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.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Meet the Candidates Night
7pm + 9pm - Wednesday, April 11
 

Residents of Huntington are invited to a Meet the Candidates Night hosted by the League of Women Voters of Huntington and co-sponsored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. All candidates in the April 24th special election for New York State Assembly 10th District have been invited to participate. Attendees wishing to ask questions may submit them in writing, on cards supplied at the event. The event will be held at the South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, NY on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Take Action Workshop
5pm + 6pm - Wednesday, April 11
 

Just hours prior to the April 11th the Meet the Candidates Night at the South Huntington Public Library the League of Women Voters of Huntington  will conduct its first Take Action Workshop from 5pm-6pm. This workshop offers hands-on experience and expert advice in assisting citizens to register to vote and in answering their questions regarding voting. This is a free event but registration is required as seating is limited. Registration is open to everyone. Registration begins April 2. Go to http://www.shpl.info/ under the `Programs' tab to register online with your card from a Suffolk County library. Or call the South Huntington Public Library at 631-549-4411 to register.  For more information about the Meet the Candidates Night or the Take Action Workshop, please contact Colette Knuth, President, League of Women Voters of Huntington atcstewardknuth@gmail.com  

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RECENT EVENTS

Members Meeting 3:15 pm, February 15 Elwood Public Library  
Death with Dignity Concurrence & Charter School Position Update

Following our monthly Board of Directors meeting on February 15, LWV Huntington members are invited come together at the Elwood Public Library, located at 1929 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY, to consider our concurrence with the LWV Utah's Death with Dignity position and an update of the LWV New York's position on charter schools.   

Background 

During the 2017 LWN New York State Convention, delegates' approved to consider concurrence with the LWV Utah's Death with Dignity position and to update the LWV New York's position on charter schools.  Each local League has been requested to notify the LWV New York of its approval or rejection of these decisions.  After a brief review of these positions, we will determine whether our League:

Does or does not concur with the League of Women Voters of Utah's Death with Dignity' position.  This position supports the passage of state laws that grant the option for a terminally ill person to request medical assistance from a relevant, licensed physician to end one's life.  The LWV Utah believes such legislation should include safeguards against abuse for the dying and/or medical personnel.     

Approves or rejects updating the LWVNY's current position on charter schools in New York State.  The update would delete the sentence in this position that caps the number of charters that could be granted at 100. Since the policy was written in 2006, the cap has been exceeded and is therefore no longer a relevant number. Please note that deleting this sentence will not effect of the League's current position on charter schools. The League will continue to support a limitation on the number of charters in New York State. The League believes that the number of charter schools should not be increased without evidence of prior successful implementation.  

Learn More 

The complete set of study materials developed by the LWV Utah to determine their Death with Dignity position can be found on the LWV New York website at: http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies.html#death.  The LWV New York Charter Schools Update materials can also be found on the LWV New York's website at: http://www.lwvny.org/programs-studies.html#charter.

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The Youth Engaging Youth Forum presented at the Cold Spring Harbor Library on February 7th, was sponsored by our League and "Next Generation Politics," aka NGP a group of high school students with whom we work closely. Panelists included Huntington Town Supervisor, Chad Lupinacci, Ryan Adell of NGP, Sophie Stein, a junior at Cold Spring Harbor High School and Caitlin Eivers, a junior at Harborfields High School. At our meeting, the Youth Committee members listened to a recording of the presentation given by Ms. Stein and Ms.Eivers. The Cold Spring Harbor librarian was pleased with the event and will recommend it to other libraries.  

Become a Member

Join, Renew or Donate Now!    

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 2017, 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

Youth

Two Huntington Students Selected for the 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

We are delighted to announce that one student from Cold Spring Harbor High School and another from Harborfields High School have been selected to attend this year's Student Inside Albany Conference. The Committee was impressed with their enthusiasm, maturity and strong desire to bring back what they learn in Albany to their schools and the larger community. They will participate in a four-day interactive program, which will be held at our State Capitol that gives students insight on how their state government functions and on the responsibilities and roles of their local state representatives.

2017-2018 School Year Programs

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Huntington is inviting area schools to participate in four distinct programs for high school students. Each program is developed to inspire and educate students about our political process and promote civic education. In addition to these listings, the League can coordinate programs with the Suffolk County Board of Elections to bring schools. We are also interested in discussing ideas for new programs.

Student Day at Suffolk County Legislature
May 21, 2018

Open to All High School Students This full-day program, which will be held at the Suffolk County Legislature, gives students an opportunity to meet with a number of legislators to learn about the legislative process at the county level.

Running and Winning
April 18, 2018
Open to Junior and Senior Year Girls
Running and Winning is an interactive program that encourages girls to take an active interest in government and politics. Students will have the opportunity to meet women public officials, interview them, and work in small groups on the project, `Women Can Win'.

Students Inside Albany
May 20 to May 24
Open to All High School Students
A four-day interactive program, which will be held at our State Capitol that gives students insight on how their state government functions and on the responsibilities and roles of their local state representatives. We will be providing additional information about the program and an application for students who are interested in being considered for attending the program in December 2017. The League of Women Voters pays for all expenses including transportation to Albany.

