Executive Committee (ExCom) Election Information
The Executive Committee of the Long Island group is the governing and local policy making body of the Long Island group. It is composed of 11 Sierra Club L. I. group members who volunteer their time to serve for a two year term. They are elected only by the Sierra Club members who live in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. They act as representatives of the full membership.
On December 31st, the terms of 5 Ex Comm member’s expire. Five members are running to fill the 5 seats. The candidate personal bios are below. Following the bios is a link to the ballot. Further instructions are on the ballot.
Do not vote online if you have mailed or intend to mail a ballot.
Online link for the voting ballot can be found here*.
Dec 31: Excom ballots (votes) due. When you follow the link, please make sure to scroll down and select the group for Long Island before you cast your votes. Thank you.
Biographies for LI Sierra Club Executive Committee
Ann I. Aurelio
Since the first time I ran for the board my family has grown. I went from a mother of three adult boys to a grandmother of six grandchildren. People will ask me why do you care so much about the environment around you, you’re a senior citizen already let someone else worry about it. I reply that it saddens me to see the damage we are doing. That people still think climate change is a hoax and for this reason ignore the evidence in front of them. I constantly worry about what kind of world it will be once I am gone. I feel guilty that my generation has not done enough for future generations and, for this reason I am asking for your vote once again so I can continue to be part of an organization with such caring people who are trying to better Long Island.
I’m Anthony Becker, I’m from Massapequa, and as an undergrad from Fordham I studied the troubles we face in taking care of our groundwater — our only source of drinking water, as well as the threats to our diverse surface waters and coastal ecosystems. I’ve worked for the State Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Program where I’ve inspected trees throughout the quarantined area and conducted outreach to spread awareness about this invasive insect that threatens our trees and forests. I enjoy discussing our environmental needs and concerns with people this way so that more people can become aware of not just how just beautiful Long Island is, but also how important its health is for us and everything else that calls it home. I currently work for the Department of Transportation where I help make sure projects are environmentally compliant, and I run the @sierraclub_LI instagram — check it out!
I am currently a Sierra Club Board member and began my term after one of our board members resigned. I am becoming more active as I learn about the current priority environmental issues that challenge our community and our organization. As a Lifetime Sierra Club member I have been involved with the LI group for more than 35 years as an outings leader and participant as well as an environmental activist.I have always actively supported Sierra Club issues and events, with contributions of time, money, writing to legislators and occasionally attending hearings and protest events. Our current Climate Change crisis demands increased attention and timely action to protect our natural resources and those of our planet. I would like to continue to support the good work being done by the Sierra Club as a board member.
As a volunteer for the Sierra Club L.I. group I have done outreach and communications, spoken at hearings, spoken to governmental agencies and representatives, created Power Point presentations for the pubic on fracking for natural gas, L.I. drinking water, L.I. geologic history, building efficiency, building solarization, and created fliers on a variety of topics. I’ve taught interns and trained outdoor activities leaders as well as created the outdoor activity program. I plan to continue working with the Preserve Plum Island and other coalitions; push for implementation of better ways to reduce nitrogen pollution of our waterways; find and implement ways to reduce waste; find more sites for alternative, passive, human waste treatment systems; reduce plastic consumption; and offer more “tours” of private or public facilities on Long Island. Speaking of that, if you have a facility you would like to tour, please contact me and I’ll try to set something up.
I Love NY, but I especially love the natural beauty and opportunities for recreation on our Island. I’m a 25-year member of SC. I believe we must address multiple environmental issues. In the early ‘90s, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition’s work helped me become aware of local environmental problems. Later, Helen Caldicott and the Fukushima catastrophe led me to anti-nuclear activism. I was glad when Governor Cuomo agreed to shut Indian Point. Environmentalists like biologist Sandra Steingraber, who writes about the greater health risks women and children face inspire me. I’ve designed brochures for the Group, including Food and the Environment, War’s Dirty Footprint and Coastal Resilience. I had an LTE published in Newsday, helped get an article about Fukushima in SC Atlantic’s newsletter, wrote articles for the LI group’s newsletter and have given presentations to Long Islanders. I enjoy hiking with my family and dog, swimming and bicycling.