Segway Sunday- October 20th
My team and I stopped by Makinajian Farm in Elwood before heading out on today’s tour.
We visited with many residents from the Elwood Community and received a lot of support with our continuing LIPA Tax hike fight. Despite the fact that this looming concern will mainly impact Northport/East Northport residents, the constituency of Elwood were fully aware of the negative implications this suit could have on their tax bills too. That is why I will do everything in my power to fight LIPA’s tax hike—we should not be threatened to foot LIPA’s bill.
Thank you for your time and for reading my blog. As of tomorrow, we will be 16 days away from the election. My team and I will continue to cover more ground in the coming days and push on towards the November 5th finish line—to drive Huntington Forward.
Segway Sunday- October 6th, 2013
I can now say that “I did the Grid”… by Segway.
My team and I visited the numbered streets and avenues in ‘The Grid” section of East Northport today.
There was a lot of concern and angst expressed towards the LIPA Tax Hike challenge and we received some great feedback about our unwavering effort in this fight. I also received very favorable support from several residents who I assisted through Facebook during the past February blizzard.
As we were knocking on doors today, it was hard to believe that almost one year ago I was on these same streets getting a firsthand account of Sandy’s impact. It was nice to see that structures that were damaged have been repaired and the charm and character of this area restored.
Thank you for your time and for reading my blog, As of tomorrow, we will be 30 days away from the election. My team and I will continue to cover more ground in the coming weeks and push on towards the November 5th finish line—to drive Huntington Forward.
Segway Sunday- September 29, 2013
Today’s Segway Sunday started off on a bittersweet note. Prior to meeting up with my team I attended a special memorial ceremony at Mill Dam Park in Halesite where I helped to dedicate Softball Field #4 in the honor and memory of John “Muggs” Gerardi who passed away earlier this year at the age of 64. Mr. Gerardi was a gifted athlete and a kind, generous and caring soul. He served our country in Vietnam and settled in Huntington to live, work and raise a family. Mr. Gerardi’s involvement with Huntington softball spanned three decades as a player, manager, organizer and president of the Huntington Men’s Softball League. He will be sorely missed.
From Halesite, my team and I met in a neighborhood off Middleville Road in Fort Salonga to finish out this month’s Segway tour. Two and a half hours in, the Segway’s battery called it quits so we took to bicycles to finish up the route. All the miles I’ve logged on the “Mark-O-Meter” really paid off on those hills.
Thanks for reading my blog and for your support as I continue to push towards the November 5th finish line and Drive Huntington Forward. Don’t hesitate to flag me down to say hello if you see me around town.
Segway Sunday- September 22, 2013
My team and I had a great time at Cow Harbor Day in Northport Village today. (Fun fact: Northport Village used to be known as “The Great Cow Harbor,” hence the name of this annual event.) Thousands of residents and their families lined Main Street, cheering on those who were in this year’s parade.
I would have participated in the infamous Cow Harbor 10K race the day before but they have a strict “no Segway” policy.
Seeing the Northport community out in full force this weekend, full of pride for their hometown, only drives me even further to believe that I need to do everything in my power to stop LIPA’s tax assessment challenge. Northport is a great place to live and raise a family, and that should not be threatened by the tax hike that will occur if we have to foot LIPA’s bill.
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After the Cow Harbor festivities, we visited a neighborhood off Wolf Hill Road in Huntington. A lot of people stopped to say hi while walking or driving by. One resident was so excited to see us on her street that she pulled over and took a photo of us to share with her friends and neighbors. Another resident, Larry, couldn’t help but to ask to take the Segway for spin. Naturally, I obliged and Larry became the second guest pilot of the tour to man the controls.
Thanks for reading my blog and for your support as I continue to push towards the November 5th finish line. Together we will Drive Huntington Forward.
Segway Sunday- September 15, 2013
With Eli taking the field against his older brother in today’s “Manning Bowl,” my team and I toured the hills of the Huntington Bay and Halesite communities this afternoon. Many residents who were either home watching the big game or outside enjoying the cooler temps were happy to share their thoughts with me. The Stop the LIPA Tax Hike challenge campaign continued to resonate with area residents as most if not all inquired as to the status of this looming threat. This tax challenge has the potential to increase property taxes Town-wide by as much as 15% and a life-altering 60% increase to the residents who reside in the shadows of the LIPA stacks in the Northport-East Northport school district.
