Town Board Has Breakfast With The Chamber
Members of the Huntington Town Board got an early-morning workout during a question and answer session with members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
Held at the Huntington Yacht Club, the event welcomed Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwomen Susan Berland and Tracey Edwards, who were questioned about an array of issues, including Renaissance Downtowns’ plans for Huntington Station revitalization; the LIPA tax certiorari facing the town and the Northport-East Northport School District; development proposals at Oaktree Dairy in Elwood; and parking in Huntington village.
With a waterfront view behind them, water issues, and particularly, the desire for more commerce and a waterside walkway along the Halesite Route 110 corridor emerged.
Cuthbertson said a walkable thoroughfare would be a long shot because most of the shoreline property is privately owned.
“Trying to get any sort of boardwalk or something like that is going to be a major challenge,” he said.
The board members also stood behind the town’s record on housing policies. Cuthbertson said the “largest zone change” during his tenure occurred in Dix Hills to create The Greens at Half Hollow senior community.
Berland added that approximately 1,500 affordable rental units are available in the Town of Huntington, and that more than half are in Dix Hills or Melville.
“They’re out there. You always need more, but they’re out there,” she said.
Edwards suggested the town should take new steps to make existing housing more accessible.
“I don’t necessarily think you can build your way out of this issue… We have to work very hard to give young people opportunities to buy existing housing and help seniors stay in their homes,” she said.
The trio urged businesses working in the Town of Huntington to reach out to them and the communities they are seeking to work in. Both steps can help cut through red tape, they said.
And on the issue of downtown parking in Huntington village, Cuthbertson said that any move toward a parking structure would likely have to be a public-private partnership.
“I don’t think we can assume that type of debt,” he said. “I think there is a fundamental parking opportunity and we have to look at how we address it.”
The breakfast meeting was part of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast series, held monthly.