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HUNTINGTON, NY — Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci says he offered the Town of Huntington Senior Center as a potential coronavirus vaccination spot to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office more than two weeks ago. Lupinacci on Monday wrote a Facebook post sharing that the letter to the governor was signed by the entire town board.
The town analyzed space within its township that could serve as a vaccine distribution point, Lupinacci said.
As of Thursday afternoon, the town has not received a response from Cuomo's office.
"We have determined that our Senior Center (423 Park Ave., Huntington), largely vacant due to COVID-19, would provide the state with a complement of amenities including, but not limited to a spacious cafeteria, numerous classrooms, bathrooms, refrigerators, heating and air-conditioning, and plentiful parking spaces," Lupinacci said.
#covid19vaccine Two weeks ago, I sent a letter signed by the entire Town Board to the Governor's office offering the...
Posted by Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci on Monday, January 25, 2021
The senior center is still providing meals to seniors within the township through the town's Home Delivered Meals and Drive-Through Meal Delivery Service; as well as offering its Residential Repair and other in-home services. However, the facility itself will sit vacant until it is safe for Town of Huntington seniors to gather there again, Lupinacci said.
The Senior Center’s proximity to Route 110, Route 25A and Park Avenue is an advantage that offers easy access from all points of the township, Lupinacci said. The building is between Jackson and Park avenues, which would offer drivers flexible traffic options.
The town offered the Senior Center to Huntington Hospital last year to help with the influx of COVID-19 patients, though the facility did not fit the hospital's specific needs, Lupinacci said.
"We hope to be able to offer a large, safe #vaccination site at the Town's Senior Center, and I will keep you updated as we explore this option with the Governor's office," Lupinacci said.