Supervisor Wehrheim spoke of open government and the new position created Public Information Officer. This position is held by Nicole Gargiulo. The Town of Smithtown is updating their website and making changes that will keep residents informed. Supervisor Wehrheim explained that there is a bill for funding sewers in Smithtown that will be before Albany in June sponsored by Michael Fitzpatrick. The plan is to put in sewers in Kings Park and other communities which will enable further development of the downtown areas. Of interest to Kings Park residents is that there will be additional plans put forth for the revitalization plan for Kings Park. There will be future open forums for community review and comment. Smithtown will be putting more capital investment into all town parks. Additionally, the Highway Department will be coordinating with utilities to effectively and efficiently pave roads since once a road is paved it cannot be changed for seven to ten years.
Supervisor Lupinacci touched on the subject of the LIPA lawsuits as much as was possible since there is pending litigation. He spoke of scheduling Town Board meetings in the afternoon as well as evening so that more residents can attend. All Town Board meetings, Zoning Board meetings and Planning Board meetings are now live streamed. Huntington is working on reaching out through social media and on their website. The town is meeting with business leaders and colleges and local schools to work together to bring high paying jobs to the 110 corridor. Supervisor Lupinacci also discussed a program to bring civic associations from throughout Huntington together to discuss local and town wide issues. FSA hopes to participate in the proposed program.
Other guest politicians who attended were Legislator Robert Trotta, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Huntington Town Board members Joan Cergol and Ed Smyth and Smithtown Town Board members Lisa Inzerillo, Thomas Lohmann and Thomas McCarthy. Also attending were the Smithtown Highway Superintendent Robert Murphy and Huntington Superintendent of Highways Kevin Orelli. Jillian Guthman Huntington Receiver of Taxes also attended. It was an afternoon of Smithtown and Huntington working together to help make Fort Salonga the best place to live.
The Raffle and Door Prizes were a big success this year. We had many merchants and individuals donating prizes to help make the event a success. For a full list of contributors refer to the list published in this newsletter.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Raffle Prizes: 1st Prize-Richard Balestrino; 2nd Prize – Richard Riccardi; and 3rd Prize – Richard Ciliotta. Richard was a lucky name this year. Door prizes were given at a drawing for attendees.
Thank you Indian Hills Country Club, Raffle and Door Prize Donors and all those who attended for making this a very enjoyable and informative afternoon.
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