Pet Food Drive was a Great Success!

Thank you again to all the residents who donated to this year’s pet food drive! Due to our communal efforts, we provided the Little Shelter with more than 100 units of pet food for cats and dogs in need of adoption.

Huntington Doctor Retires after 47 years!

Legislator Spencer was thrilled to present a proclamation to Dr. Martin B. Cohen last week on his well-deserved retirement and for the valuable service he has provided for the young people and their families in our community throughout the years. As the most senior member of Huntington Village Pediatrics, he has been enthusiastically caring for the children in our community for more than 45 years. Dr. Cohen has served on the Huntington Hospital Medical Board and has been an active member of the hospital staff, serving on multiple committees. In addition to being an adjunct staff member at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital, Dr. Cohen is a member of the New York Pediatric Society, the Suffolk Pediatric Society and the Suffolk County Medical Society. An advocate for Special Education, he has been a member of the Harborfields School District’s Committee for Special Education for 18 years.

A Huntington Tradition Continues with the Long Island Columbus Day Parade!

It was a beautiful day for the Annual Long Island Sons of Italy Columbus Day Parade in Huntington Village on Sunday, October 11, 2015! Our community spirit was out in full force and residents from across Long Island came to enjoy Huntington’s vibrant, cultural downtown.

Pictured above from left to right: 1st Vice Commander Jim Porciello, 2nd Vice Commander Bill Leavy, Service Officer John Dayton, Judge Advocate Mort Roberts, Commander John Cooney, Legislator William “Doc” Spencer, Assistant Treasurer Jim DeSocio, Adjutant Rich Hessel and Treasurer Pete Schmitt.

Local Veterans Honor Legislator Spencer

Members of the Northport American Legion Post 694 present Legislator Spencer with a plaque recognizing his contributions to veterans in Suffolk County. Earlier this year, Legislator Spencer sponsored and passed the Sun-Light law, which guards against unscrupulous fundraising practices, and the Stolen Valor Act which is a local law to protecting the honor of our decorated veterans.

Reverend Dr. Larry Washington Inaugurated as the Twelfth Moderator

Congratulations and best wishes to Reverend Dr. Larry Washington in his new role as the Twelfth Moderator of the Long Island Progressive Missionary Baptist Churches General Association!

Community Shoots Hoops!

The 2nd Annual Coral Park Basketball Tournament was a great success! Thank you to all who were involved in making it come together and for the kids who came out to play. It was a cold day, but a good time was had by all!

Street Named After Influential Huntingtonian

On Saturday, October 18th, Legislator Spencer joined the Bloch family for the street naming ceremony of Judith Bloch’s Way. Judith Founded the Variety Child Learning Center and dedicated her life to providing special education programs for children with developmental and learning disabilities. I am moved by the difference Judith has made and the legacy of hope, learning, and inspiration she left behind.

Students making health a priority!

Legislator Spencer has a great time visiting the Flag Football League at the Pulaski Road School on Saturday, where I spoke to young athletes about taking care of their health and the hidden dangers of alluring products like Energy Drinks!

NAACP Freedom Fund Awards!

The NAACP Huntington Branch Freedom Fund Awards Dinner was a wonderful opportunity to revel in the successes of an organization that has dedicated itself to pursuing liberty in the face of injustice for all of Suffolk County’s Diverse Communities. The evening recognized and honored six distinguished community members for their dedication, contributions and successful accomplishments: George Tsunis (far left), Lee R. Carr (middle left), Paul Johnson (middle right), and Hilda A. Lane (right), as well as Gladys V. Brown and Ida M. Bruce posthumously. Congratulations to the honorees!

Leadership Huntington Honors Influential Community Members!

On October 21st, 2015, Legislator Spencer had the privilege of presenting proclamations to the honorees at Leadership Huntington’s 20th Anniversary Gala! Each year, Leadership Huntington recognizes influential members for their dedication to making positive changes in our community! This year they have chosen to recognize Ken Christensen (Left) with the Founder’s Award, Kevin Gersh (middle) as this year’s Graduate of Distinction, and Robert Scheiner (right) as the Outstanding Community Trustee. Congratulations and thank you for all that you have done to make Huntington the dynamic and eclectic community it is. These individuals are an inspiration to all and truly exemplify what it means to give back!

