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.
MTC Nights (October 22 & October 24)
The community is invited to attend three Meet the Candidates Nights in October. Each forum is conducted by the League of Women Voters of Huntington. All candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate, however, the League will not conduct a forum in which only one candidate is present to participate. Attendees wishing to ask questions may submit them in writing, on cards supplied at the event.
Take Action Workshop (October 22 and October 24)
Please plan to attend one of the Take Action Workshops that are scheduled before the October 22nd and October 24th candidate nights. This session titled, "How to Choose a Candidate" will give you tips in how to weigh campaign, news, and research information in deciding which candidate will best represent you on the issues that are important to you. _________________________________________________________________
Join us on June 7 at the Harborfields Public Library to outline your own plan to run a voter registration drive with expert tips from the LWV of Huntington. Attendees will be guided through the steps developed by the LWVNYS to make these events successful. Please note that seating is limited. To reserve your seat contact LWVHUNTINGTONNY@GMAIL.COM by June 4.
In 2017, 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!
The members of our Youth Committee reviewed the programs we brought to high schools last year. We will not be offering Running and Winning in 2018/19 as it is presented every other year. The League will continue to offer Students Inside Albany, Student Day at the Suffolk County Legislature and Vote18. Members of our committee collectively edited our previous letters of introduction which will be presented to school ofﬁcials. These letters are either hand delivered or emailed to assigned school districts. We are happy to announce that all of our local high schools will be covered as well as North Babylon, Deer Park, Central Islip, Brentwood and Wyandanch. In addition, this year we will reach out to St. Anthony's High School. We plan to make contact with the high schools by the middle of October.
The Youth Committee will again be present a program entitled "Youth Engaging Youth" at the Cold Spring Harbor Library on January 17, 2019. Supervisor Chad Lupinacci has agreed to be on the panel. Our committee will reach out to students from March For Our Lives and Students Promoting Inclusive Civic Engagement (aka Spice) to be panel members, as well as Northport High School teacher, Darryl St. George. Barbara Beatus-Wegh, from Girls Inc., suggested the possibility of presenting activities at their programs in Brentwood and Central Islip. Seven members of our Youth Committee agreed to form a subcommittee to do a pilot project of Vote 18. We will do our ﬁrst presentations at Girls, Inc. after school programs on October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in Brentwood and Central Islip.
We members of the Youth Committee of the League of Women Voters of Huntington are ﬁrm in our commitment to our youth and energized to begin our work for the 2018-2019 school year. The next youth committee meeting will be held on October 17th at Half Hollow Hills Library at 3:00pm. If you are not yet a member of the youth committee but would like to be, please contact Judiel728@a0l.com orFSH1@optonline.net. Our YOUTH ARE OUR FUTURE.
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).
PUBLIC PORTION: Residents continue to protest the erection of 5G towers for a wireless network for micro technology, by presenting studies warning of the dangers of exposure to micro wave radiation. Residents are concerned with ADA compliance for handicap parking in lots throughout the town. The deputy director of IT wanted to know why his job is eliminated in the proposed budget, and he has 40 ears of experience. There are requests to build the historic Widow Platt's Tavern on the corner of Park Ave and 25A, where George Washington stopped for lunch after the end of the Revolutionary War, instead of a medical building.
RESOLUTIONS: The Town Board approved The application for $500,000 funding from NYS Animal Capital Fund to construct a new animal shelter. The Dix Hills Water District and Huntington and Centerport Sewer Districts funding. The release of monies for site investigation and mapping for the parking structure in the village, not to exceed $16,000. Waiving parking fees in Huntington Village from 11/23/18 to 1/1/2019 for holiday shopping. Acton to be taken to ameliorate "blighted properties." Urge the NYS Legislature and the Governor to enact the Long Island Power Authority Ratepayers Protection Act, which would make the LIPA Board of Trustees elected positions. It currently consists of 9 members + 5 appointed by the governor and 2 by the Senate majority leader and 2 by the speaker of the Assembly.
ENACTMENTS Premises between Walt Whitman and Broad Hollow Roads on the south side of Old Country Road are rezoned to C11 Automotive Service Station.
IN OTHER NEWS The Town Board must approve the new budget by November 20, 2018 Recycling will return to one week paper and the next week glass, plastics and cans, due to higher charges. Monies for a 150 stall parking structure to be erected at the Cold Spring Harbor LIRR station and improvements for Huntington LIRR station will be partially funded by NYS and Municipal Facilities Program grants. The Town continues to maintain AAA bond rating.
The Town Clerk presented the Board Members with Supervisor Lupinacci's Tentative Budget for 2019.
HEARINGS concerned "blighted" properties, an automotive service station on Walt Whitman Road and Old Country Road and removing space limitations on coops and outdoor pens for pigeons, chickens and ducks.
The Community Development Agency presented the 5th Annual Action Plan for 2019.
