testimonals.jpg

Hurricane Sandy
~ "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!” Judith Thompson

Trails Guide
~ "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

Volunteer Recruitment
~ "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

 Hunting-Tony's
~ "I have been a volunteer judge with the Hunting-Tony Awards since day one and am proud to be a part of this program.  I am extremely impressed by the level of talent and dedication demonstrated by the students in our community. I especially enjoy watching the students from all of the school districts in Huntington come together during the awards ceremony to support and cheer each other on. Congratulations to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for bringing this program to Huntington!" Joyce Ianniciello, Volunteer Judge for the Hunting-Tony Awards

Parks/Playgrounds
~ “My family and I really enjoy checking out the parks and playgrounds in the Town of Huntington. It never ceases to amaze us the vast majority of playground equipment the Town offers and how much fun my two children have trying it all out. Two of our favorite parks are Heckscher Park in  Huntington and Mr. P’s Boundless Playground in East Northport. Mr. P’s Playground is very special and always filled with children of all ages and abilities for my two to play with. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for being such an advocate of our parks and open spaces.” Penny Pase Rickman, East Northport

Stronger Code Enforcement
~ “Councilman Mark Cuthbertson hosted several code enforcement summits. The meeting held in May, 2010 for the Huntington Station Community reviewed and discussed new and updated code enforcement initiatives including illegal housing/apartments and quality of life concerns such as litter, debris, abandoned vehicles and graffiti. He also led the charge in authorizing additional town attorneys to prosecute violations; having public safety personnel monitor apartment advertising to look for signs of illegal housing; approving higher fines for violations and eliminating an exemption of registration fees for Section 8 apartments; and reinstituting a zoning violations bureau. Keeping communities updated on issues and strengthening Town Code where needed is of vital importance for the quality of life for all Town residents and help the business community to thrive.” Keith Barrett

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

Breezy Park
~ “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

Mountain Biking
~ “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

Hilaire Woods
~ “Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has been an advocate for parks and open space since supporting the first open space referendum in 1998. With his support, in 2002 Hilaire Woods was added to the inventory and with that addition, the town gained an eight acre site of sloped woodland of local ecological value, a wonderful footpath for community recreation and greenspace linked to the historic Village Green. This footpath is now listed as one of the trails in the Huntington Trails Guide.” – Rob Ripp, Huntington

Clam/Oyster Grow Out Program (FLUPSY)
~ “Times were hard for baymen during the drastic decline of clams and oysters in the Long Island Sound. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stepped forward to sponsor a new program to the Town – the shellfish growout program – and since that time, the shellfish population has been on the rise. In fact, in Charlie Murphy’s fifty years as a bayman, he’s never seen as many oysters in Huntington waters as he sees today. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson for keeping the our heads above water!” Charlie Murphy and Dan Crowe, North Shore Baymens Association

Skateparks
~ “Councilman Cuthbertson listened to the kids stepping one by one up to the podium at a 2001 town board meeting. It was then he formed a skatepark committee. Three years later Greenlawn Skatepark opened. Three years later the state of the art Veterans Skatepark opened. The Lenny Lamb Memorial Skating Event continues and Ramp Camp fills to capacity each year in teaching our next generation of skaters. Thank you for getting the skating and bmx biking community in safe town parks.” – Joe Mannix and Steve Zacharevitz, Huntington Skatepark Committee

Harborfields Library
~ “I am happy to report that as of 11:15 am, on May 2, 2013, we closed on the refinancing of the Harborfields Public Library $6,090,000 bond. I want to thank you for sponsoring the Tax Pledge Agreement, which made this refinancing possible. The taxpayers in the Harborfields Library District will be saving $900,000 over the next twenty years. Once again thank you for your help and support.” –Carol Albano, Director, Harborfields Public Library


Carpenter Farm
~“The community is thrilled with the acquisition of Carpenter Farm. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson’s tireless efforts working with the community and the Open Space Committee was an integral part in making this acquisition a reality. This 12.4 acre special piece of property will be used for passive parkland and educational purposes. This is a significant addition to the Town’s parkland inventory with its historic and environmental value. Thanks to Councilman Cuthbertson and his colleagues an important part of Greenlawn’s history will be preserved.” Kate Levine, Friends of Carpenter Farm


Business Community
~ “Thank you Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for helping sustain the Town of Huntington business economy. Your urging the Governor and New York State Legislature to place limits on the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area to eliminate saturation, has helped the small business owner tremendously against falling prey to the big box stores.” – Milan Patel, Huntington


Senior Kayaking
~ “Everyone loves the sand, beach, beautiful views of the water, especially the seniors who go regularly to the Town of Huntington Senior Beach House at Centerport Beach. Last year, Councilman Cuthbertson made this summertime jewel even more special with the addition of a kayak rack to be used by our seniors at NO CHARGE! The rack is full and since that time, we’ve formed a kayak club that meets on Saturday mornings. Thanks for making this great place even better Councilman Cuthbertson!” – Anita Vlismas, Kayak Club


Bocce
~ “Bocce is not just a game, it’s a sport and thanks to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson more people in the Town of Huntington know that today. Over a decade ago Councilman Cuthbertson hosted the first annual town bocce tournament. Since that time, more and more people have gained interest in testing their skills and enjoying this highly competitive sport. Bocce courts have been  added and renovated throughout the Town to accommodate many enthusiastic players as the sport continues to grow. A few years back, the American Bocce Club was formed and continues to bring in new players. In addition, Huntington now has Long Islands first Special Olympics bocce training program." Peter Rabito, American Bocce Club


Prime Avenue
~ "February 5, 2013 was a great day for residents living near 114 Prime Avenue, Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsored a resolution denying the issuance for a Certificate of Approval preventing a three bay service station from coming in to our neighborhood. That, along with testimony given and the documentation presented, determined that a business of that nature would have had an adverse impact on the historic character of the Mill Lane Historic District. Thank you Councilman Cuthbertson, on behalf of the residents of Mill Lane and the 500 plus residents who signed the petition, for preserving the historic residential character of our beautiful neighborhood.”  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.” Rosemarie Menta


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