Recycling Stickers Available

If you are a Town of Huntington resident, and need replacement blue adhesive "Recycling Labels” for your curbside containers, please contact my office at Town Hall at 631-351-3171 or via email to: MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

Be sure to include your home address and the quantity you need, and I will have replacements sent to your home.

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2016 Trash and Recycling Calendars Delivered

ATTN: Town of Huntington Residents 
If you do not receive your 2016 Trash & Recycling Calendar, please contact my office at 351-3171 and I will have a replacement sent. 

Residents who want to go green can opt-out of the annual mailing in favor for an electronic “paperless copy” by signing up here: 
\http://www.huntingtonny.gov/gopaperless

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Town of Huntington Launches 2 New Facebook Pages

In an effort to help provide Town of Huntington residents with more ways to communicate and receive important information, the Town has launched two new Facebook pages:

Huntington Animal Shelter:
https://www.facebook.com/Huntington-Animal-Shelter-7857074

Huntington Parks and Recreation Department:
https://www.facebook.com/Huntington-Parks-and-Recreation-1…/  

Please "Like" these pages and share them with your family, friends and neighbors. It's a great way to keep informed of the wonderful programs and services that are offered through the Town of Huntington

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio Re-Opens in Huntington Station

I recently joined the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, local elected officials and community members at the grand re-opening of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio located at 132 West Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.

The grand re-opening was held on December 3rd, 2015 – following Jose Palacios’ seven month battle against cancer.  The couple also welcomed the birth of their first child, Valentin in April, who was also on hand to take part of the grand re-opening celebration. 

The Fred Astaire Dance studio specializes in dance lessons from the waltz, foxtrot, hustle, salsa and more.

For more info or to schedule a lesson, please stop by the studio or call: 631-532-6979. 

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16th Anniversary of Huntington Youth Court

On Wednesday, December 9th, I inducted 24 new student members and welcomed back 50 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Huntington Town Hall. Now celebrating its sixteenth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has 74 members (representing each high school in the Town of Huntington) and has inducted 582 Youth Court members to date.

The Youth Court Program, initiated in 2000, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program’s coordinator, Maria Danisi, works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury.

An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty.

Since the program’s inception, Youth Court volunteers have heard 378 cases and they have handed out an average of 100 sanctions to youth offenders each school year – with a combined total of more than 400 volunteer hours for trials alone per year.

For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547 or via e-mail to: youthcourt@optonline.net .

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(Photo Caption: I'm administering ‘The Oath of Office’ to the 2015 Youth Court Council Inductees)


2015 Walt Whitman High School Marching Band Honored

The Walt Whitman High School Wildcats Marching Band began its show-stopping season with a first-place win in the Long Island band competition held in Manhasset on October 10th, 2015.  They followed up with L.I. win with a milestone victory for the record books and I presented the 70 piece band ensemble with a proclamation presentation held at Huntington Town Hall on December 8th.

The Wildcats Marching Band is led by Allen Dietz, the band’s coordinator and co-directors Caitlin Coumatos and David Pettas. Under their leadership, the band scored 78.075 in the Long Island Competition and took top honors in three Caption Awards for: Best Music and Visual Performances and Best Overall Effect. In the state championships, the band brought home their first ever First Place win with a score of 86.4 for: Best Visual and Musical Performances, Best Overall Effect and Best Color Guard.

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I am pictured with my fellow Board Members presenting a proclamation to the first ever NY State Champs: The 2015 Walt Whitman High School Wildcat Marching Band at a Town Board Meeting held on December 8th at Huntington Town Hall


HART Bus Begins Supermarket Run for Paumanack Residents

HART Bus, the only Town-operated bus system on Long Island, has begun twice-a-week service from Paumanack Village to a nearby local supermarket, in an effort to help low-income seniors affected by the recent closing of the Waldbaum’s in the adjacent shopping center.

Thirteen Paumamack residents took advantage of the service on its first day of operation, Tuesday December 8, with the possibility that additional residents might join in as word spreads. The plans call for HART buses to leave Paumanack at 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Larkfield IGA, a nearby supermarket, returning as the residents finish their shopping. The fare is $3 each way.

The Town has gotten Peapod, the home delivery arm of Stop & Shop, to offer reduced-price delivery service, including a first order discount, 60 days of free delivery for orders over $100 and additional delivery discounts Tuesday through Thursday.

Town officials have been actively involved in protecting both the short- and long-term interests of Paumanack Village and the Greenlawn and Elwood communities, which rely on this supermarket for essential food and pharmaceutical needs. The Supervisor and the Council Members have met with the shopping center’s owner to impress on them the importance of a grocery store in close proximity to Paumanack Village. 

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Huntington Unveils Historic Marker at Jupiter Hammon House

The Huntington Town Board joined members of the Town’s African-American Historic Designation Council on December 8, 2015 in unveiling the historic marker in front of the house where Jupiter Hammon, America’s first African-American published poet, spent the last years of his life.

 

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Hammon (1711-c.1806) is considered the first African-American writer to be published in the United States. His first poem was published in 1761. He published three other poems and three essays.

Hammon was born into slavery in Lloyd Neck and shared a close relationship with the Lloyd family. He went to school with the Lloyd children and worked alongside Henry Lloyd. After Henry Lloyd’s death, he went to live with Henry’s son, Joseph. Patriots, they both fled to Connecticut during the American Revolution and returned after the war. Hammon continued to write poetry and prose and became a leader in the African American community.

The house, at 73 West Shore Road, was built between 1790 and 1995. It was purchased by Hammon’s great-nephew in 1799. The marker notes it was the first house purchased by an African-American in Huntington. The 1800 census lists Hammon as head of the household. Last year, at the request of the Historic Designation Council, the Town Board placed a historic designation on the house, preserving it.


Computers 101: Powerpoint Workshop at HORC

"Computers 101: Powerpoint Workshop" at Huntington Opportunity Resource Center on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

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"Giving Tuesday" and Toys for Tots this Holiday Season

In honor and in observance of “Giving Tuesday" on December 1st, I recently joined members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce at IMC Meat Company in Huntington Village to encourage residents to help support the efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual “Toys for Tots” drive. “Giving Tuesday” was designed four years ago to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday in an effort to help promote the need for selfless acts of kindness. 

For more information on Giving Tuesday, please visit: www.GivingTuesday.org  or to donate to the Toys for Tots program, residents can drop toys off at the donation bin inside the main lobby at Huntington Town Hall, located at 100 Main Street in Huntington. For more information on the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program, please visit: www.toysfortots.org

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(photo - from left to right) I’m pictured with Robert Bontempi of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and Damien Carlino, General Manager of IMC Meat Company, along with Robert Scheiner, Robert Fonti and Brian Yudewitz of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce at the Toys for Tots drop off bin inside the IMC Meat Company in Huntington Village.