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. 
  • Worked with the Huntington Greenway Trails Committee to find suitable on-leash dog walking trails and parks.
  • Enacted Legislation to allow 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. On leash dog walking is now permitted, with the exception of Heckscher Park and Betty Allen Nature Preserve, playgrounds, picnic areas, active recreation areas, town camps and town beaches (except for paved areas and boardwalks at town beaches). This allows more places where residents can bring their dogs and make the Town’s policy consistent with Suffolk County’s policy.
  • Worked with the Huntington Greenway Trails Committee to create a trails guide, listing the various trails within Huntington Parks and preserves for residents to explore.
  • Waived fees at Town shelter for pit bulls and pit bull mixes during Pit Bull Awareness Month, as well as offering a free spaying and neutering program.
  • TB appropriated $12,000 from the Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund to purchase 60 trees for Heckscher Park, completing the planting of 100 trees in commemoration of the park’s 100th anniversary. The board also approved a $5,000 appropriation from the same fund to create uniform trail signage at Town parks, focusing on the 42 trails identified in the Town Trails Guide.
  • Pressed the 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Organized fundraising effort to help those displaced by a fire in Centerport.
  • Fought to Keep the Waldbaum's Shopping Center in Greenlawn anchored by a supermarket for the community which is now Greenlawn Farms.
  • Enacted legislation to regulate drones so that under Town Code, private property and Town property will be protected from potential intrusive or hazardous use.
  • Created and distributed thousands of Emergency Pick-Up Point Charts to the boating community. 
  • 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 Boating Safety Forum held at Town Hall. 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 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 vessel “M-2,” is valued at $175,000 and currently utilized by the Town’s Bay Constables for patrol of its harbors and waterways.
  • Supported the funding for the major renovation and inclusion of a second slab of ice at the Dix Hills Ice Rink.
  • Established a “Try hockey for free day” and learn to play hockey instructional program in conjunction with the NY Rangers and NHL and the Dix Hills Hockey Rink.
  • 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.
  • Spray park to be built at Elwood Park beginning Spring 2018 in memory of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo.  The 2500 sq. foot park area is to be funded by the developer of the Seasons at Elwood as part of its community benefits agreement and the Town’s Park Improvement Fund.
  • Sweet Hollow Park located in the former Meyers Farm in Melville includes passive parkland, walking trails, bocce, tennis, pickle ball and basketball courts, exercise equipment , children’s playground and picnic tables.