~“My neighbors and I cannot thank Councilman Cuthbertson enough for helping to get cameras and a police presence in our community. Life is so much better now. Many blessings and a million thanks.”
- Pam Fallon, Huntington
~"I have lived in Melville and DixHills over 50 years and I have observed various Town Officials at numerous Town Board Meetings. It is reassuring to know that Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has outstanding skills and experience. On a personal note, my thanks to Councilman Cuthbertson for preserving acres and acres of land in the Melville and Dix Hills area under the Open Space Program. For years our area was in need of parks, soccer fields and open space where kids could play."
Parks and Recreation
~“It was my honor to present the New York State Recreation and Park Society’s Public Service Award to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for his continuous work in the betterment of the community in which he serves. Cuthbertson’s sweeping legislation that banned smoking in playgrounds and beaches as well as his sponsorship of three bond acts totaling $60 million has provided the Town’s preservation of more than 300 precious acres of open space to help meet the demand for recreational fields throughout Huntington
-Gail Lamberta, Past President of the Long Island Leisure Services Association.
South Huntington: Paumanok Wetlands
~ “With the preservation of the Paumanok Wetlands ten acres, students of the South Huntington School District have hands on learning about the diversity of Long Island resources in studying the habitat and ecosystem. Additional acquisitions benefitting the children of South Huntington include the multi-purpose synthetic fields at Breezy Park and Manor Park. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for your continued support in preserving open space and the renovation/upgrading of our parks.”
- Bill DeBlasio, South Huntington
~ “Councilman Mark Cuthbertson knows how important quality if life and the environment are to the Greenlawn community, which is why he fought to preserve our open space and not allow the MTA to build a train storage lot here. Thank you for all you have done for us, Councilman Cuthbertson!”
- Ken Christensen
~"Eaton's Neck is a special and quiet community comprised if single-family homes, beautiful beaches and home to one of the largest undeveloped tracts of woodland on long island. It’s a close and tight-knit community and Mark Cuthbertson clearly understands our desire to keep things the way they have been for decades. Mark has been responsive to addressing issues at the town-owned Hobart beach and continues to work closely with federal officials to resolve the longstanding issue of protecting Asharoken Avenue from storm surges."
~ “Mark Cuthbertson has worked positively for our town for a number of years. We have been lucky to have him as our Councilman and hope this will continue. In a very close proximity to our home we have Elwood Park, which is a great place for families to gather for picnics and family reunions. It has something for everyone playing fields, playground, bocce courts, fitness area, a picnic pavilion and soon to be added, a splash park. My family and I want to say Thank You Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for always being a watchdog for the betterment of our community! Living in Elwood for 64 years tells it all … it’s a great place to live!!”
Cold Spring Harbor
~ “Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for your ongoing work with preserving open space. The residents of Cold Spring Harbor are so appreciative of the Town of Huntington and North Shore Land Alliance’s working together in preserving over 30 acres of environmentally sensitive coastline property. This property will remain a jewel in our community for generations to come.”
~"As a Mom on a very limited budget, I am always looking for fun and inexpensive recreational activities for my children. Their well being is paramount, and it is no secret that fresh air and exercise are an integral part of good health. Therefore, spending time outside, appreciating the natural beauty of Long Island, is something that we especially appreciate and enjoy. Thanks to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson’s support, the Commack community has access to safe parks and open spaces to enjoy quality family time. My children, their friends and parents in the neighborhood are especially grateful that our favorite sledding hill in Sunshine Acres Park on Townline Road was not only preserved, but improved. Thank you Mr. Cuthbertson for caring for your constituents and for being there for Commack."
Huntington Station: “Melissa Tavern”
~ “Melissa Tavern was a scourge on our community with years of violence. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for helping to shut it down. I look forward to working with you to get more things done.”
-Luis Solano - Huntington Station
~"As a Republican I admire Mark Cuthbertson's bipartisan approach and problem solving abilities. He thinks in terms of what is best for the community and Huntington, regardless of party politics. Mark also has great respect for the environment and strives to acquire open space. His dedication to this goal was never more evident than in the attaining of Sweet Hollow Park, which required great knowledge of the law, creative legislation and true to Mark's nature, many years of commitment."
- Alissa Sue Taff, West Hills, Huntington
~“It’s vitally important that village leaders maintain a close and cooperative working relationship with town leaders to effectively resolve issues and Mark has always been there for the Village of Northport. I can always rely on Mark for following through on requests for assistance and guidance on advancing our outstanding quality of life.”
