Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Councilman Ed Smyth were joined by Matthew Arnold, 2020 President of the Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR), Bo Patten, Vice President of Government Affairs for LIBOR, and Marlo Paventi Dilts, Director of Government Affairs for LIBOR, to unveil hand sanitizing stations donated by the organization for Town playgrounds on Friday, September 18 at the playground in Heckscher Park in Huntington.
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci stated, “The Long Island Board of Realtors made a generous donation to ensure the Town of Huntington would be able to safely reopen our playgrounds to ensure that as kids return to school and we get closer to cold and flu season, visitors to our busiest parks can use our high-contact playground equipment safely. Thank you to the Long Island Board of Realtors for this act of generosity and concern for our community in an ongoing time of need and uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Councilman Ed Smyth stated, “Every parent knows that when they get sick, the prime suspect in their household is their bundle of joy, so I thank the Long Island Board of Realtors for donating these prevention supplies so that children playing in Huntington's beautiful parks can keep their hands sanitized and avoid bringing germs typically spread on public playgrounds home with them.”
“On behalf of the more than 28,000 members of Long Island Board of REALTORS®, we enjoyed working with the Town of Huntington to bring this project to its residents. We look forward to our continued partnership with the town and all communities across Long Island and Queens to bring more projects like this into our region,” said Matthew Arnold, 2020 President of the Long Island Board of REALTORS®.
The hand sanitizing stations will be located at Town parks with the playgrounds that get the highest usage:
- Heckscher Park in Huntington
- Cedar Road Park and Sunshine Acres Park in Commack
- Caledonia Park and Otsego Park in Dix Hills
- John Walsh Park and Veterans Park in East Northport
- Greenlawn Park in Greenlawn
- Breezy Park, Manor Field Park and Terry Farrell Park in Huntington Station
- Arboretum Park in Melville
In addition to the parks, the dispenser will be located at all 8 Town beaches for the 2021 season but will be temporarily placed at other parks until then.
At its July 21 meeting, the Town Board approved a resolution cosponsored by Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Councilman Ed Smyth accepting a generous donation from the Long Island Board of Realtors of 20 hand sanitizer dispensers and 20 gallons of hand sanitizer, valued at up to $2,800, for placement at the Town’s busiest playgrounds; the donated hand sanitizing station were installed last week.
In the photo (l-r): Bo Patten, Vice President of Government Affairs for LIBOR, Marlo Paventi Dilts, Director of Government Affairs for LIBOR, Matthew Arnold, 2020 President of the Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR), Councilman Ed Smyth, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Department of Parks & Recreation Deputy Director Bill Musto, Parks & Recreation staffer, and Department of Parks & Recreation Director Greg Wagner (on far right).