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10/7/2019 - [VIDEO] Huntington Honors Late Dix Hills Community Advocate Sheila Saks on Her Birthday at Dix Hills Water District Dedication Ceremony

Dix Hills – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and officials from the Town of Huntington, New York State, Suffolk County, Dix Hills Water District, and family and friends of Sheila Saks joined together for a dedication ceremony for the newly renamed Sheila Saks Administrative Offices of the Dix Hills Water District to honor the late community advocate on her birthday, Sunday, October 6.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Councilman Eugene Cook, Councilwoman Joan Cergol, Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Stephen Jimenez on behalf of Highway Superintendent Kevin Orelli represented the Town of Huntington at the ceremony. Former Supervisor Frank Petrone, John Hennessey of the Dix Hills Water District, and Citizens Advisory Committee for Dix Hills Water District members Steve Fulgoni, Marietta Costa, June German, and Jay Hershkowitz were also in attendance.


Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci called upon Sheila Saks’ grandchildren to deliver the Pledge of Allegiance; Ginelle Cantave performed the National Anthem.


Supervisor Lupinacci, Councilman Eugene Cook and Councilwoman Joan Cergol spoke of Ms. Saks’ devotion to the community, with Supervisor Lupinacci announcing that the House Beautiful Dix Hills Civic Association, of which Ms. Saks was a founding member and past president, would be donating a plaque to hang inside the newly renamed Sheila Saks Administrative Offices honoring her dedication and service to the Dix Hills Water District and the Dix Hills community.


Former Supervisor Frank Petrone recounted his experiences working with Sheila Saks during his tenure as Supervisor.


Senator Jim Gaughran, Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Steve Stern, Legislator Susan A. Berland, and Legislator William Spencer were also in attendance, representing New York State and Suffolk County, respectively.


Sheila Saks’ family, including husband Avi Saks, daughter Dawn Saks-Mintzer, and son Simon Saks each spoke on behalf of the Saks family, while they were joined by Ms. Saks’ grandchildren, extended family and friends from the greater Huntington community for the birthday celebration honoring the longtime community advocate.


At its February 13 meeting, the Huntington Town Board renamed the Dix Hills Water District Administration Building in memory of Sheila Saks, the longtime Dix Hills resident and community advocate who passed away in July 2018, as the Sheila Saks Administrative Offices, formally recognizing Ms. Saks for her contributions to the Dix Hills Water District and acknowledging her tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of Dix Hills.




In the photo (l-r): Members of Sheila Saks' extended family at the unveiling of the Dix Hills Water District Sheila Saks Administrative Offices with Legislator William Spencer; Simon Saks; Legislator Susan A. Berland; Senator Jim Gaughran; Dawn Saks-Mintzer; Avi Saks; Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Councilman Eugene Cook; Councilwoman Joan Cergol; Assemblyman Steve Stern; Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia; former Supervisor Frank Petrone; Assemblyman Andrew Raia.