Herb Morrow currently serves as the Mayor of the Village of Huntington Bay. He joined the Village Board in 1993 as a Trustee. He was first elected Mayor in 1994 and in June 2010 was elected to his ninth, two year term. The Village Mayor in Huntington Bay, like many other Villages throughout New York State, is an elected position but the Mayor serves as a volunteer with no compensation or benefits. Morrow says he has always seen this position as a non-political, community service role.
Mayor Morrow is a lifelong resident of Long Island. He grew up in Carle Place. He attended high school at St Pius X Prep in Uniondale and earned his BA from Cathedral College in Douglaston, New York. During college he spent three summers living in Fort Green and the Bushwick sections of Brooklyn running inner city youth programs. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Lloyd Harbor and during that year worked at St. Hugh’s parish in Huntington Station. He did graduate work in business at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
His business career has included a number of entrepreneurial ventures and corporate executive positions including President of Yourdon Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak, and Vice President of Business Development at Norrell Corporation, and ASI Solutions. Most recently he was Vice President for the Northeast Division of Spherion Corporation, and Regional Director for Adecco, both national Staffing and Recruiting firms. He has spoken at a number of conferences on HR Solutions for Business and issues related to the Labor Market. He has also been an interview coach for graduating students at Abilities in Albertson, New York.
As Village Mayor, Morrow has had a commitment to keep the Village government lean without compromising public safety, financially strong with strict controls on spending, and protecting community character through the revisions and enforcement of Village Code. He has implemented a number of programs focused on environmental issues, specifically the protection of the waters of Huntington Harbor and Huntington Bay. He believes that one of the great assets of the Village is its police department. This department is one of the few on Long Island that has full State accreditation.
Mayor Morrow has served in a number of executive positions in the Suffolk County Village Officials Association. This association represents the 32 Villages in Suffolk County. He served on the executive board for six years including as President from 2000-2002. He has been credited with implementing many programs in that role to support other Mayors and Village Officials in the County. He was appointed to Governor Pataki’s Long Island Coastal Advisory Commission. He has also served on Suffolk County’s Smart Growth Advisory Commission, and the Town of Huntington’s Harborfront Commission, LWRP Committee and the Homeland Security Task Force. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nathan Hale Beach Association and active in St. Patrick’s Parish in Huntington.
Mayor Morrow and his wife Beth, who are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year, have resided in Huntington Bay since 1984. They have a 21 year old daughter, Kristen, and an 18 year old son, Brendan; both college students on Long Island.
Below is a speech Mayor Morrow made at an August 3rd fundraiser.