Three of four memorials identified through “Operation Remember” to be updated to recognize the sacrifices made by the latest generations of American service members were unveiled this year during ceremonies held on Memorial Day and Veterans Days. The idea to renovate the memorials, many of which had not been changed in decades, was suggested to me by veteran Jack Gozdziewski, a member of American Legion Post 432 and VFW Post 3054 during the Memorial Day ceremonies in 2018. With two of three phases now finished, attention turns to raising the rest of the funds necessary to complete the remaining updates by Memorial Day 2020. For more information about “Operation Remember” and sponsorship opportunities still available, please visit:
This fall I passed a law requiring purchasers of properties taken for tax default and sold during County auctions to install an Innovative/Alternative On-site Wastewater Treatment System (I/A OWTS) within 15 months of the auction sale or, if vacant, upon development of the property.
On Equal Pay Day, I joined the Gender Equity Coalition, soccer coaches and student athletes to highlight workplace discrimination and unequal compensation in professional soccer. We called on the U.S. Soccer Federation to do the right thing by ending gender discrimination for the sake of future generations of young women athletes and the integrity of the sport. An online petition I created has garnered over 85,000 signatures from all over the country sending a message through the world of athletics and beyond.
Suffolk County will begin 2020 focusing on one of most pressing environmental issues locally. I created a Regional Recycling Assessment Task Force which will be comprised of municipal recycling professionals, County agencies and environmental advocates who will review existing recycling programs, develop strategies for increasing the efficiency of recycling regionally, and will develop mechanisms to encourage the streamlining of the local recycling process.
I look forward to continue working with the Port Jefferson Station – Terryville civic and chamber community and our Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright on finally implementing the vision of the community HUB study by working towards sewering the business district and helping ongoing planning efforts to bring electrification of the Long Island Rail Road to the Port Jefferson station.