Councilman Cuthbertson Announces New “Footgolf” Program at Dix Hills Park Golf Course

The Town of Huntington’s Dix Hills Park Golf Course became the first official Footgolf course on Long Island this week as this hybrid sport of golf and soccer was unveiled at the popular nine-hole course facility.

“As an avid golfer and youth soccer coach, I am proud to announce that Huntington is the first on Long Island to offer Footgolf,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “This represents our continued commitment to providing new and enjoyable recreational opportunities for our residents.”

Originally created in the Netherlands, Footgolf is quickly becoming a popular sport across the nation, drawing strong support and interest from children, adults and seniors. “The object is quite simple – kick a soccer ball into a special designed hole with the fewest kicks possible,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “However, it’s something easier said than done.”

The Councilman commended the staff of Integrity Golf Co. for bringing the idea to the attention of the Parks & Recreation Department. Integrity is the management company overseeing operations at Dix Hills and Crab Meadow golf courses. “When we partnered with Integrity, we asked them to develop new ideas to enhance the playing experience while generating additional revenue to help offset our maintenance costs,” Councilman Cuthbertson said.

“We’re thrilled to be sharing our first-class golf facilities with this fun family-oriented alternative game,” said Integrity Golf CEO Gene Garrote, whose Orlando-based company oversees 35 golf facilities in seven states. “I can’t wait to try it myself!”

The game is played the same way as golf, except players use a regulation No. 5 soccer ball instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club. Players begin by kicking the ball from the tee box, hopefully keeping it in play in the fairway.

The object is to get the ball into a special 21-inch round cup, placed to the side and away from the regular golf greens, with the least kicks possible. Players are prohibited from walking on the golf greens or kicking a ball from the surface. Other rules are similar to that of golf.

“This is a great opportunity for a family to enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation without having to invest in expensive equipment, lessons and training,” the Councilman said. “To score well, one has to carefully read the course, execute smart approaches and make accurate putts – just like my golf game.”

The cost to play nine holes is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Soccer balls may be rented for $3 per round.

For more information and to book a tee time, call the Dix Hills Pro Shop at 631-499-8005.

Town Wins Two Significant Decisions in Northport Power Plant Assessment Case

Last week, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that kept in the case the 1997 pledge as part of the agreement between LIPA and LILCO not to challenge the Northport plant's assessment as long as the plant's assessment was not disproportionately increased. The two Appellate Division decisions, in cases filed by the Town of Huntington and the Northport-East Northport School District, noted both a letter then-LIPA chairman Richard Kessel sent to the Town and statements Kessel made to the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. In both instances, Kessel said LIPA and LILCO would drop any pending tax certiorari cases and not initiate any further ones at any time in the future.

These decisions can be considered big wins for the Town and the school district. How big? The analyst at Moody's Investors Service who follows the Northport-East Northport School District called the decision "credit positive" for the school district and noted that "the ruling will benefit other local governments on New York's Long Island with tax bases that also have significant exposure to LIPA." The analyst specifically cited the Town as one of those governments.

The second development was action by the Town Board in response to recent state legislation requiring LIPA and National Grid to study the feasibility of repowering the Northport Plant. In a resolution we sponsored, the Town Board, at the July 11 meeting, voted to create a "Repower Now Citizens Committee." This nine-member committee will include representatives from the Town, the school district, the Villages of Northport and Asharoken, as well as persons with engineering and sustainable energy backgrounds. Creating this committee will allow local residents to provide input into the LIPA-National Grid repowering analysis.

We have said since the outset of LIPA filing its assessment challenge that repowering Northport would provide a solution both to the assessment case and to Long Island's future energy needs. We have contended that repowering existing plants such as Northport is more cost-effective than building new plants and have offered not to increase the assessment on the plant to reflect any improvements that are the result of repowering. We hope that the Repower Now Citizens Committee will help provide relevant information that will help the LIPA-National Grid feasibility study reach the same conclusion. The Town is currently seeking experts to serve on the Committee.

We are at the place in the case - pretrial proceedings -- where events develop slowly. But do no read the lack of new information as an indication that we have weakened our resolve. We still stand firm and united in our determination to beat back LIPA's effort to slash its taxes while raising yours.

We will continue contacting you when we have new things to report.


Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Cuthbertson Announces a New "Outdoor Fitness Center" at Elwood Park

Elwood, NY- Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently announced a new pilot program at Elwood Park that offers Town of Huntington residents with a unique opportunity to exercise outdoors -- and have their friends or family join them.

“Not everyone can afford a gym membership, own or have the extra space for exercise equipment, but that should not prevent someone from working out and adopting a healthier lifestyle,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “That was the idea for installing an outdoor fitness center at Elwood Park. Now anyone who wants to stay in shape can have access to five pieces of adult exercise apparatus to trim, tone and strengthen."

The outdoor fitness center is comprised of a circle of five exercise machines designed to give 12 adults at one time a full body “circuit-style” workout. The equipment consists of: • A four-person (pendulum) Abdominal & Dip station • A two-person Lat Pull Down & Chest Press Machine • A four-person Leg Press Machine • A single Rower Machine • A single Elliptical Machine

The Elwood Fitness Center is the third outdoor fitness installation of its kind at a Town of Huntington Park. There is a one-quarter mile long outdoor fitness trail at Dix Hills Park and similar equipment at Savings Court Park. For information on these outdoor fitness centers and the numerous programs and activities offered through the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department, call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson’s Office at 631-351-3171 or email:


Town of Huntington, Suffolk County, and North Shore Land Alliance Purchase DeForest Williams Property in Cold Spring Harbor

The Town of Huntington, Suffolk County, and the North Shore Land Alliance finalized their plan to purchase the DeForest Williams property in Cold Spring Harbor on September 23rd, protecting the environmentally-sensitive land from development.

Suffolk County paid half of the $6 million total purchase price for the 27.1-acre parcel of land and the Town of Huntington and North Shore Land Alliance each chipped in 25 percent.

The North Shore Land Alliance is also purchasing an additional four acres of the property to be used for parking and access to the preserve, which is slated to become passive parkland for visitors to enjoy.

“This is a model that should be replicated: different levels of government coming together with the private sector to pool money and make terrific things happen,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, co-sponsor of the Town’s resolution to purchase the property in June.

“Usually, environmental groups support what you do; here, one is actually involved in the purchase,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who had approached the Land Alliance about becoming a partner in the effort to match the County’s funding for the purchase. “The North Shore Land Alliance’s contribution helps stretch taxpayer dollars and preserve more land.”