“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.

On December 19th, Northport gathered to celebrate the rebirth of a community institution: the Northport American Legion Post 694! After months of renovations, residents and elected officials gathered to officially dedicate the newly-restored American Legion Post located just off of Main Street. A host of new construction, including the installation of a brand-new elevator, will assist veterans, if necessary, in accessing the building with greater ease. Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., joins the countless attendees in congratulating the Northport American Legion Post 694 on the completion of their new building and looks forward to their continued success, not just in Northport, but within the greater Huntington community!

Ideal Cheese Shop is Perfect Place for Legislator Spencer and County Executive Bellone to Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Huntington Village

The Huntington community celebrated its annual “Small Business Saturday” and holiday parade, sponsored by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce the weekend after Thanksgiving. Scores of residents turned out to support local businesses at the event and observed the beginning of another joyful holiday season! The holiday parade was adorned with brightly lit floats built by fire departments, the Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations. Huntington’s small businesses continue to be the backbone of our local economy, but only with the support of the great Huntington community. Pictured at “Small Business Saturday” in front of Ideal Cheese Shop was (from left to right) its owner, Mr. Julius Binetti, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., and Bob Bontempi, Co-Chair of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

Reichert Family Honored for Generosity at
Newly Renovated Vanderbilt Plantarium Un-Veiling

On November 24th, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium officially unveiled the newly-restored “Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium,” named to recognize an extremely generous donation to the Museum by the Reichert family of Fort Salonga! Their donation will encompass $1.75 million over the span of twenty years and it signifies the largest contribution to the museum in its history by someone who is not a member of the Vanderbilt family. Since it’s reopening in March after a complete $4 million renovation, the Planetarium has played host to hundreds of visitors each day, many of which are school children, and, with their contribution to an already-stellar institution, the Reichert family is ensuring that it will continue to flourish for many years to come. It was for their commitment to the Vanderbilt Museum and the education of our young children that Mr. and Mrs. Reichert were honored at the Planetarium’s unveiling. Pictured at the event were (from left to right) Lance Reinheimer, Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Museum, Mrs. Helen Reichert, Mr. Charles Reichert, and Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.(18th LD) and his staff collected over 5 large boxes full of food for people and animals at a food drive they conducted in preparation for the upcoming holidays. The collected items will help stock the shelves at the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Huntington Station. Legislator Spencer encourages people to help show their thankfulness by feeding those in need in our community. If you need information on where you can donate food for both people and animals during the holiday season, please contact my office at 631-854-4500.

Legislator Spencer Congratulates Bill Ober for Being Honored "New York Marine of the Year"

This year, Huntington resident and Marine Corps veteran Bill Ober was honored for his esteemed service to the local veteran community. Mr. Ober was named New York Marine of the Year by the National Commandant of the Marine Corps League, where he was elected to serve as Commandant of Huntington Detachment 792 and has been a member since 2002. In addition, he served as the Detachment’s Chaplain, was named as their representative to the Town of Huntington Veterans Advisory Board, and was selected to be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Town of Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony. For all of his achievements and dedication to those who have valiantly served our country, Mr. Ober was presented with a proclamation on behalf of the Suffolk County Legislature. Pictured are: (from left to right) Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., Bill Ober, and Marine Corps League Huntington Detachment 792 member Frank Suszcynski.

Advocates Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week in Suffolk County

On October 7th, advocates for mental health treatment and awareness gathered to kick-off Mental Health Awareness Week in Suffolk County. During National Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County, Clubhouse of Suffolk, and the Suffolk County United Veterans focused on the need to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, as stigma is the primary reason why someone suffering from a mental health disorder does not seek treatment. Each agency committed to calling attention to the reality that people can and do recover from mental illness and psychiatric disabilities when provided with the proper treatment and support. It is with tremendous gratitude that the residents of Suffolk County extend a well-deserved “thank you” to these mental health advocacy individuals and organizations for all of their extremely hard work! Pictured at the Suffolk County Mental Health Awareness Week Kick-off Breakfast are (left to right) Michael Stoltz, Executive Director of the Clubhouse of Suffolk, Colleen Merlo, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County, and Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D.

Greenlawn Fire Department Adds Another Hero to Its Ranks!