Take the Pledge to NVR TXT N DRV!

Presiding Officer Gregory and I kicked-off the Don't Text and Drive! "It Can Wait" Pledge Drive on September 9th to encourage residents to make the commitment to themselves and everyone else on the road, not to text and drive! Through September 30th, participating district offices will compete to gather the most “IT Can Wait” pledges from members of the public. Stop by my office to sign the pledge board, or submit your pledge through twitter by tweeting “I pledge not to text and drive” with the hashtag #ICWLegislatorSpencer. To date, more than 7 million people have taken the pledge; join us in making our roads safer for everyone. Thank you!

Making Waves to Fight Cancer with Swim Across America!

The Harborfields High School Swim Team held their first swim-a-thon to raise money for cancer research on September 11th in coordination with Swim Across America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to organizing community-oriented swim events to raise funds in support of research, prevention and treatment of cancer. The swimmers who participated raised more than $1,500 dollars! Way to go! For more information about Swim Across America, their mission and how you can get involved, visit their site.

Legislators Run Suffolk Marathon!

I was so proud to be a part of the Legislator Relay Team at the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon in support of our veterans. Legislator Lindsay passed the baton to me at mile 18 and I passed it off to Legislator Martinez at mile 20. Thank you to everyone involved in the effort. Big thanks to Legislator Hahn for putting our team together and running the first half of the marathon! Go team!!

Huntington Legislators Honor Inspector Edward Brady!

Legislators Spencer, Stern, and D’Amaro took great pride in presenting recently retired 2nd Precinct Commanding Officer, Edward Brady with a proclamation recognizing his service and commitment to the people of Suffolk County. Inspector Brady had a 36 year career with the department, and is known as a hard-working gentleman who is always willing to work with others to sort out problem and issues. Congratulations on your retirement!

In Honor of Huntington Native Eli Mollineaux, September is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month in Suffolk County!

Eli Mollineaux is an extraordinary young man who has a reputation throughout the Huntington Community for his great sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and sunny disposition. Born with a rare type of Mitochondrial Disease known as Pearson Marrow-Pancreas Syndrome, Eli faces many physical challenges; but he perseveres due to his spirit and positive energy, which is contagious!

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer was thrilled to invite Eli to the September 9th General Meeting where he was presented with a proclamation recognizing his courage and all that he has done to make our community a better place. At the meeting, Eli and Legislator Spencer also took the opportunity to raise awareness about this disorder, which currently has no highly effective treatments, by officially announcing that September is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month in Suffolk County!

Greenlawn Civic Association is Getting Stuff Done!

It was a pleasure to join the Greenlawn Civic Association for their meeting on Tuesday night. It was a productive evening where we discussed several issues from neighborhood beautification, preservation of a local farmland, to public safety issues. I am always inspired by empowered groups that participate in making their community great! Pictured from left to right: Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., Heather Connolly Granger, Traffic and Safety Committee Chairperson, and Brian Hackett, President of GCA.

Suffolk County Community College is now Tobacco-Free!

Suffolk County Community College students can breathe easy this fall as the newly passed tobacco-free policy has gone into effect on their three campuses this semester! With the support of Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. the College Board of Trustees officially implemented a policy change to prohibit the use of all tobacco products on their grounds, facilities, and vehicles. The college, which is a county funded institution, needed approval from the Legislature before a policy change could be implemented.

Veterans Go Sailing with Local Organization “Sail Ahead”

On August 22nd nearly 100 veterans and their families attended the “Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing” event hosted by local organization “Sail Ahead”! The organization, founded by brothers, Kilian and Sean Duclay (ages 18 and 16) of Huntington Station, uses sailing as a form of therapy to bring some fun and mental relief to veterans suffering from PTSD. For more information, visit

Young Leaders Making a Difference

Legislator Spencer has the pleasure of joining the Young Leaders at their annual banquet in honor of John Bosco, an influential young person in our community who passed away in the spring. The Young Leaders are a community service based group made up of students from all backgrounds, coming together to positively impact the community around them. Throughout the year, these dedicated young people volunteer numerous hours to the betterment of our community through activities such as: town beach clean-ups, food drives, and homework help.