Sports-Parks and Recreation
~“As a child, Mark excelled on the soccer field as a member of the HBC Soccer Club and as a member of the Town Board, Mark has been a champion of youth sports. He has led efforts to greatly expand recreational facilities throughout Huntington, including the development of five synthetic turf athletic fields. I thank him for his leadership and dedication to our numerous youth sport organizations.”
~"Everyone loves the beauty of Centerport. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has helped preserve open spaces and create parks like Grist Mill and Heron Park. Thanks for helping our community, Councilman Cuthbertson.”
-Harry Acker and Allison Simkins, Centerport
~“Following a devastating fire in Bull Calf Landing in Centerport, many of us were left with just the clothes on our backs. Thankfully we escaped the fire unharmed but everything was lost. Thanks to a community effort organized by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, friends and neighbors generously came forward with gift cards from local stores. While our memorabilia can never be replaced, these gift cards gave us the clothing and necessities needed to enable us to begin the strenuous task of rebuilding our lives. Thank you to Councilman Cuthbertson and the Huntington Community.
-Elizabeth Cambria and John Brill, Centerport
~“Councilman Mark Cuthbertson continues to work with all local Chambers of Commerce to strengthen their downtown business districts to keep them strong and financially stable. Cuthbertson’s sponsorship of annual events here in Huntington Village, such as the Tulip Festival, Halloween Parade, Movies on the Lawn and the Spring Eggstravaganza, attract thousands of visitors, and of course potential customers, giving the Village the opportunity to showcase the vast array of shopping, restaurants, galleries, museums and entertainment available.”
-Mary Alice Meinersman, Bon Bons Chocolatier
~ "The Audubon Woods section of Huntington took a hard hit from Sandy. There were numerous street trees down on each and every block and most, if not all, were adjacent to power lines. As days passed, not one tree crew from the Town or LIPA had been seen. As a last resort for help, I placed a call to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's office. Within the hour you could hear chainsaws buzzing and see the Town's tree crews clearing the roads. The Councilman visited my neighborhood later that afternoon to ensure work crews were here with the necessary equipment and manpower. Thanks to Mr. Cuthbertson's immediate actions, my neighbors and I felt reassured that our lives would soon return to a sense of normalcy."
-Tony Calabro, Huntington
Highview at Huntington, Huntington Station
~ "Thanks to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town Board for their pro active efforts for first time home buyers and toward the revitalization efforts being made in Huntington Station and throughout the Town of Huntington . In 2001, I was lucky and blessed to be one of the lottery winners at Highview at Huntington. This was a great opportunity for me and to the other 99 families who also became homeowners in this beautiful, well maintained, heart of the Station, diverse friendly community, in which I along with many of my neighbors love to call our home! It's 12 years now and I truly have enjoyed the enlightening experiences living here and every single moment of homeownership!”
~ "As an avid cyclist and member of CLIMB (Concerned LI Mountain Bicyclists) I am often biking on the many wonderful trails that reside within our natural spaces. I have reached for the Town of Huntington Trails Guide many times when I am looking for a way to explore nature with my family. I wish to thank Councilman Cuthbertson for sponsoring the creation of the Trails Guide and for his commitment to promoting and preserving our parks and preserves." Bruce Howe
~ "As a fire commissioner, I know first hand how important it is to recruit new volunteers. The Town of Huntington's volunteer recruitment campaign for our local fire and ems squads has definitely made a difference. Many of our new recruits came to an open house and eventually became volunteers as a result of this effort. I want to thank Councilman Cuthbertson for emphasizing the importance of volunteerism and sponsoring this initiative which ultimately benefits the entire community."
-Harry Acker, Centerport
-Joyce Ianniciello, Volunteer Judge for the Hunting-Tony Awards
-Penny Pase Rickman, East Northport
Stronger Code Enforcement
Steep Slope Legislation
~ “All vacant land in Huntington is environmentally sensitive. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson’s Steep Slope Legislation in 2005 set forth to preserve these lands and to protect the character of Huntington before it is too late. The new ordinance regulates subdivisions of or construction of any land that contains a hill or slope greater than 10%, including those smaller plots that require only building permits. This helps protect the hillside lands that are wooded with native species that have not been disturbed over the years. It also prevents more trees and understory from being removed that could cause a host of environmental problems including erosion, flooding, destruction of natural habitat for wildlife and the loss of the rural ambiance that makes Huntington so beautiful and special.” -Jane Goebel, Friends of Huntington Farmlands, Inc.
