Quality of Life

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  • Sponsored resolution to approve 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. 
  • Hosted low cost spay/neutering program for dogs within the Township of Huntington
  • Works with the Huntington Greenway Trails Committee to find suitable on-leash dog walking trails and parks. 
  • Enacted Legislation For On-Leash Dog Walking On Designated Town Trails. The previous Town Code restricted the walking of dogs to paved parking areas and adjacent walkways and concourses only. The Town of Huntington Greenway Trails Committee reviewed sites in the field with representatives from LI-DOG, an advocacy group that supports greater dog access in parks.
  • Councilman Cuthbertson sponsored the resolution authorizing the Town Harbormaster’s Office to establish 5 mph zones during aquatic events and has hosted boating safety forums since then.
  • Joined with YAM Community Resource Inc. (a not-for- profit organization dedicated to serving the underserved Haitian population on Long Island) to champion a humanitarian effort in support of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, one of the hardest hitting storms in Haiti’s history. 
  • Fought to Keep the Waldbaum's Shopping Center in Greenlawn anchored by a supermarket for the community.
  • Enacted legislation to regulate drones so that under Town Code, private property and Town property will be protected from potential intrusive or hazardous use.
  • Spearheaded the successful effort to turn away the MTA from using Greenlawn as their train storage and cleaning yard. 
  • Advocated for residents who were concerned with plan of Pennsylvania-based Company, PPL, to build a 300-magewatt power plant on Townline Road. 
  • Created and distributed thousands of Emergency Pick-Up Point Charts to the boating community. 
  • Urged New York State Liquor Authority to limit the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area. This initiative was successful in avoiding saturation of liquor stores in the Huntington Station area.
  • Spearheaded the installation of a kayak rack – for members of the Town’s Senior Center to use, store and launch kayaks during warm weather months at no cost to seniors.
  • Sponsored a well-received Boating Safety Forum held at Town Hall in August of 2012. The Town partnered with the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs and the Huntington Harbormaster’s Office. In addition, members of the United States Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Suffolk County Police Marine Division, Neptune Power Squadron, local fire departments and Incorporated Villages joined in this endeavor. Topics included Weather & Communication, Vessel Preparation, Emergencies and Search & Rescue scenarios.
     
  • Sponsored a resolution to acquire a new 24-foot Justice Boston Whaler marine law enforcement vessel equipped with twin Mercury 200hp outboards, full electronics and police package – provided at no cost to the Town through a New York State Parks and Recreation & Historic Preservation Marine Law Enforcement Program. The newly commissioned vessel “M-2,” is valued at $175,000 and currently utilized by the Town’s Bay Constables for patrol of its harbors and waterways.
  • Sponsored legislation to promote and provide the Town’s Bay Constables with an additional tool for enforcement – by enacting legislation that now authorizes its Harbormasters Office to use discretion in setting temporary 5-mph speed zones. This temporary speed restriction was very well received during the Huntington Lighthouse’s annual Music Fest celebration that took place in the middle of Huntington Harbor over Labor Day weekend in 2012, which helped to keep the waters safe and mitigate crowds.