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LWV of Huntington

LWV Huntington Garden Tea Party

Now that all the finger sandwiches and pastries have been eaten, congratulations are in order to all of you who made LWV of Huntington 2016 Garden Tea Party such a success!
There can be no doubt that everyone who attended had a great time talking, learning, and relaxing together. It was good to reconnect with our long-time members, get more acquainted with our new members, and introduce potential members to the important work of the League. And it was also great to enjoy the afternoon with our elected officials who are also members: Huntington Town Board Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, our Town Clerk, the Honorable Jo-Ann Raia, NYS Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia, and NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
Many thanks to Dianne for hosting this event in her beautiful garden and all of you who gave your time in planning and coordinating this wonderful time.

News from Town Hall

July 12, 2016


  • Hearing 10 brought out a SRO crowd of residents protesting the proposed 3 story Brightview Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Dix Hills on Deer Park Ave. and Talisman Dr. The developer presented drawings and speakers explaining the plan for 166 unit facility on 10 acres with 100 parking spaces and a wastewater treatment facility. The Board has 90 days to vote on the zoning amendment from Residence District to Residential Health Services District.

  • Hearing 9 concerned the historic Old Huntington Firehouse Building measuring 51 X 60 feet at 235 Main St. It is part of the front of Classic Gallery furniture store. The owners want to rebuild, buy a parcel next to the property and erect a building with many apartments above the retail space on property which extends through to Gerard St.

  • Hearing 8 proposed banning all tobacco and chemical smoking devices from all public parks and recreation facilities.

  • The Board authorized
  • The sale of a 7000 square foot parcel adjacent to the Elks Club parking lot. The Long Islander Newspaper's editorial explained the need of additional parking in the village and disagreed with the sale of this property.
  • The application to NYS to create a Huntington Blueway, a walking guide of the shore highlighting cultural and historic points of interest.
  • The use of RR commuter parking lots for Huntington Awareness Unity Festival on September 10th.
  • Applications to the Federal Transit Administration and NYS for financial capital assistance for the HART System.
  • The correction of Code violations at 24 properties.
  • The receipt of grant funds for the provision of brain gym classes to enhance the Adult Day Care Program for Alzheimer patients.

  • Zoning change to Residential Health Services District for Gerwin Senior Housing on Commack Rd.
  • Action will be taken for failure to abate violations on 11 Blighted properties.
  • Amending the Code for Zoning of Residence Districts for Affordable Housing. Units will be offered to first time buyers, as set forth by HUD. Resale shall be restricted and calculated using the initial sales price increased by the Consumer Price Index. Applicants must provide documented employment.

IN OTHER NEWS: New York State initiated legislation to crack down on "zombie homes", which Huntington calls "Blighted Properties". The new law cracks down on banks which fail to keep up abandoned property, establishing a state-wide registry with a toll free number to report them, as well as fines as much as $500 a day against banks and mortgage servicers.

Submitted by JoAnn McCarthy

3rd CD Democratic Primary Candidates Meeting

The League of Women Voters invited the Third Congressional District Democratic primary candidates to the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library on June 15 to discuss their positions.
On June 28 registered Democratic voters will have the opportunity to vote for their choice of one of the five candidates: Jonathan Clarke, Jon Kaiman, Anna Kaplan, Steven Stern and Tom Suozzi. The winner on June 28 will compete in November in the race to replace Steve Israel as Member of Congress for that district.
To view the June 15 Candidate Meeting in full, click here

LWV Huntington Annual Meeting

Voter Service Activities

Past Events:

LWV of Huntington voter registration drive at Bristal Assisted Living

Photos from LI Fall Festival: Our newest volunteer a high school senior helped us register voters. Our male members also help us. LWV not for women only!

Our local librarians displayed flyer informing who needed to register by Oct 9

2016 Key Election Dates for New York State Voters

Presidential Primary - Tuesday 19 April 2016
  • Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than 12 April, in person no later than 18 April. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than 18 April, in person no later than 19 April.
  • Change of Address no later than 30 March.

Presidential Primary in New York State- Ballot Information The purpose of the Presidential primary is to select delegates to a national convention of a political party. Voters must be registered in the Democratic or Republican party to vote in that party's primary. In New York State, the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries are organized differently.

Republican Voters will be issued a ballot with candidates listed. The voter will choose one candidate, but will not vote for delegates. Please be advised that some candidates have withdrawn from the race but are still listed on the New York Ballot. Delegates for the Republican Party's national convention are selected by the state's Republican Committee.

Democratic Voters will be asked to vote for the Presidential candidate AND delegates for the democratic convention. The delegate distribution will be determined by the number of votes each Presidential candidate receives. Based on the population of your congressional district, you will vote for 5-7 delegates (indicated on the ballot instructions). Outside of NYC, the delegates listed in the same row across from the Presidential candidate are the delegates for that candidate. In NYC, the delegates are listed in a separate column next to the column of Presidential candidates; the name of the candidate that they are pledged to support is indicated under the delegate's name (see sample ballot here).

