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Many LI leaders ready for annual speech

Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko is scheduled to give the town’s annual State of the Town address on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria on the second floor of Town Hall (1 Independence Hill, Farmingville).

Lesko has said that this year’s speech will focus on the town’s need to restructure government in the face of flagging revenues.

The speech precedes the regular town board meeting, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The public is welcome but must RSVP first at brookhaven.org/brookhaven/rsvp.aspx.

Here is a roundup of plans for such speeches at Long Island’s other towns and cities:

Babylon: New supervisor Richard Schaffer does not plan to make a State of the Town address.

East Hampton: Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said his introductory talk at the first board meeting of the year, held this month, was effectively his State of the Town speech.

Glen Cove: Mayor Ralph Suozzi said he probably will make a State of the City speech in early February, but has not yet scheduled a date.

Hempstead: The town does not have a speech termed State of the Town, spokesman Michael Deery said. Supervisor Kate Murray spoke about the town’s fiscal condition and her policy vision during her inauguration.

Huntington: Supervisor Frank Petrone does not deliver a State of the Town address.

Islip: The administration of new Supervisor Thomas Croci has yet to set a date for a State of the Town address.

Long Beach: New City Manager Jack Schnirman said he is not planning a State of the City address, and probably will not schedule one until just before a new budget is adopted.

North Hempstead: Supervisor Jon Kaiman will deliver his State of the Town speech on Jan. 25 at the clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. The address is part of a luncheon event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset. There is no charge to attend the speech, which is to begin at 1:15 p.m. The meal cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Lunch will be served at noon.

To register in advance for the luncheon, send a check payable to LWV Port Washington-Manhasset to Caisy Meyers, Deputy Chief of Staff, Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030, by Jan. 19. Guests can also register at 11:45 a.m. the day of the program.

For more information, call 311 from within the town or 516-869-6311 from outside town boundaries.

Oyster Bay: Supervisor John Venditto said he considered his remarks at his inauguration this month to be the equivalent of a State of the Town speech.

Riverhead: Supervisor Sean Walter plans to give a State of the Town address in March, but has not yet set a date.

Shelter Island: Supervisor Jim Dougherty plans to give a State of the Town talk in February or March, but no date has been set.

Smithtown: Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he has never given a State of the Town speech and has not scheduled one this year, though he has not ruled it out.

Southampton: Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst plans to deliver her address in April.

Southold: Supervisor Scott Russell will deliver a State of the Town address in early February but has not settled on a date.
 

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