Councilman Mark Mayoka Claims Extraordinary Results in the Last Two Weeks

Councilman Mark Mayoka

The time spent over then past several weeks was well spent and has yielded extraordinary positive results,” says Councilman Mark Mayoka, Town of Huntington. Here are the undisputed facts:

1)      The refunding plan that was attached to the refunding bond resolution which was prepared on March 13 was only a proposed plan and is stale.

2)      The resolution allows for the plan to change and the plan has changed.

3)      The new plan has re-evaluated the cost of issuance, underwriters discount, market conditions as well as bonding options.

4)      Instead of saving $700,000 we will be saving significantly more money. In fact, we estimate that we will be saving over 1 million dollars.

5)      The new refunding plan is also different than the previous refunding plan in that it uncovered a potential problem with the 2005 refunding segment of 7 million dollars in bonds.  It is now probable that that we will not go forward with the refunding of the 2005 bond segment because it would yield only marginal savings and would be viewed negatively by the ratings agencies. This change in strategy was agreed to in a meeting with NYMAC and Supervisor Petrone on May 21. It was  confirmed in an e-mail from NYMAC dated May 22.

6)      The end result is that we now have a strategic financial plan in place for our bonding program that maximizes savings.

7)      Between now and the date of issuance we will continue to review the available options to potentially find additional savings.

Centerport Fire Department Cadets Awarded Grant

Pictured from left, kneeling front row, are: Cadets Doug Knoph, Henry Mack, Brianna Simpson, Taylor Miltner, and Carolyn Ciafardoni. Back row: Advisors Rich Miltner and Mike McCarrick, Cadets Chris Peters, Andrew Banger, Brian Ciafarfoni, Cody Cunningham, Mike Gunther, Advisor John Knoph, and MetLife’s Tom Collins. Photo by Steve Silverman

MetLife Foundation recently awarded a Volunteer Ventures grant of $1,000 to the Centerport Fire Department Cadets in support of a project proposed by Tom Collins, a MetLife employee who volunteers with the department.  The grant will be used to supply the Cadets with turnout gear for their training programs.

The Volunteer Ventures Program encourages and supports employee involvement at the local level in nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for all. Grant are made for specific projects in which MetLife employees have continuing involvement as volunteers.

The Centerport Fire Department Cadets were chartered in 1981.  Open to Centerport Fire District residents between the ages of 13-17, the program gives the cadets an introduction to hands-on training in firefighting and rescue services. More then 90% of cadet graduates continue as members of the Centerport Fire Department.

 

Suffolk County Police Participate In Buckle Up New York-Click It or Ticket Campaign

In a continuing effort to promote public safety, the Suffolk County Police Department will once again be participating in the Buckle Up New York-Click It or Ticket campaign from now through June 4.

Police officers throughout New York State will engage in this intensified enforcement effort that is coordinated and sponsored by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The objective is to increase compliance with seat belt and child safety seat provisions of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Suffolk County police officers will take a zero tolerance approach with those who violate New York State’s seat belt laws. Officers, including those assigned to the Aggressive Driving Task Force, will conduct numerous checkpoints and saturation patrols to raise the public’s awareness to the importance of wearing seat belts. Increasing seat belt and child safety seat use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities.

New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law requires the use of safety restraints as follows:

All front seat occupants ages 8 and older must wear a seat belt.

  • All rear seat passengers ages 8 through 15 must wear a seat belt.
  • All children younger than 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat or if the child’s weight exceeds 40 pounds, in a child restraint system in conjunction with safety belts, the restraint system must meet size and weight recommendations of the manufacturer.
  • Children ages 4 through 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one that meets the child’s height and weight recommendations, according to the child restraint manufacturer. The vehicle’s safety belt alone is not a child restraint system.

Drivers are responsible for passengers younger than 16 years old who are found to be in violation of the law.

Huntington Manor Fire Department Installation of Officers and Awards

The Huntington Manor Fire Department presented their Richard Holst Inspirational Award to Mary Chapman in recognition of her humanitarian efforts for donating a much-needed kidney to Firefighter Andrew Schreiber. The award is presented in the memory of Huntington Manor Firefighter and Chaplain Richard Holst, who died in the line-of-duty at a fire in 2009. Pictured from left, are Third Assistant Chief Mike DePasquale, First Assistant Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., Andrew Schreiber, Mary Chapman, Chief Gary Hatton, and Second Assistant Chief Frank McQuade. Photo by Steve Silverman.

