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Town of Huntington Declares Snow Emergency

Release and information from the Town of Huntington

Many activities scheduled at Town facilities canceled for tonight, tomorrow

In expectation of a major storm affecting the area starting tonight, Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone declared an official snow emergency, effective at 5 p.m., and announced the cancellation of events scheduled for tonight at Town facilities.

Supervisor Petrone also ordered the Town’s Emergency Operations Center to open at 6 p.m. to help coordinate communications among Town departments and fire and rescue services. Representatives from several Town departments with key emergency responsibilities were told to report to the Center, in the Town’s general services facility on Pulaski Road in Huntington Station.

“We have been tracking the storm, and it is now clear that a significant snowfall will occur starting later this evening,” Supervisor Petrone said. “I am declaring a snow emergency now, before we feel the brunt of the storm, to let our residents make appropriate plans and to put Town workers on notice they might be needed at any time to assist in dealing with the storm’s effects.”

Under a snow emergency, the Supervisor has the power to close roads, appropriate necessary equipment from all sources and make necessary purchases without following the usual procedures. The declaration also makes available to the Highway Department Town equipment and personnel to assist Highway Department crews.

“Residents should feel confident that the Town will do whatever it takes to ensure, as best as possible, that roads are passable and necessary services are being provided,” Supervisor Petrone said. “I hope, however, that people will stay off the roads, if possible.” At present, no roads are expected to be closed.

Among the programs cancelled for tonight are the co-ed soccer league at Coindre Hall. The public skate at the Dix Hills Ice Rink will end at 5:15 p.m.; the rink will remain open for private groups that had rented ice time. All Town youth programs are canceled, as is the Affordable Housing Advisory Board meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

Supervisor Petrone also announced that the Senior Center, the Satellite Nutrition Center at St. Hugh’s of Lincoln R.C. Church and the Senior Beach House at Centerport Beach will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 27. Affected by that closure are two scheduled art classes; individuals registered for the classes are being notified. Also canceled are scheduled Thursday meetings for three senior clubs – Harborfields, Hills and Old Fields.

Home meal delivery is also cancelled for tomorrow; participants in the program received double meals today.

Two HART bus routes, H-9 and H-4, are running modified snow routes. Other routes are running as scheduled.
Refuse pickup remains as scheduled, although that could change depending on the effects of the storm.

Supervisor Petrone advised residents to check the Town’s website, http://town.huntington.ny.us, the Town’s Facebook page or government access channels 18 (Cablevision) and 38 (FIOS) for updates. The Supervisor also reminds residents that anyone needing to contact the Town should call 351-3234 for emergencies.