Greenlawn adds another hero to its ranks! Mr. David Mordarski, a seven year veteran of the Greenlawn Fire Department, came upon a serious accident on Pulaski Road on August 2nd. Instinctively stopping to see if the occupants were alright, David noticed a woman in front seat of the car who was unable to exit without help. He was able to remove her from the car just as it became engulfed in flames. David’s timely and heroic actions no doubt saved the woman’s life while simultaneously risking his own! It was for his brave effort that David Mordarski was recognized with a proclamation at the September General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. Pictured above (from left to right), from the Greenlawn Fire Department are: Mr. John McKenna, Ex-Chief William Wieck, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, Mr. David Mordarski, Lt. Joseph Pace, and Mr. Devin Clermont.

3rd Grader “Swimming” into 1st Place!

Pool Safety is the name of the game and Brooke Haas is the game master. Brooke was selected as this year’s winner of the annual Suffolk County “Be Pool Smart” pool safety awareness campaign! A member of Mrs. Frye’s third grade class at Jefferson Primary School in Huntington, Brooke’s poster placed first in the competition among all the elementary schools in the 18th Legislative District. Her poster was the most effective at educating the community residents about how they can help protect children and families from accidental drowning. For her creative expression of important pool safety rules, Brooke was recognized by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer with a proclamation on behalf of the Suffolk County Legislature and the 18th Legislative District.

Family and friends celebrated the retirement of Terry Smith (pictured right), the first Administrator of the Dolan Family Health Center. Mr. Smith spent his career in the medical field developing a sterling reputation based on extraordinary leadership and thoughtful care for patients. He began his healthcare career assisting in the treatment of acutely ill patients who suffered from emotional trauma in Vietnam. He subsequently earned his Bachelor’s Degree, as well as his Master’s Degree in Health Administration. He was hired as the Assistant Administrator of Stony Brook Medical Center and then the Administrator of the South Brookhaven Health Center before moving on to the Dolan Family Health Center. Mr. Smith’s 19-year tenure as the Administrator of the Dolan Family Health Center has been marked by immeasurable success. Employees, colleagues and patients all speak very highly about the man who always has a smile on his face! Mr. Smith’s last day at the Dolan Center will be September 17th. He will be sorely missed. To thank him for his tireless dedication, commitment and the valuable contributions that he made throughout his career, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (pictured left), presented Terry Smith with a proclamation on behalf of the grateful residents of the Huntington community and wished him much success and happiness in the next chapter of his life!

The Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, also known as VIBS, recently became the recipient of thirty Suffolk County used cell phones and Blackberry devices. Since 1976, VIBS has been an institution that is dedicated to advocating for the victims of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. They are committed to spreading awareness and preventing these crimes from occurring in the future through extensive education. This organization’s very important work made them an ideal candidate to receive the surplus technology from Suffolk County. Hopefully, these devices will assist VIBS in fulfilling their mission of keeping County residents safe from harm. The technology was accepted by Executive Director of VIBS, Pamela Johnston (pictured left) from Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (pictured right) who sponsored the legislation that approved the donation.

The “Test Don’t Guess” Program, sponsored by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office offers free drug test kits that can be used in the privacy of the home to help parents and guardians more easily monitor the behavior of their children if necessary. This test kit is an important tool that would help confirm or alleviate parental suspicions and scientifically determine if a person is abusing drugs. Along with the testing materials, the kit also contains a list of helpful resources and information that parents can use to help navigate the difficult situation. This kit, and the conversation it inspires, could be the first step towards general healing for a drug-using person and his or her family. Anyone interested in obtaining the free drug test kits should contact the Office of Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (pictured above, right), at (631) 854-4500 or the Office of Suffolk County Sherriff Vincent DeMarco (pictured above, left) at (631) 852-5638.

This year, the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, a two-day competition for the most advanced middle school and high school projects, hosted the experiments of East Woods School students, and Huntington residents, William Benjamin (pictured left) and Alexander Oruci (pictured right). After hearing several debates over the impact of energy drinks on an individual’s health, these boys decided to observe what effect, if any, energy drink chemicals had on the behavior of mice. Their project was titled “MAD MICE.” The mice reacted differently when given ginseng, taurine, and caffeine. These ingredients were observed to cause some hyperactivity, excessive grooming, and memory loss in the mice. As a result of their research and presentation, William and Alexander were chosen as the 1st Place Winner of the Science and Engineering Fair in the Middle School category! As such, they were presented with proclamations by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (pictured center) at the general meeting of the County Legislature in July. Way to go William and Alexander!!!

