Letter to the Editor: Spencer’s Budget Reporting Dilemma

Dear Editor:

After reviewing a recent flier by William Spencer a number of immediate questions surfaced. This piece directed the typical criticism of Elizabeth Black’s school budget voting record. In the absence of any substantial voting record for William Spencer, I wanted to gain a better insight of William Spencer’s potential approach ahead of the election of Suffolk County Legislator for the 18th Legislative District. What I have come across is alarming. Not only has William Spencer proposed high density development twice the lawful limit, but as Chairman of the Huntington Housing Authority he has violated the town law requiring full disclosure of financial information to the public.

The Housing Authority controls millions of dollars of Federal, State and County taxpayers’ monies. In 2010 alone, the Housing Authority controlled Housing Assistance payments totaling $6,318,399.00. Spencer has been the Chairman since 2003-2010 and has failed to annually disclose to the public what is going on and how the money is being used until last year.

As Huntington Housing Authority Chairman, he violated the town law by failing to file quarterly financial reports with the town itemizing all disbursements and receipts and failing to file annual audits and reports. This serious violation should not be tolerated by anyone, let alone one who seeks to be a Legislator and the people’s representative.

On the heels of a financial scandal at the Huntington Housing Authority in 1999, Steve Israel was at the forefront of legislation to require “regular and systematic disclosure and dissemination of financial and operational information of the Huntington Housing Authority.” The purpose is “to ensure that the people of this town are fully informed as to the financial activities and operations” of the Housing Authority. It is ironic that Spencer criticizes the school budget process which has full public disclosure through public hearings and a vote and yet he does not disclose how the taxpayers’ monies at Huntington Housing Authority are being handled. When William Spencer was appointed by the politicians to the position on the board of the Housing Authority he took an oath to uphold the law. Does that not mean anything?

I would suggest that William Spencer may want to clean up his own “House” before he continues to criticize another. Elizabeth Black has served our residents well and participates in full public disclosure as School Trustee. On the other hand, Dr. Spencer has failed to show us the money for which he is responsible.

The choice is clear. On Tuesday, November 8th, Elizabeth Black will get my vote and I hope yours as well.


Robert W. Lund

Firefighters Battle Dix Hills House Fire

A raging fire on October 30 was brought under control by the Dix Hills Fire Dept. Photo by Steve Silverman.

The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to an early morning raging fire at a home on Majestic Drive in Dix Hills, Sunday, October 30.  About 70 firefighters from the Dix Hills, Commack, and Melville fire departments responded to the 2:22 a.m. alarm with eight trucks, as Greenlawn firefighters provided standby coverage at Dix Hills Fire headquarters.  Battling high winds and freezing temperatures, firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour, under the command of Dix Hills First Assistant Chief Tom Magno.  The two-story home was heavily damaged by the fire, which caused a partial collapse of the second floor.  The house was vacant at the time of fire and there were no injuries reported.  The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal.


NY Islanders Open Pro Shop at Huntington Town Rink

The New York Islanders recently signed a contract with the Town of Huntington to operate the pro shop at the Town’s recently-expanded Dix Hills Ice Rink, 575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY. The Islanders will be cerebrating the grand opening of the pro shop, which will serve both hockey players and figure skaters, beginning with a session at which participants in the Town’s recreational hockey league will skate with Islanders Matt Martin and Travis Harmonic.

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Town Council Members as well as The New York Islanders, including players Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic, were at today’s recreation league skate and ceremony and ribbon-cutting.




Man Trapped Under Tree and Huntington Manor FD Responds

Huntington Manor Fire Department helped a man who was trapped under a tree. Photo by Steve Silverman.

Huntington Manor Fire Department volunteer firefighters were dispatched for reports of a man trapped underneath a tree on Dix Hills Road near Foxhurst Road in South Huntington, Saturday afternoon, October 29. The man was cutting down a large tree in the backyard of a home when his leg became pinned underneath the tree. About 30 firefighters responded with three heavy rescue trucks and an ambulance, under the command of Chief Gary Hatton and Third Assistant Chief Mike DePasquale. The patient was transported to Huntington Hospital by the Huntington Community First Aid Squad with a possible fractured leg.

NY State Assemblyman Andrew Raia Endorses Liz Black for 18th LD

Andrew Raia

As a teacher for 34 years and a trustee of the Huntington School Board, Liz Black has gained her experience in conflict resolution, management and has been a proactive member of our community.  I know that as a Suffolk County Legislator Liz Black will bring the same passion that she has brought as an advocate and educator in our community for so many years.

Please join me in supporting Liz Black in her candidacy for Suffolk County Legislature in the 18th Legislative District.

Andrew Raia
New York State Assemblyman
9th Assembly District