Town of Huntington to Enforce Governor Cuomo’s $1,000 Social Distancing Fine
Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci released a statement regarding the Town of Huntington’s intention to start enforcing Governor Cuomo’s “social distancing” fine of up to $1,000 for social distancing protocol violations on Town property on April 7, 2020:
“While we encourage our residents to enjoy Town parks in a safe manner, our patrols cannot be at every one of the 100+ Town of Huntington parks and beaches 24/7 to ensure everyone is social distancing. This is why we have encouraged the public to report observed unsafe behavior on Town-owned property to our 24/7 Emergency Hotline at (631) 351-3234 in order for our patrols to respond and break up unsafe gatherings. Despite this, people have continued to gather unsafely against social distancing guidance.
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“Governor Cuomo announced that New York State is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the State’s social distancing protocol to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that we have the authority to enforce the protocols. In light of continued reports of gatherings at Town parks and beaches in violation of the social distancing guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Orders, the Town will be stepping up enforcement of this NYS mandate. The Town of Huntington Department of Public Safety will be patrolling and enforcing the Governor’s order and may write summonses for violations and fines of up $1,000.
“We will be seeking permission from the State to turn over any fines collected to the “First Responders Fund;” this fund assists COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. It is administered by the New York State Department of Health. We will keep you updated with progress on this.
“Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our community safe.”