Making Democracy Work

LWV of Huntington

About LWV Huntington

The LWV of Huntington is an active and vibrant nonpartisan voluntary organization. Our mission is to encourage and engage citizens into being active and educated participants in government. We never ever support a politician or party. However, if after a careful and thorough study of an issue, we do come to a consensus, we advocate and lobby for it as well as lobbying and advocating for the national and state league legislative positions.

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.



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 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.


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For nearly 100 years our members have made the League of Women Voters winning, independent, and strong. The League has been at the forefront of empowering citizens to fully participate in the democratic process.  It is one of most respected and effective grassroots political organizations in the nation. Since its inception in 1920, the League has been free from ties to political parties or candidates for public office.  Your membership with the LWV Huntington unites you with over 700 Leagues in making democracy work. The League is are active at the local, county, state, and national level.  The League is active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

In 2018, member dues supported the League of Women Voters of Huntington in:

  • Registering over 1,000 voting age citizens at high schools, colleges, US Naturalization Ceremonies, skilled nursing facilities, community events, public libraries, and centers serving special needs adults
  • Informing voters through Meet the Candidate Night forums for the Huntington Township Supervisor Primary Election, Suffolk County Legislature Election, the Huntington Township Supervisor, Council, and Superintendent of Highways Elections, and a number of Board of Education elections. For this work, the LWVNY granted us an honorable mention for the Susan B. Anthony Making Democracy Work Award.
  • Meeting with Town, County, State, and Federal elected officials to educate and advocate in support of League positions on voting law, voter turnout, community development, and environmental protection.
  • Inspiring hundreds of young people towards greater civic participation through programs such as Vote 18, Students Inside Albany, and Student Day at Suffolk County Legislatureprograms. Our Running & Winning program to encourage girls to run for public office is scheduled for 2018. The LWVNY granted us with the Eleanor Roosevelt Youth Program Award for our service. 

Connect with League Members Across the Nation

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!

Activities Calendar


The last few months our League of Women Voters of Huntington Youth Committee has been very busy. Our yearly program, Students Inside Albany, where local high schools students interested in civic engagement compete in an essay contest for an all-expenses paid trip to Albany will take place in May. We sponsored a Student Day at the Legislature on March 12, 2019. About 30 students from local high schools attended a day at Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge. A panel of four Legislators discussed their career paths and what it's really like to be a Legislator. This was followed by a presentation by Lt. Anthony Calandrillo of SCPD on school safety and the issue of having a School Officer Safety Force throughout Suffolk County. Then the students broke into two groups and participated in a session with the Legislators, followed by a Legislative Mock Debate on the school safety issue. Students played the role of the Legislators and others represented community members stating their opinions and objections on the issue. Our last event was called Youth Engaging Youth held on March 5th. We invited five high school students who were very involved in civic minded organizations to share information about their clubs and how and why they got involved. The idea was to encourage other students to get involved and make a difference in our community.

Issues Education

Water Quality Conference
Many thanks to the Northport Yacht Club Women's Committee and the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs for permitting us to videotape their presentation on the quality of our bays. Link to: the presentation at to view. Speakers: Dr Christopher Gobler, Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, SUNY School of Marine and Atmospheric Services, Dorian Dale. Suffolk County Director of Sustainability, Chief Recovery Officer, Tracy Brown, Director, Save the Sound, Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Ian Milligan, Trustee, Commissioner of Waterways and Waste Water, Northport Village.

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 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 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 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

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News from Town Hall

February 13, 2019

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
JoAnn McCarthy

January 29, 2019

I begin my report with the Zoning Board Meeting of January 24, 2019. It was beyond SRO with people standing in the lobby, out the door under the canopy, and into the parking lot.

The room was overflowing with residents wanting to speak in opposition to the 271,000 square foot development of the Classic Gallery property within Main Street, Stewart Ave, and Gerard Street, The ZBA Chairman, John Posillico, began the meeting with a request for civility from the audience to allow Mr. Margolin, the developer's attorney, to speak first to present the argument for the acceptance of the plans.

After the presentation, the Chairman had Mr. Modelski from the Zoning Board read aloud the results of the Planning Board's Meeting the previous evening. They had decided not to approve the plans for development. Then the Zoning Chair stated that due to the inability of Town Hall to accommodate the overflow crowd, and the fact that the speakers were not working in the lobby, the meeting would be postponed to a later date at a larger, appropriate venue.

Some people rushed to the 7:30 meeting at the Halesite Fire House, which concerned the erection of 5G poles in Huntington Village.

There were speakers opposing the "AirBnB" ordinances, which the Town had enacted. A public hearing has been scheduled on 2/13.
Once again there were speakers opposing the Crown Castle 5G pole installations in Town, asking the Town for support. Councilman Cuthbertson stated that they were "not allowed" to access the results of the tests from the Federal Government.
Centerport residents were concerned with the condition of the Mill Dam Pond, because of runoff of possible lead and asbestos from the demolition of the Thatched Cottage by the new owners. This area is now the home of American bald eagles.
Residents spoke of the overdevelopment of Huntington Village, with many apartments in the pipeline, because of the C 6 zoning regulations.

