First Step Taken to Create a Blueway Trail

Over the past twelve months, I have been helping to pave the way for the Town of Huntington’s first “Blueway Trail.” Thanks to a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension and a New York State Environmental Protection Fund grant, this coastal-front trail will highlight many cultural and historic points of interest along Huntington’s picturesque north shore.

"Finding Nemo" - drive-in movie at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport on Thursday, July 21st

This year is the thirteenth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by the Town of Huntington – and major sponsor Huntington Honda. This year’s lineup will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Our third movie of the summer brings us back to the Crab Meadow Beach “Drive-In” on Thursday, July 21st in Northport with “FINDING NEMO” (Rated PG). After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clown fish sets out on a journey to bring him home. [RAIN DATE: JULY 28TH]

In addition to the July 21st showing of FINDING NEMO; we would like to invite you to enter the Town’s Fifth Annual Sand Castle Contest at Crab Meadow Beach. The Sand Castle Contest is open to Huntington Residents in two AGE categories – for both solo and group competitions: Ages 16 & Under and Ages 17 & Up. Two lucky winners will receive a gift certificate to LaCasa Café…Complements of LaCasa. Gates to Crab Meadow Beach will open at 4pm for those registered in the Sand Castle Contest. To register or for more info, please call 631-351-3112 or visit the Town’s website: and click on the Movies on the Lawn banner on the bottom of the homepage. [RAIN DATE: JULY 28TH]


For our last movie of the summer, we will be heading to Peter Nelson Park in Huntington Station (located next to Stimson Middle School on Oakwood Road) on Monday, August 15TH for Walt Disney’s INSIDE OUT (Rated PG). This animated tale follows the life of a young girl named Riley, who us uprooted from her Midwest home and moves to San Francisco. Her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. [RAIN DATE: AUGUST 22ND]

All movies begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, including the drive-in performances, in the event the drive-in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather on the “Rain Date,” the movie will be held indoors at the ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL auditorium, 478 Elwood Road, Elwood and begin at 7:30 pm.

For the most up-to date information on performances, please visit: or call 631-351-3112. 


Press Conference to Announce New Legislation to Prohibit Smoking at Athletic Fields

Recently, I held a press conference at Tri-Village Field in Greenlawn to announce new legislation that is aimed at prohibiting smoking at all Town-owned athletic fields. The legislation is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, August 16 at 2pm to consider this proposed measure. I was joined by Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer and local resident, Daniel Stratton.

I stated, “The goal of my legislation is to protect residents and their families from the health concerns related to secondhand smoke. If passed, this will extend my no smoking legislation to include playgrounds, beaches and athletic fields. My sincere thanks to Legs. William“Doc” Spencer for his support. And a special thanks to resident, Daniel Stratton for bringing this proposed code amendment to my attention,”

For a copy of this legislation or for more information, please call 631-351-3171 or send an e-mail to:



"Max" - Drive-in movie at Crab Meadow Beach on Thursday, July 14th



Registration Open for St. Joseph's Free NY Worker Training Program

St. Joseph's College is offering FREE NY Worker Training Program at the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center at 1264 NY Avenue in Huntington Station.

Registration is now open for classes starting MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016! Classes offered every Monday & Tuesday starting at 6 pm. Call 631-385-2305 for more information and to register.



Mercurio Basketball Shootout on 7/7/16 at Crab Meadow Beach

The Mecurio Basketball Camp will be holding a “BASKETBALL SHOOTOFF” on Thursday, July 7th at Crab Meadow Beach from 6pm to 7pm.  Ages 5 to 7 & 8 to 10.

Two winners will receive a free 2-week camp session to the Mecurio Basketball Camp.

The competition will take place before the Drive-in movie – “MAX” at Crab Meadow Beach.

For information and to register, contact Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at: 631-351-3112



Huntington Dedicates Historic Markers Commemorating Greenlawn's Pickle King

Greenlawn – I joined Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilwomen Susan A. Berland and Tracey A. Edwards and the Town’s African American Historic Designation Council June 18th in dedicating two historic markers highlighting the contributions of Samuel Ballton, the 19th-century escaped slave who rose to become Greenlawn’s Pickle King.

The markers, in the municipal parking lot between Broadway and Gaines Avenue and at the intersection of Taylor and Boulevard Avenues, note several houses Ballton built near each location.

Samuel Ballton was born into slavery in Virginia. He escaped the South during the Civil War and eventually settled in Greenlawn in 1873, where he started as a tenant farmer for one of the Town’s wealthiest landowners. Later, while employed as a shareholder for the owner of the largest farm in Greenlawn, he gained much attention by growing record numbers of cucumbers and cabbages. He earned the nickname of the “Pickle King” as a result of growing and processing 1.5 million pickles in one season.

Moving beyond tenant farming, Mr. Ballton was able to gain capital while serving as buying agent for a large Boston pickle house. He began to buy land and houses near the new railroad line, which got him on the path toward being a successful landowner, entrepreneur and founding member of the Greenlawn community. He died on April 30, 1917 at the age of 79.

Following the ceremony, Town Historian Robert Hughes led a walking tour past some of Mr. Ballton’s houses, starting at the Smith Street marker and ending at the Taylor/Boulevard Avenues one. A reception was held following the tour at the Harborfields Public Library.



Del Frisco's Grille To Open at Walt Whitman Shops

I helped to welcome Del Frisco’s Grille to their new home located at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on June 15th [former home of Legal Seafood] – at #160 Walt Whitman Road. It's important to note that their Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, June 24th and they are currently taking reservations.


I'm pictured with fellow Board Member, Councilwoman Susan Berland, along with Andrew Adamson, Del Frisco’s General Manager, Seth Barton, Del Frisco’s Executive Chef, Allie Tunick, Del Frisco’s Host, Nick D’Ambrosio, Del Frisco’s Regional Manager and Keith Brown, of the Harris Beach Law Firm at the June 15th Ribbon Cutting at the Del Frisco Grille located at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.



"Grace" Fundraiser and Red Carpet Premier

For individuals and families who are battling substance abuse and addiction the light at the end of the tunnel can be painfully long. And incredibly difficult to comprehend.

An inspiring short film of one woman’s experience with addiction and recovery debuted at a fundraiser in Northport. Marisa Vitali, a filmmaker and native of Northport, based her movie on her own personal struggles with addiction and recovery.

Marisa partnered with the Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force on June 7th at the John Engeman in Northport to premier her inspiring film, “Grace."


I am pictured with Sean Boylan, Scott Norcott, Patti Bergbuchler, and Anthony Ferrandino of the Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force, along with actress/filmmaker, Marisa Vitali and Mary Silberstein and Candice Reeder of the Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force at the Engman Theatre’s red carpet premier.


Take a Bow at the 6th Annual Hunting-Tony Awards

Northport -- The sixth annual Hunting-Tony Awards, held at the John W. Engeman Theater, packed the house with students, parents and faculty members who were involved in their high schools’ extra-curricular theatrical productions over the 2015/2016 school year. The Hunting-Tony’s had twenty-five categories that recognized acting, singing, dance performances, stage crew, scenery, orchestra pits, costumes and technical productions.

Sponsored by Town of Huntington Councilmembers Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland, and the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, the Hunting-Tony Awards ceremony featured a pre-show in which student nominees, many of whom wore tuxedos and evening gowns, walked the red carpet. The show began with opening remarks from Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland and featured musical numbers from Cold Spring Harbor High School’s “Jekyll & Hyde” Huntington High School’s “The Little Mermaid” and Harborfields High School’s “Anything Goes.”  To view clips of some of the performances at the event, go to the Town's Facebook page.