HUNTINGTON, NY — Huntington Town Councilman Edmund Smyth is running for town supervisor. He was endorsed by the Huntington Republican Committee.
Smyth and his wife, Coriander, both grew up in the township and are raising four children.
“I love this town,” he said in a statement.
Chad Lupinacci, the town’s current supervisor, announced at the end of February he won’t seek re-election. He will serve the remainder of his term, saying he made the decision “after much deliberation and consideration” with family, friends and advisers.”
Smyth, who was elected to the town council in 2017, said he is very proud of his first-term accomplishments.
“With bipartisan support, we resolved the decades-long LIPA litigation that threatened to bankrupt the town,” he said. “We enacted term limits for all politicians in Huntington, stopped over-development of apartment buildings in our downtown areas, and we’ve revitalized our waterfront with new bulkheads, docks, and a new state-of-the-art rescue boat. It is a testament to everyone working in the Parks Department that they were able to run summer programs with over 1,000 campers without a single positive case of COVID-19.
“We’ve invested millions of dollars in badly needed maintenance and upgrades to the sewage treatment plant. We addressed the Town’s neglected fleet of garbage trucks, dump trucks, and heavy machinery. This year, we are spending $435,000.00 on two new garbage trucks, ensuring garbage and recycling pick-up remains on schedule. The town’s infrastructure is in a better place than it was 4 years ago; I will continue to make it a budgetary priority. We accomplished all of this while staying under the tax cap, and maintaining a AAA bond rating.”
The next order of business, Smyth said, is safely re-opening Town Hall to full capacity. From there, he would like to modernize all departments, making as many services available online as practical, while providing in-person services when needed. Town services must be accessible, efficient, and timely, Smyth said. His first focus would be the Building Department.
“As a small business owner, I am very aware of the financial hardships of the past year, and the challenges that lie ahead,” Smyth said. “Small business is the lifeblood of Huntington. As Supervisor, I will support existing businesses to re-open and promote ‘outside-the-box’ ideas that promote commerce. Many former commuters will not be going back to their old routine of taking the LIRR into the City. The business environment is ripe to attract new jobs to Huntington. These jobs will benefit the entire community — from accountants to law firms; from landscapers to deli owners. A dynamic, high-tech business environment is essential to keeping our recent graduates on Long Island. Over the next four years, Huntington will become the financial epicenter of Long Island.”
Smyth said, “most importantly,” the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt in the town’s overlooked and underserved communities for years.
“The pandemic shed a light on the failings of our social safety net, in particular, seniors and children who face food insecurity and minority communities with limited access to basic healthcare. I will strengthen relationships with the Human Services Department and community organizations, such as Tri-CYA, Helping Hands Mission, and the Family Service League, to close the gap of these inequities.”
Smyth is a Marine, husband, father, and lifelong Huntington resident, Chairman Thomas McNally said via news release.
“He has a vision for the future of our town and he exudes leadership,” McNally said. “There’s not a better or more qualified person to be Huntington’s next Town Supervisor.”
Smyth said he intends to focus more on work than governmental drama.
“If you are looking for entertainment from your local government; I’m not your guy,” Smyth said. “I don’t promote drama or extreme views. What I bring is good government — practical solutions to everyday issues and sustainable programs that unify our town.”