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Three hours into the tour, the Segway’s battery succumbed to the extra power it needed to summit the climbs, so I joined my pedal powered pit crew on bicycles. Have I mentioned that I have the best pit crew a Segwaying Councilman could ask for? We have all traveled the many miles throughout the Town together from north to south and east to west through some of the most challenging weather Mother Nature could throw at us. A special thanks to Lorene Eriksen, Jake Turner, John Ramirez, Christine Seong, Lynn Ruvolo and Steve Jimenez for all of the help and support along the way.
With the Segway securely plugged in and recharging, my pit crew and I are preparing for this week’s tour on September 22nd. If you see us on the road, don’t hesitate to flag us down. Who knows, you just might receive a free Team Cuthbertson baseball hat.
Thanks for reading my blog and for your support as I continue to push towards the November 5th finish line and Drive Huntington Forward.
Segway Sunday- September 8, 2013
My team and I had a great time at the East Northport Festival today. From there we ventured back to Northport Village to visit a neighborhood off Main Street. I am always awed by the bucolic character and charm of the 19th-century architecture that is such a part of this historic harbor community.
As you could imagine, the Stop the LIPA Tax Hike campaign was on everyone’s mind, and rightfully so. I ran into a good friend’s father who was visiting his daughter during today’s tour. Despite now living outside the Town, he is well versed in the Town’s legal battle with LIPA and could recall when LILCO opened the Northport Power Plant in 1967– which is still the largest oil-fired electric generating plant on the East Coast. He expressed concern for his daughter and his grandchildren, that they "can't afford to foot LIPA's tax bill."
This concern echoed throughout my conversations with residents and I continue to pledge my full commitment towards bringing this lawsuit to a victorious conclusion.
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As we close in on Primary Day, with the November 5th General Election not far behind, I will be hitting the campaign trail even harder and keeping my sights focused on victory. If you see me, either in my walking shoes or aboard my Segway, don’t hesitate to flag me down.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I am looking forward to the many experiences and miles ahead in my pursuit to Drive Huntington Forward.
Segway Sunday- August 18, 2013
My team and I returned to Huntington and visited a neighborhood off Oakwood Road today—marking my fifth Segway Sunday of the summer. We have logged a lot of miles on the “Mark-O-Meter” over the past 14 weeks and there were many memorable people, conversations and moments made along the way. Today’s tour was no exception. I had the privilege to meet and speak with Huntington resident Rob Casale, who became my first guest pilot on the Segway – a true natural.
It’s hard to believe that in two weeks, our Segway Sunday tour will find us visiting homes over Labor Day weekend. Where did the summer go? So keep your eyes out for Team Cuthbertson on August 25th and on September 1st, as the summer of 2013 comes to a close.
Thanks to Mr. Casale and everyone we have met along the way this summer as my team and I focus on the November finish line and continue to drive Huntington forward.
Segway Sunday - July 28, 2013
My team and I visited a section of Dix Hills today – accompanied by Jackie Birzon, a reporter from the Long Islander newspaper who expressed interest in writing a feature about my campaign and to experience Team Cuthbertson on the road firsthand. (Look for the article in the August 1st editions.)
We received a lot of great feedback during today’s tour and one resident posed for a photo.
My thanks to Jackie for spending the afternoon with us and to everyone we met during today’s tour. There’s still many more miles ahead and don’t hesitate to flag me down if you see me around our community–as we push towards the finish line and drive Huntington forward.
Segway Sunday - July 14, 2013
My team and I were back in Huntington today covering more ground and making the best of the 90 degree plus temps. Everyone we met was happy to see us and open to share their thoughts and support – and offer us a glass of water or iced tea.
One resident posed a question about an issue in Cold Spring Harbor and another offered suggestions about beautifying different parts of Huntington’s downtown areas. It's these discussions and more that have transpired along our first 46 miles that keep me inspired and focused on my commitment to drive Huntington forward.
Thanks to everyone we met for sharing their time with us. We look forward to the many hot and humid miles that are ahead of us this week.
Segway Sunday- July 7, 2013
Despite the hot and humid temps, my team and I covered a lot of ground in Northport.
I ran into a constituent, Ken Fredricks, who was visiting with family on today’s route. He shared some very strong opinions about the unfairness of what was being proposed by LIPA with respect to the settlement of tax assessment law suits. Many other people I spoke with shared his concerns. We received lots of other great feedback and support. We also were greatly encouraged by the number of people who requested lawn signs.
Thanks to everyone we met along the way and we’re looking forward to the many miles that are ahead.