Honorees Named for 7th Annual Huntington Awareness Day


The Seventh Annual Huntington Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, with a day-long fair that will include bounce rides for children, music for adults and lots of fun and food for all.

The Huntington Awareness Day Committee will also recognize one organization and three distinguished residents for their contributions to the community. 

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the municipal parking lot on New York Avenue between Railroad and Church Streets, with a brief program scheduled for noon. Among those to be recognized during the program are:

          -- The Huntington Hispanic Soccer League, which for the past 26 years has run programs at the Town’s Manor Field Park. Currently, the league has ten teams and about 150 players ranging in age from 16 to 40 years old.

          -- Dr. Lehti Laas Ramos, a lifelong Huntington Station resident who has been active in the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, helped found the Huntington Station Happy Helpers and has been affiliated with the Friends of the Huntington Train Station, the Huntington branch of the NAACP, the Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, Gateway Park and the Blue Star Mothers’ water bottle collection.

           -- Frances Cerra Whittelsey, who as executive director of the Long Island Community Agriculture Network was a driving force in starting the Gateway Park Community Garden in Huntington Station. She has served as a member of the Huntington Town recycling advisory committee, was a board member of the Huntington Housing Coalition and was instrumental in the formation of the Huntington Interfaith Housing Initiative, which shelters homeless men every winter. She is an award-winning journalist, cited for her work focusing on consumer abuses and investigations.

          -- Sara Bluestone, a 30-year Huntington resident who has served as President of the Leadership Huntington Foundation’s Board of Directors and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the LHF President’s Council and Treasurer of The Huntington Community Council. Trained in the arts and photography, Ms. Bluestone’s career in the arts and arts administration has ranged from being the preservation curator of the famed Bettmann Archive in New York City, to administering NYS Council for the Arts grants for the Huntington Arts Council. She has volunteered her time for the Huntington Union Free School District PTA’s Arts in Education Committee and in 2001, helped found the Town’s Public Arts Advisory Committee. She served as its Chair from 2001 – 2008.

Sponsors for this year’s event include the Huntington Station Business Improvement District; the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation; the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce; M.A. Connell Funeral Home; Aboffs Inc.; and the law firms Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP and Kushnick Pallaci PLLC.

 For more information, go to www.huntingtonawareness.org



Animals Section of Town Code Revised

The Huntington Town Board, at its August 16 meeting, approved revisions to the section of Town Code dealing with animals, including setting requirements on the proper disposal of pet waste, limiting the length of time animals may be restrained outdoors and establishing guidelines to aid in the prevention of animals being abandoned.

Under the revisions, dog owners will be required for the first time to “pooper scoop” after their dogs, placing pet waste in a sealed plastic bag and depositing the bag in a covered garbage receptacle. The proposed revisions also prohibit tethering, leashing, fastening, securing, restraining, chaining or tying a dog to a stationary object outdoors for more than two continuous hours in any 12-hour period. For animals who are restrained, the proposal, among other requirements, bans the use of a choke collar; and requires that the restraint be at least 10 feet for a running able trolley and 15 feet for a tether to a stationary object and long enough to give the dog continuous access to food, water and shelter.

The resolution enacting the changes was sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. The changes about treatment of animals were promulgated after the Town Attorney’s office conferred with the New York State director of the Humane Society of the United States, who advised as to humane methods of tethering animals as well as proper practice on how animals are to be attended.

The pet waste restrictions are part of a joint effort by the Town and the Villages of Northport and Asharoken to protect local waters from the contaminating effects of pet waste and to protect the health, safety and general welfare of those using local waters from exposure to this particular source of pathogenic bacteria. These changes stem from the Inter-Municipal Council the three governments formed in September 2014 to cooperate on management plans and in seeking grants for measures that affect water quality in Northport Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor and Price’s Bend/Eaton Harbor .


Stand Up and Play Golf Tournament

The Stand up and Play Foundation hosted a golf tournament on Wednesday, July 27th in order to raise funds for a paramobile preceded by a clinic by Anthony Netto of the Stand Up and Play Foundation.

The paramobile is a power wheelchair with a stand up function ideal for adaptive golf which was donated to Crab Meadow Golf Course for use by disabled veterans and individuals. 

The “Paragolfer” not only helps those who are disabled to enjoy this great sport, but it also can be used to improve their mobility and their mental and physical health.

I would like to commend Anthony Netto, founder and creator of the "Paragolfer" and Breid Fischer, of the Long Island Chapter of “Standup & Play” for their commitment towards our veterans and those with disabilities. 

I am pictured with Crab Meadow Golf Course Director Mike Gaffney; outing organizer Breid Fischer; Crab Meadow Golf Pro Darren Maille; Metropolitan PGA Hope Organization representative Kelly Clayton; and Stand Up and Play founder Anthony Netto. 

For more information about the “Stand Up and Play Foundation,” please visit their website:



New Fully Accessible Playground at Hobart Beach in Eaton's Neck

There is a new playground at Hobart Beach in Eaton’s Neck, replacing one that was damaged by Super Storm Sandy. The $187,000 playground, funded through the Town’s Parks Improvement Fund, includes several features that were not part of the 20-year-old one it replaced, mostly to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This playground is fully accessible and inclusive, meaning there are no impediments to entry or use by persons with physical disabilities and that it encourages children to engage with each other through varied types of available activities.

