Public Safety

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  • Urged the NYS Liquor Authority to revoke Melissa Tavern’s liquor license amid numerous health and safety violations. Noting the longstanding history of violence at this location, the NY State Liquor Authority not only denied Melissa’s application, but will not approve any license to serve at this location for at least the next couple of years. 
  • Introduced measures aimed at requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in restaurants and other commercial buildings. Proposed an amendment to Town Code so carbon monoxide detectors can be installed quickly in all places of assembly.
  • During the holiday season, reminds shoppers that the town increases efforts to enforce illegal handicapped and fire zone parking.
  • Partnered with the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs for the Huntington Safe Boating Week Festival at Mill Dam Park in Halesite with a Nautical Flea Market. 
  • Sponsored N.Y. State Boaters Safety Course on the fundamentals of safe boating such as safe loading & operation, navigation rules, getting underway and accidents & emergencies and much more.
  • Supported the accessory apartment law and raising the fines for code violations, including the Housing Enforcement Action Team (H.E.A.T) and Operation HAIL Storm (Huntington Against Illegal Landlords) – a major initiative to combat and crackdown on illegal housing and apartments throughout Huntington.
  • Hosted a Code Enforcement Summit to review and discuss new and updated Code Enforcement initiatives including illegal housing/apartments and quality of life concerns such as litter, debris, abandoned vehicles and graffiti. 
  • Increased Fines for having an illegal Accessory Apartments and doubled the minimum permit fees for having an unpermitted accessory apartment.
  • Created a zero-tolerance policy to crack down on absentee landlords and those who are repeat offenders for placing apartments into single family homes. 
  • Authorized the investigation of gas stations with convenience stores that illegally sell alcohol. 
  • Sponsored legislation to add “feather banners” as part of the Town Code including limiting their use and location, regulated the size of banners and advertisements, and shrunk the size of temporary signs from 90 square feet to 64 square feet.
  • Adopted a home rule message asking the state legislature to pass a bill and the governor to approve legislation necessary to allow creation of a local civil administrative enforcement bureau to adjudicate violations of local laws and town code in a more timely fashion.
  • Huntington was one of 11 communities statewide to win a $1 million state microgrid grant. Huntington’s proposal would link Town Hall, the Village Green Senior Center, the Huntington YMCA, the Huntington Wastewater Treatment Plant and Huntington Hospital into an electronic grid that would be able to more quickly resume full power operations in the event of massive long power outages.