Huntington Declares State of Emergency

Supervisor asks residents to keep cars off streets.

Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone declared a snow emergency Friday afternoon, canceling numerous events through Saturday.

“The town has been preparing for this storm for several days, and I hope that all residents have been, too,”  Petrone said. “With predictions of high winds and heavy now, the best place for residents is in their homes. At the same time, residents should feel confident that the town is working hard to make roads passable and provide necessary services."

The declaration allows the supervisor to close roads, appropriate equipment and make necessary purchases without following the usual procedures. It also allows for gear and personnel to be available to assist Highway Department crews.

Petrone urged residents to stay off the roads and get cars off the street to make plowing more successful and to allow for emergency vehicle access.

In addition to the Town's snow emergency, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for all of New York.

Among the town programs cancelled are Friday’s DJ Night at the Dix Hills Ice Rink, Saturday’s morning’s group skating lessons and the afternoon public skating sessions. Also canceled are creative arts programs at Lahey Elementary School, Southdown Elementary School, Silas Wood School and Signal Hill School; Saturday recreation programs for the developmentally disabled at Maplewood School; and the Friday night Pickle Ball program at Coindre Hall. The Coindre Hall Gym will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

The Recycling Center on New York Avenue will be closed on Saturday. 

HART Bus paratransit service will not operate tomorrow, Saturday February 9. Scheduled HART bus service is suspended until noon on Saturday. A decision about whether service will resume in the afternoon will be made in the morning.

Residents who want to report a downed tree blocking a road should call the Highway Hotline at 499-0444. For emergencies, call the Public Safety Department at 271-2157 or 271-6573.

The declaration allows the supervisor to close roads, appropriate equipment and make necessary purchases without following the usual procedures. It also allows for gear and personnel to be available to assist Highway Department crews.

Robert Engel February 09, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Gas Gouging in commack at shell at expressay northeast side of road.Charging higher prices for debt cards,which is cash not credit,beware of this tactic. It was about $4.00 but mulitply by 1000 = $4000 Have notified Suffolk County consumer affairs Be safe through storm Nemo
Brian February 09, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Shell stations do this throughout Long Island.
Michelle February 09, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Where are the snow plows? Haven't seen one in Huntington Station since this all started
Sue February 09, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I'd like to see a real highway truck with a plow. The guy driving a pick up truck with a plow skidded yesterday. This is too much snow for a pick up truck. The blade was not down for most of his passes last night.
Poma February 09, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Is there a # to call to find out when your street will be plowed. Seems every street but mine has been plowed.
Pam Robinson (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Poma, excellent question. Let me see if I can get that answered.
Doug February 09, 2013 at 07:15 PM
We called 631-499-0444 - just to report that the outside contractor (suprise: in a pickup truck) - got stuck 3 times - and finally gave up - leaving our cul de sac basically unplowed.
Jeanine February 09, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Why havent they plowed in Chester Hills(Chester Hill lane and Chester court- we cannot get out from our court. have they considered that there can be a medical emergency and an ambulance would not be able to get in. I wonder who would the town blame?
Adrian February 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Still not one single plow down Clare Dr, Barry Dr, Selden Dr, Clive Dr and other streets in the area. We are now a full 24 hours after the storm has stopped and still nothing from the town. Unacceptable, Town of Huntington.
Paulette February 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Sorry to hear its not just us on Continental Ave. in East Northport. We're are the plows on day 3????
Michael February 10, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Still waiting to see A plow in E Npt- what is going on????????? TOH must still be preparing, snow has been over for over 24 hours Where are the Plows???????????????????????????????
Jane Martinsen February 10, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Where are the plows? Usually, we hear them passing by all night in a storm. My block, Carlson Lane,in East Northport, has had a single pass by one plow yesterday morning. His blade must have been 4-6 inches above the road! So much snow is mounded at the entrance to Pulaski Rd that you couldn't stop there to look for oncoming traffic if you had been able to get there!
Neffie February 10, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Still nothing in Northport (Pike Court). WHAT is going on?????? We're trapped here.
Adrian February 10, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Well a town truck finally showed up and guess what..... it got stuck!! What a joke, TOH! How much is it going to cost us to undo this mess!?! Maybe next time you might want to send the plows during the storm instead of waiting 30+ hours later when the snow is heavier. Just an idea.


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