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.

Upcoming Events

The full length video of the Democratic Party Primary Meet the Candidates forum is available on YouTube at The video will be also telecast on Cablevision Public Access Channel 115.

Become a Member

Do you want to Make Democracy Work?

The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. Our work was soon expanded to support all citizens in participating fully in this nation's political process. It is in and through the local League that members determine, directly and indirectly, what the League does and how it does it. Your Huntington League membership dues support all levels of League activity. As a member you will receive the Huntington Voter newsletter and automatically become a member of the Suffolk County, New York State and the United States League of Women Voters.

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

Issues Education

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

Media Resources

Get up to the minute information about our activities, positions, and upcoming meetings on Facebook (

Watch full length videos of LWVH events, including Meet the Candidates forums, on our YouTube Channel (

And if you rather get away from your computer but still catch up with our work, tune in to Cablevision Public Access Station 115 at 5PM each Wednesday.

LWV Huntington Voter

The most recent issue of LWV Huntington's Voter publication

News from Town Hall

August 15, 2017

HEARING 5 considered changing town codes to be in compliance with NYS rules. The hearing was in response to homeowners who wanted to use neighbor's existing fences to comply with the law.

RESOLUTIONS: The Town Board authorized An agreement with Suffolk County Community College and Adelphi to provide internships for students who assist the senior population through a social work program Continuation of a Youth Court Program for 2017-2018 academic year with participation of High Schools in Huntington Application for State funds for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan An intermunicipal agreement for Suffolk County to fund a Huntington Station Sewer Feasibility and Design Study Funding for acquisition of Fox Hollow Farm property with Suffolk County. The property is to be used for farming, etc. with developmentally disadvantaged clients. (Property owned by deceased member of Huntington LWV, Dinah Foglia.)

PUBLIC PORTION: There were many speakers from League of Animal Protection and Grateful Paw who wanted the Town to restore their ability as animal shelters since they have once again received 501C status. The Town maintains that the earliest that can be done is in November due to provisions in the Code. Four properties were cited as persistently "blighted".

ENACTMENTS: Dogs will be allowed on leash in Town parks, excepting Hecksher and Betty Allen Preserve, all playgrounds, picnic areas, active recreation areas, courts and sports fields, town camp or education program areas, and town beaches, except for paved areas. All Bed and Breakfasts must keep a guest register for up to 3 years, which may be produced on request of the Director of Public Safety. Permission for use of Park Facilities will be more user friendly in application, issuance process, and time requirements, to facilitate the process for volunteer organizations, etc.

Schedule a Public Hearing for September 19, 2017 This proposed hearing initiated by Councilman Cook, will concern Term Limits of 2 terms for elected officials with the exception of Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes. Supervisor Petrone amended it to all elected officials. Councilwoman Edwards further offered 3 terms. Councilwoman Berland wanted the question to be put to a Referendum in November. The proposed Hearing was voted down.

In Other News: To help people whose homes are in foreclosure and to reduce "Zombie", "Blighted" homes, the Town is offering 3 sessions on home maintenance and financial management to homeowners. They will be funded by the state. The Thanksgiving Holiday Parade and Festival will be moved to Sunday, November 26th at 5:00 PM at the request of merchants in Huntington Village. The Town has filed an objection with Suffolk County Planning Commission to the Heartland development in Brentwood, citing traffic issues on Commack Road and the Sagtikos Parkway. The 113 acre former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center will include 3,504 apartments and retail and office space.

Submitted by: JoAnn McCarthy


Officers of LWV Huntington

Colette Knuth

Vice Presidents
Pat Fuchs
Judie Gorenstein
Brenda Walker

Treasurer and Membership Chair
Joyce Whitehead

Recording Secretary
Pat Fuchs

Editor of Voter
Brenda Walker

Elected Directors
Elizabeth Hennessy
Fran Hyde
Barbara Magaliff
JoAnn Alario-Paulsen
Rosemarie Sepanski
Dianne Slavin

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 our President or any of our Committee Chairs if have questions about the League of Women Voters of Huntington.  You can also call us at (631) 421-5164.

Colette Steward Knuth

Legislative committee chair:
Arlene Forwand

Voter Service committee chairs:
Dianne Slavin
Barbara Magaliff

Youth committee chairs:
Judie Gorenstein
Fran Hyde

Membership and Development committee chair:
Joyce Whitehead