LIPA’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) was formed in 2017 to advise LIPA’s Chief Executive Officer on issues of importance to the Authority and our Long Island and Rockaways community. The CAB represents a diverse range of perspectives and has 19 members, including experts in energy, education, business, economic development, government, and finance. Members are appointed by LIPA’s CEO and participate in quarterly meetings that discuss regional issues, including energy efficiency, climate and green energy goals, and other topics important to members.
President & CEO, Hauppauge Industrial Association
- Terri Alessi-Miceli directs the activities and initiatives for HIA-LI, the recognized voice for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development.
- Its member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. For over 30 years, the organization has provided a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. It is headquartered in and supports one of the largest industrial parks in the United States.
- Alessi-Miceli had previously served as Managing Director of Dale Carnegie Training for more than 18 years.
- An honored member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who for 2002-2003, of the LIRPC, NYLCV and Suffolk County Girl Scout Council. She has been featured in such publications as Newsday, Networking Magazine, Smithtown News and Long Island Business News and appeared on television’s News12 Jobline as an expert in Organizational Change and Motivation.
Jack Anderson, Jr.
Jack Anderson, Jr.
Deputy Director for Operations, BNL
- Prior to joining Brookhaven Lab in October 2013, Anderson was Chief Operating Officer and Associate Laboratory Director for Operations at Fermilab.
- Previously, Anderson was Director of Integrated Performance Management at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2007 to 2012.
- Before that, he worked at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1990 to 2007 in a number of progressively responsible leadership positions in operations, including as Division Head for Security and Emergency Preparedness, Division Head for Facilities and Environmental Management, and Department Head for Environment, Safety, & Health and Infrastructure Support.
- Anderson has also worked for Florida Power and Light Company, Cincinnati Gas & Electric, and General Dynamics.
- He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Rider University, and has completed extensive studies in Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Richard M. Bivone
Richard M. Bivone
President, RMB Development Consultants, Inc.
- Nassau Chairman of the Long Island Business Council 2009 to Present. Served as Chairman of a Business Group that develops and interacts with government to bring businesses and other local entities to create an economic engine for Long Islan
- Nassau Chairman of the Long Island Business Council 2009 to Present. Served as Chairman of a Business Group that develops and interacts with government to bring businesses and other local entities to create an economic engine for Long Island.
- President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce 2001-2008 Headed the largest Chambers of Commerce in Nassau County which was a coalition of chambers to create small businesses.
- President RMB Group consisting of RMB Drafting and RMB Development 1985 to Present
- Providing professional services throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties for Site Planning Development, research, expediting, drafting, processing applications, interacting with Building Departments, Planning Boards, Boards of Appeals hearing and presentation. In addition, providing services from our Zoning, Plumbing and Fire Safety Divisions to support the development of residential and commercial properties.
- President Electrical Inspectors, Inc. (New York Board of Fire Underwriters-NYBFU) 1992 to present
- Providing professional electrical inspections for commercial and residential properties within Nassau and Suffolk Counties and licensed in over 100 municipalities. Provide compliance with the New York State Building Codes, NFPA, National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Codes.
- New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 1982 to 2000
- Provided Fire Fighting services for Engine 222, Battalion Aide in the 37 Battalion Administered Fire Reports, Manpower for the Battalion for six firefighting companies and on-site field communications as aide to the Battalion Chief for all incidents responded to.
- Division Aide in Division 15 and handled on site communications for Division Chief and manpower for the entire Division officers and firefighters.
- Assisted with accident investigation for all fire apparatus and EMS citywide. Also inspected and investigated all types of injuries to firefighters for greater alarms in compliance of OSHA requirements and FDNY Department Standards. Provided Building Inspections for life safety requirements.
- Decorated Class “B” Award for Saving an MTA Employee during a fire incident.
- North Bellmore Fire District Fire Dispatcher 1979 to 1981
- Provided fire dispatching for six large communities throughout Nassau County. Supervised, controlled, and dispatched fire and EMS apparatus for Elmont, North Bellmore, Bellmore, Merrick, North Merrick, and Lakeview. Responsible for designing the dispatching center.
Partner, The Engel Burman Group
- Since 2001, as Partner at The Engel Burman Group, Scott has built his career and reputation in the real estate industry as a developer, builder, property owner and investor.
