The Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force (HABTF) is a non-partisan group formed by the Town of Huntington 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 issue of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and racism in any segment of our Town.

We've been holding public monthly since January 2019 and have accomplished quite a lot.   Upcoming meetings are 1 PM Wed Sept 28 and Oct 20 (4th Wed). For more information about HABTF, click  

Send suspected bias incidents to:
Town of Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force
Department of Human Services (Room 203)
Attn: Carmen Kasper, Director
423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

Also contact SCPD Hate Crimes Unit at 631-852-6323

Click here to read HABTF July 2022 Newsletter
Click here to read HABTF May 2022 Newsletter

Table of Contents
-- 2nd Precinct SCPD Report
-- We All Must Fight Against Antisemitism
-- 2022 Huntington Anti-Bias Concert
-- Sept 17 Huntington Unity Fun Day
-- New HABTF Flyer
-- August 2022 HABTF Meeting Summary
-- Town of Huntington News

    2nd Precinct SCPD Report
By Inspector William Scrima

Since the last newsletter, there were 4 significant incidents in the Second Precinct that were reported to have elements of bias:
  • On 7/10/22 at Temple Chaverim, a letter was sent containing a racial element. There were no threats made, and no crime was committed.
  • On 7/20/22 threatening emails were sent to several local Jewish centers. It is being handled as a Harassment 2nd degree and Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree, and is being investigated by 2nd Precinct Crime Section.
  • On 8/2/22 at Sunshine Acres Park in Commack, a racial slur was carved into a children's slide. Hate Crimes is investigating.
  • On 8/16/22 at Family Service League in Huntington, a threat, including a racial slur, was made against a person. It is being handled as a Harassment 2nd degree and is being investigated by 2nd Precinct Crime Section.
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    We All Must Fight Against Antisemitism
by Eric Post of AJC

The Jewish community has been unnerved by a new wave of antisemitic incidents across Long Island. Under the cover of night, antisemitic flyers that have been distributed in several cities across the country also have appeared in Freeport, Long Beach, Oceanside and Rockville Centre. Antisemitic graffiti has brazenly defaced a sign outside Hempstead's Town Hall and an ex-Marine was arrested in Hawaii for, among other charges, training with a neo-Nazi group in Suffolk County to attack a synagogue.

Antisemitism is the world's oldest hatred. Many conspiracy theories and antisemitic tropes on the flyers that were distributed could have been written 2,000 years ago. "Jews have too much power," "Jews control the media and politics," and on and on. These ideas led to organized massacres and expulsions of Jews from Europe from medieval times through the early 1900s, and ultimately to the Holocaust, the genocide of six million Jews.

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    2022 Huntington Anti-Bias Concert
by Debbie Rimler of Tri CYA

On Aug 20, 2022, the 2nd Annual Huntington Anti-Bias Concert was held in Heckscher Park. It was produced by Tri CYA, four Huntington Task Forces (Anti-Bias, African American, Hispanic and Asian American) and the Town of Huntington. Talent from local high schools, Tri CYA and the community performed for the audience. Statements of support were made by local elected officials and community leaders.

The Tri Community and Youth Agency (Tri CYA) is a private, not-for-profit community-based agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of youth and their families in the communities of Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For more than 40 years, they have provided a broad range of educational, recreational, social, cultural, athletic, counseling and advocacy programs.

To see the photo album of the concert, click

   Sept 17 Huntington Unity Fun Day
by Helen Boxwill

This year we will celebrate Unity Fun Day again on Saturday September 17 at Stimson Middle School. This is a joint community effort to bring our youth and adults together to enjoy time together, to honor people who have worked for unity in our community, to celebrate the many organizations, school districts, businesses that help our people thrive.

This event begins at 10 am with a parade from Huntington High School to Stimpson Middle School, marching south on Oakwood Road. We welcome you to line the streets and encourage our youth and the many wonderful groups that will participate. Our honored guests and some honorees will be recognized for their invaluable contributions to the community as well. There will be fun activities for the children, food trucks and vendors for you to enjoy. Many community groups will be there to provide information and share their great works.

This is always a great day to see our neighbors, make new friends, enjoy family friendly activities, and just have a wonderful time. For more information, contact Debbie Rimler, at We hope to see you there.

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    New HABTF Flyer
by Susan Dewey-Hammer

Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force has a new colorful informational one-page flyer in English on one side and Spanish on the other. Please help us distribute them around the community. We also have lawn signs with our logo and "Hate has No Home in Huntington" on it, for you to display in your yard.

If you would like some flyers or a lawn sign, contact Susan Dewey-Hammer at 631-424-5128 or You may also contact Carmen Kasper at 631-351-3304 or Thanks.

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    August HABTF Meeting Summary
by Rabbi Lina Zerbarini

  1. Meeting was called to order at 1:04 PM.
  2. Attendance
  3. Approval of Minutes from June 22, 2002
  4. Inspector Scrima's Report
    5 incidents were reported
  5. Carmen's Bias Report
    No calls or e-mails.
  6. Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force Changemakers: Unity Awards Committee -- Betty Ann Schneiderman, Helen, Roxane Recognize and support youth who stand up against discrimination in any form. Hoping to give 4 $250 mini-grants to support student projects. Seeking approval from TOH.
  7. Huntington Anti-Bias Concert -- There was a discussion about the timing of the concert to involve and engage more high school students - perhaps during the school year? And a proposal to change the name to something positive.
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    Huntington HART Bus System
by Carmen Kasper

Did you know the cost to ride the Town’s HART Bus system is only $2.25 and .25 cents to transfer? There are multiple routes to get around town and the bus will stop, if hailed, at any corner along the route.

The Town of Huntington is the only municipality in Suffolk County that operates and maintains a public transportation system for the benefit of its residents.

Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) is a municipal transit agency that provides public transportation services within the Town of Huntington. HART operates regularly-scheduled, ADA-accessible Fixed-Route buses for the general public as well as Paratransit for disabled persons and non-driving senior citizen residents, who cannot use services offered to the general public.

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