The Town of Huntington was impacted by Superstorm Sandy as never before in its history. In the wake Sandy, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson pushed LIPA and other local utilities to help get Town residents our fair share of local resources.
One day after Sandy’s departure, Councilman Cuthbertson toured some of the hardest areas in the town, along with his fellow colleagues on the Town Board – who were joined by Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer to witness and assess the devastation firsthand. Inland and coastline communities were not spared by Sandy’s wrath.
To help residents, homeowners and business owners in the Town’s recovery efforts, Councilman Cuthbertson was instrumental in providing an area at Town Hall for those who were without power and internet access –to plug-in, connect and conduct operations via computer terminals and unlimited WiFi.
To further help homeowners and businesses recover from Sandy, Councilman Cuthbertson initiated a special evening at Town Hall on November 29, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy Recovery Night. This culminated in a partnership with two construction industry associations, the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). LIBI and NARI–offering advice about choosing contractors, assessing competing bids from contractors, and to answer specific questions about the construction process. This special evening event also enabled the Town’s Department of Building and Housing to waive application fees and to process, approve and expedite building permits on that night.
“ The Town’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Night is Huntington’s version of the three “R”s—Repair, Restore and Rebuild,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “Now that residents and businesses have obtained their damage assessments and received their insurance settlements, they are ready to start the construction process. We want residents and businesses to know that we are there to help ease the stress of repairing, restoring and rebuilding.”
The Town also partnered with Gold Coast Bank, the Huntington, Melville and East Northport Chambers of Commerce to promote recovery of businesses affected by the hurricane, as well as with the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which has established a program to grant sales tax relief to small businesses that needed to purchase material and equipment to rebuild.