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Anti-Bias Task Force

The Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as it addresses intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination.
Who we are and what we do:
We are a non-partisan group formed by the Town of Huntington and made up of concerned religious organization leaders, education leaders, law enforcement, and community representatives.  Our work is in conjunction with the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force.

The Task Force strives to: 
Advocate, Respond, and Educate.
Stand up against bias towards persons because of their race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, class, religion, religious practice, age, disability (physical or mental), gender or sexual orientation.
Foster a network of local educational and religious leaders, government and law enforcement agencies, and community representatives to develop partnerships for a more inclusive community.
Work with and through appropriate Town channels to develop and support educational programs aimed at eliminating bias and building greater awareness, understanding, and respect.
Impartially facilitate discussions between parties experiencing bias.
Identify resources in the community that will help achieve these objectives.
The responsibility of the Anti-Bias Task Force shall include, but is not limited to:
Bringing together parties for dialogue in an impartial and objective manner.
Developing a network of local clergy, community individuals, local government and law enforcement to encourage responsible leadership, working in partnership with the Task Force.
Organizing and supporting education programs to embrace understanding, respect, acceptance and impartiality while encouraging honest dialogue.
Working with appropriate town and regional groups to increase a welcoming culture and resolve concerns about bias while building understanding and inclusion. 
Developing a significant and sufficient public presence for individuals and local groups within the Town of Huntington to better understand and make available the services and resources of the Anti-Bias Task Force

The five (5) liaisons appointed by each member of the Town Board are responsible for appointing additional members representing stakeholders across the Huntington community. Each liaison's term coincides with the sponsoring Town Board member. Amended in 2017 and 2018 to allow key constituent groups to identify a representative to work cooperatively as the TOH Anti-Bias Task Force. 


Town Board Liaisons Appointed By Term Expires
Lovelee Aparicio-Vetri Supervisor Edmund J. Smyth 12/31/2025
Norman Gomez-Vasquez  Councilman Salvatore Ferro 12/31/2025
Dr. Eve Krief Councilwoman Joan Cergol 12/31/2023
Stephen Nowicki Councilman Dr. Dave Bennardo   12/31/2025
Shalini Schetty  Councilman Eugene Cook

How to Report Suspected Instances of Bias

Report instances of suspected bias to:

Town of Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force
Department of Human Services (Room 203)
Attn: Kevin Thorbourne, Director
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: 631-351-3304

Contact Information

Kevin Thorbourne
Director of Human Services

423 Park Avenue, Room 203
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 351-3304

ABTF Resource List

July 2022 Newsletter
May 2022 Newsletter
January 2022 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter
August 2021 Newsletter
June 2021 Newsletter
April 2021 Newsletter
February 2021 Newsletter
November 2020 Newsletter
September 2020 Newsletter
June 2020 Newsletter

Supervisor Lupinacci & NAACP Joint Statement on National Tragedy

Suffolk County Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Guest Speaker Videos

Ramon Villongco, Chairman, Suffolk Asian-American Advisory Board

Lucy Lu, LI Asian-American Association