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Huntington) took a moment to thank the Teen Pregnancy Advisory Board members for their hard work and dedication to helping young families make a difference. He is joined by (Top, Left to Right) Lawrence Philips, Julian Pessier, Beverly Jefferson, Officer Jeanette Morales, (Bottom, Left to Right) Grace Ioannidis, Cynthia Monthie, Gina D’Andrea Weatherup, and Sandra Gil. They are currently working on organizing a forum in the Huntington area to education the community on the topic of teen pregnancy, addressing the root cause, and highlighting the importance of community resources in helping young families make a positive difference.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Huntington) joined by (from left to right) Northport Village Trustee, Damon McMullen, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Joe Morency, from Save Our Harbors, Deputy Mayor, Henry Tobin and Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, announced today at Huntington Town Hall that he secured a $1.5 million dollar grant from New York State for Northport Village to partially pay for the upgrade of the sewage treatment facility and relating infrastructure.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Huntington) was joined by County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern for a Community Meeting at the Nathan Hale VFW on May 30th. The community meeting was open to all residents that reside in either the 16th or 18th Legislative Districts. The residents received an update regarding local community issues, and were given an opportunity to ask the County Executive and Legislators questions. Topics discussed included: economic development, jobs, housing, transit-oriented development, the environment, public safety and more. A very informative time was had by all!!

Local Resident, Bill Seery, Raises Awareness About Transverse Myelitis

At a recent meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Legislator William Spencer (D-Huntington) recognized his constituent, William Seery who in 2011 contracted Transverse Myelitis, an acute neurological disorder. Very little is known about the condition as only 1 to 5 new cases per million people are diagnosed each year. Mr. Seery has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to TM and those who suffer from it.

During the many months that Mr. Seery was hospitalized, Legislator Spencer‘s office worked diligently to help him navigate the bureaucratic system. In an effort to educate the public about TM, Legislator Spencer introduced a resolution, passed unanimously by his colleagues, which will forever name the 6th day of June Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day in Suffolk County.

Thanks to Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop in Huntington for Supporting Our Community!

For the past 7 years, Eileen and Patrick Kelly, owners of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in Huntington Village, have hosted FREE CONE DAY, an annual event which thanks the community for their support. In lieu of payment for ice cream cones, the Kelly’s accept donations with all of the proceeds contributed to the Tri-Community Youth Agency. To date, more than $20,000 has been raised for that organization. Seen here presenting a proclamation to Eileen Kelly is Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D- Huntington) who recognized the couple for their benevolent effort!

Current Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory with former Majority Leader/ Legislator Jon Cooper joined current Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer at the Huntington Pride Parade today!!

Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Huntington Celebrates Arrival of Aloe Tech, Inc.

Joined by owners Franco & Lauralynn Aloe, Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. (center) celebrated the ribbon cutting of ALOE Tech, Inc.

Presentation of the Donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

The inaugural Harborfields CSD Department of Health and Physical Education Community 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair was a success! Rachel Spencer, Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, presented Darby Hall from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a check for $6,000. I’m proud to help sponsor such events. Keep up the good work!

Honorees and Organizers of the Multinational Cultural Festival of Long Island

The Multinational Cultural Festival of Long Island was recently held to celebrate the heritage and traditions of North and South America, Asia, and Europe in Huntington. Sponsored by the Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Huntington Foundation, the festival brought business and community leaders together to salute the diverse cultures that make Huntington unique. Celebrating the festival were honorees (from left to right) Dr. Sudhir Parikh of Parikh Worldwide Media and Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, along with his wife, Rachel Spencer. They were joined by Prafulba Vaghela, co-chair of the 2012 and 2013 Multinational Festivals and Nishi Behl of the Senior Forum for the India Association of Long Island. Legislator Spencer was the keynote speaker for the evening event and the topic of his speech was “Health Care and the Small Business Owner.” Everyone came together for a day filled with enjoyable events and the most amazing people!

