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New Huntington councilman votes 'no' on 18 resolutions

Huntington's newest town board member said his no vote on 18 resolutions was the first step in delivering on his campaign promises.

At his first town board meeting Tuesday night, Mark Mayoka, 47, of Cold Spring Harbor, voted against resolutions including contract extensions for services such as landscaping, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning; retention of legal counsel; and an agreement with the Huntington Economic Development Corp. He said most of his objections were over the measures' fiscal responsibility, and he also cited outdated or insufficient information. He abstained from two votes.

"One of my election platforms is to lower taxes and reduce spending and provide more of a benefit to residents, and along the line of watching our spending, that's where my focus is at this moment," Mayoka said after the meeting.

Mayoka, an accountant, is the board's only Republican. The last was Mark Capodanno, who lost his seat to Democrat Stuart Besen in 2005. Mayoka defeated Besen in November.

Mayoka voted against a resolution on an agreement between the town's department of human services and several agencies, including the Family Service League. Mayoka said while he supports the group, he could not vote yes because a line in the agreement would fund a Family Service League-funded day labor site.

Also Tuesday, the board scheduled a hearing March 9 on the creation of the Huntington Station Transit-oriented District, which would be used to build housing for a range of income levels near mass transit.

The 26.6-acre district is about a half-mile east of the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station, on the north side of East Fifth Street. It borders Manor Park on the west and the Telephonics building on the east.

AvalonBay Communities Inc. has applied for a rezoning to construct Avalon at Huntington Station on the site, now zoned for 109 single-family homes.

Avalon is proposing 530 units of mixed residential housing, including rentals and owner-occupied units, according to its Web site. The public hearing on the rezoning application is March 9.

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