Sunday, November 3, 2013

Huntington Pol’s…………….In their own words…………….

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was re-elected to a four-year term on the Huntington Town Board in 2009 and has served on the Huntington Town Board since January 1998. Cuthbertson has kept his pledge to put politics aside and be part of a bi-partisanship government that has marked the most significant turnaround in local government on Long Island. Throughout his term, Mark Cuthbertson has voted to reduce and stabilize taxes in Huntington by working with the other members of the Town Board, to place performance over partisanship. In recent years, he has focused on the area of economic development and job creation and has used his background in real estate law to attract several major projects in the Route 110 corridor including Canon USA and Rubie's Costumes. This effort was recognized by the Long Island Business News as the Best Public Private Partnership for 2008. In addition, Cuthbertson has sponsored sweeping environmental legislation to preserve hillside areas in the Town, to promote renewable energy, update code enforcement and to preserve open spaces.
§  A Record of Tax Stability - In the last 4 years town taxes have gone up by less than 1/2 a %. (0.50%) **

                     Do you find it interesting that it’s the one number they don’t report that 
                 has sky-rocketed out of control? This is yet another straw on the camel’s back.

School tax:
     “State aid may offset Huntington school tax
      Originally published: April 5, 2011 7:57 PM
      Updated: April 5, 2011 8:11 PM
      The restoration of some state aid has Huntington school officials  
      reconsidering the district's proposed 3.5 percent property-tax increase. **

And, from the website, “”, comes this little morsel about the increase in the base formula that calculates your Real Estate Taxes

“Originally Posted by rockmusicalways View Post
To the OP... the 09 RAR was .0074……. for 2010 it’s .0083

Read the following, then watch the video, or watch the video, then read the following:

video - right click on "youtube":
Published on Oct 9, 2013
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Pockets $1 Million in Legal Fees from Other Towns While Sitting on the Huntington Town Board
Serious questions have been raised about Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's outside legal practice. He pocketed more than $1 million in fees by representing towns other than Huntington, including North Hempstead, Islip, Brookhaven and Babylon. It appears that Cuthbertson has spent more time representing the citizens of four other towns than his own constituents in Huntington.
*Cutherbtson worked for the North Hempstead Community Development Administration which has a long
  history of scandal. North Hempstead CDA was found guilty of large-scale bid-rigging and bribery in connection with a selected developer. 
*Cuthbertson's Campaign Contributions to campaigns for Non-Huntington candidates totaled more than
*Cuthbertson represents the Industrial Development Agencies for Islip, Babylon & Brookhaven.
  *Cuthbertson approved the $2 Million in taxpayer money that Supervisor Frank Petrone used to pay dozens of attorney friends. ***

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Huntington Outrage:
Councilman Calls for Audit, Gets Blasted by Supervisor

When Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone heard that newly elected councilman Gene Cook wanted to the town to audit the books, he attacked the messenger instead of addressing the issue.

"I'm embarrassed for Gene Cook," Petrone quipped after viewing comments made by Cook on a controversial video. In the video, Cook commented about his first 30 days in office and was highly critical of the town's General Services department and the Comptroller's Office. Cook cited various examples of wasteful spending, inefficiencies, redundancy in services and poor communication that he encountered during his first weeks on the job.

Rather than comment on these serious concerns, Supervisor Petrone chose to comment about a joke Cook made, thus ignoring serious problems in Huntington's government. It is the oldest trick in the book, attack the messenger instead of the message.

TO SEE CONTROVERSIALVIDEO right click on "video":

All this, and more, embarrasses me when it comes to a discussion of Huntington Town politics. It seems to me that when the “poo” starts getting hurled by politicians, then something is rotten in Denmark (so the saying goes). If politicians can’t, or won’t, answer a question, they simply change the subject and spew oral diarrhea in the form of “non sequiturs”. We all need to see the red flags whenever we witness this subtle practice; some politicians are extremely exemplary in this mode of communication.