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Armory to be named for James Conte

Assemb. James Conte (R-Huntington Station) who decided not

Assemb. James Conte (R-Huntington Station) who decided not to seek re-election this past summer — after nearly a quarter century in office — to focus on his battle against cancer died Oct. 16, 2012. He was 53. Newsday's obituary for James Conte
Credit: Kathy Kmonicek, 2010

Tributes to Republican Assemb. James Conte have begun. The Huntington Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to name the armory on East Fifth Street in his memory.

Conte, who represented the Huntington Station district for 24 years, died on Tuesday.

Town officials said Conte was instrumental in getting the state to transfer the decommissioned building to the town to be used as a community center. In July, the State Legislature voted to transfer rights to the 3.6-acre site and building to the town.

“He worked with us as we undertook and continue the process of revitalizing Huntington Station and, in particular, he was relentless in making sure that the Town was able to secure the Armory,” Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a statement. “Naming the Armory after him is a fitting tribute and a living memorial to someone who will truly be missed.”

Town officials said they are in the process of taking the final steps necessary to transfer the building, completed in 1960. After the town takes title, the building will be called the James D. Conte Center.

The building and the site were used by units of the New York Army National Guard before it closed June 1, 2011.

 

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