New Home Town Bake Shop Opens in Centerport

I was recently on hand to help welcome the “Hometown Bake Shop” to their new home at #2 Little Neck Road in Centerport on Saturday, May 28th. The Hometown Bake Shop might be new to Centerport, but they have had a loyal following from their booths at the Huntington Village Farmers Markets over the past few years.

For more information on the Hometown Bake Shop or see to their menu, you can stop by the store in Centerport or visit them online at:


I am pictured with Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer and Hometown Bake Shop’s co-owners, Luigi Aloe and Donna Abrams at their May 28th Ribbon Cutting in Centerport. 


Historic Marker Unveiled for the Long Islander

Huntington – Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson joined U.S. Rep. Steve Israel and representatives from the Press Club of Long Island and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association May 31 in dedicating a historic marker commemorating the original headquarters of The Long Islander, Long Island’s oldest newspaper.

The newspaper, which continues to publish, began in 1838, when Walt Whitman purchased a printing press in New York and began to publish the paper, on an unpredictable schedule – sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly and sometimes every three weeks. He did the writing, editing, typesetting, printing and delivery. The headquarters was a barn near the location of the historic marker, in the Gerard Street municipal parking lot.

Supervisor Petrone, in brief remarks, thanked the Press Club of Long Island for providing the marker, with financial assistance from the Zimmerman Edelson Public Relations firm and the law firm of McCarthy and Reynolds. He noted that the Press Club has been trying to get historic markets at significant sites in Long Island journalism history. This marker is the second site; the first was the garage that provided Newsday’s first headquarters. The Supervisor noted that he hoped children would see the marker and ask their parents about the newspaper and about Whitman, whom Huntington proudly calls its native son.

In his remarks, Rep. Israel spoke of his affection for Whitman, noting that he has a framed cover of Whitman’s poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, framed in his office in Washington. The cover, he noted, was a gift from the Whitman Birthplace executive director Cynthia Shor.

Also speaking at the ceremony were Shor; Bill Bleyer, chair of the Press Club’s historic site committee and current Long Islander publisher Peter Sloggatt. The birthplace was also represented by its board chairman, Dr. William Walter, and by Whitman recreator Darryl Blaine Ford.


In the photo (l-r): Peter Sloggatt, publisher, The Long Islander; Dr. William Walter, president, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association; Bill Bleyer, chair, Press Club of Long Island historic site committee; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson; Supervisor Frank P. Petrone; Rep. Steve Israel; Cynthis Shor, executive director, Walt Whitman Birthplace; Walt Whitman (aka Darryl Blaine Ford). 


Over 100 Boaters Attend free NY State Boaters Safety Course

Over 100 boaters turned out for the free NY State Boaters Safety Course at Huntington Town Hall tonight. This two-day program is being administered by the Town’s Department of Maritime Services and the Suffolk County Police Department’s Marine Unit – in cooperation with the Greater Huntington Boating Council’s Safe Boating Week event. 

I am pictured with the Town’s Harbormaster, Ryan Sammis.



Greater Huntington Boating Council's Waterfront Festival a Success!

It was a great turnout at the Greater Huntington Boating Council’s Waterfront Festival held May 22nd at Mill Dam Park in Halesite.

I would like to commend Jackie Martin, commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs and fellow members and volunteers on the continued success of Huntington Safe Boating Week.

Memorial Day Weekend is considered the kickoff to the new boating season and this event helps to encourage safe boating practices. From free vessel checks, to free NY State Boating Safety Classes, this event provides invaluable information on how to keep everyone safe while out on the water.

For more info on Huntington Safe Boating Week, please visit:



Optimum's Charity Champions Program at St. Anthony's High School

Optimum’s Charity Champions Program recently recognized a wonderful and heartfelt program that was coordinated by the students at St. Anthony’s High School that benefited children with special needs.

The school hosted their 7th annual “Friars Golden Kids Carnival” that matched student volunteers with a special needs child for the entire day.

For their commitment, Optimum Community presented St. Anthony’s with a $1,000 check that will benefit the Center for Developmental Disabilities.

“My congratulations to all of the students involved in the fundraising efforts for such a worthy cause. You are all terrific role models for other young people and clearly believe that everyone should be treated equally with dignity and respect and have the opportunity to reach their potential as contributing members of society,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I also commend Optimum Community for bringing the Charity Champions program to the students in our area," added Cuthbertson.  



Safe Boating Week Kicks-Off on May 21, 2016



Huntington Hospital's 100 Year Anniversary

Huntington Hospital is home to a professional and dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, aides and office personnel. I recently attended the Hospital’s 100th Year Anniversary during a ceremony held in the main lobby.

To help commemorate this milestone, the hospital unveiled a painting by Long Island artist Jo-Annn Corretti that captures the essence of its early 19th century glory.


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I am pictured with William Frazier, Chairman, Board of Directors of Huntington Hospital, artist Jo-Ann Corretti and Gerard X. Brogan, MD, Executive Director of Huntington Hospital, in the main lobby of Huntington Hospital to commemorate its 100th Year celebration.


Suffolk County Flyer on Mosquito Action Day, May 14th

Saturday May 14 is Mosquito Action Day in New York State, and Suffolk County has prepared this flyer to let residents know what we all can do to protect ourselves from illness-spreading mosquitoes:




The Town of Huntington and Stimson Middle School Celebrate Arbor Day 2016

Peter Nelson Park in Huntington Station will be a little greener, thanks to a group of students from Stimson Middle School’s Government Leadership Program who participated in the Town’s Arbor Day celebration on May 4th. Over 45 new saplings were planted as part of the event, and they will be joined by an additional placement of twelve medium-caliper trees within the next few weeks.

“My special thanks to South Huntington School District Superintendent, Dr. David P. Bennardo and Stimson Middle School Principal, Edwin Smith, Stimson Middle School Assistant Principal, Anthony Sansotta, teacher, Sharon Smith and all of the students who braved the unseasonable elements to support our annual program,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.

And a Big thanks to Christian Granelli and David Kaufman from the Town’s Planning Department for helping to make this year's Arbor Day celebration such a success. 



Photo - Myself, along with Stimson Middle School Principal, Edwin Smith, Stimson Middle School Assistant Principal, Anthony Sansotta, teacher, Sharon Smith and Christian Granelli and David Kaufman from the Town’s Planning Department, along with the students from Stimson’s Leadership Program.


National Grid Employees Volunteer at Gateway Community Garden

On Wednesday, April 20th, over 70 volunteers from National Grid celebrated Earth Day 2016 by participating in a cleanup event at Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. Crews trimmed vegetation, planted flowers, removed debris and installed a drainage system as part of a new rainwater garden.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ken Daly, President of National Grid’s New York Operations for spearheading the April 20th cleanup. And my special thanks to all of the volunteers who did a tremendous job for the environment and community,” remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.