At its May 1 meeting, the Huntington Town Board recognized Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia for her service to the Town, enacted a law requiring the Town Board of Ethics to elect a chairperson, and scheduled various public hearings, one of which to consider a drone permit process, among other routine Town business. The Town’s Beautification Council also presented their Beautification Awards at the meeting.
The Town Board presented a Municipal Clerk’s Week Award to Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia for her 38 years of service to the Town. "I want to thank Jo-Ann Raia for her service and dedication to the Town of Huntington for over 38 years," said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci as he presented the proclamation, noting Town Clerk Raia’s many contributions to the Town and its residents: representing the Town at the Association of Towns and the Association of Town Clerks; maintaining the Town’s archives; currently cultivating exhibits at Town Hall honoring the Town’s fire department and ambulance squads; issuing parking permits, birth certificates and more, adding lightheartedly: "I always tell people, hopefully one day she'll sign my marriage certificate but she won’t sign my death certificate!"
The Town also enacted a law, for which a public hearing was held April 10, 2018, requiring the Town’s Board of Ethics to elect a chairperson from among its members at the first meeting of each year. The Board of Ethics plans to elect their first chairperson at the meeting scheduled for June 8, 2018.
The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for the June 5 Town Board Meeting at 2:00 PM to consider adopting a permit procedure for the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, model aircraft (small UAS) or “drones,” throughout the Town of Huntington, including their use on Town property, to ensure drone operation is orderly and respectful of community standards and residents’ privacy concerns.
The Town also approved youth initiatives, including “Hoop Dreams,” a Summer Youth Basketball Program that will take place during the evenings at Veterans Park in East Northport, Otsego Park in Dix Hills and Manor Field Park in Huntington Station, for which the Town will receive 20% of fees collected from program participants. The Town also agreed to have the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau provide Youth Services to at-risk youth in the Village of Northport for a fee of $750 paid by the Incorporated Village of Northport.
In other action, the Town:
- Appointed members to the Huntington Hispanic Advisory Task Force.
- Ended a lobster trap storage program at the East Northport Landfill due to environmental compliance concerns.
- Leased thirty-two (32) parking spaces at 182 East Pulaski Road, Huntington Station, New York (a/k/a General Services Annex parking lot) to New York University at $38,400/year for 32 spaces or $1,200/year ($100/month) per space for two years.
- Approved Gurwin Senior Housing’s request, for property located on the north side of Hauppauge Road and west side of Commack Road, Commack, to no longer require a proposed site driveway on Commack Road to align with Laurinda Drive on the east side of Commack Road, due to a change in requirements of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.
- Authorized the Supervisor to submit an application to PSEG-LI for an Interconnection Study required in connection with linking the proposed Huntington Community Microgrid to the Long Island Power Authority electric power distribution system.
- Approved American Red Cross-provided instruction in first aid, CPR, CPR/AED, aquatics, water safety and other health and safety educational programs for Town lifeguards and swim instructors.
- Approved the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) service credits for the Huntington Community First Aid Squad and the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
- Approved an agreement with the Incorporated Village of Northport to furnish Fire Protection Services for the Town of Huntington Fire Protection District No. 1.
The Huntington Beautification Council joined with the Town Board to give recognition to homeowners, businesses, groups and organizations for their beautification efforts throughout the town. “We hope that these awards given for projects which were carried out last year will stimulate others to carry out additional attractive projects in 2018," said William Walter, Chairman of the Huntington Beautification Council. The Huntington Beautification Council is a Citizens Advisory Committee reporting to the Town Board. Its goal is to stimulate programs that improve the appearance of the Town. 2018 Beautification Award Winners:
- 2018 Residential Awards: James Lumsden; John and Helen McGeehan; Sue, Kerry and Dan Degnan; and Milton Moreira.
- 2018 Commercial Service Awards: State Street Plaza and Brady Risk Environmental.
- 2018 Small Business Award: Huntington Closet and Cabinet.
- 2018 Restaurant Award: Changing Times Ales House.
- 2018 Design & Development Award: Kean Development.
- 2018 Church Award: Island Christian Church.
- 2018 Public Art Award: Town of Huntington Public Art Advisory Council.
"Thank you to Dr. Walter and thank you and congratulations to all the beautification award winners today," said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, announcing that he and Councilman Ed Smyth, as President and Vice President of the Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute, were able to secure $15,000 in additional funding earlier that day to continue Huntington’s Public Art Initiatives, such as the Traffic Signal Box art installation project, which won one of the Beautification Awards that day.
The Town Board also presented proclamations to the Huntington High School Mock Trial Team for winning the Suffolk County Mock Trial Team Championship, also presenting a proclamation to Xavier Palacios for donating $40,000 to the Huntington School District for its mock trial program, to which he is a legal advisor. “The Mock Trial program helps students gain a better understanding of our legal system and an awareness of its importance in our democratic society,” said Councilwoman Joan Cergol as she presented the proclamations. “I especially thank Xavier Palacios for his contribution to help continue this activity at Huntington High School and help produce future champions.”
The Town Board scheduled additional public hearings for June 5, 2018 at 2 PM:
- To consider amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 41, to remove ambiguities on the publication of the notice of the public hearing.
- To consider the increase and improvement of facilities of the Huntington Sewer District, consisting of primary digester rehabilitation, at the estimated maximum cost of $800,000.
- To consider the increase and improvement of facilities of the Greenlawn Water District, consisting of the construction of water meter replacement, at the estimated maximum cost of $1,000,000.
- To consider the increase and improvement of facilities of the Dix Hills Water District, consisting of improvements at Plant #3 and SCADA improvements at Plants #1 and #6, and meter replacements, at the estimated maximum cost of $1,550,000.
In the photo: Councilman Edmund J.M. Smyth, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Councilman Eugene Cook, Councilwoman Joan Cergol.