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Police: Huntington woman's death in her apartment appears criminal

News 12 Staff

Jan 21, 2021, 11:19pm

Updated on: Jan 21, 2021, 11:19pm

Police have identified a woman found dead in her Huntington apartment and say that her death was not an accident.

Police say Mareasa Westcott, 47, was found dead Monday afternoon at the Suffolk Hotel, just feet from Main Street.

Jackie Pagano lives in the building and says Westcott hadn't been seen in days before the landlord called police to check on her. She says Westcott moved in just before the pandemic hit last year.

Pagano says Westcott's boyfriend spent almost every night with her.

"They were always arguing and fighting. It got loud, smashing things, breaking things," says Pagano. "Last Wednesday night, late at night, she finally had to call the cops on him."

Suffolk police haven't revealed how Westcott died or if they have a person of interest, but did say her death appears to be criminal.

Some other residents in the area say they've been curious about the building for awhile.

Joanna Negro works just a few doors down.

"It's clearly not well cared for and people live there and a lot of them look vulnerable," she says. "I've always wondered if there's any more the town could be doing."


Suffolk police identify woman found dead in Huntington apartment

Police have identified a woman found dead in her Huntington apartment earlier this week as Mareasa Westcott, 47, and said Thursday detectives now believe she was murdered.

Westcott's body was found in her apartment on Elm Street on Monday by Suffolk County police officers responding to a 911 call for a wellness check after her landlord said she hadn't been seen "in several days."

Homicide detectives immediately labeled the death "suspicious," but said they were awaiting results of an autopsy.

While police still have not released a formal cause of death they did say Thursday the cause has been determined "to be criminal in nature."

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the case to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

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HUNTINGTON, NY — A $24 million Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is inching closer to becoming a reality in Huntington Village, according to reports. The hotel would transform the Old Huntington Town Hall building at 227 Main St.

Huntington Village Hotel Partners, founded by George Tsunis and Rosario Cassata, is working with the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which approved a transaction last week towards converting the 110-year-old, long-vacant space into a "boutique" hotel, Long Island Business News reported.

The 80-room hotel project will likely yield 100 construction jobs and 14 permanent jobs for Long Islanders, LIBN reported.

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The town hall building, dating back to 1910, will be reconstructed into the hotel's lobby, breakfast room and gym, while guest rooms will be made in a 53,636-square-foot addition, Newsday reported.

The Suffolk IDA said a market study on the project showed the hotel would be a tourism hot-spot, LIBN reported.

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The county's IDA awarded the project $2.8 million in tax breaks, including $1.8 million off property taxes for the next 15 years, Newsday reported.

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The Hotel Huntington is a substantial historic resource that illustrates Huntington’s downtown commercial development patterns after World War I. Designed by Long Island architect, August H. Galow, the hotel was the result of local investment interests organized through the Chamber of Commerce paired with a vision of Huntington as a sophisticated urban destination. Despite opening for business five months before the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929, the three-story, sixty-room building successfully served as a first class hotel for two decades. The stature and sophistication of the building shaped New York Avenue’s south side, anchoring a new entrance to the town’s expanding business district. The building was converted into a high-end department store in 1950 and continued to serve as retail space until the 1990s when it was converted again for office use. During this time, the building’s material integrity diminished (particularly interior design features). The large, appropriately scaled structure of the former Hotel Huntington is a good candidate for a multi-purpose, adaptive reuse plan that typically enhances downtown vitality. The building’s current owner has recently entered into an agreement with TD Bank who has submitted plans to the Town of Huntington to demolish the building and replace it with a one-story branch building with drive-through teller accommodations. The Town’s Historic Preservation Commission has recommended local landmark designation for the building with strong support from local residents to halt the immediate threat of demolition. The community, in opposing this contextually insensitive incursion, calls for the Hotel Huntington’s rehabilitation and the creation of a mixed-use redevelopment that adheres to principles outlined in the Town’s comprehensive plan.


• Threatened by demolition: developer working with TD bank wanted the site for drive-through branch bank.
• Town approved demolition in 2011. Completed as of 12/12.
• Preservation Long Island listing gave local supporters some legitimacy regarding significance.


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The building at the southwest corner of Main Street and New York Avenue in Huntington village has an unusual shape.  It’s as if someone chopped off the western third of the building.  And, in fact, that is what happened.

The first building at that location was erected by Stephen C. Rogers in 1860.[1] Rogers and David C. Brush had opened the Suffolk Hotel just to the west of the corner lot in 1840.[2]  In the summer of 1860, Rogers built what was initially called a “Village Hall.”  It was not built for governmental purposes, rather as a venue for lectures, concerts and meetings.  It was estimated that the 27’ x 56’ building would seat 600 persons, which seems an overly optimistic number.[3]  In September 1860, the new hall opened with an address by the Reverend Hiram Crozier on the science of music, which was appropriate because the new venue was known as Euterpean Hall, named for the Greek muse of music.  The address, of course, was followed by a concert.[4]

Euterpean Hall was used not only for concerts, but also for lectures, religious services and town meetings.  Both the Central Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church used the hall for religious services when their church buildings were being constructed.  The Hall was used as a drill room when men were training to defend the village from a supposed Draft Riot at the West Neck brickyards (see The Irish in Huntington, posted on this site on March 17, 2012).

