On Wednesday, September 6, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's press conference where he announced a new project that will help protect Long Island's water quality. The project is part of a $10.4 Million dollar investment and will include a five-point restoration plan for ALL of Long Island in partnership Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY Stony Brook.
"We were elated to hear Gov. Cuomo's announcement about this environmentally sensitive project - the first of its kind in the United States," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
This has been a work in progress. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Huntington partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension and FEMA to repair the FLUPSY (Floating Upweller System) in Huntington Harbor that had suffered severe damage during the storm.
"Gov. Cuomo’s announcement further illustrates the commitment our state and local governments have in developing the proper infrastructure to improve our water quality," added Cuthbertson.
Town of Huntington Joins “Car Free Day Long Island”
“The Town of Huntington is proud to be joining municipalities across Long Island in the 5th Annual “Car Free Day Long Island” event on September 22, 2017,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “The event encourages Town employees and residents alike across L.I. to chose an alternative mode of travel instead of their car.”
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Councilman Mark Cuthbertson received the endorsement of CSEA Local1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
“I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
My sincere thanks to Nicholas LaMorte, President of CSEA Long Island and John Shepherd, PAC Chairman of CSEA Long island and all of their hardworking members in the Town of Huntington,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
In the CSEA Local 1000’s August 31, 2017 letter, they acknowledged Councilman Cuthbertson’s interests affecting public service employees and his commitment to addressing the needs of all hard working men and women in the Town of Huntington.
“It is a pleasure to inform you that CSEA’s Regional Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed your candidacy for Huntington Town Councilmember as recommended by CSEA Local 852.
This endorsement acknowledges your interests in the issues affecting public service employees and your commitment to addressing the needs of all hard working men and women in the Town of Huntington.
As such, our endorsement of your candidacy will be made known to our CSEA membership that resides within Huntington Town. We also stand ready to assist your campaign in other ways.”
Nicholas J. LaMorte John C. Shepherd
President, PAC Chairman
CSEA Long Island Region CSEA Long Island Region
On Saturday, September 2nd, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson had the honor in helping to kickoff the annual “Hockey Helps 24-Hour Marathon” hosted by the New York Rangers Ice Hockey Organization.
Councilman Cuthbertson was joined by NY Rangers great, Adam Graves, along with Huntington’s Paralympic gold medal winner, Mikey Brannigan and his father, Kevin at the Dix Hills Ice Rink.
"Thanks to the efforts of the NY Rangers Ice Hockey Organization and all of the players and teams that participated, the marathon raised more than $400,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Northshore Holiday House," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
The Northshore Holiday House is a local charitable organization that provides free summer camps to more than 200 children each summer.
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Asharoken, NY, - Town Council Members Mark Cuthbertson and Tracey Edwards recently attended a meeting held by Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica and Rep. Tom Suozzi to discuss the short term and long term solutions in repairing or replacing the eroding 932 foot seawall. This northern section of Asharoken Avenue that runs along the shores of the Long Island Sound is susceptible to coastal storms and is the only way in or out for the more than 700 families who call Eaton’s Neck home. During coastal storms or emergencies, Asharoken Avenue becomes a lifeline for not only the residents, but for first responders as well.
"Councilwoman Edwards and I look forward to working with Mayor Letica, Rep. Suozzi, the U. S. Army Corp. of Engineers and all levels of Government to develop a successful solution in fortifying the seawall for the many, many years to come," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
At the July 11th Town Board Meeting, The Huntington Town Board approved a Phase Two feasibility study towards the construction of a 528-space parking structure in Huntington Village. The Board approved to extend the contract with Level G Associates of Old Bethpage, who also performed the Phase One feasibility study.
Phase One of the study consisted of Level G studying the economic and physical feasibility of the parking deck, which would reside between New Street and Green Street in Huntington Village.
In Phase Two, Level G plans to reaffirm their preliminary conclusions by finalizing earlier estimates and projections while also including construction, financial, and revenue plans for the structure. The final report will be submitted to key stakeholders involved in the project funding. The $12,700 cost of Phase Two will be partially funded by the Town’s Economic Development Corporation.
The owners of Melissa Tavern appeared before the New York State Liquor Authority [SLA] on June 8, 2017 seeking the Liquor Authority’s approval to have its forfeited liquor license reinstated.
Noting the longstanding history of violence at this location, the NY State Liquor Authority not only denied Melissa’s application during the June 8 proceeding, but they also went one step further by stating that they will not approve any license to serve at this location for at least the next three years.
“Following Melissa Tavern’s voluntary forfeiture of its liquor license last year amid numerous health and safety violations, the owners of the Huntington Station tavern recently sought to have their new application to serve approved,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “For far too long, this establishment has been a detriment to the quality of life for Huntington Station, and I am pleased with the NY SLA’s ruling to keep this troubled location dry through the year 2020,” added Cuthbertson.
Melissa’s rap sheet speaks for itself. According to the Suffolk County Police Department, over the past five years, 127 separately reported incidents have been recorded at this establishment – including homicide, assault, robbery and menacing.
“I would like to thank the Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Greeley Ford and fellow Board Members for their consideration and support on this matter,” added Cuthbertson.
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson held a press conference adjacent to Melissa Tavern in Huntington Station on November 3rd, 2016 urging New York State Liquor Authority to revoke Melissa Tavern’s liquor license at the SLA’s November 4, 2016 court proceedings. Councilman Cuthbertson is pictured with Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer and local business owners and concerned residents at the November 3rd press conference.
Melville -- Huntington Town officials and community residents joined June 21 in marking the official opening of Sweet Hollow Park, located on the former Meyers Farm in Melville.
