Susan A. Berland was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature, 16th Legislative District November 7, 2017 and took her oath of office on January 2, 2018. The 16th Legislative District covers the areas of Brentwood, Commack, Deer Park, Dix Hills, East Northport, Elwood, Melville, North Bay Shore and South Huntington. Susan was named Chair of the Veterans Committee, Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and a Member of Public Works, Transportation and Energy, Parks and Recreation and Budget and Finance.
Susan was first elected to the Huntington Town Board in 2001 and re-elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
As the Town’s first full-time Councilmember, Susan’s door was always open. She has worked tirelessly to make the town’s government open, accessible and responsive, bringing Town Board, Zoning Board and Planning Board meetings to everyone’s home through the creation of the Town of Huntington TV Channel. Susan has distinguished herself as an effective advocate for our entire community.
As a former Town of Huntington Assistant Town Attorney, Susan began the campaign to eradicate illegal and dangerous multiple dwellings and vigorously prosecuted criminal violations of the Town Code. As Councilwoman, Susan passed legislation that helped to end blight and zombie homes in our communities and holds landlords accountable for their accessory apartments.
Susan has been deeply involved in environmental efforts, working to protect open space and our fragile aquifers, avert over development, initiate traffic calming measures and reduce traffic congestion. She is a strong advocate of open space, water quality and environmental issues. Susan drafted and passed legislation that regulates running bamboo and dark skies. Susan sponsored Keep Huntington Beautiful events to provide opportunities for residents to help plant flowers at our beaches, clean the beaches and maintain our historic cemeteries.
Susan is a staunch supporter of the arts and providing programs for our senior, veteran, youth and disabled residents. Susan has been the MC for the annual Huntington Senior Talent Show, Senior Fashion Show and the Hunting-Tony Award Ceremonies. Susan sponsored the Huntington Youth Council comprised of students from each high school in the town, which supports the development of Huntington’s youth and encourages a spirit of charity and volunteerism.
Independent of her role as a public servant, Susan is an engaged and proud Huntingtonian. She is involved in countless educational, cultural and religious endeavors. She is a member of the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, The Huntington Historical Society, The Cinema Arts Centre, The Heckscher Museum and the Huntington Kiwanis Club. Susan sits on The International Dyslexia Association of Long Island’s Board of Directors and serves as an Honorary Co-Chair to Suffolk County Toys for Tots. Susan is a past Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of House Beautiful in Dix Hills, one of the leading civic associations in the Town of Huntington, and a former President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Huntington Recreational Association.
Numerous civic and charitable organizations have honored Susan for her many contributions to the community, including the Townwide Fund of Huntington, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Young Leaders, the Melville Chamber of Commerce and the Child Care Council of Suffolk County.
Susan is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, where she worked as a New York State Senate aide, and later graduated from Hofstra University School of Law where she currently serves as a Special Instructor. Before her election to the Huntington Town Board, Susan served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General in the Prisoners Litigation Division where she prosecuted parole violators and kept dangerous criminals off our streets, an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Huntington and as an attorney in private practice. She lives in Dix Hills with her husband and four children.