Democracy is not a spectator sport and we in the LWV of Huntington are definitely not spectators. We do voter registration drives, sponsor candidate nights, engage students in programs at their schools, help register new citizens at naturalization ceremonies, visit our elected politicians, attend Huntington Town Board meetings, do programs on the environment, health care, government, etc.
You and your friends are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 25 to enjoy a four-course dinner and to prepare us for 2019-2020 + a year that promises to be both exciting and challenging. This year we will honor many of history's Voting Rights Champions. A number of these women and men will be known to you, however, during the evening you may be introduced to individuals whose contributions may be less known but are deeply significant. During the Annual Meeting, Huntington League members will be asked to vote to approve the candidates for the 2019-20 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, the 2019-20 Local Program, and the 2019-20 Budget. You will also be given the opportunity to give instructions to the new Board.
Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $45 per person at the door. Please make your check for advanced tickets payable to the: LWV of Huntington and mail it to the: League of Women Voters of Huntington, P.O. Box 20693, Huntington Station, NY 11746.
The League of Women Voters of Huntington invites you to mark your calendars to hear Linda Sussman in concert. This will be a very special experience as it will give you the opportunity to enjoy Linda's music up close in an intimate home setting. The proceeds of this event will be used to support the League as we prepare for the upcoming election seasons.
Linda Sussman is a renowned Long Island singer/songwriter and is delighted to support our League's work. Her music honors the human spirit, celebrates personal triumphs, rallies for social justice, and invites peace and understanding. And she will play some songs that are just simply fun! Her full band, the Linda Sussman Collective plays at top Long Island venues and headlines at the Bitter End, New York City's iconic Bleecker Street music venue. You can learn more about Linda's music at lindasussman.com.
Tickets are $20. Please RSVP early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange for adequate seating.
This year's LWV State Convention celebrates the centennial anniversary of the founding of the LWV of New York. It also gives you the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new friends who have the same commitment you have in making democracy work. If you are interested in having our Board of Director nominate you to be a delegate at our Annual Member Meeting, please contact us at email@example.com no later than April 12, 2019.
Student leaders representing civic-minded action groups shared information about their clubs and how and why they got involved. They encouraged other students to get involved and make a difference in our community. The student panelists were amazing and inspiring.
In 2018, member dues supported the League of Women Voters of Huntington in:
Your Huntington League membership dues support all levels of League activity. LWV Huntington members and automatically become a member of the Suffolk County, New York State and the United States League of Women Voters. In addition to receiving The Huntington Voter newsletter you will be connected to all County, State, and National League communications. And know that the membership dues you send today will keep you in good standing through June 30, 2019!
If you want to join us in making a real difference, please take a moment to complete our membership application to let us know all the ways you would like to be involved. To join just download the following image or click here to download our Membership Application form. Please print it, fill it out, and mail it along with your dues check to: League of Women Voters of Huntington, PO Box 20693, Huntington Station, NY 11746. to join us today!
Shedding the light on political issues is central to the League of Women Voters of Huntington education and advocacy activities. Our nonpartisan policy requires us to guard against the application of biased or imbalanced information. Therefore, the League of Women Voters of Huntington is conducting programs to help the members of our community become informed on issues that are vital to the general well-being of society and are at the forefront of today's politics. The initial series focused on the current and future state of health care policy.
The State of US Health Care Policy Jan. 25, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTLv1Fr5zM4&feature=youtu.be The League of Women Voters of Huntington examine the logic behind our nation's policy to expand its citizen's access to health insurance coverage. We compare the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Rep. Tom Price's and Rep. Paul Ryan's bills to replace ACA. We also look at how successful ACA has been in meetings its goals in improving the quality, cost, and access to health insurance coverage. Presenter: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington
Health Policy Voices from the Front March 8, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YQQDJMUrW0 Meeting to gain insight about the implementation of health care policy from the perspectives of patients, medical providers, employers, health insurers, and public policymakers. Overview: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington Panelists: Nicole Christensen, MS, CEO, Care Answered Kathy Giffuni, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Dolan Family Health Center Michael B Grosso, MD, FAAP, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Huntington Hospital Lauren Licausi, MA, Director of Human Resources of Cedar Realty Trust William R. "Doc" Spencer, MD, Suffolk County Legislator Jeff Weiner, CEO of HKM Associates Insurance Services
Medicare & Medicaid Myth Busting April 8, 2017 https://youtu.be/a4-no5TzJA4 Meeting to describe the basic components of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, provide evidence that confirms or refutes leading beliefs about the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to identify strategies to navigate participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Overview: Colette Knuth, PhD, League of Women Voters of Huntington Panelists: Michele L. Albohn, CMP, In Good Hands Medicaid Consulting LLC Nancy Gaska, President, WizdomCare Senior Solutions
Watch full length videos of LWVH events, including Meet the Candidates forums, on our YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrXW4czkjOv0BbQ0_1-ghbg).
The speakers who oppose 5G microwave radiation producing antennas on utility poles were told by the Board that a letter had been sent to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer and Rep. Suozzi, seeking information on the safety of these devices.
