Public Service Award from NY State Department of Parks and Recreation

On May 22, 2015, I was honored by the New York State Recreation and Park Society with their prestigious Public Service Award. Every year, the New York State Recreation and Park Society recognize honorees at their annual awards ceremony.  This year the ceremony was held at Breezy Park in Huntington Station. 

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Pictured: I am receiving the State’s Public Service Award with: Donald McKay, Director of Huntington’s Parks and Recreation Department; Gail Lamberta, President of the Long Island Leisure Services Association; Bill Rudy, President of the HBC Soccer League; and Rich Righi, President of the Long Island Rebels.


First Responders Receive F.I.R.E Scholarship

In order to help recruit, preserve and honor first responders for their committed service and dedication to the communities where they volunteer, the Town of Huntington has provided the second annual F.I.R.E. Scholarship Awards, a tuition reimbursement grant, which awards a $500 scholarship to four outstanding responders. The funding for the scholarship is provided through the Firefighter/Emergency Medical Services Incentive Recruitment Enhancement (F.I.R.E.) Program.

The check was presented on May 18, during the Fire Chiefs Council Meeting held at Northport Village Fire Department.  The winners of the second annual F.I.R.E. Scholarship Awards are Samantha Mohr from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Jacquelyn Stio, Robert Rosciano, and Gerard Rosciano from the Dix Hills Fire Department.

In order to be eligible for this program, volunteers must have received credit for a year of firefighting or ambulance service from the previous calendar year, must be enrolled in an approved undergraduate degree program in NY State, have a course load of 6 credits per term and attend school within 50 miles of the volunteer organization. 

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I'm pictured with Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Gary Hontz, Treasurer, Dan McConnell 2nd Vice President, Robert Rosciano Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, Jacquelyn Stio Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, Gerard Rosciano Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, John McKenna President, John McDonough 1st Vice President of the Town of Huntington Fire Chief’s Council.


Governance and Taxation Workshop

On May 19, 2015, the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College held a Governance and Taxation Workshop at Huntington Town Hall to discuss key issues that impact us locally and abroad.

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I am pictured with County Legislator Steve Stern, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, Islip Councilman John Cochrane and County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer.

As a proud graduate of Energeia’s Class of 2007, I would like to thank the Hon. Paul Tonna and fellow committeemen and women for the opportunity to be a part of yesterday’s great program.


First Public Workshop on Melville Plan Set for June 2, 2015

The latest step in the formation of an integrated land use, circulation and infrastructure plan for the Melville Employment Center will take place June 2, when the Town of Huntington holds the first of several planned public workshops. All interested residents, property owners, workers along the Route 110 Corridor and other stakeholders are encouraged to share their vision, goals and objectives for the plan at the workshop, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the TD Bank offices at Melville Corporate Center III, 324 South Service Road, Melville.

The workshop will be conducted by the consultant team of BFJ Planning, Urbanomics and Parsons Brinckerhoff, which the Town hired earlier this year on the recommendation of its Melville Plan Advisory Committee. The committee -- composed of representatives of Melville area property owners, real estate brokers, community service providers and community groups -- selected the team after reviewing responses to a request for proposals issued last year. Under the terms of its contract with the town, the consultant team must conduct up to five workshops as it puts together the plan over the course of the next year. The consultant team is working under the direction of the Melville Plan Advisory Committee, whose members will share their thoughts with the public at the workshop. The broad mandate for the plan is to examine the many complex issues facing the Melville area and to define an action agenda for future development and redevelopment. Among the specific topics to be covered by the Plan are: Land use, including office/employment uses, industrial uses, residential uses, mixed used and open space;  Circulation, including traffic congestion, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and enhanced transit service; Community Facilities and Services, including sewage capacity for new developments and area-wide storm management, as well as assessing the effect on property tax revenues from office/industrial development versus the potential impacts on schools from new residential development; Design, including standards for new development.

Persons wishing to attend are asked to register in advance by emailing melvilleplan@huntingtonny.gov, or by calling 631-351-3199.


