About Last Night….

The Republican slate of County Candidates


Last night at the Suffolk Republican Convention in Hauppauge, the Republicans picked their nominees for the 16th, 17th, and 18th Legislative Districts.

18th LD Nominee Liz Black

In the 18th District, Huntington School Board Member Elizabeth Black was given the nod in a wide open field of potential nominees. Mrs. Black will now face off against Dr. William Spencer for the position that will be vacated by Jon Cooper due to term limitations.

“I’m very pround and honored to be the designee for the 18th legislative district,” Elizabeth Black to the TATTLER. “I’m going to work very hard to get out to the district and meet as many people as possible. I have a lot of volunteers that are going to help me along the way, and I appreciate every one of them for helping to get me this far. And I thank them and my family for the help they given me to help me get this far.”

In the 16th district, Deborah Poulos was tapped to run. She will be running against incumbent Steve Stern. Unfortunately, Ms. Poulos could not be reached for comment, as she is currently out of town.

In the 17th district, Dennis Garetano was nominated. He will be opposing incumbent Lou D’Amaro, whom he faced for the seat in 2005. Mr. Garetano could not be reached for comment as he was out of the country.

Huntington Republican Chair Toni Tepe motions to nominate Huntington Candidates

When asked to comment on the ticket that has been assembled in Huntington for this year’s county races, Huntington Republican chairwoman Toni Tepe said, “I think that we’ve had the opportunity to form a great ticket. We have three competent, qualified candidates to run for three seats in Huntington.”

Councilman Mayoka, Building Homes for Heroes, Engeman Theatre Announce “Broadway Salute” to benefit Lt. Kevin Byler

NORTHPORT, NY – This morning, at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY, Councilman Mark Mayoka announced the first events for Building Homes for Huntington Heroes, an organization designed to help accommodate those whom are wounded or disabled in service to our nation.

The first home being renovated is that of Lt. James Byler, a Huntington area soldier whom stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan, severely injuring him, costing him both legs and fingers on each hand. Major renovations are required to make Lt. Byler’s house handicapped accessible.

Councilman Mayoka proposed the resolution to create the organization stating that he was “grateful for those who have come to aid since the beginning of this great nation” and that he wanted to ensure that the house was “made accessible because he [Lt. Byler] was a Huntington Hero.”

Supervisor Frank Petrone, who also attended the press conference, lauded Mayoka for leading the charge towards the resolution that formed the organization.

Building Homes for Heroes president Andy Pujol, spoke about the importance of the project, stating that “He’ll know he was loved, respected, and honored by his country and community.” In his statement he also took the time to laud, what he called the unsung heroes, the parents of military members whom are deployed into combat.

The first major fundraiser being held with for the organization is a “Broadway Salute” event, being held on June 24th at the John Engeman theatre in an event that has been described as “Broadway Unplugged.” The theatre has been actively involved in military charities since it opened five years ago, after its namesake was killed in Iraq and has either directly or indirectly donated over a half-million dollars to charitable causes.

Additionally, casting director Stephen DeAngelis announced the first three of five names appearing at the concert: Andy Karl (Wicked), Jennifer Wills (Phantom), and Orfeh (Legally Blonde). The remaining two leading names will be announced next week.

Theatre founder Kevin O’ Neill, commenting on the project stated “this is a no brainer, this goal should be met.” Mr. O’ Neill has set a fundraising goal for the event at over $10,000.

In addition to the fundraising event on June 24th, Councilman Mayoka announced that BAE Systems had pledged a $15,000 donation to Building Homes for Huntington Heroes. Donna Linke, site executive for BAE systems, cited BAE’s commitment to “protecting those who protect us”, before stating “that it’s important to support the military both on and off the battlefield.”

The Broadway Salute concert at John W. Engeman Theater is June 24th; tickets are $75 a piece.

Conte Awards Gold in Huntington

(from Left to Right) Senator Carl Marcellino, Gold CoastLeadership Award recipient Patricia Grant from Gundermann & Gundermann, Inc and Assemblyman Jim Conte.

