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Town of Huntington, NY - News Details

9/3/2019 - Lupinacci Denounces Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Sunshine Acres Park in Commack

Urges Residents to Stay Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity to Public Safety and Suspected Instances of Hate to Anti-Bias Task Force

Commack – On Tuesday, September 3, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci denounced the painted anti-Semitic graffiti vandals left at Sunshine Acres Park on Townline Road in Commack over the holiday weekend and urged residents to report suspicious activity and instances of hate to the Town.

 

“The swastika is symbol meant to threaten and intimidate and this demonstration of hate will not be tolerated in the Town of Huntington,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who visited the park on Monday, September 2 to be briefed by Director of General Services, Andre Sorrentino, whose staff temporarily painted over the graffiti with green paint on a paved path over the Labor Day holiday weekend until they would be able to permanently sealcoat the area.

 

They were joined by Public Safety security guard Dan Froehlich, who was patrolling the trail in the park and informed the Supervisor that he has personally broken up groups of young people loitering in the park.

“Our Department of Public Safety is ramping up foot patrols at the park and I urge our residents to stay vigilant and report suspicious activity in our parks to the Department of Public Safety and suspected instances of hate to the Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force,” said Supervisor Lupinacci.


The Department of Public Safety reported the hate crime to the Suffolk County Police Department this weekend, as is standard protocol. Suspicious or illegal activity in Town parks can be reported to the Department of Public Safety to investigate at http://www.huntingtonny.gov/public-safety or their 24-hour emergency hotline, (631) 351-3234.

 

The Security Division of the Department of Public Safety is responsible for the daily patrol of 77 Town facilities, consisting of buildings, properties, beaches and parks, as well as railroad stations and surrounding parking facilities located within the Town. The Town's Park Rangers are New York State Certified Peace Officers tasked with keeping the general public order and protecting Town parks, beaches, and other facilities.

 

Residents can report instances of hate or bias to the Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force through their Town Department of Human Services liaison, Department Director Carmen Kasper at humanservices@huntingtonny.gov or at (631) 351-3304.

 

In the photo: Director of General Services Andre Sorrentino and Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci on the paved trail at Sunshine Acres Park with the painted area covering anti-Semitic graffiti over the holiday weekend; Director of General Services Andre Sorrentino and Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci with Public Safety patrolman Dan Froehlich Monday, September 2, 2019.

 

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