The Anti-Bias Task Force (ABTF) is a non-partisan group formed by residents of Long Island in conjunction with the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force. It is made up of concerned clergy, community representatives and lay persons who work together to address the issues of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and racism.

Please call 911 with suspected bias incidents
You can also call the SCPD Hate Crimes Unit at

Table of Contents
-- 2nd Precinct SCPD Report
-- Social Justice Ambassadors Program
-- Not in Our Town Northport
-- ADL Programs & Reports
-- Diwali Ceremony at Town Hall
-- Nov 2022 ABTF Meeting Summary
-- Town of Huntington News

    2nd Precinct SCPD Report

By Inspector William Scrima

Since the last newsletter, there were two significant incidents in the Second Precinct that were reported to have elements of bias:
  • 10/06/22 - A juvenile female was assaulted at the Huntington train station by a male who used racial slurs. The male was arrested and charged with Assault 3rd degree as a hate crime and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
  • 10/07/22 - Ethnic slurs were written on a building at 290 Spagnoli Rd. in Melville. Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.
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    Social Justice Ambassadors Program
by Jane Pashman

The Huntington Social Justice Ambassadors Program unites high school students and empowers them with the tools and knowledge to be leaders and agents of positive change in their schools and communities.

Each school designates one staff advisor and recommends 6 to 8 students to participate in the program. Advisors meet with students on a regular basis in their schools and attend an orientation session and student workshops.

Ambassadors meet for a series of 6 workshops to explore topics of bias, identify resources and strategies to combat bias, and work collaboratively to develop tangible projects that enable them to share their knowledge with their school and community.

The 2022 Social Justice Ambassadors Program currently has 5 schools participating:
  • John Glenn HS (Elwood)
  • Harborfields HS
  • Huntington HS
  • Northport HS
  • Walt Whitman HS (South Huntington)
Funding through the Suffolk Y JCC has been appoved for all aspects of the program.

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    Not in Our Town (NIOT) Northport
by Meghan Saporita

On October 16, Not In Our Town Northport held its annual "NIOT in the Park" in Northport Village. We are a local chapter of a national non-profit which stands together against hate, intolerance, and bullying. This year's theme was commUNITY as a celebration of what we have come together to accomplish in the past 3 years since NIOT Northport's founding and all of the positive impacts we can have moving forward when we come together. Many community groups including the HABTF, LI Pride PTSA, the Northport Native Garden Initiative, Youth Directions and Alternatives, the Northport-East Northport Public Library, the Northport Historical society, Ink'd Art Studio, ArtPop, and local sustainable brazilian jewelry boutique Raizes had tables at the event and engaged with members of the community. Local children's authors Bill Kiley and Valerie Goldstein also had tables selling their books, "Hope and Freckles" and "Violet's Victory," respectively.

Children made beaded bracelets at a table run by members of Northport Middle School's 5th grade, contributed to a mural drawn by Clark Ruggieri of Ink'd, as well as small paintings on canvas with Tiffany Assadourian of ArtPop. Sprinkling of Coco generously donated themed cookies for this event with all proceeds going to NIOT. The Northport Police Department, Village, Town, School District and State officials were also present in support at this community-building event.

To see the photo album of NIOT Northport in the Park, click

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   ADL Programs and Reports

by Scott Richman
ADL Director: New York & New Jersey

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.

ADL provides numerous programs and reports to the community to fulfill its mission:
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    Diwali Ceremony at Huntington Town Hall

by Helen Boxwill

On October 14, 2022, the Town of Huntington held its first annual celebration of Diwali, a festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains globally every year. It was hosted by Town Supervisor Edmund J Smyth and Town Attorney Deborah N. Masir. This lovely event was attended by many local officials from our town and from other towns, county and state officials, as well as representatives from the Embassies of India and Guyana and many youth and adults from the community.

Attendees enjoyed a wonderful candlelight ceremony, talented and beautiful youth presenting traditional and modern dances, lovely singers sharing folk and other songs. The talent and dedication of the many young performers was a joy to see. There was also delicious food and chai tea for all the guests.

This wonderful celebration was an opportunity for those in our area who participate in the Diwali festival to come together to share their gifts and culture. It was a tremendous chance for the greater community to learn and appreciate the importance and beauty of this holiday. Thanks especially goes to our town attorney Deborah N. Masir for the incredible organizing to bring so many people together and giving us all an inspiring evening.

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    November ABTF Meeting Summary
by Bette Schneiderman

Opening -- Helen Boxwill opened the meeting and welcomed all. In attendance were representatives from the Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct, the K-12 school district staff, the clergy, the Suffolk County Interfaith Anti-Bias Task Force Chair, Meghan Dolan of the Village of Northport Board of Trustees, various leaders and participants of organizations in the community, and three of the Huntington Town Councilpeople and their representatives Councilpeople Bennardo, Cergol, Ferro.

Annual Huntington Interfaith Service -- Helen and Susan Dewey-Hammer spoke of the 51st Annual Huntington Interfaith Service at St. John s Church the previous evening at which 17 local religious groups joined together in a moving service with music and prayers. The themes were giving thanks and working together. Helen and Susan highly recommend attending next year for a touching and contemplative experience

As the service began, a land acknowledgement, crafted with the help of Chief Reggie, our guest at the Anti-Bias meeting, was read. Let us acknowledge that this place. . . and our lands are all on the traditional territory of the Matinecock Indians, the original nations of Huntington and 12 other tribes who owned farms and lived here before the European settlers stole their land. Let us commit ourselves to honoring these indigenous people and to support justice for them and to encourage their self determination

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Huntington News
African American Advisory Task Force

by David Pinkowitz

In an effort to strengthen, build partnerships with community leaders, in addition to enhancing communications to deliver governmental services and programs, The African American Task Force will serve as a direct link between the African American community and the Town Board.

In order to meet this goal, the Town Board re-established this Task Force to advise and assist the Board in formulating a plan to strengthen, and provide solutions and inclusions for African American participation in Town affairs and processes.

The five (5) members of the African American Advisory Task Force will serve as a liaison for valuable community input and feedback that is crucial in assisting the Town Board in bringing awareness, and solutions to the needs of the African American Community it services.

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