VOTE 18
After January 1, 2018
Open to All High School Students
We will bring this interactive session to your school to impress upon students the importance of voting. This in class, one-period session includes a brief history of enfranchisement in the U.S., a mock election where topics in the upcoming election that are important as well as relevant to students will be discussed. Eligible students will also have the opportunity to register to vote. Teachers can request the dates and times they want us to present the program.

For additional information about these programs or to get involved with our Youth Committee, please contact:

Judie Gorenstein
Youth Committee Co-Chair
631-491-3177 JudieL728@aol.com

Fran Hyde
Youth Committee Co-Chair
631-549-3737 FSH1@OPTONLINE.NET

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 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

Media Resources

Get up to the minute information about our activities, positions, and upcoming meetings on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lwvhuntington/).

Watch full length videos of LWVH events, including Meet the Candidates forums, on our YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrXW4czkjOv0BbQ0_1-ghbg).

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

News from Town Hall

March 2018

HEARING 3: Many residents spoke in opposition to the zone change from Residential to Garden Apartment for property on the south side at 20 Creek Rd. in Southdown. The new construction of a 2 story building with 4 two bedroom apartments would be built between an existing 3 year old garden apartment complex and a planned 14 apartment complex by a different developer at 14 + 18 Creek Rd. These were formerly single residential structures. The attorney suggested including one affordable apartment in the 4 apartment building to make it more attractive. All of these apartments are market priced.

PUBLIC PORTION: Roger Weaving, president of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition spoke about the perennial need of affordable housing, which has worsened over the last few years with only 729 units completed or planned of the 2,798 units needed.

RESOLUTIONS: THE Board authorized an agreement With NYS for funding for Project P.L.A.Y. at Silas Wood Middle School for a summer food service program to be provided by Revolution Foods. To continue the Movies on the Lawn Summer Series.

ENACTMENTS: The "Cold War Veterans Exemption" for veterans or their spouses, who served from 1945 to 1991, allows for a 15% tax exemption of the assessed value of their property taxes. NYS determines the tax exemption rates, which were set to expire. The ten year limitation is no longer in effect. Action will be taken on three "Blighted Properties" for failure to comply.

In Other News: A pair of nesting bald eagles, the Commodore and Mrs. Vanderbilt, have taken up residency in a treetop nest on the pond of a motel on 25 A in Centerport. The large nest can be viewed from the Centerport Post Office across the street.

The Town is allowing conditional shellfish harvesting in Centerport Harbor.

Huntington held a vigil in Town Hall to honor a former Half Hollow Hills School student, Scott Beigel, one of the teachers who were killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Florida. Supervisor Lupanacci presided, presenting speakers, including Scott Biegel's mother. She gave a moving speech exhorting the government to take action against assault weapons. Candles were lit and an acapella group from Whitman H.S. sang a psalm.

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February 2018

New Appointees:
Town Attorney: Nicholas Ciapetta
Town Planning Board: Paul Erlich
Chair Zoning Board: John Posillico
Zoning Boar:d Richard McGrath
Dir. Environmental Waste Management: John Clark
Deputy Environmental Waste: Matthew Laux
Dir. Parks and Recreation: Greg Wagner
Deputy Dir. Parks and Recreation: William Musto
Deputy Dir. Public Safety: Joseph Rose
Director Public Safety: Peter Sammis
Dir. General Services: Andre Sorrentino
Dep. Dir. Maritime Services: Dom Spada
Dir. Community Development Agency: Leah-Michelle Jefferson

Term Limits of 12 years for elected officials starting in the next election cycle was enacted. This law includes the Offices of Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes. Jo-Ann Raia spoke at the meeting reminding the Board members that these positions are administrative, not policy making, therefore not requiring term limits. , In addition to broadcasts on Cablevision channel 18 and Verizon channel 38, live telecasts and streaming of online of Town Board, Zoning and Planning meetings will begin soon.

There are questions concerning the proposed development of 2 sites on Creek Road. The Valencia Tavern and adjoining property are to be demolished and replaced with a 3 story building with retail space on the main floor and 12 apartments above. The other site would build 4 two bedroom apartments.

There was illegal filling and construction of deck space of 1900 square feet in the Mill Pond in Centerport by the previous owner of the Thatched Cottage and Jellyfish. We should anticipate the resolution of this problem by the new owner with adequate rectification and remuneration to avoid future penalties.

Residents continue to challenge the proposal by Kidz Plus to build a 8000 square foot housing facility for 8 developmentally challenged adults on Cuba Hill Rd. in Elwood.

Residents, whose properties are effected by development of 98 units on the Indian Hills Golf Course, continue to speak at Town Board meetings in opposition to the project.

Action continues to be taken on properties cited as "blighted".

Art in the Park Fine Arts and Crafts Show will take place in Hecksher Park on June 2ND and 3RD.

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Submitted by: JoAnn McCarthy

Leadership

Officers of LWV Huntington

President
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.

President:
Colette Steward Knuth CSKHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Legislative committee chair:
Arlene Forwand AFHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Voter Service committee chairs:
Dianne Slavin DSHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Barbara Magaliff BMHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Youth committee chairs:
Judie Gorenstein JGHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org
Fran Hyde FHHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

Membership and Development committee chair:
Joyce Whitehead JWHuntington@lwv-suffolkcounty.org

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