Huntington Station Committees – Insanity is …

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“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” – (John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State in the Eisenhower Administration).

The Huntington Station Action Now Committee (formerly known as the Huntington Station Action Coalition) is charged with identifying the root causes of Huntington Station’s problems and developing possible solutions. According to Town Hall officials, the Action Coalition issued a report in March 2010 that recommended both concrete proposals that could be implemented quickly and longer-term approaches to both addressing the continuing security issues in the community and supporting Huntington Station’s continued revitalization.

On Friday, December 16, nearly two years later, the group met again to further discuss the issue and set up new committees.  The majority of leadership of the group do not live in Huntington Station which is typical.  Ironically, one of the biggest problems is the committees themselves.  The many committees that have been formed were made up of the same people year after year, most of whom do not live in Huntington Station or send their children to Huntington Schools.  In general people who are not connected to the “right people” or are independent thinkers are excluded from the committees.  There are always a few new people permitted in, but those people eventually get discouraged and move on to other things.  While the powers that be were meeting, and evaluating and studying and convening and reconvening, those who live in the area were trying to make sense of it all.  During the decades of studying the problem, the issues were worsening.  Property values were dropping, gang and crime were growing, the number of illegal apartments began to spread throughout the town and one of the local public schools were closed down.

There really is no need to further study the issue but if we stop evaluating, we may have to roll up our sleeves and act.  As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

The problem has been very well researched, written, studied, evaluated, visited and revisited. The following is a partial list of committees, legislation, information and other means of evaluating the problem.  We only went as far back as 1986, but the committees to study Huntington Station go back to the 1960’s.  Here is our list:

1986 – The Task Force on illegal housing – (Appointed by the Town Board in March, 1986, to study the problem of illegal housing.)

1987 – The citizens advisory committee

1987 – Citizens for a better Huntington Station

1989 – Huntington Station revitalization Plan – prepared by consulting firm Conklin Rossant. (See page 24 of the link)

1993 – Comprehensive Plan Update (See Page 24 of the link)

1999 – H.S. Revitalization committee

1999 – Huntington Housing survey is conducted by Stony Brook University

2001 – Crack House Law & The Slum Lord Offensive

2001 – Anti-Gang Task Force (page 14)

2001 A new plan prepared by the consulting firm Fox Fowle

Weed & Seed

2001 – Huntington Station Forum

2002 – Campaign for Pride & Beautification in Huntington Station

2002 – Operation H.A.I.L. storm (Huntington Against Illegal landlords)

2002 – Huntington Station Revitalization committee

2003 – Huntington Station Overlay District Legislation

2003 – Huntington Station Moratorium Area Report

2003 – Gang Summit

2003 – Lowndes Avenue Task force

2003 – Vision Long Island is hired as a consultant to conduct economic analysis, and a new plan for Huntington Station. (see comment below from Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island)

2003 – EDC and BID is formed

2004 – C.A.S.T (Community and Schools Together) -(page 14)

2004 – Community Development Input Session Results

2004 – Comprehensive plan

2004 – Town Hires Planning Firm of Wallace, Robert and Todd (WRT)

January 2004 – Planning Today For Huntington’s Tomorrow

2004 – Housing Enforcement Action team (H.E.A.T.)

July 2005 – Safe Communities Initiative

2005 – The Thompson Report

2005 – Take Back the Blocks Program

2005 – Phase One of the Huntington Station Route 110 Streetscaping/Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project

2006 – Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC)

2006 – The Northridge Plan

2008 – Comprehensive plan update – Horizons 2020

2008 – 5 Year Annual consolidated plan

2008 – Operation Persistent presence

2009 – Code Enforcement Task Force

November 2009 – Huntington Station Action Coalition

April 19, 2010 – Steps to a Safer Revitalization

July 2010 – New Iniatives To Fight Huntington Station Crime

2010 – Broadway/110 revitalization committee

May 2010 – Code enforcement summit

September 2010 – Huntington Anti-Gang Community Advisory Committee

July 2011 – Berland’s Anti-Blight Legislation

2011 – Huntington Station Action Now



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6 Responses to Huntington Station Committees – Insanity is …

  1. We should have another committee called “LAN” Let’s Act Now.
    At least I live in the area.

    December 21, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am

  2. There are some new faces involved now. South Huntington schools has representation for the first time too. Huntington Schools is also well represented with new faces. Many members of the clergy. We know what needs to be done. Question is will the those in authority have the intestinal fortitude to do it?

    matt harris
    December 21, 2011 1:56 pm at 1:56 pm

  3. Matt Harris sent me this list a few months ago and I shared with him one correction:
    Vision Long Island was not hired by the Town of Huntington to produce a Huntington Station plan. There was an announcement yes, an article in a local newspaper yes but we met with each of the Councilpeople at the time and their was no consensus on how to proceed after the debacle that was the Fox/Fowle plan. Rather than move forward with no clear mandate we did not request nor receive any funds or produce a community plan for that matter.
    Just wanted to clarify the record. Sorry for the lengthy post but was unsure who to send this to as there are no names listed on the website or the articles.
    If folks have questions on this post please feel free to contact us at 631-261-0242. Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island

    January 5, 2012 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm

  4. Eric, many of the Huntington Station “committees” are nothing more than press releases. That is part of the problem. Unfortunately, it seems to still be the case. Many committees, many press releases, very little action. One of the points that we were trying to convey in the article is that rather than addressing the real problems, our Town tends to remain in the research/planning/PR stage. If you go through the list, you will find many of the items were nothing more than announcements, press releases, and articles in local papers. Some of the others actually produced a plan that cost the tax payers money. I am glad that in the case of Vision LI that was not the case. Matt did inform us of that. Thanks for the information. I added a comment next to Vision LI on the list. If we keep studying the issues, we never have to actually address them.

    Ilene Fucci - Editor
    January 5, 2012 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm

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