- Scott currently presides as President of Engel Burman Construction, where he manages a team of over eighty (80) employees, seven (7) active construction projects and a robust preconstruction pipeline with total aggregate costs in excess of a Five Hundred Million Dollars ($500,000,000).
- Scott was a founding Partner of Paramount Realty USA, a real estate auction company headquartered in Manhattan, which represents real estate owners and developers in the accelerated marketing and sale of real property.
- In 2018 Scott was appointed to the LIPA and PSEG Long Island’s Community Advisory Board; in 2017, appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Long Island Children’s Museum; Scott is past President and Executive Board Member for the Long Island Real Estate Group; past Chair of The Association for a Better Long Island’s Associate Board; a member of the Long Island Business News' "40 under 40" class of 2011 and is the recipient of LIBN’s 2010 Award for "Rising Star in Commercial Development."
- Scott received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Marketing from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Founder and Managing Partner, Cameron Engineering
- John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E., is the founder and Managing Partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Cameron Engineering & Associates of New York, PLLC.
- The Firm serves the public and private sectors alike in the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond. Under Mr. Cameron’s leadership, Cameron Engineering has grown into being one of the region’s premier engineering and planning firms, having received local, state, and national awards for many of its projects.
- An engineering graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Mr. Cameron also holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Long Island University and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Molloy College. He is a licensed professional engineer, marine engineer and a U.S. patent holder.
- Mr. Cameron serves on numerous boards including those of charitable, educational and environmental organizations, including the Long Island Regional Planning Council, where he serves as Chairman; Engineering School Advisory Boards for Hofstra University and SUNY Stony Brook, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and is a Regional Industry Council Leader for the Long Island STEM Hub in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.
Chairman, AERTC at Stony Brook University
- Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. His career with Brooklyn Union Gas started in 1958. Following National Grid's acquisition of KeySpan Corporation, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc.
- He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Futures in Education Endowment Fund, KEYERA Energy Management Ltd., and the New York Energy Policy Institute's Advisory Council (NYEPI).
- Mr. Catell serves on the Board of the following governmental organizations:
- New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NYS Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB).
- Mr. Catell serves on the Board of the following not for profit organizations:
- Brooklyn Community Foundation, City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, National Grid Foundation, Tomorrow's Hope Foundation, and the New York City Police Foundation.
- Mr. Catell is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas Lighting.
- Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University's Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council-Long Island Chapter and Chief Executive Officer for Edgewise Energy
- Sammy Chu is chief executive officer for Edgewise Energy, a Long Island based developer of next generation distributed clean energy solutions. A proven leader in promoting market adoption of energy efficiency and renewables, he was the founding director of the Town of Babylon’s Long Island Green Homes Program u2013 the first operationalized property assessed clean energy program (PACE) in the country.
- Chu previously served in the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone as Chief of Staff and as commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs. He was the lead county official in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, tasked with coordinating response and recovery. A staunch advocate of inclusive, sustainable economic development, Chu was instrumental in creating workforce opportunities for traditionally underserved individuals during the planning of the transformative Wyandanch Rising development.
- He currently serves in various volunteer leadership positions including chairman of the Long Island chapter of the US Green Building Council, vice chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, Chair of the LGBT Network, board member of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, board member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk, board member of the American Red Cross on Long Island, board member of EAC Long Island, chair of the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, trustee for Molloy College, and has previously served as a board member of the National Home Performance Council.
- In his free time, Chu trains and competes as a nationally ranked powerlifter. Chu is very grateful to be married to his incredibly patient wife, Gennifer. They are the parents of two quick witted teenagers with sophisticated palates, Jakob and Julia.
Gemma De Leon
Gemma De Leon
Director of Strategic Planning, RWDSU/UFCW
- The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) advances the interests and rights of working people. From 2013: “Gemma de Leon emigrated from the Philippines at the age of five with her parents and younger sister and grew up in Queens, New York.
- Like many immigrants, her parents came to the United States dreaming of adventure, a better life and greater opportunities for their children. She became a naturalized citizen at the age of 18 and with great pride, was elected as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions.
- De Leon currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1102 RWDSU UFCW, one of the largest private sector labor unions on Long Island. She was recently appointed Executive Vice-President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), representing more than 100,000 members who work primarily in retail, manufacturing, and service industries.