The Huntington Manor Fire Department recently held their 109th Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony. Following the presentation of colors by the Huntington Manor Honor Guard, Chaplain Deacon Edward Billia delivered the invocation and prayer for departed members.

The following officers were installed by the Board of Fire Commissioners: Department Officers – Chief Gary Hatton, First Assistant Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., Second Assistant Chief Frank McQuade, Third Assistant Chief Mike DePasquale.  Corresponding Secretary Lisa Fusaro, Recording Secretary Robert Eng, Treasurer Vincent Bifano, Financial Secretary Clifford Sutkevich, Chaplain Deacon Edward Billia, Associate Chaplain Thomas Petriano.

Hook and Ladder Company – Captain Greg Hocknell, First Lieut. Shadon “Chuck” Brady, Second Lieut. James Glidden, Secretary Robert Eng, Treasurer Brian Nelson, Financial Secretary James Pentecost. Hose Company No. 1 – Captain Michael Bruno, First Lieut. Travis Mortensen, Second Lieut. John Damico, Secretary Lisa Fusaro, Treasurer John Rubcewich, Jr., Financial Secretary Robert Tellefsen.  Fire Police – Captain David Schombs, Lieut. Thomas Krumpter.

Outgoing Commissioner John Hall was presented with an award from the Board in appreciation of his dedicated service.  The Hook and Ladder Company presented their Probationary Firefighter of the Year Award to Sean Martin and Jack Italiano III, with Rob Eng receiving the Firefighter of the Year Award. The Hose Company presented their Firefighter of the Year Award to Bruce Smith.

Lifesaving Medal of Valor Awards were presented to Anthony Murisco and John Hall for reviving a co-worker in cardiac arrest, and to Keith Tetrault for rescuing an unconscious man who fell onto the LIRR tracks at Huntington Station. Frank McQuade received a special award for going above and beyond his duties for 2011 as Assistant Chief. 

Huntington Manor Fire Department Ex-Chief and Commissioner Michael Pastore, center, is presented with the Peter A. Nelson Firefighter of the Year Award. The award is presented in the memory of Huntington Manor Chief and FDNY Rescue Company No. 4 Firefighter Peter Nelson, who was killed on the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center. Pictured from left, are First Assistant Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., Chief Gary Hatton, Michael Pastore, Second Assistant Chief Frank McQuade, and Third Assistant Chief Mike DePasquale. Photo by Steve Silverman.

The Richard Holst Inspirational Award was presented to Mary Chapman in recognition of her humanitarian efforts for donating a much-needed kidney to Firefighter Andrew Schreiber. The award is presented in the memory of Huntington Manor Firefighter and Chaplain Richard Holst, who died in the line-of-duty at a fire in 2009.The Peter A. Nelson Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Ex-Chief and Commissioner Michael Pastore for his outstanding dedication and service. The award is presented in the memory of Huntington Manor Chief and FDNY Rescue Company No. 4 Firefighter Peter Nelson, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

                                     

Letter to the Community from Superintendent James Polansky

Dear Huntington School District Residents:

I’d like to express my sincerest thanks to the Huntington community for supporting the 2012-2013 school district budget. As a result of this support, we will maintain our ability to provide a high quality education for our students in a fiscally responsible manner. Additionally, as a result of community support for the capital proposition, we will be able to make needed improvements to buildings throughout the district with no effect on the tax rate. I further extend my appreciation to all who assumed an active role and provided input during the budget development process.

We have successfully navigated through budget construction during a difficult financial time – one that is likely to continue for several years. We will persist in our efforts to realize cost savings and efficiencies with the goal of easing the tax burden, while striving to provide our students with an educational program that thoroughly prepares them for college and the 21st century workplace.

Open lines of communication are critical and I encourage district residents to contact us at any time during the year, whether it is to express concerns, ask questions, or recognize a student or staff member accomplishment. I am confident that we can build further upon a renewed sense of hopefulness and unity, which will translate to increased student growth and achievement, parental involvement, and community-based collaboration.

Once again, thank you for your confidence in the Huntington School District and for your belief in our children and their future.

Sincerely,

James Polansky, Superintendent of Schools