-- Before the Huntington Town Board voted on its operating and capital 2011 budgets, Michael Kornfeld, a former candidate for the town board and self-described friend of Highway Superintendent William Naughton, read a statement from Naughton during the public comment session. The letter urged the board to postpone the vote because, Naughton said, the board has not allowed him to hire workers and has improperly moved surplus funds.
Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said the board would respond to “gross inaccuracies” in Naughton's statement and noted that Naughton didn’t even “bother” to attend any of the meetings surrounding the budget process or even the public hearing on the budget held last month.
-- Later, just before the vote was called, town board member Mark Mayoka also urged the board to postpone the vote, but for different reasons. He said the board needed to devise ways to cut overtime, analyze the cost of town vehicles and come up with an energy plan.
After a lively debate between Mayoka, Petrone and town board member Mark Cuthbertson over whether or not Mayoka had met with the town comptroller and regarding the merits of Mayoka’s arguments, the budget was passed, with Mayoka voting no.
-- The board also voted to lower the school speed limit on Woodhull Road, home of Woodhull Intermediate School. Between Murray Court and North Wesley Court, motorists must now adhere to a 20 mile per hour speed limit.