- RWDSU is affiliated with the International United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), representing 1.4 million workers in the United States and Canada. She serves on the Board of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island which advocates for the most at-risk residents of Long Island u2013 our youth, the sick, elderly, disabled or disadvantaged. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a regional stewardship program dedicated to exploring solutions to the complex issues affecting Long Island. She served as Trustee of the Long Island Power Authority, providing electric service to 1.3 million residents and businesses across Long Island and the Rockaways.
- De Leon is Vice-President of the Association of Benefit Administrators, New York, a think-tank for professionals involved in the field of health insurance, pension benefits and financial management and has written and given presentations regarding the future of pension plans. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and an MBA in marketing management from St. John’s University. She resides in Melville with her husband, James Lopresti, and their two sons Mark and Matthew.
Dr. Robert Dillon
Dr. Robert Dillon
District Superintendent, Nassau BOCES
- As District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES, Dr. Dillon leads the largest educational services agency in New York. Nassau BOCES is a cooperative of the 56 school districts in Nassau County, which collectively serve more than 200,000 students. In addition to serving as Nassau BOCES chief executive, he is a regional representative for the New York State Commissioner of Education.
- Dr. Dillon has been an active leader in education for 35 years, including eight as Superintendent of East Meadow UFSD. He served as the Executive Director of Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today (R.E.F.I.T.), a consortium of school districts dedicated to fair and equitable education for all students. He was also the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the National School Development Council.
President, Local 338
- Since 1999, John R. Durso has served as the President of Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW which represents over 19,000 men and women working in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Hudson counties, as well as into New Jersey. Local 338u2019s members include; supermarket and drug store employees, health care workers, pharmacists, delivery workers, dairy workers, and employees at warehouses and numerous other retail food services.
- Durso is also the President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the fourth largest central labor council in the United States, representing 250,000 union members in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
- John R. Durso serves as an International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the UFCW, and a Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council.
- He is a lifetime member of the New York branch of the NAACP, a board member of the Long Island Association, Vision Long Island, the Italian Hospital Society and the United Way of Long Island. He also serves on Governor Cuomou2019s Regional Economic Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of the ENERGEIA Partnership, the Rauch Foundation, John Thiessenu2019s Childrenu2019s Foundation and the Queens Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Builders Institute
- Mike Florio, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) in January 2023. Prior to joining LIBI, Mike had an extensive career in government, policy and politics at both the local and federal level. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Suozzi, representing parts of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. In this role, Mike effectively managed the Congressmanu2019s legislative priorities including the expedited cleanup of the Navy-Grumman plume in Bethpage, the delivery of critical federal funds for state and local governments during the COVID pandemic, development of the u201c495 Research Corridoru201d to foster and cultivate biotech and life science companies on Long Island, a 500% increase in funding to protect the Long Island Sound and a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan which will invest new money into transportation, broadband and clean energy.
- Previously Mike served in various roles in Nassau County government including assistant to the county executive, legislative finance director and communication director. During his career Mike has also worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC for corporations and trade associations and led several winning political campaigns.
- Mike has a bacheloru2019s degree in political science from Bucknell University and a masteru2019s degree in political management from the George Washington University. He resides in East Northport with his wife and three children.
Suffolk Chairman, Long Island Business Council
- Mr. Fonti is a real estate professional with over 30 years in real-estate property management, development, and community engagement, which makes him a perfect addition to the Renaissance Downtowns USA team.
- Robert started his real-estate company, Vincent James Management Company, in 1992 with 4 properties and built it to a portfolio of over 87 properties exceeding 6 million square feet of mixed-use properties. Mr. Fonti is known in real-estate circles as an expert in the management of foreclosure properties and has lectured around the country on topics of housing and creating healthy communities "one block at a time". His life's experience in managing government and private sector opportunities is the cornerstone to his success and that of the community and governmental stakeholders. Mr. Fonti has been a Commissioner-Chairman of the Huntington Housing Authority since 2000 and has been credited with bringing together both community and governmental leaders to build attainable and dignified housing for those in need. This housing development was the 1st mixed-use private -public partnership created in the State of NY.
- He is a founding member and current co-chair of a leading smart growth organization called Vision Long Island (VLI). VLI has recently celebrated 20 years of smart growth balancing the healthy land use and development of communities allowing community and government to "mold the clay" together while listening and planning for the future.