The new playground, which has a maritime motif, includes a handicapped walk around the playset and at-grade ramps to accommodate children who are covered under the ADA. The end of the slides has an engineered rubberized surface at grade in compliance with new regulations. And park benches were added for parents to have a sitting area. The cement walkway curves to create a more pleasing design than more conventional walks that are at 90- degree angles.


Lenney Peters Junior Golf Tournament on August 30, 2016

I am proud to announce the grand comeback of the Lenney Peters Junior Golf Tournament at the Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport on Tuesday, August 30th. 

For decades, the Town of Huntington sponsored the Lenney Peters Junior Golf Tournament at the Crab Meadow Golf Course to promote youth golf, sportsmanship and the love of the game. The popular event was founded and first held in 1967 by Crab Meadow’s first golf professional, Lenney Peters.

When Crab Meadow first opened in August of 1965, then Supervisor Robert J. Flynn tapped Mr. Peters as the club’s inaugural professional. Serving at the same time as the head golf professional at the Huntington Crescent Club, Mr. Peters was instrumental in setting a positive course for Crab Meadow. He was a true champion of the game and a fierce advocate of promoting youth golf.

Registration is now open thru August 29th, and the tee-off time will start at 1:30 p.m. 

The cost is $35 per player which includes: 18 holes of golf, a barbeque dinner and an awards ceremony. 

The Tournament will have three divisions:
Junior (boys and girls ages 10 to 14) Act. #123201-01
Senior (boys and girls ages 15 to 17) Act. #123201-02
Elite (participants with a MGA handicap) Act. #123201-03

To register, please access the online portal here:

You may also register in person at the Crab Meadow Golf Course or at Huntington Town Hall. 

For further information, please call 631-351-3089.




Huntington Seeks Funding For Blueway Trail

I recently spearheaded an initiative to establish a water-based trail system known as a “Blueway” along the Town of Huntington’s 61 miles of shoreline. The “Blueway” trail system will offer new access for small boaters to dock and explore historic and cultural points of interest. 

The Huntington Blueway trail will begin from the top of Cold Spring Harbor to the west, and guide boaters through the Huntington-Northport Bay complex, and ending at the mouth of Fresh Pond in Fort Salonga to the east. 

The project would establish the Huntington Blueway Plan, which is a guide for future development and protection of the coastline. The plan would also develop an environmentally friendly infrastructure to help manage storm water runoff and protect delicate habitats.




Movies on the Lawn Presents "Inside Out" on August 15

For our last movie of the summer, we will be heading to Peter Nelson Park in Huntington Station (located next to Stimson Middle School on Oakwood Road) on Monday, August 15th for Walt Disney’s animated favorite – “INSIDE OUT” (Rated PG).

Disney’s “INSIDE OUT” follows the life of a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest home and moves to San Francisco. Her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. [RAIN DATE: AUGUST 22ND]

"This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up,” said Cuthbertson. "With every passing year, the crowd of movie-goers multiplies so it's wise to arrive at each venue a little early. We plan to have some fun things to see and do before each show. Our thanks to Main Sponsor, Huntington Honda and Sparkling Ice, the Mercurio Basketball Camp, Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village and LaCasa at Crab Meadow Beach for co-sponsoring this year’s line-up.”

“INSIDE OUT” will begin at darkness (approx. 8:30pm).

In the event of inclement weather on the “August 22nd RAIN DATE PERFORMANCE,” the movie will be held indoors at the ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, 478 Elwood Road, Elwood and begin at 7:30 pm.

Check the website for up to date information on performances: www.HuntingtonNY.gov or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112. 



2016 Bocce Tournament at Mill Dam Park in Huntington

It was a perfect day last Saturday for the Town of Huntington’s annual bocce tournament at Mill Dam Park in Huntington. The round robin tournament had players who ranged in age from thirteen years old through their eighties, and was a day of healthy competition. The tournament ended with a single elimination round in which first place went to team “American Bocce Club”, second place to “Melville Friends” and third to the “Greensmen.”  A great time was had by all! 



Huntington Bocce Tournament this Saturday, July 30, 2016

I am happy to host the Town of Huntington’s
2016 Bocce Tournament, taking place
this Saturday, July 30 starting at
9:00 am at Mill Dam Park in Huntington
(West Shore and Mill Dam Roads).

The Bocce Tournament is free and
teams consisting of 4 players can register
through July 28, 2016.

To register, please call 351-2877



Seven Year Old Sienna Leaver Recognized with a Proclamation

I recently honored and congratulated seven-year-old Sienna Leaver for participating in the “Creative Cups” auction at Adelphi University. For the past two years, Sienna has put her creativity and artistic talents at work by creating a colorful and unique bra for the “Creative Cups” auction. Last year, Sienna created and submitted a butterfly-themed bra, which was auctioned off for $200 dollars.

“‘Creative Cups’ encourages artistic expression in celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “I would like to commend and recognize Sienna Leaver on behalf of her commitment to help those affected by breast cancer and wish her luck with this year’s auction.” 

For more information on “Creative Cups,” please call: 516-877-4320 or visit: