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Huntington Town restores community agency funding

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo.

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Alexi Knock

The Huntington Town Board has restored $125,808 in funding to social-service and youth organizations, town officials said.

Agencies seeing funding restored include Family Service League Inc., Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc., Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute Inc., and Regional Enrichment Agency of Commack and Half Hollow Hills.

Two resolutions restoring the funding passed Monday night by a vote of 4-1.

Town board member Mark Mayoka, who co-sponsored the resolutions with Susan Berland, said officials found the money through health insurance cost savings. He initially voted against restoring the funds last month because he said the resolution was improperly worded.

“How can we not go forward to help with these programs, to help the youth in these tough economic times, when the amount is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of our budget?” Mayoka said.

Last month, the board voted 3-1 to restore about $210,000 to arts organizations.

Town board member Mark Cuthbertson voted against that resolution, saying all agencies needed to sacrifice. He also voted against Monday’s resolutions, citing the same reason.

Debbie Rimler, regional director of Tri Community and Youth Agency, which serves about 80 children a day, six days a week at the agency’s two sites in Huntington Station and Cold Spring Harbor, said she is thrilled the money has been restored.

“Every dollar helps,” Rimler said. “For smaller agencies like ours, a cut of $8,000 that’s the quality of the program — the snacks, the paraprofessional hours and the supplies. You lose that money and it’s devastating.”

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