Protecting Our Youth

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  • Sponsored a seminar on distracted driving, explaining the dangers of texting and driving for teens and their families.
  • Partnered with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence [LICADD] and the Suffolk County Police Department to host a Substance Abuse Seminar to understand the warning signs, reduce the devastation caused by heroin and substance abuse, as well as to discuss helpful ways for preventing addiction and how to start a conversation with a loved one who is struggling against this disease.
  • Included a “Shed the Meds” medicine disposal event throughout the program where residents were able to drop off unwanted or un-needed medications for a safe and echo-friendly disposal.
  • Created the Huntington Youth Court, a program “for youth, by youth” – where the power of peer pressure is harnessed to prevent delinquent and violent behavior in young people.
  • Founded the Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village where hundreds of children and their parents gather every year to participate in a safe trick or treat program.
  • Organized the family oriented “Movies-On-The-Lawn” program at local parks and beaches which draws hundreds of families at each performance.
  • Coordinated a “Basketball Shootout” sponsored by the Mercurio Basketball Camp at Crab Meadow Beach where two winners received a FREE TWO-WEEK CAMP SESSION at the Mercurio Basketball Camp, compliments of the Mercurio Basketball Camp of Greenlawn. 
  • Hosted Annual Sand Castle Contest at Crab Meadow Beach, open to residents in two age categories – for both solo and group competitions, ages 16 & under and ages 17 & up.
  • Created the Annual “Hunting-Tony” Awards program to recognize and showcase the talented and dedicated high school students who participate in the school’s extracurricular theatrical productions.
  • Initiated the Town of Huntington’s Community Mural Project, utilizing teen art apprentices from the Huntington Youth Bureau’s Project Excel, who worked under the guidance of a professional artist, to create a vision of sailboats and the Huntington Lighthouse in Huntington Harbor. This huge mural can be seen at the rear of the municipal parking lot on the west side of the 200 block of New York Avenue in Huntington Village.
  • Held seminar for teens and families to teach the basic skills needed to manage finances as they prepare for and enter college.
  • Sponsored the Tobacco Advertising Law, which prohibits cigarette advertising within 1000 feet of a school, day care or park. This initiative was used as a model by municipalities throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and updated to include beaches. Councilman Cuthbertson was honored by the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island for passing a resolution calling on tobacco retailers to sign a commitment to youth pledge, which required the removal of tobacco advertisements from windows.
  • Sponsored the design and construction of a concrete skate park at Veterans Park in East Northport. The TOH was awarded a $250,000 grant through the NY State Environmental Protection Fund Municipal Parks Program, funded by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund that will support the skatepark construction.
  • Sponsored the purchase of speed machines and coordinated with the 2nd Precinct and local school districts to use the machine as a traffic calming device near schools.
  • Sponsored to authorize a pilot use educational agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Fuchs Pond Preserve for a summer nature study program. The site was acquired for the purpose of providing center-based environmental and outdoor learning programs. 
  • Co-sponsored annual Youth Baseball Clinic with Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Kindervision as a way for youth to participate, compete And gain skills, while learning the importance of physical fitness.