East Hampton Trustee
John was elected Town Trustee in 2017. For almost 50 years he has worked on and around the water. His career includes:
- Research assistant in the Ichthyology Department at the New York Ocean Science Laboratory in Montauk.
- Fisheries Biologist at the Multi Aquaculture Systems fish farm in Napeague.
- Environmental Analyst with the East Hampton Town Natural Resources Department.
- Founding Director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery.
As a Trustee, John has been active in working on projects that protect and enhance the marine environment including:
- Monitoring mosquito breeding on the Accabonac marshes to allow targeted controls, reducing the need for wide scale spraying.
- Undertaking a Horseshoe Crab mating survey in Northwest Harbor with Cornell Cooperative Extension to better understand population dynamics on the East End.
- Assisting the Town Shellfish Hatchery in seeding and oyster reef development.
- Prompting promoting and monitoring the development of an independent near-shore Fisheries Study for the South Fork Wind Farm.
John is also Trustee board liaison to:
- Peconic Estuary Partnership Technical Advisory Committee.
- East Hampton Town Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee.
- Stony Brook Southampton ongoing water quality monitoring programs in Town Trustee waters.
John graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Zoology. After a stint with the Peace Corps in India, he settled in East Hampton, raising two boys with his wife Gale.