On Wednesday, September 6, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's press conference where he announced a new project that will help protect Long Island's water quality. The project is part of a $10.4 Million dollar investment and will include a five-point restoration plan for ALL of Long Island in partnership Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY Stony Brook.
"We were elated to hear Gov. Cuomo's announcement about this environmentally sensitive project - the first of its kind in the United States," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
This has been a work in progress. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Huntington partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension and FEMA to repair the FLUPSY (Floating Upweller System) in Huntington Harbor that had suffered severe damage during the storm.
"Gov. Cuomo’s announcement further illustrates the commitment our state and local governments have in developing the proper infrastructure to improve our water quality," added Cuthbertson.
East Northport – As a result of a new social media presence and innovative programs, the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter just completed one of its most successful weeks in years, placing seven dogs, including one who had been a shelter resident for two years.
A Massachusetts woman first noticed Stewy, a Great Dane mix, on the shelter’s Facebook page and began a correspondence with shelter director Jerry Mosca about the dog, who had been difficult to place during his two-year stay because of his size and strength. The woman met Mosca and Stewy in person last weekend. “She fell in love with the dog and took him home,” Mosca said. “She has been emailing me since then and sending me photos, showing me how well he has adapted to his new environment.”
Stewy’s stay at the shelter was the longest of any of the dogs adopted last week, but also on the list was Yoda, a pit bull mix who had been at the shelter for more than a year. And while Massachusetts was clearly the farthest someone came to adopt last week, other dogs moved to new homes in Hicksville, Centereach and Kings Park.
The Town has been at the forefront of instituting cutting-edge programs to help prepare dogs for adoptions, including working with shelter dogs to make sure they have basic obedience skills and instituting play groups to enhance socialization. The Town established the Facebook page to increase awareness of the shelter’s activities; created the not-for-profit Give A Dog A Dream Foundation as a vehicle to accept donations to assist the shelter in meeting dogs’ needs; and recently began a Dog of the Week program, choosing a dog each week for which the shelter’s adoption fees will be waived.
Persons interested in learning more about the Give A Dog a Dream Foundation or in donating to it should visit the Animal Shelter page on the Town’s website.
Two major changes affecting how Huntington residents recycle paper, glass, bottles and electronic waste produced significant increases in 2015. At the beginning of 2015, the Town began single stream recycling, allowing residents to put all recyclables into a single can, which is collected weekly. Previously, residents were required to separate bottles and cans from newspapers, magazines and cardboard and put them out for collection on alternate weeks. As a result of this change, which made recycling more convenient, the amount of recyclables collected increased by just under 10 percent: from 13,327.44 tons collected in 2014 to 14,609.23 tons in 2015.
The second change applied to electronic waste such as televisions, computers, computer printers and monitors. For many years, the Town has accepted e-waste at the Town’s Recycling Center, 642 New York Avenue, Huntington, and in 2013 began a program of allowing residents to call for curbside pickup. On January 1, 2015, a state law took effect making e-waste recycling mandatory by banning the collection of e-waste with regular garbage. The Town and its contracted refuse carters began placing stickers on e-waste left out with regular garbage informing residents of the law and listing the options for disposal, including drop-off at the Recycling Center, curbside pickup, taking it to a participating store and sending it back to the manufacturer. As a result, calls for curbside pickup nearly quadrupled in 2015, with 2,391 calls, as compared to 643 in 2014.
In an effort to help provide Town of Huntington residents with more ways to communicate and receive important information, the Town has launched two new Facebook pages:
Huntington Animal Shelter:
Huntington Parks and Recreation Department:
Please "Like" these pages and share them with your family, friends and neighbors. It's a great way to keep informed of the wonderful programs and services that are offered through the Town of Huntington
New to the Expo this year is the ability to safely dispose of medicines, an effort co-sponsored by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Please bring any unused medicine to the event for proper disposal. The Family Earth Day Expo will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Huntington Town Hall (100 Main Street, Huntington)
Looking for a job in the Healthcare field? The Huntington Opportunity Resource Center (HORC) along with the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs invites you to attend an onsite healthcare recruitment event. The event will take place on Thursday, April 16th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center at 1264 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746. For more information, call 631-385-2305.
Family Earth Day Expo - Saturday, April 25th
The Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2015 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main St., Huntington. (Rain or Shine.) Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment.
Special thanks to this year's Co-sponsors:
Covanta, Safety Shred and Trader Joe's!
Here are few things we have in store for April 25:
* Paper Shredding
* Boat Wrap Recycling
* The Green Showcase
And new to the EXPO this year:
Medicine Disposal drop-off!
For more info, call 351-3171 or visit:
Starting in 2015, state law bans some type of electronic waste – televisions, computers, computer monitors and peripherals, printers, VCR’s, games, etc. – from being recycled with regular garbage. It must be recycled.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Call 631-351-3239 to make an appointment for a curbside pick up
- Bring the e-waste to the Town recycling center at 641 New York Avenue, Huntington
- Bring the equipment to a participating electronics retailer
As part of the Daly Road/Hauppauge Road sidewalk and traffic calming project, the slip ramp that currently allows southbound traffic to continue on Daly Road at the intersection with Larkfield and Hauppauge Roads will be closed, permanently, beginning tomorrow, March 31.
Southbound traffic wanting to continue on Daly will have to make a right turn at the intersection. The project will include construction of a dedicated right turn lane at the intersection.
The project also includes three new traffic signals on Daly Road at the Blacksmith Lane, Wicks Road and Willoughby Path intersections; these signals will be configured as “rest in red” function to control traffic speed. They are in the process of being installed.
The plans also include installing a sidewalk on the north side of Hauppauge Road.
The goal of the project is to calm traffic on Daly Road and improve pedestrian safety on Hauppauge Road. The funding for the project comes from a $700,000 state grant.
All photographers are welcome to submit photos for the Annual Tulip Festival Photo Contest sponsored by the Town of Huntington and Astoria Bank. For the 2014 Tulip Festival Photo Contest, first place and a $150 award check went to Steven Selles of Huntington for his photo, "Springtime at Heckscher." Second place and the $100 prize was awarded to Robert Guido of Huntington for "Reflections" and third place and the $50 prize was awarded to Jovanna Hopkins of Dix Hills for "Mia with Tulips." Two honorable mentions with a $25 prize were awarded to Ruth Semon Fahlbusch of Huntington for “Full Bloom” and to Ross McTyre of Commack for “Three Little Lilies.”
photo: Steven Selles -"Springtime at Heckscher"Read more