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12/6/2018 - Town Board Appoints Deputy Director of IT, Sets 2019 Meeting Schedule, Schedules Hearing to Strengthen Ethics Code

At its December 4 meeting, the Town Board scheduled its meetings for the 2019 Year, appointed a Deputy Director of Information Technology, amended the Town Code to streamline government services, and scheduled public hearings for the December 18 Town Board meeting, including a hearing to consider strengthening the Town’s Ethics Code, among other Town business.


The Town Board scheduled its 2019 Town Board Meeting dates: Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 PM; Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM; Tuesday, March 5 at 2:00 PM; Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00 PM; Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 PM; Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 PM; Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00 PM; Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 PM; Wednesday, September 4 at 2:00 PM; Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM; Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 PM; and Tuesday, December 10 at 2:00 PM.


The Town Board unanimously approved Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci’s appointment of Indranie Sanichar, an information technology leader with over 30 years’ experience in the IT field, as Deputy Director of Information Technology, effective December 10, in anticipation of the mid-December retirement of the current Director of Information Technology, Bill Crowley.


“While we met with several highly qualified candidates for this critical role, the overall consensus was that Ms. Sanichar possessed the most well-rounded skillset and background qualifying her as the best candidate to lead the Town’s IT department upon Mr. Crowley’s departure,” said Supervisor Lupinacci, who sponsored the resolution appointing Ms. Sanichar.


The Town Board amended the Town Code to streamline the notice requirement procedure for the Zoning Board of Appeals. In the event a ZBA meeting is cancelled, hearings scheduled for that date will automatically be rescheduled for the next scheduled ZBA hearing date with no re-advertising required, saving the Town from duplicative costs of advertising, and so that applicants do not need to wait an additional six to eight weeks to be heard. A public hearing on this amendment was held on November 20, 2018.


“We’ve been looking at processes and procedures to find ways to cut red tape, reduce the operational cost of government and streamline services; this automated rescheduling of ZBA hearings accomplishes just that,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who sponsored the resolution and original public hearing to consider the amendment.


In other action, the Town Board:


  • Reappointed James Kelly as a member of the Town of Huntington Audit Committee for a term of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021.
  • Rescinded a prior 2018 Town Board Resolution accepting a $100,000 donation from Half Hollow Hills Little League for the installation of lighting at Otsego Park due to Half Hollow Hills Little League rescinding the offer to donate the $100,000 sum.
  • The Town Board amended the Town Code to be consistent with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Law. This amendment allows farmers who qualify to receive a deer damage permit from the DEC to protect their crops. Current Town Code language bars the DEC from issuing Deer Damage Permits outside of deer hunting season, which has compromised the livelihoods of resident farmers whose crops have been destroyed, an issue related to the overpopulation of deer. A public hearing on this amendment was held on October 10, 2018.
  • Authorized the research of the eminent domain procedure as it relates to the Northport Power Plant property and possible benefits to Huntington’s taxpayers and the Northport-East Northport School District.
  • Scheduled public hearings for the Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Town Board Meeting at 7:00 PM:
    • To consider amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 21 Environmental Open Space and Park Funds, to update and more accurately reflect the administration of EOSPA and criteria to be followed by EOSPA, specifically reflecting the use of revenue rather than the use of bonds, setting forth the criteria the Committee will utilize in making its annual recommendations to the Town Board, and removing the sunset provision set forth in this Chapter.
    • To consider amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 29 (Ethics), specifically adding clarifications and amendments to the Town Ethics Code to be consistent with State Law.
    • To consider replacing existing Yield Signs with Stop Signs at the intersection of Wolf Hill Road and Schwab Road due to the recent installation of pedestrian crosswalks based on the recommendation of the Department of Transportation and Traffic Safety.