Huntington Town Council Member

Posted: 10/28/2017 11:28:00 -04:00 Updated:

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Mark A. Cuthbertson - D, G, IN, WF, WEP

Background
Cuthbertson, 51, of Huntington, running for his sixth term, is endorsed by the Democratic, Green, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality parties. He is a lawyer with a practice that specializes in commercial real estate, municipal litigation and representing municipalities and cemeteries. He graduated from Villanova University with a business administration degree. His law degree is from Albany Law School. He is married, with three children.

Issues
Cuthbertson touts his part in stabilizing the town’s finances, which has led to a AAA bond rating for the past 10 years. He has worked on quality of life legislation and teamed with county police and the State Liquor Authority to close the Melissa Tavern, a Huntington Station bar with a history of violence and public safety violations. He also has worked on projects involving open-space preservation and renewable energy. “I have the experience and enthusiasm to help continue to keep our town headed in the right direction,” he said.

John F. Leonick - C R Ref

Background
Leonick, 55, of Northport, is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party tickets. This is his first run for office. He holds an English degree from SUNY Albany and a law degree from Touro Law School. He and his wife Lisa operate a litigation, estate planning and real estate law firm. He is a Boy Scout leader on the local and district levels and a past board member of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce. He is also an East Northport Rotary member and a past president and a past assistant governor for the Rotary District. He has three sons.

Issues
Leonick said he believes Huntington is a great place, but thinks the interest of many people is not represented. He said, if elected, he would aim to hold the line on taxes, work more closely with state and county officials to keep crime down and implement term limits. “The combination of my roots in the area, my public and community service through various organizations and my experience as an attorney, and as a former arbitrator for New York State tax grievances, a former adjunct college professor at Briarcliff and a former co-op board president for Kingswood, a community in Kings Park, all add up to the makings of a good town council member.”

Emily S. Rogan - D, G, WF, WEP

Background
Rogan, 51, of Huntington, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Green party lines. She is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She has served on the Huntington school board since 2006, including as vice president for two years and as president for four years. Her term ends in 2018. She is married and has two children.

Issues
Rogan says she thinks Huntington is on the right track but, if elected, would like to see more programs engaging young people, to revisit the master plan, see efforts to make streets safer for pedestrians and have more environmentally responsible practices throughout the town. She said her time on the school board has given her the knowledge and skill set to work collaboratively with a broad swath of people and bring people to consensus, including administrators, community members and parents. That experience, she said, in combination with her budgeting and collective bargaining experience, will give her the ability to step in and do the job of a town council member from day one. “I have the ability to navigate difficult situations because I’ve already done it with the community in both a boardroom setting and out as a representative of the board,” she said. “While the town board is a much larger constituency in terms of what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years, I’ve already proven to have the ability and confidence of the people who’ve elected me to office four times.”

Edmund J. Smyth -C, IN, R, Ref

Background
Smyth, 46, of Lloyd Harbor, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. This is his first run for office. He has a degree in history from Widener University and a law degree from New York Law School. He is a partner in a law firm that specializes in representation of commercial banks. He has served on the Lloyd Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals and as president of the Huntington Lawyers Club. He is a veteran staff sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is married, with four children.

Issues
Smyth says instituting term limits and easing quality-of-life concerns such as traffic and poor cellphone service and infrastructure are the issues that stand out for him and his running mates. “If you took all the candidates and asked us about issues, we’d probably agree on 98 percent of the issues. There are a few bright line issues we disagree on, but the vast majority of what we agree on whether it’s anti-gang initiatives, anti-drug initiative, the need for more parking, every candidate in every race at every level, county state or town, we’re all going to agree on it. But I ask voters, ‘Who do you have confidence in who’s actually going to get it done?’ That’s the big distinction, I have a track record of doing that. If you give me the time and resources I’m a problem solver and I’m going to get it done.”

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