Patchogue Native Jesse Garcia Elected Suffolk GOP Leader 136

To the cheers of a packed house, Patchogue native Jesse Garcia, was unanimously elected leader of the Suffolk County Republican Committee, at a special GOP party convention held last Wednesday at Islip Town Republican Headquarters.   The election is particularly special for Garcia, who has served as Chairman of the Brookhaven Town Republican Committee for the past 12 years and is now the first County Chairman in over two decades to hold both the town and county leadership roles.

Garcia is also the first Hispanic elected Chairman of a County Republican Party on Long Island.  In an interview with Patchogue Today, Garcia noted “I am especially proud of my Hispanic roots.  My parents instilled in me and my siblings the love of family, the value of hard work and the importance of public and community service.”

Garcia grew up in Patchogue, where his father, the late Jesus Garcia, came from Cuba, settling his family on Gilbert Street.  Garcia graduated from Patchogue Medford HS in 1984 where he played baseball until an injury sidelined him.  An avid sports fan, he has fond memories playing Little League baseball with PYAA and credits both his parents for teaching him the value of community service.

His father, Jesus Garcia, was awarded the LI Advance “Man of the Year” in 1993 for his service in many organizations including the Patchogue Lions Club, Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services, the Patchogue Youth Athletic Association , La Union Hispanica and the Spanish Society of Suffolk.  The Ryder Ave Senior Park is also named after him.

Jesse’s mother Miriam is from Puerto Rico.  “To this day my mom is a strong influence in my life.

Garcia serves as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the Suffolk Board of Elections. He replaces John LaValle as Suffolk County Leader, who resigned the post last month.  He will fulfill the remainder of LaValle’s term and will likely stand for re-election for a full two-year term as Suffolk’s GOP leader after the June 25 primaries.

I am truly blessed by the faith and trust the hundreds of Committee Members, Volunteers, Candidates and elected officials have placed in me to lead our county Republican Party.”

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“Half Shells for Habitat” Town Reef Restoration Project 22

Town Moves 3,000 lbs. of Recycled, Cured Oyster Shells for “Half Shells for Habitat” Reef Restoration Projects

Recently, the Town of Brookhaven moved 3,000 lbs. of recycled, cured oyster shells to two oyster restoration projects in Bellport Bay as part of an oyster shell recovery program called Half Shells for Habitat.” Since early 2018, the Seatuck Environmental Association has collected oyster shells from restaurants for use in oyster and habitat restoration efforts. The Town partnered with Seatuck to address the critical need to return oyster shells to Long Island’s estuaries. The shells provide vitally important substrate on which young oysters can attach and grow, and they help to combat coastal acidification by returning calcium to the water. The Town established a shell storage site at their Manorville composting facility where the shells sit in the sun for at least 6 months before going back in the water. Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has enthusiastically embraced the idea and town officials plan to use some of the shells in their oyster restoration program.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am happy to partner with Seatuck on Half Shells for Habitat, and I thank the restaurants for their enthusiastic support. This is a very important environmental project that reduces our waste stream and will help repopulate the bay with new oysters and keep the water clean. It’s another valuable step to improving the environment of our local waterways.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization pursues its mission by employing a multi-pronged approach to various wildlife conservation projects and offering high quality environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages. Volunteers are needed to deliver and collect buckets from the restaurants, clean buckets and make deliveries of shells to the storage site. Interested people are urged to contact Seatuck at staff@seatuck.org  or 631-581-6908.

 

Alive on the River Kicks off Tonight, June 6th! Salute the Soldiers! 254

Patchogue’s Alive on the River festivals starts tonight, June 6th with its Salute the Soldiers theme!

Hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Riverfront Committee, this is the festivals second year.  The concept for Alive on the River was developed in order to familiarize locals and others on LI to the amazing restaurants and bars along the Patchogue riverfront. 

Here is the complete Alive on the River schedule and the themes for each week:

  • TONIGHT- June 6th: Salute the Soldiers
  • June 20th: Summer Solstice
  • July 18th: Mardis Gras on the River
  • August 1st: Reggae Sun Splash
  • August 15th: Howl at the Moon
  • August 29th: Luau on the River

 


During each event, participating locations will have live music and offer theme related drink specials.   Drift 82, The Oar, Off Key Tikki , Dublin Deck and the Harbor Crab Co. will have no cover charge beginning at 5 p.m.  (Dublin Deck cover charge resumes at 8 p.m.)

Water taxis by Fire Island Ferries will be available for transport along the river front, making stops at the participating restaurants and at Island View Marina.   $10 for unlimited rides between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Click here for more information on Alive on the River and to follow the event on Facebook.

 

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