Shop Small, Shop Local!

On Saturday, November 29th, Legislator Spencer joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Northport Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin, Dorothy Walsh from the Northport Chamber of Commerce and Vision Long Island's Eric Alexander to promote Small Business Saturday in Northport Village! The group visited several shops along Main Street including: Veronica Rayne, Artisan House, Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Jones Drug Store, Petport, Northport Hardware, Cow Harbor Gifts, Skippers and Clipper Ship Tea Company.

Small Business Saturday is an annual event created by American Express that seeks to encourage people to shop at small, local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “With so many shoppers excited for the bargains found on Black Friday, initiatives like Small Business Saturday give our local businesses a chance to compete against big-box stores during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year” stated Legislator Spencer.

Through the Eyes of a Child

Evan Martinez, a 12 year old 6th grader at Woodhull Intermediate School in Huntington, came before the Suffolk County’s Health Committee on Thursday and spoke about observations he has made on where tobacco and alcohol products are placed in convenience stores and gas stations. “I’ve noticed that cigarette and alcohol ads are placed at my eye level to attract kids and make us curious. I think they do this on purpose to get more customers.” Legislator Spencer commended Evan, “You are a brave young man for coming forward today and speaking up so articulately, you show maturity beyond your years.” .

Still Giving Back at 92!

Legislator Spencer was honored to recognize Philomena Farsi for her dedicated commitment and service to the Huntington community over the years. At 92 years old, she continues to volunteer her time and is the most senior known volunteer in the 18th Legislative District! She is a role model and inspiration for all volunteers. Thank you Philomena!

Spencer Reads at Head Start

Legislator Spencer had a blast reading “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire to children at Huntington Head Start! “Head Start is an extraordinary program where children, parents and teachers are actively engaged with each other and the community to give our youth the building blocks they need to succeed in the future. Thank you to everyone involved for making this program possible, and thank you for inviting me to be part of the learning experience. ” said Legislator Spencer. “I look forward to coming back next year!”

Suffolk County Flag Signed by Local Veterans Flown Over
Rogers Building in Recognition of Veterans Day

Suffolk County is home to thousands of brave men and women who have honorably served our country in the Armed Forces. It is due to their commitment and dedication that we benefit from the freedoms that we all enjoy each day. On Wednesday, November 5th, Legislator Spencer and his colleagues gathered to pay tribute to our local veterans at a flag-raising ceremony. The Suffolk County Flag, which will be flown at the William H. Rogers Legislative Building through November 11th, was signed by local veterans at the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast in May of 2014.

“Take a moment to thank our vets, and to reflect on the contributions that they have selflessly made to uphold the principles of our nation. They have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we share, our way of life, and everything that we stand for” stated Legislator Spencer.


Legislator Spencer partnered with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office on Friday, November 14th for a Shed the Meds pharmaceutical take-back event at Paumanack Village in Greenlawn. The event provided residents with a safe way to dispose of unused medications. By properly disposing of pharmaceuticals, residents are helping to keep prescription medications out of the hands of children, and helping to safeguard our ground water! For information about upcoming Shed the Meds events, call 631-852-3436.

Powdered Caffeine Law Signed!

On November 5th, County Executive Bellone signed a resolution into law that prohibits the sale of powdered caffeine to minor in Suffolk County! Pictured above from left to right is Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, County Executive Steve Bellone, and Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.

Honoring 50 years of Service to Huntington Fire Department!

Legislator Spencer was proud to present Walter Kahrs and Robert Archer with proclamations recognizing their 50 years of service and commitment to the Huntington Community! Since 1964, both men have bravely placed their lives on the line each day to make Huntington a safer place to live. Pictured above from Left to right: NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, Suffolk Legislator William R. Spencer, Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, distinguished honorees Walter Kahrs and Robert Archer, Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, and NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.

Long Island Tech Day!

August 12th was an exciting day for economic development in Suffolk County! Legislator Spencer was pleased to support the Long Island Tech Day, hosted by LaunchPad Huntington and egifter. The event showcased dozens of startups and entrepreneurs that are a critical part of our recovering economy. While at the event, Congressmen Steve Israel and Tim Bishop announced their proposed legislation that is designed specifically for small businesses called SAVE (Savings Accounts for a Variable Economy) for Small Businesses Act. The legislation, an idea conceived by Bob Fonti, the Chair of the Long Island Business Council, and Dr. Nathalia Rogers, a professor at Dowling College and director of their American Communities Institute, has garnered bi-partisan support as well as support from the business and labor communities. The initiative will help create more jobs, and move our local economy in the right direction. The leadership of Congressman Israel and Congressman Bishop on this issue is admirable as it is our small businesses that keep Long Island working!