Huntington Residents Gather for Community Meeting with Legislator Spencer

Many residents of Huntington Station attended a community meeting hosted by Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church last month. Representatives from Affinity Health Plan, the Suffolk County Police Department, and the Suffolk County Department of Labor provided residents with useful and important information on a host of topics that ranged from public safety to access affordable health care. During the presentations, members of the community also had the opportunity to ask questions and speak directly to their public officials. Spencer frequently hosts community meetings throughout his district to bring information to the public. Pictured at the event (from left to right) are: Legislator Spencer, Reverend Monsignor Joseph Granata, pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln Church, and Marcia Specht, Director of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition.

This past Saturday, the Northport Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Barton @ Home, a brand-new home accent business in Northport. The opening of new businesses like this in the community is what makes the community prosper and flourish. With more and more residents looking to spruce up their homes this spring, Barton @ Home is sure to thrive! Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (second from right) joined Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland (third from right) and the Northport Chamber of Commerce in welcoming this great new addition to the Northport business community.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport) honored Capital One Bank and its associates, represented by Capital One’s Long Island Market President, Andrew Corrado (left) for their community involvement through “Investing for Good.” This service initiative focuses investment into four critical building blocks of community economic opportunity: affordable housing, education, economic development, and financial literacy. Additionally, in 2012, Capital One Bank associates served more than 13,500 hours on Long Island creating financial literacy kits for local youth, tutoring, providing homework help and other educational, recreational, and after-school activities at Family Service League Service Centers. Legislator Spencer is proud to commend Capital One Bank for its extraordinary efforts in community development.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport), honored the Sourbeck family with a proclamation at a recent general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. Since 1997, Bill Sourbeck, left, his wife Cynthia, second from right, and their two daughters, Samantha and Natalie, have worked year-round to donate countless gifts to impoverished and underprivileged youth during the holidays. This past Christmas alone, they donated over 1,700 boxes filled with items such as hygiene products, school supplies, and toys, to a Long Island collection center for delivery to more than 100 countries. Legislator Spencer hopes that the members of the Sourbeck family serve as role models for other residents looking to better their community and help others in need. Many thanks and congratulations go out to the Sourbeck family!

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Centerport) received a proclamation from Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone at the 26th Annual Town of Huntington Black History Month Celebration. Legislator William R. Spencer was selected to be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s event at Jack Abrams Intermediate School in Huntington Station. Legislator Spencer and Supervisor Petrone are joined by (from left to right) Councilman Eugene Cook, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Councilman Mark Mayoka.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (center) joined Peggy Boyd, Family Service League Vice President (left) and Debbie Rimler, Executive Director of the Tri-CYA (right) at the 2012 Annual Holiday Boutique at the Tri Community Youth Agency in the rear of the Big H Shopping Center. Legislator Spencer stopped by to drop-off handmade dolls that he and his family were donating to the Boutique and was swept up in the holiday cheer and excitement! Family Service League and Tri CYA employees and many jolly elf/volunteers assisted local families in selecting and wrapping two perfect gifts for each of their children from birth to thirteen years old. Donated toys are received from a variety of sources and people are very generous. The 2012 Holiday Boutique could serve close to 1200 local families by the end of the week. Legislator Spencer shared his feelings of gratitude and awe, “I would like to commend both of these agencies for organizing this event and for fulfilling a tremendous need in our community. Year after year, they work tirelessly to ensure that all of our local children have a couple of gifts to unwrap.” Spencer continued, “This year, in particular, when families are trying to recover from a poor economy and brutal weather events, the need is even greater and I am grateful for the tremendously compassionate community effort.” The Holiday Boutique continues until Friday, December 21st at noon. For further information, please call (631) 673-0614.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (18th LD, center) joined (from left to right) New York State Assemblyman-Elect Chad Lupinacci, Town of Huntington Council Member Mark Mayoka, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth (10th LD), and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (5th LD) at the 3rd Bi-County Water Security Hearing. The panel heard suggestions from the public and leading experts regarding potential solutions to the issues that threaten the security of Long Island’s aquifers. Legislator Spencer and Legislator Bosworth will formalize these suggestions into a final report to be presented early next year to state and federal officials.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer(18th LD) and his staff collected over 3 shopping carts full of food for people and animals at a food drive they conducted last week. The collected items will help stock the shelves at the Huntington Community Food Council in Huntington Station and the Little Shelter Animal Rescue Center in East Northport. Legislator Spencer is joined here by Margaret Breland, a long-time volunteer with the Huntington Community Food Council and community leader. They would like to encourage residents to think about their neighbors during these trying, post Super Storm Sandy, times.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (center) presented Emily Cooper, Alex D’Angelo, Jennifer D’Aquila, Tamanna Bhaatia, Karen Spehler and Lora Strunk with proclamations this past week, for their participation in Locks of Love. Each year, Kathleen Fristensky(center), the faculty advisor, coordinates this effort. This year, 18 Cold Spring Harbor High School students participated in the event which was held on November 13th at Cactus on Main. Cactus owner, Joe Segreti and manager Karen Vito, as well as the Cactus staff have always been great supporters of the event. Additionally, Michael Sambur of Island Silkscreen has always provided T-Shirts for the participants and for 2 years, Freedman Jewelers has given the participants Pandora bracelets in recognition of their participation in the group effort. To date, the students have raised almost $4,000 for this year’s effort.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (18th LD) (far right) joined his colleagues, Legislators Steven Stern (16th LD) and Lou D’Amaro (17th LD), and Town of Huntington Council Member Susan Berland, in honoring the owners of The Paramount theater of Huntington Village. Since Super Storm Sandy heavily impacted Long Island a few weeks ago, The Paramount has served as a model of generosity for its neighbors and community. The Paramount management established a charging and warming station for the community’s residents during long power outages, provided free drinks for the storm’s victims, collected food and water for those in need and hosted benefit concerts to collect and donate funds for the Long Island Red Cross. These actions have made The Paramount, along with its staff and management, a highly commendable institution and one of the true jewels of Huntington Village. Please join Legislator Spencer in thanking the owners of The Paramount for their leadership and commitment to our community.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Huntington) joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (right) and Huntington Town Council Member Mark Cuthbertson, along with other members of the Town Council, in surveying the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Legislator Spencer and his colleagues traveled across Huntington to assess the needs of their constituents. Legislator Spencer and his staff will be readily available to mobilize assistance to any resident who requires it. Please call (631)-854-4500. For immediate emergency assistance, please contact your local fire and/or police department at 911.

