In a fitting tribute to Flag Day, the national celebration that commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes as the official banner of the Revolution, more than fifty Huntington residents gathered in the VFW Hall last night to hear plans about a lawsuit soon to be filed by The Greater Huntington Civic Group against the Huntington Town Board.
Citing their rights under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law, Civic Group spokesman and president Steven Spucces said that the Town Board has “over-stepped its authority” by approving the recently passed zoning change for the proposed Avalon Bay development on East 5th Street in Huntington Station. Spucces also said that the Avalon Bay proposal is too dense and is the “wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons.”
Unwilling to reveal the details of the suit, Spucces also declined to identify the Group’s legal counsel but told the gathering that the Town Board is banking on the fact that the association has limited financial resources. That brought a passionate reaction from the audience who spent considerable time recommending fund raising campaigns and volunteering to enlist friends and neighbors for the grass-roots effort.
Offering further support for the emerging backlash against last week’s Town Board decision, conference participant Jennifer LaVertu , an outspoken critic of the Town’s current administration, cited recent information from New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announcing the launch of the Suffolk County branch of his Public Integrity Bureau. The new office, which opened its doors in Hauppauge on June 13, is charged with the responsibility of investigating complains about public officials and employees. After LaVitru’s announcement, Spucces was quick to add that there is no inference of public corruption in LaVirtu’s statement.
When asked to summarize The Greater Huntington Civic Group’s primary objective, Spucces said that they are energetic to “restore checks and balances to local government.” Spucces also observed that there are many small civic associations in the Town and that The Greater Huntington Civic Group is reaching out to them in an effort to coalesce many small factions into a single cohesive, consortium. “The problem is in Huntington Station today” but it might be in Greenlawn or East Northport next year, he continued. “We have to work together.”
Spucces is planning monthly meetings and is vigorously seeking additional members.
Historical Footnote: Flag Day was created by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date. Congress created the American Continental Army after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775