1st Annual Labor Day Coral Park Basketball Tournament!

The 1st Annual Coral Park Basketball Tournament was a success! With over 60 male and female athletes, between the ages of 14 and 18 participating throughout the day, it was a great occasion for Huntington’s youth to showcase their skills and talents on the courts! Thanks to the efforts of Councilwomen Susan A. Berland and Tracey A. Edwards, the SCPD 2nd Precinct, the Town of Huntington’s General Services, Suffolk County PAL, the Explorers, Applebee’s, NY Knicks, Spuntino’s Pizzeria, Sierra Landscaping, Kenneth Lee Landscaping, Bernadette Watkins and the event’s coordinators and referees; Sandy Butler, Vern Lowe, Myron White, Abe Roman and Steve Berbine.

Spencer’s Summer Food Drive

During the summer months, our food pantries run low on supplies. On August 11th and 12th, Legislator Spencer hosted a food drive which took place outside of grocery stores in Northport, Greenlawn, and Huntington. Collectively, our community donated over 1,000 units of non-perishable human and pet food that was donated to the Helping Hand Rescue Mission, the Huntington Community Food Council and the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.

Supply our Students!

Legislator Spencer’s office was also a drop-off location for the “Supply our Students” school supplies drive hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Holiday Magic, and Every Child’s Dream. The drive, in its 9th year, distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need before the start of each school year. More than 330 items were collected at the drop-off location in Legislator Spencer’s office alone. Thanks to the generous donations of our community members, hundreds of children will be going back to school with the supplies they need to be successful.

Thank you for 66 years of Service!

Legislator Spencer was excited to present Ken Klerk with a proclamation in recognition of his 66 years of service to the Centerport Fire Department and residents of the Community. Throughout his time with Centerport, Mr. Klerk routinely ranked among the most active members, continuing to set a positive example for the rest of the membership. After Mr. Klerk joined the Fire Department in 1948, he diligently climbed the ranks, becoming Chief by 1968. Over the years, he held a number of other positions in the Department, most notably; he served as a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners for 20 years. During his tenure, he also served on the Centerport Rescue Squad, and was one of the first EMTs in the Town of Huntington. Thank you for your tireless commitment and service to Centerport.

Spencer honors devoted Huntington Residents

At the July 29th General Meeting, Carolyn and Donald Bentley were presented with a proclamation recognizing their dedication, generosity, and service to the Huntington community for the past 25 years. As Sunday school teachers and leaders of the youth choir at Bethel A.M.E. Church, the couple has been a positive influence in the lives of our next generation! Pictured above are the Bentley’s, their grandchildren, and Legislator Spencer.

2014 Winner of the Truth about Stimulant Drinks PSA Contest

Congratulations to Central Islip High School Senior Douglas Argueta for winning the 2014 “Truth About Stimulant Drinks” PSA contest! Last year, Legislator William Spencer introduced a resolution to create an educational campaign and PSA contest as part of his 3-part comprehensive stimulant drink action plan. The PSA, which will be aired on Cablevision at a later date, is aimed at increasing public awareness about the side effects of stimulant drink consumption, and the dangers of caffeine toxicity. Pictured above from left to right are Legislator Monica Martinez, Douglas Argueta, and Legislator Spencer.

Luau on the Harbor

Legislator Spencer was excited to attend The Luau on the Harbor benefit for the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center. At the event, he presented Yvette and Jim Loughlin with a proclamation acknowledging their support for the Huntington community over the years, and thanking them for generously hosting the Luau. He also presented Greg Kaufman with a proclamation recognizing his work to address whale protection issues as Executive Director of the Pacific Whale Foundation. Pictured above from Left to Right: Greg Kaufman, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Whaling Museum Board of Trustees President Arthur Brings, Jim and Yvette Loughlin, and Legislator William Spencer.

Lead by Example Kick-Off Party 2014!

Thank you to all the interns and businesses who participated in Legislator Spencer’s 3rd Annual “Lead by Example” summer internship program! Since its inception in 2012, “Lead by Example” has nearly tripled the number of matches made. The growth of the enrollment in this program speaks to the drive of young people to learn real life experience, practical skills, and the good will of our local businesses that have opened their doors and provided this exceptional community service.

A special thank you goes out to the staff of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Education Center for allowing us to use their space for this year’s kick-off party!

Legislator Spencer was honored to present the individuals from Operation Hearts and Home, Long Island Spine Specialists, Medtronic Instrumentation Company, and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group with proclamations for helping provide Tizita Tesfay from Ethiopia with a more comfortable and healthy life.