Town meetings and annual elections were also held here.  In the nineteenth century, town matters were decided by the citizens of the town in an annual meeting held in April.  The Hall was not big enough to accommodate all the town’s residents, so the Town Supervisor would announce the propositions to the crowd from the rear staircase.   Matters were decided by voice vote unless there was some doubt on which position received the loudest response; in which case a show of hands was requested.  Residents, who came to the village for the annual meeting, took advantage of the large crowds to do some business.  They would swap horses and cows and conduct many lines of business.  The trading wasn’t limited to livestock; votes were openly bought as well. The bars did a good business that day and impromptu horse races were held on Main Street. [5]

The ground floor of the building housed the grocery business of Stephen Morris and the feed store of Russell Hurd.  The grocery business was later assumed by Sammis & Baylis and the feed store became the meat market of Burling & Higbie.[6]   Rogers retired from the hotel business in May 1864, but continued to own the land until 1875 when he sold it to Samuel Hubbs.[7]

The 1899 Building

The 1899 Building

In 1899, the executors of Hubbs’ estate sold the property, which included the Euterpean Hall building, to Edward Carll, the son of Northport’s famous shipbuilder Jesse Carll.  At the time of the sale, it was announced that the Euterpean Hall building would be taken down and replaced with a wider two-story building that would cover the alley between Euterpean Hall and the hotel and contain three stores.[8]  Within just a couple of weeks, the two businesses in the Euterpean Hall building were relocated to a new building on New York Avenue and the old building was torn down.[9]  A month later the new building was completed and Sammis & Baylis as well as Burling & Higbie moved back to Main Street.  The second floor was used as sleeping accommodations for the Suffolk Hotel.[10]  After the hotel was torn down in 1927, the second floor rooms were converted to office use.

Edward Carll died in 1913 and left the Main Street property in trust for his family.[11]  The heirs sold the property in 1921.[12] The following year, the portion of the building containing corner grocery business of Sammis & Baylis and the middle store occupied by the Barr & Willis jewelry store was purchased by Henry M. Woessner.[13]  Woessner and his brother-in-law John F. Semon owned a pharmacy on Main Street opposite the Bank of Huntington.[14]  Woessner made several improvements to the store including installing large show windows and a soda fountain.[15]  The new store opened on July 29, 1923.  Within two years, Woessner had transferred the pharmacy business to Harris A. Tomashoff.[16]

In the westernmost storefront,  David W. Trainer conducted his stationery and newspaper business.  In 1928, the drug store was re-divided and the middle storefront was used for a shoe store.[17]

The Building Today

The Building Today

In 1934, just as the drugstore (now the Max Rosen Pharmacy) and the shoe store were about to be taken over by Walgreen’s, fire swept through the building.  Believed to have started from an oil burner in the drugstore, the early Saturday morning fire gutted the stores and second floor offices.  Above the drugstore and shoe store were two dental offices.  Above Trainer’s stationery store was the law office of Theron Sammis.  Although it was one building, there were two owners.  The two storefronts to the east were owned by H.T. and S.E. Corporation (H.T. was Harris Tomashoff and S.E. was Sol Elkins).  The western most storefront and office above was owned by Trainer.  It was thought the entire building would have to be razed.[18]

Tomashoff and Elkins decided to restore their portion of the building.  Trainer decided to start over again with a new brick building.[19]  The result is Huntington’s lopsided building.

[1] A later account (The Long-Islander, March 25, 1899) indicates that Rogers raised the second floor of an existing building.  Contemporaneous accounts confirming this assertion have not been located.

[2]The Long-Islander, August 3, 1860

[3]The Long-Islander, July 27, 1860

[4]The Long-Islander, September 28, 1860.  It should be noted that there had previously been a Euterpian Hall in Huntington. In 1852, the Odd Fellows Hall was re-dedicated as Euterpean Hall (The Long-Islander, November 12, 1852).  The location of this hall has not been determined yet.  Euterpean Hall later relocated to a third building at the northeast corner of Main and Wall Streets.

[5]The Long-Islander, March 25, 1899, March 20, 1925, and April 1, 1927

[6]The Long-Islander, March 25, 1899.

[7]The Long-Islander, September 11, 1885

[8]The Long-Islander, March 25, 1899

[9]The Long-Islander, April 8, 1899

[10]The Long-Islander, May 6, 1899

[11]The Long-Islander, September 5, 1913

[12]The Long-Islander, November 4, 1921

[13]The Long-Islander, December 15, 1922

[14]The Long-Islander, October 29, 1942.  Semon later entered the real estate business and built Columbia Hall on New York Avenue in Huntington Station, the first three story office and business building in that section of town.

[15]The Long-Islander, April 6, 1923

[16]The Long-Islander, March 20, 1925

[17]The Long-Islander, September 21, 1928

[18]The Long-Islander, March 30, 1934

[19]The Long-Islander, April 20, 1934.

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