Bridget was first voted into public office when she was elected to the Southampton Town Board in a Special Election in March 2010 and won reelection in 2011 for a four-year term. On the Town Board, Bridget kept good jobs on the East End by sponsoring a law that requires utility companies to remove dangerous and unsightly utility poles. She worked to create and enhance economic opportunities throughout the town, promoting youth training in sustainable building trades and fresh produce retailing. She was a champion for landmark legislation to protect working farms, and real action on much-needed affordable housing development. In 2009, Bridget received Sustainable Long Island’s “Getting it Done Award” for her success in establishing a youth-run farmer’s market in a neighborhood that otherwise had no access to fresh produce.
In 2015, Bridget was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature for the Second Legislative District. She serves as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee , and as a member of the Public Works, Veterans and Consumer Affairs, and Environment Parks and Agriculture Committee. Her primary policy focuses are on protecting and preserving our natural environment, public health, and responsible economic development.
Bridget was a leader in the working group that drafted the first Sanitary Code Revisions in 30 years that allowed nitrogen removing systems to replace outdated on-site septic systems that leach nitrogen to groundwater and surface water, leading to brown tides, fish kills and diminished shellfish and fin fish harvests. In the County Legislature, Bridget has helped to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in clean water and infrastructure funding. A leading voice against cuts to public bus service, she successfully advocated for an additional $2 million in state transportation support, a portion of which will support implementation of a micro transit pilot program for areas that are ill-suited to large bus service, and established the Public Transportation Working Group in response to the elimination of 8 bus routes in October 2016. The broad-based group meets bimonthly to make recommendations for an adequate bus service plan.
Bridget has also focused on securing funding for the planned Tick Surveillance and Management Program, a joint effort by the Departments of Health and Public Works to manage the tick population and reduce the devastating public health threat of tick borne illness, and she secured $100,000 for equipment in the Health Department lab and established a new position for a scientist dedicated to the study of ticks in the region. She spearheaded a program for data collection and wetlands management to reduce chemical spraying to control mosquitoes at Accabonac Harbor. She has conducted Narcan trainings to prevent opiate overdose, as well as fraud prevention programs for seniors throughout the district.
Bridget is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hunter College’s Special Honor Curriculum and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the highly respected Kramer Award for service to the community. Bridget worked for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of legendary District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan, where she served as a member of a Trial Bureau and the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, and later as the chief of a unit devoted to attacking fraud in public programs. After leaving the D.A.’s office in 2001, she headed up training for lawyers volunteering to help victims of the 9/11 attacks.
A resident of Southampton since 2001, Bridget lives with her husband Bob, a general contractor, their seventeen-year old son Jai, who attends public school on the East End, and Dune, the family dog.