Tizita, an 18-year old Ethiopian girl, who suffered from acute scoliosis, had a curve in her spine so severe that she only stood 4 feet 8 inches tall. After a grueling 9 hour procedure, where doctors surgically implanted stiff rods to hold her spine and vertebrae in place, Tizita gained 4 inches in stature.

The Doctors from Long Island Spine Specialists and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group generously agreed to perform the surgery, and Medtronic agreed to donate the instrumentation necessary to correct her deformity. Mae Caime, the Office Manager from Long Island Spine Specialists graciously opened her home and heart to Tizita during her recuperation period. Tizita has made a full recovery and is now home with her family in Ethiopia!

Brothers Donated Hundreds Turkeys!

It was with great pride and appreciation that Legislator Spencer presented Andre Sorrentino with a proclamation thanking him and his brother Pasquale, for their generosity this past Easter. In April, the Sorrentino brothers donated several hundred turkeys for local families in need. Pictured above is Legislator Spencer with Andre Sorrentino and his daughter Mia.

Local Hero Saves Man’s Life

Legislator Spencer was honored to present Ryan Sammis with a proclamation at the June 3rd General meeting for his heroic actions during the rescue of a man who was ejected from his SUV after accidentally driving in to Huntington Harbor. Ryan, a Huntington Town Harbormaster and Halesite Fire Department Volunteer, courageously jumped in to the 50-degree water in his street clothes to rescue the man. After stabilizing the man, Ryan swam back to the dock to retrieve special dive gear, and dove underwater to check for additional passengers.

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

Legislator Spencer was excited to present Thomas Kehoe a well-deserved congratulatory proclamation in recognition of his retirement. Tom has a distinguished tenure, and has spent his life dedicated to the community. As a Northport Village Trustee, Police Commissioner, Commissioner of Commerce and Commissioner of Sanitation, he has unquestionably made Northport a better place.

Legislator Spencer Congratulates Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School for Successful 1st Year

June 2014 marks the completion of the first year of Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in Huntington Station. Established in 2013, the STEM School at Jack Abrams teaches students to become scientifically, technologically and mathematically literate. Students use scientific, technological, and mathematical principles in real-life applications that contribute to the community, as well as create new ideas and products. Additionally, students celebrate and embrace diversity as a fundamental component of their education. On June 17th, local officials and residents gathered to celebrate the success of the STEM school in its first year. Pictured above (from left to right) were Huntington School Board Members Tom DiJacomo and Xavier Palacios, Huntington School Superintendent Dr. James Polansky, Jack Abrams STEM School Principal Rae Montesano, and Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (D-Centerport).

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

At the May 13th General meeting of the Legislature, Legislators Stern, Spencer, and D’Amaro presented Marine Bill Ober with a proclamation commemorating his retirement. Bill Ober joined the Marine Corps League Huntington Detachment 792 in 2002 and was immediately appointed Chaplain. Within 2 years of joining, he was elected to serve as the Commandant, and was named as the representative to the Town of Huntington Veterans Advisory Board. In 2009, Bill was awarded the Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizens Award and in 2012, he was selected to be the keynote speaker at the Town of Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony. In 2013, because of his dedication and commitment to the Marine Corp League, Bill was named the New York Marine of the Year. Congratulations on your retirement!! Semper Fi.

Brothers Generously Donate Breakfast to the Veterans Of Suffolk

A huge thank you goes out to George and Harry Mountanos, owners of The Larkfield in East Northport, who generously donated breakfast to more than 200 Suffolk County Veterans on May 7th! Pictured above is George Mountanos (Left) accepting a proclamation from Legislator Spencer at the May 13th General Meeting.

Couple Collect over 15,000 Shoes!

Legislator Spencer was proud to present Anita and Bill Thomas with a proclamation honoring their dedication to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit group that collects new and used shoes and clothes for people in need. The couple has partnered with Soles4Souls for over 5 years, and was able to donate more than 15,000 shoes during this year’s month-long drive. Anita and Bill spent almost every day in the month of March going from place to place picking up donations from 33 drop-off locations around the island.

Vets Honored with Key to the County

The Suffolk County Veterans Appreciation Breakfast hosted on May 7th by Veterans Service Director Tom Ronayne and Legislator Spencer was an overwhelming success, with over 200 Veterans in attendance. Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, and Legislator Spencer were honored to present Peter D’Arienzo, Gary Miller, and Charles Spencer with a key to the county to commemorate their hard work and dedication to the veterans of Suffolk County. The three key recipients have worked diligently for close to two decades with the Dignity Memorial Network to bring important services and displays to our veterans. Pictured above from left to right are presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Veterans Service Director Tom Ronayne, Peter D’Arienzo, Gary Miller, Charles Spencer, County Executive Bellone, and Legislator Spencer.