The $3.55 million park, which was sought by the community for many years, features elements based on input submitted by more than 70 residents, including bocce courts, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, a basketball court, adult exercise equipment, a children’s playground, game tables and picnic tables. The 8.4-acre parcel also includes five acres of passive parkland that contains a 2,275-foot walking trail. A committee is evaluating designs for a sculpture that will be placed in the park.
“This is really something special today,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said in addressing a group of about 200 residents at the opening ceremony. “This was a real effort for all of us. So many years were spent on this, and so much effort. So many things took place that made this work…Look at what we have here: It’s a real showplace for the Town of Huntington and for this great community. And this is your park.”
“When I see the children on the swings, and their voices, and see the smiles on your faces, it really makes this all worthwhile,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said.
Councilwoman Susan Berland added, “I wish everyone years of enjoyment. Please come here and utilize this park.”
In their remarks, Supervisor Petrone and Council Members Cuthbertson and Berland singled out civic leader Alissa Taff and the Hindu organization Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam-Northeast (BAPS) for their crucial roles in bringing about the park.
The park is the third element of an innovative, complex arrangement that saw the Town buy the land from the BAPS, which had originally proposed erecting a temple on the site. Under the agreement, the temple instead was built on a different site on Deshon Drive that also saw construction of The Club at Melville, a 261-unit affordable senior housing development.
To make that happen, the development rights for the five acres to be used as passive parkland at Sweet Hollow Park were transferred to five acres of the 18-acre site on Deshon Drive that had been used by Newsday as a preprint distribution warehouse and for its business operations. The Town Board changed the zoning on the 18-acre parcel from I1 Industrial to 3M Garden Apartment, a classification that allowed construction of The Club at Melvile, clustering that housing on 13 of the acres. The remaining five acres was sold to BAPS, which, using the development rights transferred from the Meyers Farm property it sold to the Town, built its temple there. Both the temple and the housing development have opened.
In her remarks, Mrs. Taff, president of the Civic Association of Sweet Hollow, traced the 16-year history of the efforts to create the park that began when the Town’s Open Space committee identified the Meyers Fam as a potential parkland site. “The dream has finally come through for Sweet Hollow and the BAPS,” she said. “Let’s enjoy, protect and keep Sweet Hollow Park as a wonderful, hard fought and cherished asset to our community and Huntington.”
Speaking for the BAPS, Dr. Harshad Blatt noted advice the group had gotten from their guru during the process. “We called our guru, and told him, this is what is going on, that there are three different groups interested in building a park, a temple and a community. He told us three things. He said, one, there is never going to be any kind of court procedures; second, remember, in the joy of others, lies our own. And number three, always work in the community and in the families."
This year is the fourteenth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Town of Huntington. This year’s lineup will have something for everyone to enjoy.
"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 Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village and LaCasa at Crab Meadow Beach for co-sponsoring this year’s line-up.”
The force will be with us on Monday, June 26th at Heckscher Park as the summer movies series starts with the showing of STAR WARS – ROGUE ONE (RATED PG-13).
This is the latest installment in the Star Wars trilogy that takes place in a land far, far away about the epic adventure of the Rebel Alliance’s plan to steal the secret plans of the Empire’s destructive planet killer - the Death Star. [RAIN DATE: JULY 17TH]
Then on Thursday, July 6TH, pack up the family, lawn chairs and picnic supper and enjoy a nostalgic Drive-In night at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport with THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (Rated PG).
This animated tale tells the story of a quiet life of a terrier named Max, whose life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. [RAIN DATE: JULY 13TH]
In addition to the July 6th drive-in showing of “The Secret Life of Pets,” we will hold the Second Annual “Basketball Shootout” sponsored by the Mercurio Basketball Camp. Two lucky winners will receive a FREE TWO-WEEK CAMP SESSION at the Mercurio Basketball Camp, compliments of the Mercurio Basketball Camp of Greenlawn.
The “BASKETBALL SHOOTOUT” will take place from 6pm to 7pm on the basketball courts at Crab Meadow Beach. There will be two shootout sessions. One winner from age group 5-7 and one from age group 8-10 will be attending basketball camp this summer! [RAIN DATE: JULY 13TH.]
The nostalgic outdoor movie experience continues with another Drive-In movie at Crab Meadow Beach on Thursday, July 20th with MOANA (Rated PG). An adventurous teenager, Moana, sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demigod, Maui. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. [RAIN DATE: JULY 27TH]
In addition to the July 20th showing of MOANA; we would like to invite you to enter the Town’s Sixth Annual Sand Castle Contest at Crab Meadow Beach. The Sand Castle Contest is open to Huntington Residents in two AGE categories – for both solo and group competitions: Ages 16 & Under and Ages 17 & Up. Two lucky winners will receive a gift certificate to LaCasa Café…Complements of LaCasa. Gates to Crab Meadow Beach will open at 4pm for those registered in the Sand Castle Contest. To register or for more info, please call 631-351-3112 or visit the Town’s website: HuntingtonNY.gov and click on the Movies on the Lawn banner on the bottom of the homepage. [RAIN DATE: JULY 27TH]
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 14TH for the animated family favorite – SING.
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same. [RAIN DATE: AUGUST 21ST.]
All movies begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, including the drive-in performances, in the event the drive-in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather on the “Rain Date,” the movie will be held indoors at the ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL auditorium, 478 Elwood Road, Elwood and begin at 7:30 pm.
For the most up-to date information on performances, please visit: www.HuntingtonNY.gov or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.