Years of Accomplishments
- Neighborhood Network
founded. First campaigns included calling for recycling programs
and promoting clean energy alternatives to the Shoreham nuclear
- Obtained federal Superfund clean up of Wagner Seed and
Grain warehouse fire.
- Won closure of old Oyster Bay incinerator and pressured
the Town of Hempstead to start recycling program.
- Investigation of asbestos problem in local schools resulted
in full remediation.
- Opened Suburban Advocates Office to aid homeowners in fighting
- Brought attention to faults of incineration deals with
lawsuit challenging the Town of Oyster Bay'
- Presented the 13 point Suburban Environmental Initiative
as a policy guideline for local politicians.
- Won cancellation of proposed Oyster Bay incinerator, after
a six year battle.
- Released report showing non-compliance with state oil recycling
law. Sued Dept. of Environmental Conservation for failure to perform
mandated oil pollution study. Introduced government pesticide
reduction legislation in both counties.
- Filed 18,000 signatures pressuring NYS legislature to pass
Pine Barrens Protection Act. Won cancellation of sludge pelletization
plants in Nassau. Staff Attorney appointed to Nassau County Charter
- Spearheaded successful, grassroots campaign for Nassau
Government reforms, including requirement for a master plan. Lawsuit
forced DEC to complete, for the first time in ten years, an oil
recycling study required annually by law.
- Stopped proposed regional medical waste incinerator in
a residential community. Won implementation of least toxic pesticide
use policy for Nassau Cty. Appointed to Nassau Pesticide Advisory
- Won passage by Nassau Cty. of Neighbor Notification law
for chemical spraying. A judge later ruled that only the State
had jurisdiction. Helped organize citizen initiative in Suffolk,
which gathered 37,000 signatures to restore funding for pine barrens
- Worked with a coalition of park users to prevent the destruction
of the picnic area, ball fields, and nature trails at Bethpage
State Park. Brought a lawsuit against Suffolk Cty. for its failure
to consider the alternative of organic management for new County
golf courses. Organized Nassau Master Plan Task Force, bringing
together over 40 citizen'
s groups to provide community input
s first Master Plan.
- Release a survey of 131 LI stores showing which sell alternatives
to pesticides. Master Plan Task Force was successful in getting
numerous recommendations included in the final Plan adopted by
Nassau County, including a dedicated Environmental Fund. Participated
in coalition which was successful in passing campaign finance
reforms in Suffolk County
- Achieved a groundbreaking legal victory against Suffolk
Cty. for their failure to take a "
alternative of operating five new golf courses without the use
of pesticides. Held the first annual Long Island Organic Trade
Show to promote businesses that are providing horticultural services
and products without chemical pesticides. Worked with a coalition
of local civic groups and environmental organizations to convince
N.Y. State to create a state park at the site of the former Kings
Park Psychiatric Hospital.
- Won passage by NYS of Neighbor Notification Law (Marcellino,
DiNapoli) for pesticide spraying. Governor'
s signature on
law marks first legislation of it'
s kind in the nation, protecting
citizens from pesticide exposure.
- Presented "
Four Steps to a Toxic-Free Organic Lawn"
a series of educational forums to inform homeowners about caring
for their property without toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Organized public meeting to highlight dangers of East Hampton
Town landfill. Initiated "
to help schools eliminate pesticides.
- Worked with a coalition of civic groups to achieve a groundbreaking
victory bringing "
to Brookhaven Town
for more representative, accountable government. Held over twenty
educational forums, from Port Washington
to East Hampton. Expanded our signature publication the Organic
Lawn Guide & Environmental Resource Directory to include information
on non-toxic home cleaning and pest control, as well as energy
- As the Federally funded Nassau Hub Major Investment Study began,
facilitated involvement of 50 citizen groups through the Nassau
Hub Citizens Advisory Committee. Achieved victory in bringing
" council districts" to North Hempstead. Founding participant
in Long Island' s Off Shore Wind Energy Initiative. Successfully
worked to create an "Open Space Fund" in Nassau County.
- Worked with developers to develop an organic maintenance protocol
for the proposed Bayberry golf course. The course was approved
by the Town Board of Southampton as one of the best environmental
proposals ever before the Town. Launched the Clean Energy Leadership
- Successfully urged 7 L.I. Municipalities to adopt Clean Energy
Action Plans. L.E.D. holiday light campaign resulted in first
ever year-over-year reduction in energy use for holiday lights
on Long Island. Presented over 20 free public forums on local
solutions to global warming.
- Drafted and promoted legislation requiring new home construction
to meet Energy Star Homes requirement. The resolution is adopted
by the towns of Brookhaven, Babylon, Oyster Bay and Riverhead.
2007 - Released Leading the Way report on clean energy efforts of Long Island municipalities. Launched LI Interfaith Environment Network. Hempstead and Huntington adopt Energy Star Homes legislation.
2008 - Suffolk County passes law prohibiting County funds from being spent on single serving disposable water bottles. The towns of Islip, North Hempstead and Southampton pass Energy Star Homes requirements.
2009 - The best is
yet to come...