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Highway Supt.: Appointed or Elected?

Public hearing has been set for Aug. 14 to consider a possible November referendum.

A public hearing has been set for Aug. 14 to consider a possible November referendum which could abolish the Department of General Services and create of a Department of Public Works in the .

If approved by the Town Board this month and by voters Nov. 6, the referendum would grant the Town Board authority to appoint in 2014 the position of superintendent of highways — currently an elected post chosen by voters.

The consolidation of the into the Public Works Department would be done for fiscal purposes and to promote efficiency, according to Town Supervisor . 

What are your thoughts? Is the proposed referendum a good idea? Should the highway superitendent be appointed or elected?

Lin August 02, 2012 at 11:17 AM
ELECTED!
JSC August 02, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Elected - why would voters give up the ability to vote for someone in town gov't? We all know why Frank is doing this and it has nothing to do with fiscal responsibility!!!
John Fay August 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The highway superitendent be elected.
John Fay August 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The highway superitendent should be elected.
Hikerr August 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Elected
Laura August 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
ELECTED !
Rich Jacques (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM
There should be a lively public hearing later this month regarding the subject. Final Town Board vote to follow at the same meeting.
Bill Norton August 04, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Elected. This has nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with giving the Supervisor and town board more power. They already have far too much power.
Big_E August 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Elected. I don't trust Petrone, Cuthbertson and Berland at all. They are all long-time politicians who will appoint their cronies. Yeah, give money to my campaign and I'll give you a cushy job. No thanks.
Morgan August 04, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Elected. I don't care to wait until the next big snowstorm to find out Frank spent all the plow money on something else.
Linda Otta August 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
They are voting at the same hearing? So the public hearing means nothing then.
Pat August 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
ELECTED!
Ron August 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
This is a power play by Town Supervisor Petrone to control a large number of Town Employees. The people of the Town of Huntington should not give up their right to elect the Highway Superintendent. As a former, now retired Highway Department employee, I know that the Highway Department is not always run in the best way possible. Mistakes are made, decisions are sometimes based on political convenience and feuding between the Town Board and Superintendent of Highways affects productivity and services. In the end though, the Highway Department services always get performed in a timely and effective manner and the issues of snow storms, floods and other periods of severe weather and emergencies are handled in a manner assuring the residents the safest and most effective response. Consolidating the two largest departments in the Town of Huntington invites, cronyism, corruption and an unhealthy level of power placed in one place, namely with the Town Supervisor. While I did not always agree with Superintendent Naughton, he did his job honestly and in his mind to his best ability. The people of the Town of Huntington should not fall into the political trap being set by Supervisor Petrone and other members of the Town Board. Everytime a right is sacrificed a bit of freedom is taken away. Keep the right to elect the Highway Superintendent and your freedom of choice.
Gary Wolf February 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
come to Bender ct of of Rydar Ave, we need to get the street open more than the small lane you left us with, I cannot get to my home yet. Please help.

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