Suffolk Legislator William Spencer hands out free lunch to residents of Huntington in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (far right) was joined by (left to right) Erica Forland of Source The Station; Ed Perez, President and Co-Founder of Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter; Don McKay, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Huntington; Xavier Palacios, Co-Founder of Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter and member of the Huntington School Board; Luis Mendez of Renaissance Downtowns; and Mauricio Ramirez, a director with the Huntington Hispanic Soccer League, to kick off the Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter second annual Huntington National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration last Sunday, October 14 at Manor Field Park. The event featured live music, food, games and various vendors.

Legislator William R. Spencer, Ulysses Spicer, New York State Secretary of NAACP, Joe Dujmic, Candidate for 10 Assembly District, and Frank Petrone, Huntington Town Supervisor at the 76th Annual NAACP New York State Convention.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (right) presents a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature to Kathy Martin as Caumsett 50 Kilometer Run Director Carl Grossbard looks on with approval. Having never been defeated in any local or national event in her age group, Kathy, now age 60, has been named USA Track & Field Masters Age Group Athlete of the Year.

Legislator William R. Spencer and Steven Spucces, President of Greater Huntington Civic Group, Inc, at the 1st Annual Greater H.O.P. E. Award Fundraising Gala on April 21st.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer joined Tracey Edwards, Long Island Regional Director of NAACP and Frank Petrone, Huntington Town Supervisor at the 76th Annual NAACP New York State Convention. This year’s theme “NAACP: Your Power, Your Decision – Vote!” was dedicated to ensuring that voting rights in this state are not politically compromised and that the educational, social and economic equality of all peoples are maintained.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer, center, was joined by Ed Bergstraesser, AT&T Area Director of External Affairs (second from right, rear row) as well as representatives from the Suffolk Department of Health, Suffolk County Police Department, Harborfields School District Administration & Board of Education and students leaders with the high school’s SADD group at a press conference to ring in the very first “Don’t Text and Drive Awareness Day” in Suffolk County. The event was held yesterday to introduce the formidable and diverse partnership that has been created to increase public awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. With Harborfields High School as the backdrop, participants at the press conference all echoed the same sentiment “No text is worth dying for! It can wait.” Everyone was encouraged to take the pledge to not text while driving, ever!

