Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci Discusses His Vision for the Town at LIMBA Meeting
CAPTION: Chad Lupinacci (center), Supervisor, Town of Huntington, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting, which was held on March 23 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (left to right): Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; John Tsunis, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast Bank; Jim Johnis, President/Chief Operating Officer, Gold Coast Bank; and Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA. Gold Coast Bank was the event’s sponsor.
On March 23, Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting, which took place at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. He talked about the improvements he has made in town government since taking office and his vision for Huntington.
When he ran for Town Supervisor, Mr. Lupinacci ran on the theme “A New Direction.” When he was elected into office, he made numerous changes to town government, including establishing term limits in which town personnel in elected positions cannot serve more than three four-year terms, adding evening town board meetings so more residents are able to attend and updating the town’s website to include agendas of upcoming and previous meetings and live streaming of town board meetings in an effort to promote transparency.
Some of the problems he addressed were the lack of available parking at the Long Island Rail Road station on Route 110 in Huntington Station and the shuttered businesses along the corridor. He proposed a solution in which he would expand the parking lot to add more spaces and encourage the construction of mixed-use (retail and residential) and apartment buildings in the surrounding areas as a way to revitalize the corridor and make it a suitable place for people to live and work.
In looking to save Huntington taxpayers money, Supervisor Lupinacci said he will meet with the other town supervisors in Suffolk County to discuss the possibility of using shared services among other municipalities and school districts. Since each school district has its own character and identity, the idea of merging districts does not seem like a possibility. Rather, he said, school districts can share their personnel and assistant superintendents with one another as a cost-cutting measure.
Noting that Huntington is an ethnically diverse town, Supervisor Lupinacci has reached out to the immigrant community. He has met with foreign-born residents at local churches and community centers to discuss what the town does, what services it provides and how it can assist those in need.
Supervisor Lupinacci previously served as a member of the South Huntington Board of Education and the New York State Assembly prior to becoming Town Supervisor. As an Assemblyman, he was Ranking Member on the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, and was a Member of the Committees on Election Law, Judiciary, Tourism, and Arts & Sports. He also teaches Business Law at Farmingdale State College and Political Science at St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University.
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Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.