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The inauguration of Mayor Reginald Spinello and the other members of the 2016-17 City Council will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at City Hall, City Clerk Tina Pemberton announced.

As has become tradition, a City Council meeting follows immediately afterward.

Spinello on Nov. 3 won a second term, beating Councilman Anthony Gallo 55 to 44 percent.

Council members Joseph Capobianco, Pamela Panzenbeck, Efraim Spagnoletti and Timothy Tenke also were re-elected. Nicholas DiLeo Jr. and Roderick Watson were elected to their first terms.

The inauguration ceremony, which is open to the public, will be in the council chambers.

A special pre-council meeting that will include current City Council members as well as DiLeo and Watson is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the second-floor conference room. It is open to the public. The meeting will include discussions of proposed resolutions and ordinances that are scheduled for votes at the Jan. 1 council meeting.

Council members then will walk downstairs to the council chambers for the regular council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.



Dogs and cats at the Brookhaven Town animal shelter will get a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day, officials said.

Volunteers from Dogs In Need Everywhere, or DINE, are expected to bring a truckload of chew toys and treats for canines and kitties awaiting adoption at the shelter in Brookhaven hamlet. The donation was approved on Dec. 17 by the town board.

DINE was founded in 2013 by Kathleen and Ray Collar of upstate Glenwood to help animals in need, Brookhaven officials said.

The animal shelter is offering pet adoptions for $25 this month as part of its “Home for the Holidays” promotion. Normal adoption fees are $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat. Each adoption this month includes free neutering or spaying, vaccinations, a microchip, license, heartworm tests and other services, officials said.

The shelter and adoption center, at 300 Horseblock Rd., Brookhaven, is open six days a week and is closed on Wednesdays. For information, call 631-451-6950 or visit



The Town of Huntington will hold its annual Holiday Pet Food Drive through tomor. Residents can drop off dog and cat food at the following locations:

n Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington.

n Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, 106 Deposit Rd., East Northport.

n Selmer’s Pet Land, 125 E. Jericho Tpke., South Huntington.

“The ‘Holiday Pet Food Drive’ has become a beloved and successful charitable tradition in the Town of Huntington,” town board member Susan Berland said in a news release. “Over 600 pounds of food for pets in need were collected last year and I am looking forward to another successful drive this year.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center in Huntington Station, which has made a special request for cat food. For more information, call 631-351-3018.


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