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Board honors Special Olympians

Councilwoman Susan A. Berland presented award-winning Special Olympians Craig Ludin and Danielle Birnbaum with official proclamations from the Town of Huntington at Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting. Both Ludin and Birnbaum won gold and silver medals at this past summer’s New York State Special Olympics held at SUNY Binghamton.

Craig Ludin is an avid swimmer who won gold medals in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke as well as a silver medal in the team relay event at the New York State Special Olympics. Craig has been participating in the Special Olympics since the age of ten and has received more than 100 medals in a number of sports that include swimming, track and field, power lifting, gymnastics and baseball. In 2006 he was invited to participate in the first-ever National Special Olympics in Iowa.

Danielle Birnbaum was awarded the gold medal in 100-meter butterfly and won silver medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the team relay race. She was a member of the Half Hollow Hills High School West varsity swimming team but also competes at a collegiate level for St. Joseph’s College.

“Craig and Danielle are incredible athletes and it is a pleasure to honor them this evening,” Berland said. “They have shown tremendous perseverance and serve as excellent examples for their families, their peers and fellow athletes. I wish them the very best of luck in all that they do and look forward to hearing about their future triumphs.”

Megan E. Lavery is a legislative aide to the Town Board.

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