Community Welcomes Newest Eagles

Congratulations to Tommy Lange (left) and Todd Sammis (right) for successfully earning the rank of Eagle Scout! Pictured above are the newest Eagle Scouts from the 18th Legislative District during the benediction ceremony at last Friday’s Eagle Court of Honor.

Another Successful Summer Food Drive!

Our annual summer food drive was a great success thanks to all the generous people in our community who donated, King Kullen in Northport and Waldbaums in Huntington, and the interns in my office who coordinated this two-day event!

These donations will go a long way in helping those in need during a time of year when food pantries experience a drastic dip in donations. The food and toiletries collected will help stock the shelves of the Ecumenical Lay Council of Northport/East Northport, St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish Outreach, and the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.

Honoring the Life of Dr. Konczynin

It was my privilege to honor the life of the late Dr. William T. Konczynin at this morning’s General Meeting. Dr. Koncyznin was an extremely talented and thoughtful person who dedicated his life to serving the residents of Long Island. His 29-year career was marked with distinction; as the Director of the Emergency Department at St. Charles Hospital, the President of the Hospital’s medical staff, and a member of the Suffolk County Medical Society, Dr. Konczynin will be remembered as a warm and caring physician who was committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of his patients and the community at large. Pictured above is the family of Dr. William Konczynin, Legislator Spencer, and members of the Suffolk County Medical Society.

A Tribute to Judith Bloch

It was truly an honor to memorialize Judith Bloch at the Suffolk County Legislature General Meeting on Tuesday. Judith was a pioneer and activist in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Beginning in 1966, when she founded the Preschooler’s Workshop, she grew the institution from a single classroom to a full service agency. Over the years, she worked to provide special education evaluations, early intervention, therapeutic services, and recreational and enrichment programs to thousands of children with developmental disabilities across Long Island. Judith was a teacher, writer, filmmaker, and tireless public advocate whose work will continue to touch the lives of people for generations to come.

Grand Opening of “The Studio”

Legislator Spencer was excited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening broadcast at “The Studio” in Huntington Village. This new street-level recording space, created through a partnership between The Paramount and Connoisseur Media Group, will give village goers the opportunity to watch live broadcasts of their favorite stations and artists. Musician Andy Grammer officially opened the space!

CSH Whaling Museum Celebrates Jim Kelly & Helen Crosson!

Congratulations to Helen Crosson (left) and Jim Kelly (right), the honorees at this year’s Luau on the Harbor benefit for the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum! Helen is this year’s recipient of the Changes in Our Community Award and Jim is this year’s recipient of the Improving Long Island’s Future Award.

Tide Turns with Re-Opening of Bathing Beach After 7 Years!

The re-opening of the Centerport Yacht Club Beach is a victory for all dedicated stakeholders who have committed to cleaning up our waterways! It was a wonderful day to celebrate the collaborative efforts that made it possible!

Working Together to Make our Community Safer

Together, residents and community partners are taking a stand against violence in Huntington Station. The Gun Buy-Back hosted on Saturday, July 18th, is just one tool we have used to strengthen efforts to improve public safety. We can now rest assured that the 109 firearms collected at this event will not fall into wrong hands, ultimately leading to tragedy. There is no simple solution to our challenges, but by actively working in collaboration we will make Huntington Station safer.

Boy and Girls State Graduation

Congratulations to all the participants in the Boys and Girls State Program sponsored by the Northport American Legion Post #694. Your completion of this program will guide each of you as you become active leaders and stewards of our community. Great job!!

“Lead by Example” Kicks-Off its 4th Year!

Students, business mentors, family and friends joined Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport) to kick-off the start of this year’s “Lead by Example” summer internship program with a party at the Tri-CYA in Huntington! The program, which has matched dozens of students with internships at local businesses over the last 4 years, helps young people cultivate work and communication skills by connecting them to opportunities that allow them to explore their interests. This year, “Lead by Example” will run from July 6th to August 14th. Interns have been selected to work with businesses and not-for profits in the Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, and Northport areas.

Take a Tip from Lily and Learn To “Be Pool Smart!”

