The Huntington Town Board held its March 16, 2021 meeting remotely and broadcast meeting audio and video live, extending and expanding outdoor dining and business recovery resources for the 2021 year, including a new in-street outdoor dining option.
At the meeting opening, Councilman Ed Smyth called for a moment of silence to honor the life of Fred Amore, Vice Chairperson of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Board, who passed away in late February. Amore, a Vietnam combat veteran, served on the Veterans Advisory Board since 2005, representing Elwood/Commack Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9263, for which he served as Commander for over 20 years.
The Town Board extended business reopening and recovery measures initially approved in 2020 to 2021, including the approval process for outdoor dining and retail on sidewalks and the ZBA approval process for outdoor dining on private property.
The board approved a new “street dining” option introduced by Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci for restaurants seeking to expand their outdoor dining footprint into a road’s shoulder or parking lane.
“As outdoor gathering limits expand more rapidly than indoor limits, we are providing flexibility for food establishments that are eligible to safely expand their outdoor dining footprint past the sidewalk into the street with our new Parklet program,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.
Outdoor dining “Parklet” applications can be found on the Town's Business Reopening Resources page and are processed by the Traffic Safety Division. The entire application process is free as long as the application doesn't involve a metered parking lane. If the application involves State roads, the applicant must submit an application to NYS DOT first, then to Town. All applications and instructions can be found at: https://huntingtonny.gov/reopening#parklet
The Town Board scheduled public hearings for the Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM to consider:
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 2 (Fair, Open and Accountable Government); extends the training requirements for all members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review to any alternate members of those boards.
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 193 (Recreational Vehicles); to prohibit the use of recreational vehicles/ATVs on private property less than 10 acres in size.
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 198 (Zoning), Article I (General Provisions) and Article XI (Conditional Uses; Supplementary Regulations); adding a new use to the Zoning Code to be known as Campground Lodging.
- Authorizing the Supervisor to execute a license agreement with Dix Hills Soccer Club Inc., a sports related organization, for the use of a Town facility.
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 29 (Ethics) and Chapter 93 (Civil Enforcement and Administrative Adjudication).
The Town Board scheduled public hearings for the Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Town Board meeting at 2:00 PM to consider zone change application #2021-ZM-454, 500 Broadhollow Road, to change the zoning from I-1 Light Industry District to C-10 Planned Motel District for property located on the west side of Broadhollow Road, south of the south service road, Melville, SCTM #0400-255-01-035.001.
In other action, the Town Board:
- Renamed Rofay Drive as William Naughton Way/Rofay Drive, after the former Superintendent of Highways who served the Town for 26 years.
- Appointed Walter Edwards, Jr. Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Appointed Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci as a Marriage Officer for the Town of Huntington for the purpose of solemnizing marriages through December 31, 2021.
- Appointed Brooke Lupinacci, Assistant Town Attorney (no relation to the Supervisor), as a Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise Officer for the Town of Huntington as a requirement in order to receive grant funds and financing from NYS Clean Water Revolving Fund Program.
- Reappointed Pearl Levy as a member of the Town of Huntington Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities (term exp. March 5, 2025)
- Expanded the Senior Program for the storage of kayaks at Centerport Beach and Fleet's Cove Beach.
- Accepted an anonymous donation of 20,000 3-ply face masks and 2,592 KN95 face masks to be distributed to senior citizens by the Senior Center.
- Accepted a donation of cookies from King Kullen to the Town of Huntington Senior Center for their St. Patrick's Celebration for seniors.
- Accepted a donation of sports equipment, two hockey goals, from Paul Tedeschi to the Town of Huntington.
- Authorized the Supervisor to execute an agreement with Huntington Hospital to participate in a Heartstart Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program, designating Kenneth Lavoie as PAD Coordinator.