About Joan

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Joan Cergol, a candidate for Huntington Town Board, brings to the Town 17 years’ Town government leadership experience, preceded by 18 years’ private sector experience as a marketing and public relations executive, including five years in her own public relations business. She has authored two books, numerous newspaper stories and hosts a blog at www.joancergol.wordpress.com  where she shares personal and professional insights.

Prior to Joan’s service on the Town Board she served as the Director of the Huntington Community Development Agency, and before that, as an economic development specialist, project manager and problem solver in the Town Supervisor’s Office. In her former roles as the Executive Director of the Town’s Local and Economic Development Corporations, Joan managed many of the Town’s high-level capital improvement projects, including the revitalization of Huntington Station and downtown business hamlets, and used her persuasive writing skills to secure over $20 million in grants for Town infrastructure projects and programs.

Joan (nee Joan De Vito) is a lifelong resident of Huntington. She and her husband Greg raised two daughters in Huntington and live in Halesite with their two boxer dogs.

"I am running for the Town Board to apply my longtime public and private sector experience, thorough knowledge of government operations and analytical approach to solving our residents’ problems. I am deeply committed to public service and am proud of my longtime track record as a trusted and responsive public official in Huntington."

I will be looking to harness community resources to ensure public safety and to attack gangs and drugs (opiate addiction in particular), enhance open and transparent government (I sponsored the resolution bringing live-streaming of Town meetings and will continue to lead the move make Town Hall more accessible), improve communication and constituent service to reduce resident frustrations, encourage cost effective government at every opportunity, open a productive conversation about smart development that meets social, environmental and economic needs, and last but not least, take the necessary steps to ensure the continuing preservation of our environment and remaining open spaces, drinking water and precious waterfront."