Deputy Mayor Kehoe of Northport addressed the Board concerning the LIPA tax case. He was concerned that the Town has not exerted enough pressure on Senators Flanagan, Marcellino and Assemblyman Raia to assist Northport and Huntington with the ongoing non-binding mediation over tax assessments on the Northport Power Plant. He wanted the names of the Town's legal team, and was given Hacker, Murphy, Lewis, Besen, and Town Atty. Giapetta, with Gross from Engeman Smith for Northport.
The president of the Old Huntington Village Green spoke in favor of tabling or amending the resolution regarding the construction of a 10,000 square foot medical office building on the corner of Park Ave. and 25A in the historic district on the former site of Platt's Tavern. He suggested building 2 smaller structures, with a height of no more that 30 feet. He also noted that the water table there is only 2 feet. At present this is the site of a gaudily painted building with a cross on top, designed by the property owner, Dominick Mavellia. The resolution was later passed with a NO from Councilwoman Cergol.
Once again there were many speakers denouncing the erection of over 160 5G small cell radiation antennas in residential areas for Verizon by Crown Castle. There was no notification to residents and no public hearings. They want the antennas removed. It was stated that Laurel Hollow has stopped more antenna installations to allow for further cancer, miscarriage, fertility, etc. study implications.
Speakers against building apartments in the Mill Dam Park area in Halesite stated that federal money was used for land purchases for conservation, thereby prohibiting development. They sited the degradation of the waters and the land in the area. Other residents concerned with overdevelopment and water quality also noted that fecal matter was found in the waters from Lloyd Harbor to Ashroken after Labor Day Weekend.
Councilman Cook abstained from most resolutions in protest of the attorneys selected to represent the Town in the LIPA negotiations.
When the Budget was presented, Councilman Cuthbertson stated that all of the council members have had their staffs cut by 1 person leaving them only 1 staff member, the supervisor has 8. He revisited the August meeting when he complained that the Supervisor had created many new positions and eliminated civil service positions to hire his people. The supervisor stated that the budget was tentative.
The property on Woodbury Road, adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor LIRR Station, will be rezoned R-HS for the construction of a senior memory-care assisted living facility. Actions against "blighted" properties continue to be executed by the Town. JoAnn McCarthy
Hearing 2 concerned the 3rd application for zoning change to Platt's Park on the corner of Park Ave. and 25A from R-15 Residential to C-I Office submitted by Dominick Mavella. Everyone knows the present structure, which has been repainted in circus colors with a cross on top. The developer has submitted an application that is almost identical to the ones denied by the previous board. Once again, the Historic Societies are opposed to this development in the Old Huntington Green Historic District.
Hearing 3 requires a Zoning change in order for a Starbucks to be constructed on the corner of Jericho Tpk. and West Hills Rd.
Hearing 4 considered a Zone change to R-HS Residential Health Services for property near the Cold Spring Harbor LIRR station on the corner of Woodbury Rd. and East Gate Drive, to construct a 64 bed, senior "memory care" assisted living facility.
There were speakers from Long Island Sound Keepers, Peconic Bay Keepers, Save the Village, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment represented by Adrienne Esposito, as well as residents exhorting the Board to amend the C6 Zoning laws, which allow apartments over shops and businesses to the detriment of the environment. The harbors of Huntington Bay were cited as the most polluted in Long Island Sound due to overburdened, insufficient sewerage treatment plants, over development, and over population in some areas. Toxic nitrogen levels have caused beach closings due to runoff from fertilizers due to rain and overflow sewerage.
Residents warned the Board about the installation by Verizon of 160 Cell Tower Boxes on very tall telephone poles, which emit radio frequency microwaves. These 5 G cell nodes, they believe, are a Class 2 B carcinogen.
Councilman Cuthbertson opposed the new procedure whereby the town attorney reviews all contracts and approves them, and the Board rubber stamps them by voting "nunc pro tunc". He believes that approval belongs to the Board members. So he voted NO on 3 contracts that were presented "nunc pro tunc". Councilman Cuthbertson stated that that designation belongs to emergency contracts or donations.
Resolution 349 concerned new positions and department appointments. Newsday's Editorial headline, "LI's family- friends jobs system", began with "The Huntington Board performed a little three-card monte with jobs this week." The Long Islander stated, "Retired Court of Claims judge, Daniel Martin, who was appointed earlier this year as Deputy town attorney, will serve as the Director the Department of Engineering Services for an annual salary of $146,652." This senior citizen, receiving a pension, is now in charge of a major department. Councilman Cuthbertson decried the lack of transparency, which dissolved civil service positions, and replaced them with new titles, which did not require civil service tests, which were filled by political appointees. Councilwoman Cergol, the other democratic councilmember, condemned the hiring process. It is hard to witness cronyism in your home town.
There was disagreement about the provisions of NYS Open Meetings Law, which was invoked by Supervisor Lupinacci to keep Councilmembers Cuthbertson and Cergol out of the budget process. Politics at its worst. JoAnn McCarthy
Treasurer and Membership Chair
Editor of Voter
Arlene Forwand, Corresponding Secretary
Honarary Directors Emerita
Colette Steward Knuth CSKHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Legislative committee chair:
Arlene Forwand AFHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Membership and Development committee chair:
Joyce Whitehead JWHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org