Huntington – Supervisor Chad A.
Lupinacci has released a statement regarding the upcoming retirement of Deputy
Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Del Col:
“On January 29, 2019, Deputy Town
Supervisor Patricia “Pat” Del Col will retire from 25 years of service to the
Town of Huntington to start a new career in the private sector.
“Deputy Supervisor Del Col’s roots
are firmly planted in the Town of Huntington. She attended Birchwood Elementary
School from Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and then attended Countrywood Elementary
School where she completed Grades 3 through 6. Pat attended Memorial Junior
High School and graduated from Walt Whitman High School.
“She attended Stony Brook
University, and subsequently Long Island University at C. W. Post campus
graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Science and a
Master’s Degree in Cell Biology and Zoology.
“Pat began her career in public
service with the Town of Babylon as a Senior Environmental Planner where she
worked on land use and planning reviews, their Bay Management Program and Waste
to Energy Project.
“In 1986, Pat came to the Town of
Huntington as the newly appointed Director of Environmental Control, the Town’s
largest department, where she managed a staff of over 300 employees.
“In 1998, Pat left the Town to work
at Covanta Babylon as their Facility Administrator. She managed facility
operations, vendor contract negotiations, refuse deliveries, ash hauling,
agreement and various vendor contracts and capital projects.
“Seven years later, Pat returned to
the Town of Huntington as the Director of Engineering Services where she was
responsible for the management and administration of the divisions of
Engineering Design, Building and Housing, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Dix
Hills Water District.
“Pat’s professionalism, personality
and leadership skills were recognized by elected officials, Town staff and
residents. With that, Pat Del Col was appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town
of Huntington in 2010 by then-Town Supervisor Frank Petrone.
“Deputy Supervisor Del Col
re-defined the position of Deputy Supervisor. She ran the day-to-day operations
but she did so in partnership with the department heads and key staff. She
sought consensus and was vigilant when reviewing all sides of an issue before
making a final recommendation for the Supervisor and the Town Board. Pat was
always approachable and her door was always open to staff and those doing
business with the Town. A small bowl of chocolates on her desk invited people
to stay and not rush. If there was a staff birthday, she would honor the day
with a breakfast pizza or cake.
“I reappointed Pat as my Deputy in
2018. Deputy Supervisor Del Col has played an instrumental role in this past
year of transition to our new administration, keeping the process as seamless
as possible with the influx of new employees, department staff and new Town
"We're going to
miss Pat, we are thankful for her dedication to the Town and we wish her the
best in her retirement from 25 years in government service.”
Deputy Supervisor Del Col has released
a statement on retiring from the Town:
“My years spent with the town have
been among the most enjoyable and satisfying of my career. I’ve been fortunate
to work with a talented group of employees, and am proud of the many
initiatives we’ve brought forth – from sound environmental programming, to the
advancement of recycling and solid waste disposal initiatives, securing grants
for nitrogen removal at the Huntington Sewage Treatment Plant - that has had an
immediate and measurable positive impact to our harbors and bays and the
shellfish and water quality therein, and the construction of parks with state
of the art amenities, including the addition of a second sheet of ice at the
Dix Hills Ice Rink. I will miss my many friends at the Town and wish all the
best to Supervisor Lupinacci and his administration going forward.”
In the photo: Deputy Supervisor
Patricia “Pat” Del Col.