At last night’s Town Board meeting, Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone moved to name the Huntington Station Armory after the late Assemblyman James D. Conte, who passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
The Town Board unanimously approved Supervisor Petrone’s resolution, which noted that one of Assemblyman Conte’s last official acts was to sponsor the bill that directed the state to transfer and convey the Armory at 100 E. 5th Street to the Town. The State had declared the property surplus after several National Guard units’ operations, including the one in Huntington Station, were consolidated in a facility in Farmingdale.
“Jim Conte was a distinguished legislator and a dear friend who kept the interests of his constituents and community foremost in his heart,” Supervisor Petrone said. “He worked with us as we undertook and continue the process of revitalizing Huntington Station and, in particular, he was relentless in making sure that the Town was able to secure the Armory in Huntington Station for community uses. Naming the Armory after him is a fitting tribute and a living memorial to someone who will truly be missed.”
The Town and the State are in the process of taking the final steps necessary for the transfer of the building, which, after the Town takes title, will be called the James D. Conte Center.