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Tighter Regulations for Banners; Small Business Seminar Planned

News and notes from the Town of Huntington.

Tighter Regulation for "Feather-Type" Banners

The town passed legislation to more tightly regulate the proliferation of "feather type" signs earlier this week. Under the new legislation, all temporary signs on one lot at one time are not to exceed 64 square feet, down from 90-square feet under the previous code. The amendment also redefines the term “banner” to include more types of signs.

The legislation ensures that banner signs, commonly known as “feather” sign advertisements, are installed after getting the proper permits. Any temporary outdoor feather sign that has been installed without the proper permit will be subject to a notice of violation and must be removed.

“This legislation strikes the balance between the rights of individuals to display their signs and the public’s right to be protected against the unregulated proliferation of feather signs,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the bill.

'Show Me the Money' Small Business Seminar Planned

The town will co-host a free small business seminar with the Long Island Development Corporation on May 1 at Town Hall from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to assist small business owners get through tough economic times, with a special segment dedicated to helping minority business owners. Roslyn D. Goldmacher, Esq., President/CEO & Founder of the Long Island Development Corporation, will lead the discussion.

LIDC is part of a family of economic development entities which includes the Greater New York Development Co. serving small businesses and not-for-profits for almost thirty years with low cost financing and free technical assistance. Roslyn (Roz) is a well known authority on small business, financing, and economic development. She serves on several national Boards of Directors including the national fiscal agent for the SBA 504 loan program and the national Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE). 

First Electoral Forum for Huntington Youth Council

Local high school students engaged in a debate designed to educate them on the presidential election process at the first Huntington Youth Council’s Electoral Forum Monday evening.

The Huntington Youth Council selected the topics for the “Electoral Forum” based upon their potential impact on young people and their prevalence as “hot button issues” in current debates for the candidates. The topics were: environment, taxes and outsourcing. Members of the Huntington Youth Council separated into research teams and wrote summaries on each topic for the agenda.

League of Women Voters’ President Judie Gorenstein addressed the students about the importance of getting involved in the democratic process at an early age. Attendees listened to debates by Eileen Coblens and Brenda Reiss, of the League, who came as candidates representing the fictional Green and Yellow parties. Following the debates and a healthy round of questions from the audience, students cast their vote for the winning party.

In light of how close the “election” panned out, Huntington Youth Council Supervisor Schuyler Berland addressed his fellow members about the importance of being involved in the voting process, stressing again what Judie Gorenstein mentioned to start the program. If 10 percent of the attendees hadn’t voted, the election would have turned out much differently.

Huntington Crime Trends Data Available Online

The Power Point presentations from the April 18, 2012 meeting of the Huntington Station Action Coalition NOW are available for viewing on the Town's website. The presentations update the public on the progress of each of the Coalition's nine subcommittees and on crime trends in the Second Precinct over the last three years.

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