Town Appoints Interim Assessor
Huntington Attorney Roger Ramme was appointed interim assessor for the Town of Huntington Tuesday.
Ramme will serve in place of long time assessor Bryan Monaghan who retired in December while the town reviews candidates for a permanent position.
Ramme was also appointed assessor in Asharoken Village on Tuesday to defend grievance applications for $100 an hour and handle SCAR proceedings for $200 and hour. He replaces interim assessor and village clerk Nancy Rittenhouse and will serve through July.
Ramme also works with the Village of Northport.
Teacher Recognized for Sandy Fundraising Efforts
The Town honored Oldfield Middle School teacher Monica Zenyuh Tuesday for her fundraising efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Zenyuh coordinated an immense effort to help students who were directly affected and started an “Adopt-A-School” program. She emailed friends from out of town, contacted administrators in storm damaged areas and essentially became the liaison between schools that needed assistance and schools that wished to help. Her outreach grew, until 20 schools across three school districts in Long Island, Queens and Staten Island were adopted with various schools and groups helping them.
Zenyuh’s “Adopt-A-School” program included 60-70 helper schools and classes ranging from Pre-K through high school in five states, as well as Brownie Troops, sports teams and a gym franchise all pitching in.
Zenyuh initiated a student letter and card writing campaign both to educate her own students and ensure that supplies would be accompanied by a personal touch in order to help the students “connect” with students in other school districts.
Zenyuh’s efforts resulted in donations of toys, sports equipment, books, and Box Tops, as well as gift cards and financial contributions. The "Adopt a School" Program has almost raised $30,000 in cash and donations for schools in devastated areas, and many schools are still raising funds and materials.
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who presented the proclamation to Ms. Zenyuh said, “All of our heartfelt thanks go out to Monica. She stepped up during a difficult time to help fellow Long Islanders in need in the aftermath of Sandy. In doing so, she not only provided much needed supplies, but taught her students a valuable lesson in the process.”
The Town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. PDF agenda attached.