- Mr. Fonti is the founder and a co-chair of both the Long Island Business Council and Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers. Mr. Fonti serves on LIPA's community advisory board and works with many local and regional not for profit groups and stays engaged with community stakeholders.
Dr. Jerry Kornbluth
Dr. Jerry Kornbluth
Vice President for Community and Governmental Relations
- Jerry Kornbluth earned his B.S. Degree in Statistics from Bowling Green State University and his M.B.A and Ph.D. from Hofstra University.
- He taught Math and Statistics for 35 years at Nassau Community College.
- Dr. Kornbluth achieved the rank of Full Professor in 1979.
- Dr. Kornbluth was also an Adjunct Professor at La Guardia CC and Queens borough CC for 32 years, worked with school districts throughout New York City and Long Island, as well as with Federal Agencies as a statistical research consultant.
- Dr. Kornbluth was also Vice-President of Academic Affairs for 5 years at lnterboro Institute, a for-profit 2-year college with campuses in Manhattan, Queens, and Yonkers. Dr. Kornbluth returned to Nassau Community College as the Interim Dean of Nursing and Allied Health in the spring of 2013. Since the fall of 2013, Dr. Kornbluth has been the Dean for Academic Affairs until July 15, 2022.
- At present, Dr. Kornbluth is the Vice President for Community and Governmental Relations at Nassau Community College.
- Jerry has been an active member of the Freeport-Roosevelt Branch of the NAACP. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre. Jerry is also a member of the Executive Board of the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association (LIHLA), as well as an Executive Board Member of the NEST at NCC. The NEST is a Food Pantry that has served students, staff, and faculty at NCC since 2014.
- Dr. Kornbluth was a member of the Board of Trustees at the New York Career Institute, a for-profit 2-year college located in New York City, from 2009-2016. Jerry is also a Member of the LIPA/PSEG Community Advisory Board. It must also be noted that Dr. Kornbluth co-published 5 textbooks in Mathematics and Statistics for Cengage Publishing Company.
- Dr. Kornbluth has been appointed to the Town of Hempstead IDA Board and the LDC Board. Finally, Jerry is a member of the Nassau County Police Community Advisory Board.
- Mr. Kevin S. Law joined TRITEC Real Estate Company in April 2021 as Executive Vice President and Partner, where he will be an integral part of the TRITEC development team.
- Kevin joined TRITEC following a ten-plus-year tenure as President and CEO of the Long Island Association, where he made the LIA one of the most respected business organizations in New York State. His efforts on economic development and creating a better business climate on Long Island to strengthen it as a place to live, work and do business helped shape public policy locally and throughout the state. In this role, Kevin helped secure more than $5 billion to the Long Island region for infrastructure investments and led the effort to help the regional economy re-open and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
- In addition to his work with TRITEC, Kevin continues to serve our region and state in several capacities and remains passionate about the growth of Long Island and its affordable housing opportunities. As such, he is an involved member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Co-Chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Stony Brook University Council, Chairman of Accelerate Long Island, and Chairman of the Long Island Housing Partnership, a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing. Kevin sits on the Boards of the Advanced Energy Research Technology Center, Energeia and is a member of the Association of Council Members and College Trustees.
Executive Dean, Hofstra University
- During his 35 years as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist and PBS talk show host, Lawrence Levy won many of journalismu2019s top awards, including Pulitzer Finalist, for in-depth works on suburban politics, education, taxation, housing and other key issues.
- As a journalist, he was known for his blending of national trends and local perspectives and has covered six presidential campaigns.
- He works especially close with Hofstrau2019s strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, including a new Sustainability Studies degree, forge alliances with other institutions, not-for-profit groups and government agencies and promote the study of the suburbs nationwide.
- Levy is a member of a Brookings Institution advisory panel and was a keynote speaker at Brookings 2008 Metro Policy Summit in Washington, DC.
- Before joining Hofstra, he was Senior Editorial Writer and Chief Political Columnist for Newsday, and remains involved in the world of journalism and politics.
CEO, EAC Network
- Network is a not-for-profit social service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 43,220 people in need through 100 programs across Long Island and New York City. Our mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives.
