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People In The News - Bill Holst For Smithtown Town Supervisor

By Stacey Altherr

For Bill Holst, this will not be his first time at the Smithtown political rodeo.

Democratic candidate for Smithtown Town Supervisor Bill Holst Holst, a 65-year-old Nesconset resident, was a Suffolk County legislator serving the Smithtown area from 1997 to 1999, first winning a special election and then a complete term. He was also an assistant town attorney, and served as president of both the school board and local chamber of commerce.

He ran for the supervisor seat in 2005, beaten, as many Democrats before and after him, by the seemingly immovable Patrick Vecchio, who has been town supervisor for 30 years and garnished 55 percent of the vote that year to Holst’s 28 percent. 

This time could be different, Holst said, calling this year a “tremendous opportunity.”

 Vecchio may not even have the nomination, after coming up 39 votes short against Councilman Edward Wehrheim with absentee ballots left to count. If Wehrheim takes the nomination, Holst said, the incumbent councilman will have to answer to his work so far on the town board.

“If he loses, and I run against Wehrheim, my chances are very good,” Holst said. “He acts like he suddenly found his voice, but where was he the last 14 years?”

Holst is running with two other Democrats on his ticket: Patty Stoddard, a retired teacher involved in Nesconset community matters, and Amy Fortunato, a local businesswoman, on the Smithtown Forward line. The team is also running on the Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Holst’s roots in the town run deep. Noting he is an 11th generation descendent from Smithtown Founder Richard Smythe, Holst graduated from Smithtown High School in 1970 and from New York University in 1974, after which he served in the U.S. Army from 1975-78. He received a law degree from St. John’s University in 1982. His two adult children also reside in the town.

An assistant Suffolk County attorney since 2004, he was also once town attorney in Smithtown serving from 1987-88.

During his time as Suffolk County Legislator, Holst pushed for revitalization of the county’s downtown districts, which in Smithtown, has been a source of contention.

 “I actually went around to different parts of the Island, and did presentations,” Holst said of his efforts, adding that government officials in communities such as Patchogue, Bay Shore, and Northport have created thriving downtowns. 

“They really embraced the whole idea of downtown revitalization… but in my own hometown, it is pretty indifferent.”

Among his other concerns is how the town board handles its agendas for public meetings, including adding items at the last minute that have big financial implications, for instance, that are often surprises to board members. He gave as an example the paving of Lake Avenue.

It often is the case with development, he noted, where ideas are thrown out at meetings and then abandoned, saying that the “whole dynamic” is that a developer presents an idea, the town board approves it, the public learns about it from there and has issues with it, and then “the town acts like it never happened.”

“There is a better chance of it happening if everyone is in the loop,” he said. “I pointed out, why not give the public an opportunity to speak on it?” he said of the public meetings. “It’s not tailored to solving any problems. In fact, it creates them.” Holst would advocate for citizen committees to look at these bigger town issues, he said.

 He also wants a healthy discussion on term limits. “People are very amendable to the idea to the concept of term limits,” he said.

The vote for town supervisor, town council, and other elected town officials will be Tuesday, Nov. 7.


People In The News - Elizabeth Acevedo-Danzi, DO

Elizabeth Acevedo-Danzi, DO,Elizabeth Acevedo-Danzi, DO, has joined the primary care group affiliated with St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. 

Dr. Danzi earned her degree in osteopathic medicine from The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, and completed her medical residency at Nassau University Medical Center in Hempstead.  

Dr. Danzi is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Academy of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. 

As a Smithtown resident, Dr. Danzi volunteers her time in various outreach efforts designed to inform the community of local medical resources.  “I am a strong believer of preventative medicine and support a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being,” said Dr. Danzi. “My husband Vincent and I moved to Smithtown to raise our son, because it is his hometown—I look forward to growing my practice here and another generation calling this lovely community home.”

Dr. Danzi’s office is located on the campus of St. Catherine of Siena in the Medical Office Building, at 48 Route 25A, Suite 303, Smithtown, New York. Dr. Danzi is fluent in Spanish and accepts most insurance plans. To make an appointment, call (631) 862-3696.