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presented a proclamation to Bryan Proctor, founder and organizer of Distant Memories Swim. He conceived the idea to initiate this charity after watching the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandfather. Bryan’s hope was to create awareness, raise funds and generate support for those affected by this disease. Since 2003, Bryan, with the help of his family & friends, has raised almost $100,000 for research and programming for the Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presented Monsignor T. Peter Ryan with a proclamation in celebration of his 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. In addition to being a parish priest in several Catholic churches on Long Island, Msgr. Ryan has spent his entire career working and advocating for the young, the old and all of those in between. An activist participant in the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative, Msgr. Ryan played a pivotal role in inspiring other congregations in Huntington to address the problem of homeless while at the same time championing for affordable housing working closely with Housing Help in Greenlawn.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presented a proclamation to Ever Martinez of Bethpage Federal Credit Union at the General Meeting of the Legislature last week. Mr. Martinez and Bethpage Federal Credit Union received the proclamation for their support of Legislator Spencer’s “Lead by Example” summer internship program and their ongoing dedication to our community.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer presented a proclamation to Dr. Michael Shantz, Executive Director and Margy Hargraves of the Hecksher Museum of Art at the General Meeting of the Legislature earlier this month in celebration of the re-accreditation of the Hecksher Museum of Art. It is one of only 775 accredited museums throughout the nation. Accreditation is a very complicated and challenging process. According to Dr. Schantz, the “all hands on deck” attitude of the board and staff was not lost to the Accreditation Commission and that attitude contributed mightily to the Commission’s final decision.

Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, 18th LD (far right) joined Suffolk Legislator Lynne Nowick, 13th LD, James Gaughran, Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman and Dawn Warren in inspecting the County’s project replacing water main pipes along Pulaski Road in East Northport.

In addition to being brand new and thus less susceptible to future breaks, the new pipe should ensure better fire protection for the area, as the new pipe is larger than the pipe being replaced.


Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer joined hundreds of people in cheering on the competitors at the Long Island Region Special Olympics Spring Games North at Huntington High School last Sunday. Over 400 athletes from Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley came to Huntington to compete in Track and Field and Tennis events. Athletes, supported by family members, fans and volunteers, spent the beautiful day competing in Olympic-style sports. Special Olympics is a 501(c)3 that “provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and members of the community.” The day was filled with inspirational moments and fostered feelings of acceptance and inclusion in our community.

Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Spencer is welcomed to the Run by Co-Director Carl Grossbard.

Suffolk Legislator William Spencer celebrated with Grand Marshal Jeff Frayler at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Huntington. Blessed with a beautiful sunny day, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer joined thousands of residents, elected officials and Irish men and women from across Long Island in honoring Jeff Frayler, President of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association for being named Grand Marshal of the Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians’ 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Mr. Frayler embodies the community spirit, values and altruistic commitment held in high esteem by the Hibernians. The annual parade draws thousands to celebrate and promote Irish heritage and culture while enjoying the company of family and friends. A great time was had by all!

Suffolk Legislator William Spencer joined his colleagues, Legislator D’Amaro, 17th LD and Legislator Stern 16th LD, in honoring Suffolk County Police Officer James Garside for his life-saving acts of heroism. Accompanied by his very proud parents at the General Meeting of the Suffolk Legislature earlier this month, Officer Garside received a proclamation and gracious appreciation from the legislators for his heroic actions that saved three people in the past month. Garside, who is also an emergency medical technician, is highly decorated and fortunately for the residents of Suffolk County, is in the habit of being in the right place at the right time! Thank you Officer Garside.

In its 10th year, “Operation Warmth,” sponsored by the Northport Chamber of Commerce, has donated hundreds of coats for use by adults and children. Participating in the distribution of the donated coats are Chamber President, Flemming Hansen, Legislator William Spencer, 18th L.D., Chamber member, Dorothy Walsh and Debbie Rimler, Executive Director of the Tri-CYA.

Each week, ten mentors and mentees meet at the Tri-CYA to spend one hour together sharing good times. Recently, Legislator Spencer had the opportunity to visit the center to speak with the group about his role as a Legislator and to express his appreciation to his mentors. Shown with Legislator Spencer and some of the mentees are, Reverend Timothy Flythe, Wayne Jeno, Lucy Raskin, and Sheila Flythe. To obtain more information about this program call 631-854-4500.

Legislator Spencer supported by his family during the swearing in ceremony at the Suffolk County Legislature last week.

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