Patch looks back at some of the top Huntington town government news in 2012.
The town declared a state of emergency ahead of the Oct. 29 hurricane, opened warming centers and shelters, pursued LIPA and brought in experts to help homeowners cope with FEMA and insurance problems. Meantime, the highway department estimates that Hurricane Sandy left seven times the mess created by Hurricane Irene last year and is still busy clearing away debris left by the storm.
A court ruling in November upheld the town's 2011 approval of the rezoning that permitted the Avalon Bay project to go forward. Justice Joseph C. Pastoressa rejected a number of objections to the controversial 379-unit multifamily development.
Gene Cook took his seat in January as a member of the Town Board. An independent backed by the Republican Party, Cook defeated Glenda Jackson in the 2011 election.
Tracy Yogman, director of the Department of Audit and Control, resigned in April. Yogman has accepted a position with an unnamed not-for-profit organization, according to a town press release. And town attorney John Leo resigned in December after he was elected to a judgeship.
Supervisor Frank Petrone backed off efforts for a governmental reorganization that would have abolished the elective office of highway superintendent, saying agreements had been reached on other ways to achieve savings.
A group of Huntington liquor store owners won support from the Town Board and later the State Liquor Authority to block the opening of another such store in Huntington Station. At the Sept. 24 meeting of the Town Board, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsored and enacted legislation to limit the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area and to set standards defining “saturation” for the purpose of limiting the number of retail liquor store licenses.
The Huntington Town Board voted down legislation meant to curb the rampant spread of bamboo for the second time on Tuesday. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Susan Berland, was voted down 3-2 with Berland and Supervisor Frank Petrone in favor.
Did we leave one out? What do you think were the year's biggest town government stories? Please tell us in the comments.