Huntington is considered to be one of the most desirable places to live on Long Island. A progressive town with beautiful town beaches, harbors, numerous parks and popular restaurants that attract people from all over Long Island to stroll through the delightful downtown area on weekends, it’s easy to love living in Huntington! As a Dix Hillian, I am pleased to be a part of Huntington – and have claimed it as “My Town” since I first moved here 30 years ago.
The history of Huntington reads like the early history of our Country – for the Town of Huntington dates from 1653. The “first purchase” included land from Cold Spring Harbor to Northport, north to Long Island Sound and south to Old Country Road. Today, for special occasions the Town Supervisor wears a ceremonial Chain of Office made of wampum and medallions – reflecting our early connection with the Matinecock tribe. Early flags from the American Revolution decorate the Town Council Hearing Room. During the Revolutionary War, the Town was staunchly on the Patriot side. During the takeover of Long Island by the British after the defeat of the Rebel forces at the Battle of Long Island, many townspeople resisted and waged a covert campaign against the occupation by the British until they left in 1783.
Our Town Government continues to be overseen by a Town Council – and Town Board Hearings can be vociferous at times as citizens have a right to speak at all meetings and where all votes are taken in public. Four council members and the town supervisor make up the Town Board and are elected “at large.”
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