DeForest Williams Property
~ “Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for co-sponsoring the June 4, 2013 resolution for the Town of Huntington to acquire and preserve the DeForest Williams Property, also known as Wawapek Farm, in Cold Spring Harbor through a joint partnership with the North Shore Land Alliance and Suffolk County. This 27.18 acre parcel of wooded land overlooking the harbor provides such an important habitat for many species of birds, plants and mammals and, when the joint acquisition partnership is finalized in the days to come, will be a very beautiful passive parkland for all Town residents to enjoy.”
-Lisa W. Ott, North Shore Land Alliance
Northport American Legion
~ “Councilman Mark Cuthbertson worked relentlessly for the proposed Soundview Veterans Center. Unfortunately, due to difficult economic times, the total funding needed for this new state of the art facility could not be obtained. However, all was not lost. Cuthbertson worked with the state/governmental agencies that did appropriate dollars towards a new center and had the funding transferred to upgrade the Northport American Legion building. Post 694 is in the process of several major renovations including making it handicap accessible for our aging veteran membership. This really is a giant step for our Legion.”
-Jim Mahoney, Northport American Legion Post 694
Local Preference Law
~ “A small business cannot always be competitive in a bidding process. In 2011, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson took consideration of the small local business and instituted a Local Preference Law to grant businesses located within the Town of Huntington a five per cent margin when submitting proposals against out of town companies. The intent of this newly adopted legislation is to keep business and tax dollars within the local Huntington economy. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for keeping your eye on the ball!” -Michael DeLuise, President, Melville Chamber of Commerce
~ “The acquisition of the Mohlenhoff Property and ultimate opening of Breezy Park meant so much to so many. This nine acre piece of property was slated to become a bus station cleaning facility. It sits above one of the nine aquifers on Long Island and is part of the West Hills/Melville Special Groundwater Protection area. It is adjacent to hundreds of acres of preserved land. Through the efforts of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, his colleagues and the Open Space Committee it now hosts several recreational playing fields that give children from Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Station and throughout Huntington the opportunity to come and play together and it pays tribute to a young lady that in her 13 years touched the lives of so many.”
-Mark & Danielle Hamer and David & Nanette Pennetta
~ “A few years back, thanks to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and with support of his colleagues, the very first mountain bike trail opened up in the Town of Huntington. Councilman Cuthbertson, being an open space/parkland advocate, was completely agreeable in having members of C.L.I.M.B. map out a moderate to challenging biking trail in Meadowlark Park (which adjoins Veterans Park). Trail stewards maintain this tight, twisty, technical terrain for all mountain to enjoy and help in keeping physically fit!”
-Michael Vitti, Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists
-Rob Ripp, Huntington
-Charlie Murphy and Dan Crowe, North Shore Baymens Association
-Joe Mannix and Steve Zacharevitz, Huntington Skatepark Committee
–Carol Albano, Director, Harborfields Public Library
-Kate Levine, Friends of Carpenter Farm
-Milan Patel, Huntington
–Anita Vlismas, Kayak Club
-Peter Rabito, American Bocce Club
-Members of "Stop Seamus Coyle Service Station Historical Group"
Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall
~ “In October, 2010 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson brought the traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to Huntington. This took months to achieve and during the Wall’s week long stay at Peter Nelson Park, thousands were able to come and pay tribute to the 58,000 Americans listed who died or are missing during the Vietnam War. Seeing, touching and experiencing its magnitude offered unforgettable moments of reflection and healing for many. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for bringing this Memorial to Huntington and reminding us to never forget the sacrifices so many men and women made in the name of freedom.”
-General Anthony Kropp
Movies on the Lawn
“When I first heard about the Movies on the Lawn Program I knew this would be something that my family would truly enjoy. The movies offered each year always provide great family entertainment. The parks, playgrounds, beach and activities offered always provide a great atmosphere while waiting for the movie to begin. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for giving families the time to sit back, relax, see a great movie and enjoy uninterrupted quality family time together.”
MTA Proposal/Lake & Pulaski Roads
~ “I first met Councilman Mark Cuthbertson in 2000 when, as Long Island's transit watchdog, I learned that the MTA was planning to construct a huge railroad storage and maintenance complex in the midst of our neighborhood. I quickly found an ally in Mark who called a press conference to alert the community. He then used the power of his office to organize a massive protest to demand that the officials responsible for the plan trash it or be held accountable. As a direct result, within months, Governor Pataki directed the MTA to cancel the project. Few people can claim credit for defeating the MTA. We owe our thanks to Mark for taking decisive action and preserving the residential character of our neighborhood.”
-Larry Silverman, Huntington