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Former Southampton Supervisor To Be Honored With Trail Dedication

A ceremony will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. to honor Vincent J. Cannuscio

On Friday morning at 9 a.m. members of the and town officials will officially dedicate a trail in the name of former Southampton Town Supervisor Vincent J. Cannuscio.

The trail, which connects the Main Street Green to Good Ground Park, has been in the with both the and the Town of Southampton kicking in funds to bring it to fruition.

Aubrey Cannuscio says it is truly fitting that his father's memory will be honored with a trail in the heart of Hampton Bays.

"The trail provides our family and friends with a place to reflect and remember him," said Aubrey. "Our family is thankful to the Town of Southampton and Hampton Bays Beautification Association for successfully funding and completing this project, in spite of a truly challenging economy."

Aubrey says he remembers first moving out to Hampton Bays as a child and described and entrance way to the hamlet as bleak and unattractive.  Now, he says because of the work of the beautification committee, the hamlet's entrance has been transformed.

Aubrey said his father moved his family, which included his wife, Carol and four children, Mike, Carolyn, Tom and Aubrey to Hampton Bays in the mid 1975.

"It was a move that had challenges," said Aubrey, noting that his father, who was a businessman, commuted west daily. However, Aubrey, who now lives outside of Boston, said it was a good move. 

"Our family was extremely fortunate that our parents decided to choose Hampton Bays as the place to raise our family. We benefited greatly from growing up in such a wonderful town. Hampton Bays is the place where we all come back to reunite and share memories of our father," said Aubrey.

Aubrey's mother and brother, Tom, still live in Hampton Bays.

Vincent, who passed away in December 2008 after being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus that same year, too loved the area and Aubrey said after about 20 years, his father entered the realm of politics.

Aubrey says Vincent, who was 66 when he passed away, served on the zoning board before being elected supervisor in 1995.  He served three-terms before stepping down in 2001.

During his term, he was touted for being fiscally responsible, spearheading enhancements in Hampton Bays and for preserving open space.

Linda Kabot October 07, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Vince Cannuscio was an extraordinary person. He taught me so much over these many years - his dedication to community has been an inspiration to me and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with him, for him, and for the people of this Town. Thank you to the Hampton Bays Beautification Association for spearheading this walkway project in memory of Vince Cannuscio and establishing reflective gardens to honor A GREAT MAN. Thank you to HBBA for working in partnership with Suffolk County and Southampton Town to create this gateway to the future Good Ground Park and leading efforts to beautify and revitalize Hampton Bays. Thank you to HBBA and the Town Board (past & present) for honoring Vince Cannuscio in this meaningful way. Linda Kabot, former Southampton Town Supervisor, Councilwoman and Executive Asst to Vince Cannuscio

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