President and CEO of CDCLI
- Gwen O'Shea is the President and CEO of CDCLI. She joined the organization in March 2017 after serving on its Board of Directors since 2013. She oversees the organization's annual budget of $85 million, assets of $30 million, and a workforce of more than 85 employees. She is instrumental to its growth and expansion, and advocates for policies and programs that advance the corporation's mission and vision.
- Prior to her appointment at CDCLI, Ms. O'Shea served as the President/CEO of the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI).
- Ms. O'Shea has served as an adjunct professor at LIU Post in the Health Care and Public Administration and Social Work graduate departments. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College and a Board Member of the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Clinics.
- Ms. O'Shea is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, as well as a graduate of the Columbia Institute for Nonprofit Management programs.
- She received her MS from The New School's Robert J. Milano Graduate School for Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy, and a BS in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
CEO, Long Island Builders Institute
- Mr. Pally was selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Builders Institute in December 2010.
- The Long Island Builders Institute is the largest home building trade association in New York State, representing all parts of the home construction industry.
- Since 2005, Mr. Pally has also been the Suffolk County representative to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the largest mass transit operator in the world.
- Prior to his current position, Mr. Pally was the partner in charge of government relations for the Weber Law group, one of Long Islandu2019s leading real estate law firms.
- Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pally served as the Vice-President for Governmental Affairs for the Long Island Association and served in various capacities to the New York State Senate
President & CEO, United Way Long Island
- Theresa A. Regnante serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Long Island, where she has been a catalyst for positive change since May, 2009.
- She is currently leading the nonprofit organization, founded in 1965, together with its 110 community partners in supporting strategic initiatives that have a measurable and lasting impact in improving education, income stability, and health throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
- Theresa has been widely honored and recognized regionally for her accomplishments.
- Theresa is a member of the Leadership Advisory Cabinet of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, the Long Island Index Advisory Committee, Adelphi University’s Institute for Social Research & Community Engagement, Vital Signs Advisory Board, and Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health Program Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Energeia Partnership Class of 2009, Theresa also serves on the Boards of the Advancement of Commerce, Industry and Technology and LISTnet.
President & CEO, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
- Ms. Sanin joins HWCLI from Suffolk County Government where she has served as Assistant Deputy County Executive since 2012.u00a0 Prior to her role in the county, Sanin was the Director of Alliances for Children at the Early Years Institute and the Education Director at Harbor Child Care and has served in a number of roles in the public and nonprofit sector, as well as working as an Adjunct Professor for colleges in our region.
- Throughout her career, Ms. Sanin has worked with a wide range of community-based organizations in health and human services, immigration and social justice providing leadership and expertise in advocacy, program development, training, strategic planning, marketing and awareness campaigns, and the development of policies and research.
Stacey I. Sikes
Stacey I. Sikes
Vice President of Government Affairs and Communication, LIA
- Stacey I. Sikes is an experienced leader of innovative programs in government, the non-profit sector, and higher education. She is Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for the Long Island Association, where she advocates for issues important to Long Island’s economic growth.
- Stacey previously served as the Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Hofstra University, where she oversaw the globally-recognized Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Scott Skodnek Business Development Center. She developed and implemented new initiatives to support students and entrepreneurs, including the ideaHUb NYS certified business incubator and Hofstra Veterans Venture Challenge. She authored successful grant applications from federal, state, and private sources to build entrepreneurship facilities and introduce programming to foster innovation and the growth of small businesses.
- Stacey collaborates on regional initiatives to support economic development, including serving as a writer for the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, and developed surveys on behalf of Nassau and Suffolk Counties to assess the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, Hofstra was the only organization in New York State to receive a 2021 U.S. Small Business Administration Lab-to-Market award for its efforts to support a diverse population of entrepreneurs during the pandemic.
- Stacey was recently named one of Long Island’s Power 25 in Higher Education by Long Island Business News (#13), was a 2019 Girls Inc. of Long Island Gala Honoree, and has served as a speaker on several Newsday panels offering advice to businesses navigating the economic challenges presented by COVID-19.
Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island
- The Association for a Better Long Island is nonprofit organization that promotes and encourages the role of real estate and strengthening the regional economy, enhancing Long Island’s competitive position in a global economy.
- Prior to serving as ABLI’s Executive Director, Mr. Strober was Long Island’s regional director for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.