Bayman, who depend on the waters off Huntington, complained about 4 diesel clam boats with mechanical scrapers that dig up and dredge the bottoms of the bay disturbing future shellfish. This action smoothers baby fish eggs and ruins the State program to plant baby clams. The Baymen's groups were calling for enforcement of the ban on these boats.
The Town Board approved bonding for roads, and improvements for Flanagan Senior center, curbs, sidewalks, ramps, drainage, and traffic signals. Bonds not approved for the purchase of a pay loader and vehicles, improvements for recreational courts, building and facilities, and highway equipment.
Action will be taken against 7 "blighted properties". Recreational and park facilities will require applications, as well as, permit fees due 30 days before an event. Late fees will be additional. Expiration of Special Use or Exemptions to the Zoning Board of Appeals: In the event the Board finds good cause for the delay, the Board may grant a 6 month extension of time in addition to the original 6 month extension upon receiving an application for extension demonstrating a compelling reason.
Short Term Rentals (Air BnB, etc): The Board decided to reduce the number of days of rental from 120 days to 90 days annually.
Trash pickup from restaurants in the Village will now be at curbside only. Dumpsters behind restaurants will no longer be available for Town pickup due to cost considerations, although the restaurants paid additional fees for the service.
Coastal Erosion Management will no longer be administered by the Dept. of Engineering, Building and Housing. Instead it will be given to the Dept. of Maritime Services. Council members Cuthbertson and Cergol voted against the measure, because the Maritime Department does not have the staff to provide additional services for 64 miles of shoreline and 7000 acres.
Parking violators in the village will have 30 days (formerly 90) to respond. Failure to do so will result in a default judgment, non-renewal of NYS motor vehicle registration, and/or immobilization of vehicle, as well as, becoming ineligible to receive Town permits, licenses, etc. Parking rates in the village will now be $1.00 an hour for all metered parking. Councilmembers Cuthberson and Cergol stated the increase runs counter to the recommendation of a 2013 parking study.
Beach parking will no longer allow standing, stopping or parking a motor vehicle within Town beach parking lots unless a valid resident beach sticker is affixed to the car window.
The East Carver St. parking lot will be closed for repaving from May 6 to May 17.
There will be a Hearing next month to discuss establishing a $40 resident mooring permit fee.
Councilman Smyth proposed a 10 day advance notice of resolutions before Town Board meetings. The board voted for 6 days, allowing for late starter resolutions with explanations by the relevant departments.
In Other News:
The Town Board meeting began 20 minutes late. A tribute to Sheila Saks, a community activist who worked tirelessly for years for the Town, particularly in the areas of Dix Hills and Melville, was eulogized. The lead speaker was County Legislator Susan Berland followed by 13 other residents, who spoke in appreciation of the service given by this talented, committed volunteer. The Town recognized her achievements by renaming the Dix Hills Water District Administration building in her memory.
HEARINGS: The Town Board is reconsidering action taken on Short Term Rentals (i.e., Air BnB, VRBO) in response to complaints by neighbors living in the vicinity, by reducing rentals from 120 days to 90 days annually.
PUBLIC PORTION: Members of the Centerport Civic Association thanked the Board for the installation of a ﬂoating boom behind the old Thatched Cottage in the Mill Pond to collect efﬂuence from the construction site.
There were speakers opposing the proliferation of 5G towers in Town.
The Station Sports Family Fun Center has discontinued its lease with the Town in Huntington Station.
A time extension to ﬁle Town taxes has been given to Federal workers affected by the federal government furlough.
Chairperson Paul Ehrlich and Vice Chair Mara Manin Amendols, Esq. were appointed to the Huntington Planning Board. Council members Mark Cuthbertson and Joan Cergol voted against the resolution.
Roger Weaving, Kenneth Christiansen, Elizabeth Hubbard and Richard Koubek were reappointed to the Huntington Affordable Housing Board.
Action will be taken on 5 Blighted Properties.
A Veterans tax exemption will be granted to members of the US Armed Forces Reserve serving in 1970 during and after the Nixon Administration, and those who participated in Operation Graphic Hand, in compliance with revised NYS law.
Changes were made to the duties of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Huntington Planning and Zoning Boards. Each will serve in that capacity for 1 year. In addition to their powers, they will call meetings to order, establish procedural rules, conduct hearings, schedule meetings, call for a vote on applications. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair will assume his/her duties.
All members are appointed by the Town Board for a 7 years term.
Trafﬁc violators for parking must respond within 30 days to a ticket. Failure to do so will result in the imposition of a default judgment, nonrenewal of NYS motor vehicle registration, and/or immobilization. And they may be ineligible to receive Town Permits and Licenses.
The Town Board has returned to a once monthly meeting schedule.
The Board memorialized opposition to offshore drilling for oil and gas in our oceans, because of its negative effects on our oceans, economy and quality of life. I spoke in support of the LWV position.
The Zoning Board meeting for the development of the property from Classic Galleries to Macs has been rescheduled to April 11th at Huntington High School at 6:00 PM
Treasurer and Membership Chair
Editor of Voter
Arlene Forwand, Corresponding Secretary
Honarary Directors Emerita
Colette Steward Knuth
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Mary Speed Peri
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