Great Turnout at 2nd Annual Safe Boating Week

Great turnout at the Second Annual Huntington Safe Boating Week “Nautical Flea Market” at Mill Dam Park in Halesite on May 17th.

I would like to commend and thank Jackie Martin, Commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Coast Guard Post at Eaton’s Neck, the Huntington Harbor Master’s Office, Suffolk County Police Marine Division, the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron and the local Village Harbor Masters and fire departments for making this year’s event such a success.

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Solarize Huntington Launches

On May 4, 2015, the Town of Huntington and Sustainable CUNY announced the launch of Solarize Huntington; a limited-time, community-driven education and group purchasing program aimed at reducing the cost of installing solar power for Huntington residents by as much as 25 percent.  Through Septembe10, residents can sign up for the program, either online or at one of the Solarize 101 informational workshops the Town is sponsoring to help residents learn of the program's benefits.

Solarize Huntington is a group purchasing program that centers around a community education campaign made possible through a partnership between Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York (CUNY), the New York Solar Smart Program, the Town and the Town's Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Sustainability (ACEERS).

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Sustainable CUNY is the program administrator for Solarize Huntington, working to reduce the soft costs of installing solar as part of the larger statewide effort under the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II. Huntington, through ACEERS, will be involved in the education and outreach component.

Solarize Huntington aims to reduce the cost of installing solar by leveraging the collective purchasing power of Huntington homeowners. Participating homeowners will purchase, finance or lease solar systems from Direct Energy Solar, the installer selected through a competitive bidding process. The size of their savings will depend on how many people sign up; the more people who participate, the greater the savings. They could range from 15 to 25 percent, compared to average installation prices in the area. Direct Energy Solar has offered an additional $500 discount to the first 20 homeowners to sign contracts.

Huntington has been averaging about 500 applications a year for solar installation permits. Other locations around the country that have tried similar programs have seen increase of about 33 percent in the number installations.

Solarize Huntington is the latest of several initiatives Huntington has undertaken to encourage and increase the use of solar power to cut down on the consumption of fossil fuels. The Town recently approved a fast-track process for approval of solar installation permits, and several years ago used a federal grant to install solar panels at Town Hall. The Town also installed a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station at the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station parking garage.


Town of Huntington Designates May 16-22 as "Safe Boating Week"

The Huntington Town Board, in partnership with the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, has declared May 16-22 as Safe Boating Week in the Town of Huntington. During that week, the Town and the Greater Huntington Council will join with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron in offering various programs highlighting the importance of taking safety precautions and behaving sensibly when spending time on the water. The week features free courtesy boating equipment inspections and an eight-hour New York State boating and safety course among the events. One highlight will be the annual nautical flea market and festival May 17 in Mill Dam Park. 


Bike to Work Week, May 11-15

Across the country, May is recognized as “Bike Month,” by the League of American Cyclists and the Town of Huntington is getting on board for this year’s Bike to Work Week event. 

The Bike To Work Week event began on Monday, May 11 and will end with “Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 15th. This is the League of American Cyclists 59th year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month. 

I would also like to encourage residents who commute by train to take advantage of the Town’s Bicycle Locker Program. Bicycle Lockers are available at all four LIRR stations in an effort to provide a green and environmentally friendly mode of transportation and ease traffic congestion. These lockers are self-contained, secure and protect your bicycle from elements of weather. Commuting to the train station by bicycle could also be faster than driving and in renting one of these lockers no time is wasted looking for a parking space. 

For information on these bicycle lockers and/or anyone interested in leasing one, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (631) 351-3206 or visit the Town website – HuntingtonNY.gov. 

The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and helmet, and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute. 
- See more at: http://huntingtonny.gov/news/?FeedID=1306#sthash.xKEPrqgu.dpuf

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15th Annual Tulip Festival a Great Success!

The 15th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival took place this past Sunday, May 3rd and what a great day it turned out to be!  The weather couldn't have been better, there were tons of booths and activities for the kids and fantastic entertainment on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this family friendly, community festival!

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