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Anti-Bias Task Force

The Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force (HABTF) is a non-partisan group formed by the Town of Huntington in conjunction with the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force. It is made up of concerned clergy, community representatives and lay persons who work together to address the issue of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and racism in any segment of our Town.

The five (5) liaisons appointed by each member of the Town Board are responsible for appointing additional members representing stakeholders across the Huntington community. Each liaison's term coincides with the sponsoring Town Board member. Amended in 2017 and 2018 to allow key constituent groups to identify a representative to work cooperatively as the TOH Anti-Bias Task Force.

Town Board Liaisons Appointed By Term Expires
Lovelee Aparicio-Vetri Supervisor Edmund J. Smyth 12/31/2025
Norman Gomez-Vasquez  Councilman Salvatore Ferro 12/31/2025
Dr. Eve Krief Councilwoman Joan Cergol 12/31/2023
Stephen Nowicki Councilman Dr. Dave Bennardo 12/31/2025

Intolerance, discrimination, racism and prejudice against persons because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, class, religion, religious practice, age (over 60), disability (physical or mental), gender or sexual orientation tear at the fabric of the Huntington community.

The Task Force works to prevent and combat intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and racism, and defuse their destructive effects in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Reaching out in an impartial manner to bring together involved parties for dialogue;
  • Fostering a network of local clergy and community representatives to develop responsible leadership, working in partnership with the Task Force;
  • Working with and through appropriate Town channels to dismantle societal structures which lead to bias, hatred and misunderstanding;
  • Networking with educational, government and law enforcement agencies to combat prejudice, discrimination, racism and its destructiveness;
  • Supporting programs of education to eliminate bias and hatred;
  • Standing up against intolerance, discrimination, racism and prejudice against persons because of their race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, class, religion, religious practice, age (over 60), disability (physical or mental), gender or sexual orientation.

How to Report Suspected Instances of Bias

Report instances of suspected bias to:

Town of Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force
Department of Human Services (Room 203)
Attn: Carmen Kasper, Director
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: 631-351-3304

Contact Information

Carmen Kasper
Director of Human Services

423 Park Avenue, Room 203
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 351-3304

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November 2020 Newsletter
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