COUNCILMAN COOK AND THE HUNTINGTON TOWN BOARD WILL RENAME THE HUNTINGTON RECYCLING
COUNCILMAN COOK AND THE HUNTINGTIN TOWN BOARD WILL RENAME THE HUNTINGTON RECYCLING CENTER TO THE ERNESTO MODESTO CHEA RECYCLING CENTER IN HONOR OF FORMER HUNTINGTON RECYCLING CENTER SUPERVISOR ERNESTO “ERNIE” CHEA
On Monday, June 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., Councilman Eugene Cook and the Huntington Town Board will gather with the family of Ernesto “Ernie” Chea to unveil the sign which will dedicate the recycling center in Huntington as the Ernesto Modesto Chea Recycling Center. The resolution was passed at the April 13, 2021 Town Board meeting, and was sponsored by Councilman Cook.
Former employee Ernesto Modesto Chea, commonly known as Ernie, was a town employee for 26 years, and had worked at the recycling center since 2009. Ernie came to the United States as a child fleeing Cuba to arrive in Huntington Station on September 22, 1966. He blossomed with the assistance of neighbors and family to learn English. He participated in baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse, while making friendships that lasted his lifetime. On September 27, 1983 Ernie received his naturalization papers which motivated him to pursue a career with the Town of Huntington; first as a seasonal employee in 1986 and later as a full-time employee. In 1987, he met his wife Stacey, who he married two years later, settling down and working hard to purchase a home in Huntington Station for their family of four. In 2009 he was promoted by the Town of Huntington to Recycling Operations Supervisor at the recycling center where he flourished and was respected by all that interacted with him, until his retirement on December 20, 2019. Ernesto “Ernie” Modesto Chea succumbed to his battle with cancer on January 9, 2020.
“I believe it is a fitting tribute to rename the Huntington Recycling Center in dedication to former Recycling Operations Supervisor Ernie Chea as a tribute to his dedication and service to the people of Huntington. “, stated Councilman Eugene Cook “Ernie was a man who embodied the American Dream, an immigrant that fled Cuba as a child with his family, he was quick to help anyone in need. Ernie went out of his way, to take the time to talk with every visitor at the recycling center, ran tours to educate Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on the importance of recycling, help and support his coworkers, all the while being a wonderful family man and neighbor. Ernie will be sorely missed, not only by his wife Stacey, children Hayley and Dalton, family and friends, but all that met him, as he always made you feel like a lifelong friend”
The dedication ceremony will be held on Monday June 28, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at the Huntington Recycling Center located at 641 New York Avenue, Huntington.