Ann Welker

Suffolk County Legislature (2nd LD)
Ann Welker

A native of the East End, Ann has spent her life on ,or in , the waters of Southampton Town. Protection and preservation of the water quality of our bays , ponds and ocean are the preeminent priority for Ann and what led her to serve on the Southampton Town Board of Trustees.
Each member of the Board of Trustees has a geographic area of the Town that they are responsible for, Ann’s area is the eastern section of the town, encompassing the hamlets of Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Noyac, Sag Harbor and Sagaponack. Mecox Bay, Sagaponack Pond and the coastal ponds found in the Long Pond Greenbelt are some of the many water bodies found in these hamlets. Acting as a steward of the waterways, protecting beach access, and preserving the maritime traditions of this wonderful place we call home make serving as a Southampton Town Trustee an important role for Ann , especially as our community faces threats from climate change, sea level rise and continued growth.
Ann participates in the community oyster gardener program at the Southampton Town Facility at Tiana Bayside in Hampton Bays. This program is a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Division, and empowers members of the public to raise oysters from seed, helping to increase the wild population of these water filtering bivalves. Ann also volunteers with the Peconic Estuary Partnership and Seatuck Environmental in the Long Island Volunteer River Herring Survey, a citizen science project where volunteers monitor runs of river herring, also known as alewives, as they migrate and spawn in streams throughout Southampton Town .
Elected to the Southampton Town Board of Trustees in 2017, Ann serves as the first woman to have been elected to the Board since its inception in 1686. But, definitely not the last.