on her desk invited people to stay and not rush. If there was a staff birthday, she would honor the day with a breakfast pizza or cake.


“I reappointed Pat as my Deputy in 2018. Deputy Supervisor Del Col has played an instrumental role in this past year of transition to our new administration, keeping the process as seamless as possible with the influx of new employees, department staff and new Town Board.


"We're going to miss Pat, we are thankful for her dedication to the Town and we wish her the best in her retirement from 25 years in government service.”


Deputy Supervisor Del Col has released a statement on retiring from the Town:


“My years spent with the town have been among the most enjoyable and satisfying of my career. I’ve been fortunate to work with a talented group of employees, and am proud of the many initiatives we’ve brought forth – from sound environmental programming, to the advancement of recycling and solid waste disposal initiatives, securing grants for nitrogen removal at the Huntington Sewage Treatment Plant - that has had an immediate and measurable positive impact to our harbors and bays and the shellfish and water quality therein, and the construction of parks with state of the art amenities, including the addition of a second sheet of ice at the Dix Hills Ice Rink. I will miss my many friends at the Town and wish all the best to Supervisor Lupinacci and his administration going forward.”


In the photo: Deputy Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Del Col.