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

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.

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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 dcslavin@aol.com so we can arrange for adequate seating.

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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 lwvhuntingtonny@gmail.com no later than April 12, 2019.

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RECENT EVENTS

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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Become a Member

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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

Youth

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 https://youtu.be/2XkjzZKkg5Q 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 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).

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News from Town Hall

April and May 2019

PUBLIC PORTION:

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.

ENACTMENTS:

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:

  • Senior affordable housing lottery will be held May 29th for units at the Seasons on Elwood Rd. Estimated taxes are $2983.78, HOA fees are $510.35 monthly.
  • The farmers market on Elm St. resumes June 2 through Nov. 24th, Sundays from 7 AM to noon.
  • The Huntington Town Bureau and the TRI community and Youth Agency have received NYS grants to help prevent at-risk youth from gang participation.
  • Plans for the development of the old Town Hall on 25A and Stewart Ave to a boutique hotel have changed from 55 rooms to 80 rooms with the acquisition of a parcel of land east of the site.
  • Newsday's almost 2 page editorial on April 28 was devoted to the LIPA lawsuit against National Grid. In it Huntington was criticized for the position it has taken by relying on the suit it has brought against National Grid instead of settling, while amassing $3.4M in fees. It is well- worth reading as is Supervisor Lupinacci's response on the Town website.
    JoAnn McCarthy

March and April 2019

PUBLIC PORTION:

  • 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.

ENACTMENTS:
  • 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 (AirBnB,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 of land.
  • 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:
  • Senior affordable housing lottery will be held May 29th for units at the Seasons on Elwood Rd. Estimated taxes are $2983.78; HOA fees are $510.35 monthly.
  • The farmers market on Elm St. resumes June 2 through Nov. 24th, Sundays from 7 AM to noon. The Huntington Town Bureau and the TRI community and Youth Agency have received NYS grants to help prevent at-risk youth from gang participation.
  • Plans for the development of the old Town Hall on 25A and Stewart Ave to a boutique hotel have changed from 55 rooms to 80 rooms with the acquisition of a parcel of land east of the site.
  • Newsday's almost 2 page editorial on April 28 was devoted to the LIPA lawsuit against National Grid. In it Huntington was criticized for the position it has taken by relying on the suit it has brought against National Grid instead of settling, while amassing $3.4 in fees. It is well-worth reading, as is Supervisor Lupinacci's response on the Town website.
    JoAnn McCarthy

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.

RESOLUTIONS:

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.

ENACTMENTS:

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

Leadership

Officers of LWV Huntington

President
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 lwvhuntingtonny@gmail.com or telephone us at (631) 421-5164 if have questions about the League of Women Voters of Huntington.

President:
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

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