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

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RECENT EVENTS

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.

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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.

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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 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

As the opening of our schools after Labor Day ushered in the new school year, our Youth Committee met on September 5, 2018 to plan ahead for events and programs for the coming school year. We hope to engage our youth and help to educate them about the political process in our country and their responsibilities and rights as citizens. As in the past, we strive to build on our past successes while maintaining what has worked well. As well, we will examine the prospect of working with middle school youngsters and perhaps other groups.

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.

Issues Education

In case you missed it+ The last VOTER issue (Aug/Sept `18) outlined the Issues and Advocacy committee activities and opportunities for participation. There are the musta'dos and the wana'do's as in our daily lives. The immediate priority for the committee is League dialogue with our public servants on issues of concern. Following good League practices of team visitation; three to four members including the leader who is a district constituent and a volunteer note taker. As such in doing the numbers we need a minimum of twelve (12) members to meet with county legislators of the 16th, 17th and 18th districts. Are you ready to volunteer? Perhaps it is a local town issue that encourages democratic participation. Join us and lend your thoughts as the committee prepares for conversations with the five (5) Town Council members. Numbers count! Laura Lee Lustbader has consented to serve as committee co-chairperson Respond to either of us if you are able to help out. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 12th at 9:30 am. l.l.lustbader@gmail.com or aforwarwand@optonline.net

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).

LWV Huntington Voter

The most recent issue of LWV Huntington's Voter publication

Or view it online at https://www.flipsnack.com/easyreader/the-huntington-voter-feb-mar-2019.html.

News from Town Hall

January 29, 2019

I begin my report with the Zoning Board Meeting of January 24, 2019. It was beyond SRO with people standing in the lobby, out the door under the canopy, and into the parking lot.

The room was overflowing with residents wanting to speak in opposition to the 271,000 square foot development of the Classic Gallery property within Main Street, Stewart Ave, and Gerard Street, The ZBA Chairman, John Posillico, began the meeting with a request for civility from the audience to allow Mr. Margolin, the developer's attorney, to speak first to present the argument for the acceptance of the plans.

After the presentation, the Chairman had Mr. Modelski from the Zoning Board read aloud the results of the Planning Board's Meeting the previous evening. They had decided not to approve the plans for development. Then the Zoning Chair stated that due to the inability of Town Hall to accommodate the overflow crowd, and the fact that the speakers were not working in the lobby, the meeting would be postponed to a later date at a larger, appropriate venue.

Some people rushed to the 7:30 meeting at the Halesite Fire House, which concerned the erection of 5G poles in Huntington Village.

PUBLIC PORTION:
There were speakers opposing the "AirBnB" ordinances, which the Town had enacted. A public hearing has been scheduled on 2/13.
Once again there were speakers opposing the Crown Castle 5G pole installations in Town, asking the Town for support. Councilman Cuthbertson stated that they were "not allowed" to access the results of the tests from the Federal Government.
Centerport residents were concerned with the condition of the Mill Dam Pond, because of runoff of possible lead and asbestos from the demolition of the Thatched Cottage by the new owners. This area is now the home of American bald eagles.
Residents spoke of the overdevelopment of Huntington Village, with many apartments in the pipeline, because of the C 6 zoning regulations.

RESOLUTIONS: The Board authorized:
The purchase of a vacant lot in Huntington Station from Suffolk County for a parking lot. Parking improvements of 27 stalls plus 2 handicapped spaces at Poe Place in East Northport.
The use of the Dix Hills swimming pool by the children of Gateway Gardens, Tri CYA, and Whitman Village Housing for a flat fee for summer 2019.
(URGE) NYS Governor and Legislature to restore funding under the State's Aid and Incentives for municipalities program.
(URGE) NYS Governor and Legislature to enact legislation and appropriate funding to protect taxpayers in the Town of Huntington and Northport-East Northport School District in the event of a settlement or an adverse judgement in the pending tax certiorari challenges brought by LIPA and National Grid Generation, LLC.
Changes to the ethics code for employees to include adding dependents and relatives for financial and nepotism disclosures, deadlines for financial filings, and mandating scheduled ethics training for employees, elected officials, and political party chairpersons. It prohibits town officers and employees from accepting future private employment with anyone with business pending before the employee or any town board or commission in Huntington.

IN OTHER NEWS:
The Town Clerk, Jo-Ann Raia will repeat the marathon of marriages on Valentine's Day at Town Hall.
JoAnn McCarthy

December 18, 2019

PUBLIC PORTION:
Once again more than 10 residents spoke against the 5G cell towers which are being erected in residential neighborhoods without notification to nearby homeowners. Some of the speakers are members of Grassroots and Citizens For 5G Awareness. They are demanding a map of cell tower locations and a schedule of future installation sites. They want the contract between the Town and Verizon published and possibly broken. The Town receives money for each installation. They question the use of "common land" and argue that rights under the "colonial patent" make the trustees responsible. They enumerated the health risks including cancer and harm to a fetus.
The Board has proposed building a 150 parking space garage in the Cold Spring Harbor LIRR Station. Past Council Member Mayoka asked if it would be available only to Cold Spring Harbor residents.
A speaker reminded the Board that the people of the Town would be liable for damages if the Northport Power Plant turns out to be brownfield site, if the Town were to take it over as suggested by Councilman Cook and seconded by Councilman Smyth.
Once again there was a request that the Town buy the Platt Tavern property on Park Ave. and 25A and build a replica of the historic building on the site.

RESOLUTIONS:
The Town will apply for funding from Suffolk County for nutritional services, Adult Day Care Services, and the Residential Repair Program for senior citizens.
Establish a parking violation amnesty program for time between 1/1/2013 through 6/30/2018
Appoint Borg & Borg for insurance brokerage services. Cook voted NO, because they were not the lowest bidders.
Submit a "Letter of Interest" to support Suffolk county's Flood Mitigation Advanced Assistance application to the Dept. of Homeland Security National Flood Insurance Program.
New appointees were made to various boards.

ENACTMENTS:
Execution of an agreement with VFW, Post 9263 for use of building located at 319 Cuba Hill Road.
Designate as an historic building and property Old Burr Farm, 423 Town Line Rd., Commack. Waste management changes recycling to separating papers from other recyclables to be collected on alternate weeks with no exception for holidays.

IN OTHER NEWS:
A Public Hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals is set for Jan. 24 at 6 PM to review application by owner of Classic Galleries for property bordered by Main St and Stewart Ave and Gerard St to build 84 luxury apartments.
The Columbia Terrace project to build 14 affordable homes for veterans in Huntington Station has begun.
US Dept. of Health and Human Services awarded $600,000 for the Town's runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.
The town is exploring the possibility of expanding bus service to include health facilities in its paratransit bus program. Included will be Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Charles Health and Wellness Center, and the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care all on Commack Rd. in Smithtown.
Applications, for affordable housing in a new private home development on Pulaski Rd. in Greenlawn, are being accepted for a lottery on March 5 in Town Hall.
LIPA is grieving its taxes to the Town and the Northport School District with significant consequences to all taxpayers if it succeeds.
Supervisor Lupinacci has been accused of sexual misconduct.
JoAnn McCarthy

November 2018

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.
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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