Accomplishments

Centerport is a unique community with a long history of attracting those who appreciate its beauty. As such, outside agencies have sought to capitalize on Centerport’s natural and historic attractions. While no resident wants to see dilapidated structures detract from our community, any construction and development needs to be considered in the context of its overall impact to the safety of our residents and visitors, and to our most invaluable assets, our waterfront and its inhabitants.

In pursuit of that goal, in 2020 the CHCA has:

  • Increased membership to 190 members
  • Rewrote the CHCA’s By-Laws and put the document to member vote (approved 98-0)
  • Maintained the CHCA website and domain name
  • Hired the accounting firm of Laluna, Cohen & Lampert
  • Filed tax reports
  • Secured a NYS Department of State Certificate of Incorporation in Good Standing from the NYS Executive Deputy Secretary of State
  • Secured Liability Insurance
  • Retained Darrin Berger, Esq. as the CHCA’s attorney
  • Worked with State Senator Jim Gaughran to improve public safety along NYS 25A in Centerport
  • Met with Town of Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol to discuss public safety concerns involving over-development along 25A in Centerport
  • Sent copies (20 in total) of the book Images of America: Centerport by CHCA member David C. Clemens & Suzanne Johnson to all members of the Town Council, Zoning Board, and Planning Board, and to NYS Governor Cuomo (underwritten by a generous CHCA member)
  • Created and mailed 2020 membership campaign postcard to all Centerport residents
  • Created and distributed a winter, summer, and fall CHCA interactive e-newsletter
  • Awarded a $500 scholarship to Centerport resident and Harborfields High School senior Austen Debus
  • Filed a Citizens’ Petition through the CHCA’s attorney against use of a “spillover parking lot” on 25A
  • Monitored and recorded traffic flow at the intersections of Little Neck Road, 25A, and Park Circle. The resulting Traffic Study was subsequently submitted by the CHCA’s attorney to the Town of Huntington’s Zoning Board of Appeals, to be considered in conjunction with the 7-Eleven Corporation study of traffic of the same intersection
  • Conducted a phone check-in campaign by CHCA Officers and Advisory Board members to inquire as to how our members were faring during the pandemic

In 2019, the CHCA:

  • Built upon the foundation established by Gloria and Stan Wertheimer by reorganizing the CHCA through nominating and voting for officers
  • Established an Advisory Board, Mission Statement, and Guidelines for Operations
  • Created and maintained the CHCA website and domain name
  • Created and distributed a quarterly CHCA members’ newsletter
  • Asked for input from and listened to our members, and acted upon many of their recommendations
  • Attended Public Hearings to represent the CHCA at multiple Town Council, Planning Board, and Zoning Board meetings
  • Researched and FOILed dozens of documents, maps, site plans, building permits, historical documents, and Town Codes
  • Created a CHCA database of documents, maps, photos, and videos 
  • Held monthly CHCA meetings with guest speakers to inform and provide a forum for information-exchange and discussions, including for candidates up for election/re-election, and for two local developers to share their vision for new businesses along 25A in Centerport
  • Held a rally to highlight our deep concerns regarding the impact of construction-related pollution on our indigenous wildlife, including our resident nesting pair of Bald Eagles
  • Organized dozens of meetings with our representatives in Town and State government
  • Worked with local and state officials to address water quality concerns in the Mill Pond, and public safety issues involving current and anticipated traffic congestion and inadequate signage along 25A in Centerport
  • Elevated our concerns beyond local government to our elected State officials, including to the Governor’s Office
  • Hosted a tour of Centerport for Governor Cuomo’s Regional Representative
  • Initiated multiple media interviews for print, web, and television broadcast
  • Instituted a matching fund scholarship program for a Harborfields High School Class of 2020 senior residing in Centerport
  • Organized and completed a spring clean-up at Mill Pond
  • Hosted two CHCA Open Houses: a summer BBQ and a Holiday Party
  • Walked door-to-door to introduce ourselves and the revitalized CHCA to our community
  • Organized letter-writing campaigns
  • Conducted a four-day, multiple-hour traffic study during the summer of 2019 at the intersections of 25A/Little Neck Road and Park Circle/Little Neck Road
  • Introduced a quarterly real estate trend report for Centerport