Water Quality and Aquifer Protection

At the Long Island Water Conference Legislative Breakfast, members discussed the importance of water quality and aquifer protection on Long Island, and celebrated the landmark LICAP legislation. The conference members presented Legislator Spencer with a commemorative plaque to thank him for advocating on behalf of this strategic legislation that will help move forward initiatives aimed at protecting drinking water. From left to right, you will find Plainview Water District Commissioner Andrew Bader, Plainview Water District Chairman Joel Kessler, Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, and Plainview Water District Commissioner Edward Shulroff.

No Smoking, Please!

Surrounded by children, concerned constituents, and colleagues at the Tri-CYA in Huntington Station, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer witnessed Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone sign IR 1039-14 in to law. The law which will take effect in January of 2015 will help keep the next generation smoke free, and save lives!

“Shed the Meds”

Deputy Sheriffs Beth Kelly and John Hornick are pictured above with Legislator Spencer at the “Shed the Meds” pharmaceutical take back event on April 16th at Paumanack Village in Greenlawn. The event gave residents the opportunity to turn in unused medications, covered hypodermic needles, and other items that often fall in to the wrong hands or contaminate our sole-source aquifer when disposed of incorrectly.

Women’s Health and Information Fair

In honor of Women’s History Month, Legislator Spencer sponsored his second annual Women’s Health and Information Fair on Thursday, March 20th. Representatives from more than 25 agencies provided vital information to women of all ages about issues relating to health, safety, self-esteem, legal matters, business, success, housing and much more! A big THANK YOU goes out to the Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn, whose staff was kind enough to provide their time and space for this special event. Pictured above are Assistance Nurse Manager Donna Marie Flumignan, and Social Worker Carolyn Licata from the Dolan Center along with Legislator Spencer.

Firefighters Honored for Their Brave Efforts During the Huntington Village Fire

Firefighters from eight local Fire departments accepted proclamations at the March 18th General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature for their efforts during the Huntington Village fire on March 1st. The stubborn blaze that overtook eight Huntington Village businesses was combated by over 150 courageous volunteer firefighters from departments across the island. We are very fortunate that these heroic individuals work hard to protect us and respond quickly with strength and expertise to save the lives and property of others in our community.

Thanking Athletic Trainers

In honor of National Athletic Training Month, representatives from the New York State Athletic Trainers Association accepted a proclamation from Legislator Spencer for their dedication to raising public awareness of the importance providing quality health care to athletes. Athletic trainers offer athletes a variety of services that help keep them motivated and safe when exercising or rehabilitating.

Huntington Students Honored for Their Generous Efforts

On February 11th, Huntington School District students Gaia D’Anna (Left), Erica Vazquez (center), and Maggie Giles (right) were honored by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport), along their Principal John Amato (far left), and family at the General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature.

The three eighth-grade girls who attend J. Taylor Finley Middle School in Huntington worked tirelessly to raise over $1,400 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County during the 2013 holiday season.

L.I. Harley Riders Give Back!

At the February 11th General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, the L.I. Harley Riders were honored for their unwavering dedication and service to the patients of Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills.

L.I. Harley Riders is a not-for-profit organization that has almost 200 members across Long Island. For the past 12 years, the L.I. Harley Riders have delivered holiday gifts to the children of Sagamore. During the 2013 holiday season, the L.I. Harley Riders brought more than 100 gifts to about thirty Sagamore patients

President Fred Hartmann (center right), and other members of the L.I Harley Riders accepted a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature.


Recognizing January as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month

To recognize January as “Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month”, the Halesite Fire Department collaborated with Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport) to educate the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and the signs and symptoms of potential poisoning.

Among those who were in attendance were Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (fourth from the right), Halesite Fire Department Chief Dan McConnell, and numerous other community members.


“Locks of Love” in Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor’s generosity is on the map! This year, more than twenty students from Cold Spring Harbor High School generously donated at least ten inches of their hair to Locks of Love. This organization provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children under 21 who lose their hair due to a medical condition known as “alopecia areata.” Locks of Love donates several thousand hairpieces per year. The $3,000 raised and the hair donated by these students from Cold Spring Harbor High School more than covered the entire production of several wigs that will eventually find their way to children in need of a boost to their self-esteem and a smile on their face! For their hard work and generous donations, the students (some pictured above) were honored with proclamations from Suffolk County by Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (pictured above, center) on December 16th.



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