- As Regional Director, Strober was responsible for any and all issues affecting the Long Island region. His wide range of issues included; the Bethpage plume, LIPA, LIRR, MacArthur Airport, major redevelopment projects, sewers & wastewater treatment facilities, FAA helicopter regulations, commercial & recreational fishing industries, the prescription drug epidemic and post office closures.
- He earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition
- Lisa Tyson is a powerful, and passionate, advocate for progressive change on Long Island. For almost 15 years, Tyson has won important victories around a policy agenda aimed at promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, racial and social justice on Long Island. As Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Tyson formulates policy, raises funds, and manages a full time staff of eight, in support of that ambitious program.
- Tyson is a founding member of the Working Families Party who sits on the Executive Committee and is a Steering Committee member of the Long Island Regional Council where she plays a crucial role in endorsements.
- She was named one of 2010 Long Island Press‘s 50 Most Influential People on Long Island. In 2017, she was named as one of Long Island Business News Top 50 Women on Long Island while passing a public financing system for election in Suffolk County and passing a $3 million affordable housing bond in the Town of East Hampton.u00a0 In 2018, Tyson was named as one of theu00a0 City and State New York’s Long Island Power 50, which said this about Tyson:
- A life long resident of Long Island, Tyson was graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1993. She continued her studies in the Masters of Science program in Urban and Environmental Studies at Renssealear Polytechnic Institute in 1994.
Director of Development, Suffolk County Community College Foundation, Inc.
- Christopher Williams is a practicing attorney and counselor at law who has served at every level of American government - municipal, county, state and federal. A member of the adjunct faculty of the Department of Healthcare and Public Administration at LIU Post, Professor Williams teaches non-profit law, strategic human resource management, public administration, ethics, grantwriting and analytical research methods.
- A former legislative policy analyst and Congressional lawyer, Williams currently serves as Director of Development at Suffolk County Community College - the largest and most comprehensive two-year institution of higher learning in the State University of New York, where he strives to advance pathways to success for Suffolk's 27,000 students.
- Born and raised in Huntington, Long Island, New York, Christopher Williams is a first generation American - the son of English and Scottish immigrant parents. His late father Robert, a pioneer of solar energy, was an engineering professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and was elected President of the National Association of Power Engineers (N.A.P.E.).
- A lifelong student of public policy, Williams graduated from SUNY Farmingdale and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany where he conducted undergraduate research into the former Long Island Lighting Company's controversial Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.Chris is also an alumnus of the Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, New York. He served as Executive Assistant District Attorney of Suffolk County, as a Senior Assistant County Attorney in the Suffolk County Department of Law and as a Special Deputy Inspector General and Senior Investigative Attorney with the Office of the Inspector General, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he investigated and prosecuted fraud, waste and abuse in the world’s largest public transportation agency.
- Williams is most proud of his three children, Jeremy u2013 a student at Hofstra Law School, Grace - an alumna of SUNY Farmingdale and internet influencer, and Chris - studying at SUNY Binghamton.Williams is active in the life of his community and his church.
Lawrence J. Waldman
Lawrence J. Waldman
Board Chair CVD Equipment
- Lawrence J. Waldman, CPA, has over forty years of experience in public accounting. Mr. Waldman was the Managing Partner of the Long Island office of KPMG LLP from 1994 through 2006, the accounting firm where he began his career in 1972.
- Mr. Waldman currently serves as a senior advisor to First Long Island Investors, LLC, an investment and wealth management firm since May 2016. Mr. Waldman is currently the Chair of The Long Island Association.
- Mr. Waldman serves as a director of Apyx Medical Corp. since March 2011 and is currently the Chair of the audit committee and Lead Independent Director of the Board. Mr. Waldman also serves on the Board of Directors of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. since December 2015, and serves as Chair of its audit committee and Lead Independent Director. Mr. Waldman also serves on the Board of Directors of CVD Equipment Corporation, and serves as Chair of the Board and the Chair of the audit committee since October 2016.
- Mr. Waldman is also the Chair of the Supervisory Committee of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
- Mr. Waldman also served as a member of the State University of New York 2019 Board of Trustees and as chair of its audit committee. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority and as Chair and a member of the finance and audit committee of its Board of Trustees.
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