On Wednesday, June 17th, Legislator Spencer had the honor of recognizing 2nd grade student, Lily Hotine, as the 18th Legislative District winner of the annual “Be Pool Smart” county poster contest! Taking the top honor in our district out of dozens of entries, Lily’s poster was not only beautiful, but it included helpful tips on how to stay safe by the pool this summer, such as: always walking when you’re near the pool; entering the pool feet first; only diving in safe areas; and only swimming if an adult or lifeguard is nearby. Way to go Lily!

Vision Long Island Honors Impressive Forces Working to Make Long Island the Best Place to Live!

An extraordinary group of people, projects and policies were honored at last Friday’s Vision Long Island's Smart Growth Awards! Legislator Spencer was honored to be recognized along with the rest of the team for the upgrades to the Northport Sewage Treatment Plant. Last year, the Northport Village surpassed the nitrogen emission standards, set by state and federal mandates, for their sewage treatment plant. In June of 2013, the Village began upgrading the plant which at the time was emitting 18.6 pounds of nitrogen per day. The mandate required the Village to reduce the emissions to 10 pounds per day. Since then Northport has continued to see significant improvements in water quality, with readings being reported as low as 5 pounds per day!

Experts Focus on Fish Kill and Brown Tide at Suffolk County Health Committee Special Hearing

With concerns regarding the health of our waterways heightened as a result of the recent fish kill that took place in Riverhead and the brown tide across the Great South Bay, Legislator Spencer brought together a special hearing to focus on the issues at the June 11th Health Committee. The panel, comprised of Department of Health officials, Dr. Alison Branco, Director of the Peconic Estuary Program, Dr. Christopher Gobler; Biologist at Stony Brook University and Adrienne Esposito; Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, discussed the cause of the issues and potential additional measures to reverse such trends.

Wawapek Nature Preserve in Cold Spring Harbor Opens to the Public!

After more than 3 years of collaboration between Suffolk County, the North Shore Land Alliance, The Town of Huntington, New York State, and community investors, the Wawapek Preserve in Cold Spring Harbor is now open to the public!  The preservation of the 32-acre land, formerly part of the Deforest Williams Estate, is a significant historical and environmental accomplishment.  Together, we will continue to foster future generations to care for and protect our environment. When you have the chance, visit the preserve, walk the pristine trails, and experience the wonders of nature! The entrance to Wawapek is located on Mowbray Lane and Spring Hill Road in Cold Spring Harbor.

Think, Feel, Choose Peace Rally

It was great to see so many positive forces in the community on June 6th at the Think, Feel, Choose Peace Rally at Manor Field Park in Huntington Station. By working together with a positive attitude, we can make meaningful changes!

4th Grade Leaders Make Their Voices Heard

More than sixty 4th grade students from the Leadership Team at Washington Primary School in the Huntington School District attended the June 2nd General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature to advocate for change in their community!  For months, these students have worked tirelessly alongside their teachers and high school student mentors to garner support for a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection of Whitson Road and Park Avenue in Huntington Station. During their trip to the Legislature, 12 daring students had the opportunity to testify before all 18 Legislators at the public portion of the meeting, and the group presented a petition with more than 300 signatures from area residents.

Legislator Spencer Honors Coach Carol Rainson-Rose!

At the June 2nd General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Carol Rainson–Rose, the Girls Lacrosse Coach at Northport High School was presented with a proclamation recognizing her 25 years of remarkable dedication and commitment to her team members. Coach Rose's impressive accomplishments include the Manhasset Sports Hall of Fame and the Suffolk County Athletic Hall of Fame. She's been Newsday's All Long Island Coach of the Year and was named the Northport Chamber of Commerce "Woman of the Year" by the Northport Times.  She is an amazing teacher, coach, and mentor. Congratulations!

Legislator Spencer Inducted as President of the Suffolk County Medical Society

On Friday, May 9th, Legislator Spencer was installed as the 209th president of the Suffolk County Medical Society! Pictured above from left to right is MSSNY President Joseph Maldonado, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William R. Spencer, and SCMS past President Dr. Maria Basile.

Honoring a True Leader!

Legislator Spencer awarded Jon Cooper with a well-deserved proclamation at Tuesday’s General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. The longest serving Majority Leader in Suffolk County History, Jon Cooper has made a dramatic positive impact on our community. In 2014, the Huntington Hospital selected him as their honoree for his dedication and commitment to the Hospital. Jon continues to be of great service to the residents of Suffolk County and it was Legislator Spencer's honor and pleasure to recognize him!!