RESOLUTIONS: The Board authorized:
The purchase of a vacant lot in Huntington Station from Suffolk County for a parking lot. Parking improvements of 27 stalls plus 2 handicapped spaces at Poe Place in East Northport.
The use of the Dix Hills swimming pool by the children of Gateway Gardens, Tri CYA, and Whitman Village Housing for a flat fee for summer 2019.
(URGE) NYS Governor and Legislature to restore funding under the State's Aid and Incentives for municipalities program.
(URGE) NYS Governor and Legislature to enact legislation and appropriate funding to protect taxpayers in the Town of Huntington and Northport-East Northport School District in the event of a settlement or an adverse judgement in the pending tax certiorari challenges brought by LIPA and National Grid Generation, LLC.
Changes to the ethics code for employees to include adding dependents and relatives for financial and nepotism disclosures, deadlines for financial filings, and mandating scheduled ethics training for employees, elected officials, and political party chairpersons. It prohibits town officers and employees from accepting future private employment with anyone with business pending before the employee or any town board or commission in Huntington.

The Town Clerk, Jo-Ann Raia will repeat the marathon of marriages on Valentine's Day at Town Hall.
JoAnn McCarthy

December 18, 2019

Once again more than 10 residents spoke against the 5G cell towers which are being erected in residential neighborhoods without notification to nearby homeowners. Some of the speakers are members of Grassroots and Citizens For 5G Awareness. They are demanding a map of cell tower locations and a schedule of future installation sites. They want the contract between the Town and Verizon published and possibly broken. The Town receives money for each installation. They question the use of "common land" and argue that rights under the "colonial patent" make the trustees responsible. They enumerated the health risks including cancer and harm to a fetus.
The Board has proposed building a 150 parking space garage in the Cold Spring Harbor LIRR Station. Past Council Member Mayoka asked if it would be available only to Cold Spring Harbor residents.
A speaker reminded the Board that the people of the Town would be liable for damages if the Northport Power Plant turns out to be brownfield site, if the Town were to take it over as suggested by Councilman Cook and seconded by Councilman Smyth.
Once again there was a request that the Town buy the Platt Tavern property on Park Ave. and 25A and build a replica of the historic building on the site.

The Town will apply for funding from Suffolk County for nutritional services, Adult Day Care Services, and the Residential Repair Program for senior citizens.
Establish a parking violation amnesty program for time between 1/1/2013 through 6/30/2018
Appoint Borg & Borg for insurance brokerage services. Cook voted NO, because they were not the lowest bidders.
Submit a "Letter of Interest" to support Suffolk county's Flood Mitigation Advanced Assistance application to the Dept. of Homeland Security National Flood Insurance Program.
New appointees were made to various boards.

Execution of an agreement with VFW, Post 9263 for use of building located at 319 Cuba Hill Road.
Designate as an historic building and property Old Burr Farm, 423 Town Line Rd., Commack. Waste management changes recycling to separating papers from other recyclables to be collected on alternate weeks with no exception for holidays.

A Public Hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals is set for Jan. 24 at 6 PM to review application by owner of Classic Galleries for property bordered by Main St and Stewart Ave and Gerard St to build 84 luxury apartments.
The Columbia Terrace project to build 14 affordable homes for veterans in Huntington Station has begun.
US Dept. of Health and Human Services awarded $600,000 for the Town's runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.
The town is exploring the possibility of expanding bus service to include health facilities in its paratransit bus program. Included will be Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Charles Health and Wellness Center, and the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care all on Commack Rd. in Smithtown.
Applications, for affordable housing in a new private home development on Pulaski Rd. in Greenlawn, are being accepted for a lottery on March 5 in Town Hall.
LIPA is grieving its taxes to the Town and the Northport School District with significant consequences to all taxpayers if it succeeds.
Supervisor Lupinacci has been accused of sexual misconduct.
JoAnn McCarthy


Officers of LWV Huntington

Colette Knuth

Vice Presidents
Dianne Slavin
Brenda Walker

Treasurer and Membership Chair
Joyce Whitehead

Recording Secretary
Pat Fuchs

Editor of Voter
Brenda Walker

Elected Directors
JoAnn Alario-Paulsen
Deborah Cosher
Elizabeth Hennessy
Fran Hyde
Barbara Magaliff
Rosemarie Sepanski

Appointed Directors
Ann Gardner
Linda Lessing
Arlene Forwand, Corresponding Secretary

Honarary Directors Emerita
Irene Ferrand

Contact Us

We welcome inquiries about our work and how we can help you make democracy work. Feel free to email us at or telephone us at (631) 421-5164 if have questions about the League of Women Voters of Huntington.

Colette Steward Knuth

Legislative committee chair:
Arlene Forwand
Pat Fuchs

Voter Service committee chairs:
Deborah Cosher
Dianne Slavin

Youth committee chairs:
Deborah Cosher
Mary Speed Peri

Membership and Development committee chair:
Joyce Whitehead