People In The News - Former Scoutmaster Norman Andina

left to right in photo: front row: Lara’s childhood friend DawnMarie Corcoran of Holbrook Phyllis Stein, Joe Beltrani, and Jim Murphy; back row: Norm Andina, Lara Andina, Anna Beltrani, Betty Baker, and Joan Murphy. Norman Andina of Zephyrhills, Florida and previously of Hauppauge and Boy Scout Troop 343’s Scoutmaster for more than a decade, visited family and friends in the area during July and August.  He was in town for wife Marie Andina’s Celebration of Life after she had passed away in Florida this past May. An involved resident for more than 25 years (and raising their children in Hauppauge– US Naval Captain Karl  (recently retired after 32 years), Lara (a Cosmotolgy Teacher at Boces , Oakdale), and the late Kory), Norman was able to have several “mini reunions” during his visit, including   going to the Long Island Ducks baseball game with friends Eric Reinhold (past Troop 343 Scoutmaster) and Jim Murphy (past Troop 343 Assistant Scoutmaster).   Following the Celebration of the Mass in Marie’s memory at St. Thomas More R.C. Church, he was joined for a brunch by longtime scouting friends and cohorts Joe and Anna Beltrani, Jim and Joan Murphy, Phyllis Stein, and Betty Baker (all of Hauppauge) as well as daughter Lara (now of  Centereach) and her childhood friend DawnMarie Corcoran of Holbrook.  



People In The News - Linda Henninger Named KPCA President


Outgoing KPCA President Sean Lehmann with incoming President Linda MenningerKings Park, NY- (August 29, 2017)- The Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA) announces the appointment of Linda Henninger as its new president for a term of two years beginning at the civic group’s next meeting on Sept. 7.

Ms. Henninger succeeds Sean Lehmann, who will continue to serve as vice president. Both Ms. Henninger and Mr. Lehmann are active members of the community who have vocalized the concerns of Kings Park residents as relates to several issues affecting the quality of life here. They were instrumental in the creation of a Downtown Revitalization Plan that resulted in a funding commitment by the State and the County to bring sewers to downtown Kings Park; and are still working to facilitate a possible swap between St. Johnland Nursing Home and the State to preserve the wooded acreage on Sunken Meadow Rd., among other initiatives.

Ms. Henninger is also involved with many community-enhancing initiatives, including the Kings Park Farmers’ Market and Musical Moments, which brings live music to Russ Savatt Park on summer evenings.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Sean, the new Board and our residents on matters that impact our community,” Ms. Henninger said.

KPCA officers have a vested interest in the community and in representing the interests of its residents. Following is the newly elected Board:
Linda Henninger, president
Sean Lehmann, vice-president
Joanne Chicvak, second vice-president
Martha Roche, treasurer
Kristen Matejka, corresponding secretary
Peter Henninger, recording secretary

The community is invited to join the KPCA as members and attend meetings, held Thursdays monthly at 7:30pm at the Kings Park High School. Brad Harris, Smithtown Historian, who recently co-authored a book about Kings Park history as part of the Images of Americaseries, will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 7th meeting.

Other 2017 meeting dates are: Oct.12th; Nov. 2nd; Dec. 14th; Jan. 11th; Feb. 8th; Mar. 8th; Apr. 19th; May 17th; and June 14th. Check the website kingsparkcivic.com for announcements or follow KPCA on Facebook.
KPCA President Linda Henninger can be contacted at kpnotebook@aol.com or (516) 319-0672.



St. James Resident Caitlin Beirne Sings National Anthem At Summer Concert

Caitlin Beirne of St. James Sings that National Anthem at the Smithtown Library Summer Concert Series

At the request of Suffolk County Legislator, Caitlin Beirne, who lives with her family in St. James and is a sophomore at St. Anthony’s High School, sang the national anthem to the cheers of the crowd. “I know the family and heard Caitlin sing at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for her brothers and was so impressed with her voice that I am thrilled she agreed to sing for all of us,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

Pictured at the recent concert featuring The LPs, a classic 70s rock band, are Caitlin Beirne, Smithtown Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.