Harborfields Principal Dr. Rory Manning Named Western Suffolk BOCES “Administrator of the Year”!

Legislator Spencer presented Harborfields High School Principal, Dr. Rory Manning, with a proclamation at the May 12th General Meeting to recognize him for his remarkable leadership, dedication, and commitment to the Harborfields High School staff, students, and community.  Dr. Manning was named the Western Suffolk BOCES “Administrator of the Year” for the commitment he demonstrated to the growth of instructional technology in 2014-2105.  He actively promotes professional development for teachers and administrators, provides support for the instructional technology needs, and works to create an educational environment that encourages students to be 21st century learners.  Congratulations to Dr. Manning on receiving this well-deserved recognition!

An Occasion to Celebrate our Veterans!

Legislator Spencer’s 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast was an outstanding event that paid tribute to over 250 courageous men and women who answered the call of duty and served our Country.  Special honorees at the event were Legislator Tom Barraga and Dorine Kenney of Jacob’s Light Foundation.  A huge thank you goes out to George and Harry Mountanos, owners of The Larkfield in East Northport, who generously donated the breakfast to our Suffolk County Veterans! From left to right: Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Dorine Kenney, Jacob’s Light Foundation, Congressman Steve Israel, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Barraga, and Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer.

Technology Meets Community Needs: 21st Century Innovation Coming to Huntington Station

On Friday, April 10th, Legislator Spencer and other officials gathered at the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center to announce a pilot program that will utilize cutting-edge technology to combat property theft in Huntington Station. He was joined by County Executive Steve Bellone, Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Councilman Eugene Cook, Police Chief James Burke, Councilwoman Susan Berland, scientists from Applied DNA Sciences and other law enforcement officers and community members.

Providing at Network & Empowering Women

In recognition of March being National Women’s History Month, Legislator Spencer hosted his annual Women’s Health & Information Fair on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn. The event, which ties the importance of reflecting on women’s history to the importance of the health of modern women, presented information and support to visitors of all ages and walks of life. From left to right: Legislator Spencer with Melissa-Robyn Levitan from the Town of Huntington Senior Division at the 2015 Women’s Health & Information Fair!

Legislator Spencer Recognizes Local Educator for Outstanding Leadership

At the March 24th General Meeting, Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. presented Alison Matthews, a business teacher at Harborfields High School, with a proclamation recognizing her dedication and commitment to her profession and to the young people in Harborfields School District. Pictured above is Alison Matthews with her family and Legislator Spencer.

Protecting the Honor of Our Decorated Veterans

At the March 24th General Meeting, IR 1041, A Local Law to protect the honor of decorated veterans was unanimously approved by the Legislature. The law, which was sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., will prohibit persons from deceitfully presenting themselves as a decorated veteran while soliciting funds.

Special thanks go out to Commander John Cooney from the Northport American Legion Post 694, and Commander Bob Santo from the American Legion Post 1244 for their support and expertise in making this the law of Suffolk County!

Legislator Spencer is Keynote Speaker @ STEM Diversity Summit

Legislator William R. Spencer was thrilled to speak before hundreds of students and leaders from the business, government and non-profit sectors at Farmingdale State College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Diversity Summit on Friday, March 20th. The mission of the summit is to connect communities throughout Long Island and compete to strengthen STEM education and shape solutions that affect our communities. At the Summit, Legislator Spencer spoke about the need for 21st century solutions to the vexing challenges Suffolk County is faced with, such as water quality, protecting our shorelines from extreme weather events and sustainable development to grow our local economy.

Spencer Sounds the Horn at the Greater Long Island Running Club 25/50K Races!

On Sunday, March 1st, Legislator Spencer was delighted to sound the horn officially starting the Merrell of Huntington Village Caumsett State Park 25K and 50K Championship Runs. Congratulations to everyone who successfully completed the race, and to those who qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon! Pictured from left to right: New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., and Carl Grossbard, Vice president of the Greater Long Island Running Club and Director of the Caumsett 50 Kilometer USA Track & Field 50 Kilometer Championship.

