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Despite the crime, many, like the Juan Gonzalez family, have decided to remain in Huntington Station's core neighborhoods. Here, Gonzalez, his daughter Jacqueline and nephew Rico, enjoy a mild spring day in the front yard of their home. (March 23, 2012)(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

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Life in Huntington Station’s core

A tight grid of streets and avenues on either side of the New York Avenue commercial stretch has, over decades, become defined by crime and the street gangs associated with it. Huntington Station residents, activists, officials and the new Suffolk County executive, Steve Bellone, are striving to change the community’s reputation as one overwhelmed by crime.But challenges facing the community are representative of similar issues in other suburban LI areas