Town Board member Mark Mayoka was defeated for re-election Tuesday. He wrote this letter to the residents of Huntington.
I would like to thank all the Huntington residents for the honor and privilege to be your public servant as Councilman.
Over the last four years I have:
improved the budget process, rolled back proposed parking fee increases, restored funding to the arts, established a Building Homes for Heroes chapter raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the home of our own Huntington hero Captain James Byler, restored the September 11th memorial service, established a relief opportunity map for food pantries with two receiving centers at the Dix Hills Ice Rink and Town Hall, established a Small Business Resource and Recovery Center producing 5 business and homeowner programs (one program shortly after Hurricane Sandy), prepared 4 business guides (one in Spanish), supported the acquisition of new open space acquisitions, supported new anti-blight programs, implemented a policy to require the reading of town board resolutions and saved an additional million dollars by changing a proposed bond refinancing plan.
I am very proud of these initiatives and programs and again thank the residents and my colleagues for their support.
I want to congratulate Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. I wish Tracey Edwards much success as a councilwoman for the Town of Huntington. I also want to thank my supporters throughout the entire Town and especially I want to thank my wife Christina, and my children Brittany and Sean for their support. I also want to thank Allison Lewin and Aaron Helfer for their hard work and dedication.
I am retiring from politics and will remain active in the Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis and St. Vincent De Paul.
Let us not forget that the holidays are fast approaching and that this is an extremely busy time for our Food Pantries. I will continue to foster business growth initiatives designed to create and attract businesses providing higher paying jobs for our residents.
The future is what we make of it.