For any questions regarding your ballot please call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631 852-4500.

Congressional Primary - Tuesday 28 June 2016

  • Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than 21 June, in person no later than 27 June. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than 27 June, in person no later than 28 June.
  • Change of Address no later than 8 June.

State and Local Primaries - Tuesday 13 September 2016 (subject to change)
  • Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than 6 September, in person no later than 12 September. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than 12 September, in person no later than 13 September.
  • Change of Address no later than 24 August.

In New York State the deadline for a previously registered voter to declare or change a party affiliation was October 2015. If you are a registered voter and did not declare or change party affiliation before 9 October 2015 you are not eligible to vote in the 2016 primaries. New registrants who declare a party affiliation when they register are eligible to vote in the 2016 primaries.

General Election - Tuesday 8 November 2016

  • Must be registered to vote no later than 14 October.
  • Absentee ballot- Ballot request by mail no later than 1 November, in person no later than 7 November. Completed ballot returned by mail no later than 7 November, in person no later than 8 November.
  • Change of Address no later than 19 October.

REMEMBER: You must be registered in order to vote. You may register if you are 18 years of age by Election Day; a resident of the county for at least 30 days prior to the election, and a citizen of the United States.

If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must re-register.

P.O. Box 700, Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980 (631) 852-4500

Hotline for Voting Information

As New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote in the New York presidential primary election on April 19, 2016, Election Protection (EP) + the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) + will ensure that all eligible New Yorkers have an equal opportunity to vote and provide voters with information, guidance and assistance. The 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) hotline will be available to answer calls live on primary Election Day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.

Hours for Live, Real-Time Assistance:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English assistance (866-OUR-VOTE)
5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT for bilingual English/Spanish assistance (888-VE-Y-VOTA)

Election Protection's toll-free hotlines, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers' Committee for English, and 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund for bilingual assistance (English/Spanish), are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights. Assistance is also available in six Asian languages--Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu and Tagalog--through the 888-API-VOTE hotline, which is managed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice--AAJC and APIA Vote. However, for the primary election, the 888-API-VOTE hotline will not be providing real-time assistance on April 19; voters will be asked to leave a voicemail.

Note that the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is available to assist voters year-round. However, outside of select election dates, voters may be directed to voicemail and their call will be returned in one to two business days.

LWV Huntington Voter publication

The most recent issue of LWV Huntington's Voter publication is now available online.

LWV Huntington Legislative Committee

Legislative Committee

Do you enjoy discussing water protection, energy options, campaign financing, women's equality, election processes, ethics, judicial justice and other public policy issues?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, I encourage you to visit the January Legislative Committee meeting. We will be setting the agenda for the next few months leading to April/May visits with elected officials from Huntington.

Prior to these visits we discuss the background education materials supplied by our state league organization and reports from our local league observers to the town board and county legislature. I believe you will enjoy being a participant of a team of 3-4 committee members having a conversation with your NY state representative.

Arlene Forwand, Chair

Position on Housing

LWV of Huntington's Position on Housing

On June 27, 2002, members of the LWV of Huntington voted to accept the position statement on affordable housing adopted by the LWV of Suffolk County.

In order to meet the current and future housing needs of all citizens regardless of economic circumstances, there should be a diversity of affordable housing opportunities and types (ownership and rentals and single and multiple dwellings).

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.

If you wish to know more about us, call the LWV of Huntington at (631) 421-5164 or email our officers or attend any of our meetings including board meetings. All are welcome!

LWV Huntington President: Colette Steward Knuth


Officers of LWV Huntington

Officers of LWV Huntington

Colette Knuth

Vice Presidents
Pat Fuchs
Barbara Magaliff
Judie Gorenstein

Treasurer and Membership Chair
Joyce Whitehead

Recording Secretary
Pat Fuchs

Editor of Voter
Barbara Jo Kingsley

Elected Directors
JoAnn Alario-Paulsen
Elizabeth Hennessy
Rosemarie Sepanski
Berlinda Turner
Fran Hyde
Dianne Slavin
Brenda Walker

Appointed Directors
Ann Gardner
Linda Lessing
Arlene Forwand,Corresponding Secretary

Honarary Directors Emerita
Marilyn Brown
Irene Ferrand

Active committees of LWV Huntington include:

Legislative committee
chair: Arlene Forwand

Voter Service committee
chairs: Dianne Slavin and Barbara Magaliff

Youth committee
chairs: Judie Gorenstein, Fran Hyde

Membership and Development committee
chair: Joyce Whitehead

Anyone interested in being on these committees should contact the committee chair for information.