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Mayoka, Cook Take Aim at Budgeting

Councilmen restart budget task force, seek controls on spending.

Two town councilmen announced plans Monday to bring back a budget task force and pledged to seek a pay cut rather than a raise in the next town budget.

Councilmen Mark Mayoka and Eugene Cook spoke at a press conference at the Long Island Rail Road train station to emphasize the need for better budget controls and look for ways to cut spending.

They outlined four goals:

1. Drastically reduce a proposal to raise the LIRR station's parking garage fee from $50 to $600 a year

2. Eliminate the use of personal assignment of town cars, having officials use cars from a pool

3. Reject a proposal to raise the pay of all members of the Town Board and instead institute a 10 percent cut

4. Control the spending of funds in a reserve account and require a supermajority for all reserve spending votes

Mayoka described the town budget as "like a runaway train" that had to be stopped.

"I am convinced that my colleagues on the board will listen to logical reason and certain things will take place to lower spending," Mayoka said.

The task force includes Mayoka and Cook, who said they hoped their colleagues on the board would appoint qualified members to serve.

"It's simple," Cook said. "We have to run the business of the people. In these hard economic times, we have to be diligent in the way we decide to spend."

The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider the budget.

escape October 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM
And by holding the hearing at 6pm on a week night they guarantee that the families and working people that actually pay the taxes are not available to be at the meeting! How about doing it at 8pm?
Hikerr October 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Show up late, but show up.
Ranger Sewer October 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM
It's a start in the correct direction if youwant to save huntington from the road it is going down. But still the bottom line will always with anybody in any office and both sides, WILL THEY DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL DO?
Robert W October 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mayoka and Cook are on the right direction. However when you are only 2 votes and you need 3 things can't change. As long as Frankie Susie and Marky are up there hang on to your wallets!
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
We checked on the 6 p.m. start and found that to be the standard time for budget hearings. I doubt this session will end very early unless multiple items are dropped from the agenda.
I vote October 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Can anyone tell me exactly who proposed the LIRR fee and the pay raise for the town board?
Amanda Bahil October 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
EXACTLY!! Part of this meeting's agenda includes the LIRR parking garage budget, etc. What commuter do you know will be able to make the meeting in town before 8pm??? I certainly won't. It's disgusting.
A Taxpayer October 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A budget hearing should probably be held on a Saturday, beginning at 12 noon and continuing throughout the day. The proposal to charge $600 for a LIRR parking garage pass is so over the top as to be almost unworthy of further discussion.
Robert W October 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Frankie P. The supervisior proposes the budget!
Greg Hofstra October 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I agree!
Linda Otta October 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
You can write/type a letter to town hall voicing your concerns if you cannot make the meeting. Make sure you cc the town clerk so it is entered onto public record. Supervisor Frank Petrone FPetrone@HuntingtonNY.gov SBerland@HuntingtonNY.gov MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov MMayoka@HuntingtonNY.gov ECook@HuntingtonNY.gov JRaia@HuntingtonNY.gov (town clerk)
Greg Hofstra October 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The fee for parking at the LIRR is rediculous. Both garages are being repaired and updated with FEDERAL FUNDS!. This is being done to save some wasteful pet projects in the budget. There is no end to Petrone's need to spend more of our money on his ideas. Stop the madness.
Steve Bromley October 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I wonder if that $600 LIRR fee is a ploy to rile everybody up ... and then everyone will be relieved when they lower it to a STILL astronomical $300 or $400. The MTA has been doing this for decades. And then everyone will say "whew! at least it is not $600". The working class riding public are always the go to cash cows when money from mis-management is needed. I am glad that I no longer work in Manhattan and their hands are no longer in my pockets.
Ranger Sewer October 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
You voted for this, now enjoy it.
Ranger Sewer October 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I do not understand why people VOTE for HIGH TAXES, They CRY about HIGH TAXES ! Why do people want SLAVERY so much, THEY VOTE FOR IT?
escape October 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Wait, wait, please....hold that vote....my train is delayed! It's pretty sad I have to rely on the LIRR to get my voice heard. Oh well, Democracy aborted...... But Its ok....you can Tax me, rob me, abuse me.....it's all in a days work in Petroneville.
Jonathan Dees October 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I was at the meeting tonight. I would say that 90% of the cars remained in the north garage when I left at 6:15 to get to the 6:00 meeting. Ridiculous scheduling from the town. I got no survey in the mail. Didn't see any signs. People spoke, and were good. Mayoka talked about how this new revenue stream is going to fix a budget hole. You have to vote Petrone and his crew out. Mayoka and Cook are on the right path to fiscal responsibility for the town. I'm concerned that we'll continue going downhill if Frank keeps getting voted in. I don't get it. This town needs change. Wake up people, and vote him out!!!
escape October 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
It's not ridiculous scheduling by the town...it's brilliant and it's intentional. Vote them out!

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