DuWayne Gregory has given 26 years of service to his country, county and community. An Army veteran, he is currently serving his fifth term in the Suffolk County Legislature representing the county’s 15th legislative district. In 2011, he was chosen as the Legislature’s Majority Leader and was the first person of color to serve in that role. Just three years later he became the first person of color chosen as Presiding Officer, reelected annually by his colleagues. A native Long Islander, Presiding Officer Gregory takes great pride in leading the Legislature on building an economy and environment in Suffolk County that will enable the middle class to thrive, revitalizing downtowns, investing in convenient transportation and affordable housing, prioritizing the fight against crime, and keeping quality higher education accessible to all.
He has marked his career in public service with landmark achievements that include creating a gun offender registry, bringing back neighborhoods by creating the Suffolk County Land Bank which helps put blighted properties back on the tax rolls, and making Suffolk County the first municipality in the nation to ban the sale of powdered caffeine to minors. As part of his ongoing efforts to combat the drug crisis, he was proud to partner with CN Guidance and Counseling Services and Northwell Health to launch Project Connect, a program that dispatches an outreach advocate to emergency rooms to offer resources to people who have survived a drug overdose. He also directed efforts to create the county’s “Stay Alive LI” mobile app to put lifesaving information in the hands of those suffering from drug addiction.
The Presiding Officer remains dedicated to stimulating the local economy, and in that spirit he created the “Charting the Course” seminar series to facilitate communication between the business sector and local government and a Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council to protect and promote Suffolk’s $1.6-billion marine industry.
Engaging our young people is one of his passions, and in addition to creating several youth programs including the Next Generation Advisory Council, Youth Leadership Caucus, Distinguished Youth Award and Page Summer Internship Program, he recently directed the county to create a pilot homeownership program to address obstacles faced by millennials with mounting student loan debt.
Presiding Officer Gregory has a deep desire to serve the public with integrity, transparency and accessibility, and he is very proud of the constituent assistance provided by his office to thousands of people every year.