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Huntington supervisor will not seek re-election

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci was elected in

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci was elected in 2017. Credit: Barry Sloan

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said Friday that he will not run for re-election, but plans to serve out the remainder of his term that ends this year.

Lupinacci, a Republican who was elected in 2017 to a four-year term as supervisor, made the announcement in a statement released by his campaign, Friends of Chad Lupinacci for Supervisor.

"After much deliberation and consideration with my family, friends, and advisers, I have decided not to seek reelection as Huntington Town Supervisor this November," the statement said. "To be clear, this was my decision and my decision alone made in the best interest of my family, the Town, and the Republican Party."

Lupinacci, 41, of Melville, ran on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. He is a real estate attorney and part-time professor at Farmingdale State College.

Before he became supervisor, he served three terms representing the western half of Huntington Town in the state Assembly. He served three terms on the South Huntington school board.

In his statement, he thanked his supporters and touted his accomplishments, including the creation of the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, the first town court of its kind on Long Island, protecting the town’s AAA bond rating and making "unprecedented" investments in the town's parks and facilities. He said he was also proud that overdevelopment of downtown Huntington was curbed and of the continued revitalization of Huntington Station.

He also cited the decadelong litigation with LIPA over the assessment of the Northport power plant and the COVID-19 pandemic as challenges his administration faced.

His tenure was also marked by controversy. Democratic town board member Mark Cuthbertson questioned the lack of diversity in his selection of 11 white men to top town government positions at the start of his administration. He was hit with a lawsuit about a year into his term as supervisor from a former Assembly staffer who alleged Lupinacci sexually harassed him while serving as state assemblyman and assaulted him in an Albany hotel room in 2017. That case is still making its way through the courts. He also was the subject of a town investigation in 2020 by independent counsel into a sexual harassment allegation that was found to be unsubstantiated. The employee who was the subject in that investigation was a town worker that the investigation revealed was able to get a house through the town's affordable housing lottery. The employee said he obtained the house without any favor from Lupinacci, but the case resulted in changes to employees who are eligible to participate in town affordable housing lotteries.

Two Lupinacci administration appointees have had to resign — one over sending a vulgar email and another who is accused of lying on a Civil Service application.

Town Republican Committee chairman Tom McNally said on Friday that he respected Lupinacci’s decision not to run for re-election and would announce the committees slate Saturday. "We have a truly unified and strong Republican Party that will build off of the solid foundation built by Supervisor Lupinacci’s administration," he said in a text.

Town board member Gene Cook who announced Feb. 18 that he was running for supervisor, declined on Friday to say what his plans were after previously saying he would not run if Lupinacci was not the Republican candidate.

"I'm very happy that Chad decided not to run," Cook said. "I believe he did the right thing not only for the community but for himself. I wish him the best for the future."

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