As an environmentalist and waterman, I have always had a keen awareness of the need to preserve and protect our natural resources. I have spent my entire career striving to understand our marine environment and find practical solutions to create a sustainable, balanced ecosystem.
I grew up on the water — sailing, surfing, water-skiing, fishing. Some of my earliest memories are of my father teaching me to swim, fish and operate boats.
My love of the water took me to South Florida, where I received a Master of Public Administration, and raced sailboats for fun. I became a grant writer for the City of Miami Beach and was involved in the renovation of the city’s popular Art Deco District.
I later relocated to Rockland County, NY, where I served as assistant director to the Office of the Aging, and subsequently as Coordinator of Child Support Enforcement Unit. I have spent over 20 years in county government administration, and I firmly believe in the value of public service.
For the past 10 years, I have been the captain of various research vessels for SUNY Stonybrook, at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), Southampton. My work at SoMAS has provided me with direct and in-depth knowledge of relevant scientific data about our marine environment.
I am deeply involved in local environmental advocacy, and I served as Chairman of Surfrider Foundation’s Eastern Long Island Chapter for four years. At Surfrider, we have implemented some of the region’s most successful environmental awareness campaigns, including the recent ban of plastic straws and polystyrene food containers.
Last year I married the most beautiful and supportive woman I have ever met, Alejandra. Our wedding was held in the backyard of our home in Hampton Bays, where we currently live with our dog. My wife and I each have grown children who bring great joy to our lives. When we are not campaigning, you can find us spending time with friends, surfing or working in our yard.
My message to you.
As your Southampton Town Trustee, I will bring new input, and a fresh voice to the community. I will introduce science and consistent policy to our work in water quality improvement, land stewardship and beach access. My goal is to protect our natural resources, expand marine based industries and continue to attract visitors to our ocean, beaches and bays.