The Peconic Institute has elected its first board of directors, according to a press release issued this week by New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and New York State Senator Ken P. LaValle.
Thiele and LaValle first introduced the concept of the Peconic Institute in November 2011 at a meeting that drew over 170 participants and representatives from 50 East End organizations. The legislators said they viewed the creation of the institute, which will be located at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus, as a necessary organization aimed at fostering research, education, leadership development, policy development and dispute resolution on all major policy issues confronting the East End of Long Island.
“It was clear from the beginning that there was widespread support for the creation of a regional think-tank where community leaders could work together to reach consensus on regional policies,” said Thiele. “I am grateful to the numerous individuals who have contributed their time and energy to help us build and refine this concept over the past 10 months. Our elected board of directors is an impressive showing of dedicated, highly motivated, knowledgeable and impassioned people who truly represent the East End.”
“I believe housing the Institute at Stony Brook University will create a symbiotic synergy that will allow the Institute to tap into the University’s diverse and extensive knowledge bank,” added LaValle.
The Board of Directors will include representatives from Stony Brook University, the Nature Conservancy, the Peconic Land Trust, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Telemark, the Montauk School District, the Southold Conservation Advisory Committee, the Long Island Wine Council, the Hampton Bays School District, the Long Island Farm Bureau, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center, Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, Bridgehampton National Bank, Renewable Energy Long Island, Brookhaven National Lab, the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, Southampton Hospital, as well as a handful of residents, supervisors from all five East End towns, Thiele, LaValle and Congressman Tim Bishop.