Huntington supervisor presides over final board meeting after 24 years

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HUNTINGTON -

After 24 years on the job, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone attended his final Town Board meeting Wednesday.

On the docket: a controversial plan to transfer control of the town's cat shelter and a proposal to create term limits for local elected officials.

Petrone, a Democrat, received a standing ovation at the meeting, the last before he leaves office in January after declining to seek re-election. Republican Chad Lupinacci will succeed him.

Lupinacci ran on the platform of giving the town a new direction, but Petrone says his team is working closely with Lupinacci's to ensure a smooth transition of power.

"You don't stop serving the people," he says. "The town goes on. It's bigger than Frank Petrone. It's bigger than Chad. It's bigger than all of us."

Petrone says he's not retiring, he just isn't sure what's next.  He does plan to spend a couple of months in Florida with his wife, and vows to Facetime members of the Town Board, during Town Board meetings, of course. 

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