Assemblyman Conte issued this release:

Assemblyman Jim Conte (R,I,C,WF-Huntington Station) recently attended the first annual Gold Coast Awards presented by Melville Chamber of Commerce and Gold Coast Bank.  The event  honored 36 business leaders and entrepreneurs who have had a tremendous impact on the local economy and have helped strengthen the community.

(From Left to Right) Senator Carl Marcellino, Michael DeLuise; President, Melville Chamber of Commerce, and Assemblyman Jim Conte.

During the event, Assemblyman Conte and Senator Marcellino presented the award recipients with official  legislative citations.

Legislator D’Amaro Recognizes His Chief of Staff Justin Littell Named one of LI’s Top Young Professionals

Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) honors and recognizes his Chief of Staff Justin Littell as one of Long Island’s Top Young Professionals for 2011. The annual award is sponsored by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

From the office of Legislator D’Amaro:

Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) recently honored his own Chief of Staff, Justin Littell, on being named one of Long Island’s 2011 Top Young Professionals by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.  Littell was recognized by Legislator D’Amaro with a Proclamation and received an engraved glass plaque from the Huntington Chamber at the organization’s recent Third Annual Long Island Young Professional’s Celebration at the Cold Spring Harbor County Club.   Thirty individuals under the age of thirty from throughout Long Island were selected for this recognition.

Littell joined Legislator D’Amaro’s staff as an aide in 2006 and was named Chief of Staff in 2008.  He is a visible presence at community events throughout Huntington, Babylon and all of Suffolk County, both in assisting and representing the Legislator.  An avid community volunteer, Littell is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the NephCure Foundation, an organization committed to supporting research seeking the cause of potentially debilitating kidney diseases.  Prior to joining Legislator D’Amaro, he served as a supervisor’s assistant in the Town of Islip.  He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fairfield University, where he earned a B.A. in History and Politics.


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“I am especially proud to honor Justin because I personally know how well-deserving he is of this recognition,” said D’Amaro.  “He is invaluable to me and an asset to the residents of the 17th Legislative District, as well as all of Suffolk County.”

Legislator D’Amaro Joins Huntington Manor Fire Department At Annual Officer Installation Dinner New Chief Sworn In, Former Chief Honored

From right, Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) presents a Proclamation to out-going Huntington Manor Fire Department Chief Mark Sciallo and welcomes incoming Chief Gary Hatton. He is joined by NYS Assemblyman James Conte and Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone

Legislator D’Amaro issued this release:

(MELVILLE, NY…April 18, 2011) – Congratulations were the order of the evening as Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) joined Huntington Manor Fire Department (HMFD) officers, commissioners, members and their families to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the community at the Company’s 108th Annual Installation Dinner, recently held at the Huntington Hilton.   Outgoing Chief Mark P. Sciallo, completing his two-year term leading the Department, was honored with a Proclamation and new Chief Gary P. Hatton was sworn in.  Also sworn in that evening were Assistant Chiefs Frederick Steenson Jr., Francis McQuade and Michael DePasquale, as well as company and line officers.

Chief Sciallo held several key positions prior to serving as Chief including company secretary, company captain, hose company captain, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, 3rd Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief and 1st Assistant Chief.  He has received Citation Awards for Rescue, Lifesaving and Bravery and a Unit Citation Award.

“The brave volunteers of the Huntington Manor Fire Department do an outstanding job serving our community,” said Legislator D’Amaro.  “It is a privilege to join them in thanking Chief Mark Sciallo for his many years of service and welcoming new Chief Gary Hatton,” said Legislator D’Amaro.

The HMFD operates within a 14.8 square mile perimeter.  Its 130 members comprise two companies and operate 14 pieces of fire apparatus and 12 utility vehicles.  The Department responds out of three firehouses which are strategically located throughout the district.  With an average of more than 1,000 fire calls a year, Huntington Manor is one of the busiest volunteer fire departments on Long Island.