Huntington Highway Superintendent William Naughton announced Monday that he will run for re-election.
“It has been a privilege to serve as superintendent of highways for the past 25 years,” Naughton said. “I appreciate the confidence that voters throughout the Town of Huntington have continued to place in me and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve our residents and taxpayers in an honest and responsible manner.”
He has served in the position since 1988.
The highway department handles the maintenance and upkeep of 784 miles of roadways and right-of-ways within the town.
First elected to the position as a Democrat in 1987, Naughton noted that he was last re-elected in 2009 with the support of the Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families parties.
“I’ve worked hard to ensure that roadways throughout our town are properly maintained, paved, resurfaced and reconstructed,” Naughton said.
In declaring his decision to run again, Naughton noted the difficulties caused by weather in the last few months. The challenges include the record amount of debris left by Superstorm Sandy in October, followed by the blizzard earlier this month.
“Thanks to the efforts of conscientious and dedicated town employees, we were able to cope well with both Superstorm Sandy and February’s blizzard, which wreaked havoc across Long Island.” said Naughton.
He also expressed gratitude to town residents “for their patience and understanding as the town grappled with these storms of unprecedented magnitude.”
He and Supervisor Frank Petrone tussled over the supervisor's attempt to abolish the elective position last year, with both saying agreements had been reached on other ways to achieve savings.