2015 Tri-CYA Hall of Honor Celebration!

On Thursday, March 19th, officials and community members joined the Tri Community and Youth Agency to honor the dedication and accomplishments of this year’s Hall of Honor Inductees, Lora Gellerstein, Carol Werblin, and David William Perkins. Pictured from left to right: Scott Martella- Representative from the Office of Governor Cuomo, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., the 2015 Tri-CYA Hall of Honor Inductees - Lora Gellerstein, Carol Werblin, and David William Perkins, Tri-CYA Regional Director- Debbie Rimler, Tri-CYA Board of Directors President – Alicia Lawrence.

Legislator Spencer Joins Youth Directions and Alternatives for Grand Opening

Legislator Spencer cuts the ribbon officially opening the new YDA location in Greenlawn Village. Pictured from left to right: Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer; Rod Miller - YDA Executive Director; Michelle Burnham - YDA Assistant Director.

Black History Month Celebration at the Northport VA

On February 23rd, Legislator Spencer was honored to be the guest speaker at the Northport VA Medical Center Black History Month observance. The program, hosted by the VA’s African American Employee Committee, explored the impact that the struggles and triumphs of black history have had on our culture over the last century. Pictured above is Legislator Spencer with the members of the Northport VA Medical Center African American Employee Committee.

Town of Huntington Black History Month Celebration

At the Town of Huntington’s 28th annual Black History Month Celebration on February 26th, Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. was recognized for the significant contributions he has made to the field of law enforcement. In his keynote speech, he shared his very personal journey to recovering from cancer, and encouraged our youth to set goals and work hard toward achieving their dreams. Legislator Spencer presented Dr. Toulon with a proclamation for his accomplishments and ended the evening by delivering the benediction. Pictured from left to right: Legislator Spencer, Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Huntington Town Councilwoman Tracey A. Edwards, and Huntington Town Councilman Eugene Cook.

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Huntington!

Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. joined the Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It was the 81st year of the grand Huntington tradition that started during the country’s Great Depression. Pictured above is Legislator Spencer with Parade Grand Marshal Fr. Stephen Donnelly and friends dressed in their traditional morning suit tuxedos.

A Beautiful Day for the Huntington St.Patrick’s Day Parade!

Legislator Spencer with US Senator Charles Schumer at the Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Medical and Governmental Leaders Join Forces to Convey an Important Message about Measles Outbreak

Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., gathered with medical and governmental officials at Huntington Hospital on February 5th to urge residents to become informed about the risks of measles and what preventative measures they can take to protect the most vulnerable.

From Left to Right: Legislator Monica R. Martinez, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Legislator Kevin J. McCaffrey, Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., Dr. James Tomarken, Board of Health Member Pat Bishop-Kelly and Huntington Hospital Executive Director, Dr. Gerard Brogan

Sherry Pavone Sworn in to the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission!

Legislator Spencer attended the February meeting of the Women’s Advisory Commission, where he had the pleasure of swearing in the newest appointee representing the 18th Legislative district; Sherry Pavone of Northport. “Sherry is a passionate woman who is truly dedicated to bettering our community. I am confident that she will be able to use her past experiences as a retired police officer and teacher, to delve into the issues facing women in Suffolk today and offer insightful solutions to those problems,” stated Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse From Housing Discrimination

On Tuesday, December 2nd, Resolution 1996-2014, making housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence illegal, was passed by the Suffolk County Legislature. The resolution, spearheaded by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., prevents housing discrimination against those who have suffered from domestic abuse. With this amendment to the Suffolk County Human Rights Law, the County continues to reflect its commitment to ensuring that the principles of dignity and equality are afforded to all residents. “Without a doubt, passing this new provision protects vulnerable victims and ensures they do not have to face additional obstacles during extremely difficult times. I am proud of our Human Rights Law as it exercises all of our power to protect residents from discrimination,” stated Legislator Spencer.

Huntington Opportunity Resource Center Ribbon Cutting!

Legislator Spencer joined colleagues from the Huntington Town Board and County Executive Steve Bellone for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center. Suffolk County Partnered with the Town of Huntington to bring multiple resources to the Huntington Station Community under one roof. The center, spearheaded by Councilwoman Tracey A. Edwards is located at 1268 New York Avenue in Huntington Station, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The center will provide help with job search and readiness, access to training, ESL services and not-for-profit service referrals. As Councilwoman Tracey Edwards stated, “This center will change people’s lives”.

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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