The Huntington Station armory on East 5th Street in Huntington Station will be named for the late Assemb. James Conte.
Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone proposed the action at Tuesday's Town Board meeting and it was unanimousy approved, just hours after the longtime representative died after a struggle with cancer. He was 53 years old.
The board noted that Conte had sponsored the bill to give the town control of the armory after the operations of National Guard units were consolidated and based in Farmingdale. The state had declared the property surplus.
“Jim Conte was a distinguished legislator and a dear friend who kept the interests of his constituents and community foremost in his heart,” Petrone said. “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 in Huntington Station for community uses. Naming the Armory after him is a fitting tribute and a living memorial to someone who will truly be missed.”
The town and the state are in the process of taking the final steps of transferring ownership, which, will be called the James D. Conte Center.