Huntington Town Council members Susan A. Berland, Eugene Cook and Tracey A. Edwards joined officers from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Precinct August 3 in marking the first night of “Summer Lights” at Gateway Plaza, located at New York Avenue and Olive Street in Huntington Station.
Sponsored by the precinct’s community relations officers, with the support of the Town, the event was designed to draw residents to the plaza to talk, listen to music and relax. The event also provided an opportunity for interacting with the police in an informal setting and to enjoy cotton candy, hot popcorn and soft drinks. The event was the brainchild of Second Precinct Officer Claudia Delgado, who had financial assistance from Source the Station, the community outreach arm of Renaissance Downtowns, the Town’s master developer for Huntington Station.
Council Members Berland, Cook and Edwards held a ceremonial switch flipping that turned on the string of lights illuminating the plaza for the vent (the strings of lights also have speakers that transmitted the music). The lights are scheduled to remain at the plaza for several weeks, allowing people to gather every night for more conversation.
Adults in the photo (l-r): Andrea Bonilla, Renaissance Downtowns; Second Precinct Lt. David Lawler; Police Officer John Fenelius; Councilwoman Susan A. Berland; Councilman Eugene Cook; Councilwoman Tracey A. Edwards; Police Officer Anthony Iadevaio and Police Officer Claudia Delgado.