North Fork Environmental Council Welcomes New Officers and Board Members

North Fork Environmental Council

The North Fork Environmental Council, a non-profit advocate for the beautiful wild places of the North Fork, voted in a new slate of officers and welcomed several new board members and a returning staff member last Monday, Nov. 14.

The NFEC, now entering its 45th year of service to the North Fork, is looking to engage more residents and businesses in protecting natural resources and the community’s way of life.

For the past five years, former North Fork Environmental Council President Bill Toedter has been a constant presence at government meetings and community events. Mr. Toedter recently moved to Arizona, and the board didn’t have to look far to find a replacement.

Susan MacKenzie, NFEC Treasurer for the past five years, was elected the organization’s new president at last Monday’s meeting.

According to the NFEC’s announcement of the new board, Ms. MacKenzie helped reduce and manage ongoing operating costs, securing the NFEC’s financial stability for years to come, during her five-year tenure as treasurer. Her mission is to “help rebuild the NFEC into a more robust organization, putting it in a better position to respond to immediate and long-term issues facing the North Fork.”

One example of Susan’s new approach to engaging the community was last year’s successful Earth Day 5K Run, which will again take place in 2017.

Other NFEC directors elected to serve as officers included new director Kelly Fogerty as treasurer and long-time NFEC director John Rooney as secretary.

Former Southold Town Trustee Dave Bergen and Southold resident Joanna Rallis have also joined the board as new directors.

Former NFEC Director and current president of the North Fork Audubon Society Debbie O’Kane has agreed to join the NFEC as programs director. Her responsibilities will include “developing new, ongoing education and awareness programs for residents of all ages, as well as continuing to foster coalitions between the NFEC and other environmental and community organizations on the East End.”

“Debbie’s past experience with the NFEC and her long-time community connections should serve the organization well in attracting more active members and supporters as it continues its efforts to address critical issues on the North Fork,” said the group in their statement.

“The NFEC continues its core mission as a grassroots organization to increase public awareness of key issues, educate the public and public officials about important environmental and quality of life topics, and help the public’s voice to be heard regarding the formation of key public programs, policies and legislation,” according to the statement.

Incorporated in 1972, the NFEC remains dedicated to the preservation of land, sea, air and quality of life on Long Island’s North Fork and its identifying motto, “Save What’s Left!”

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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