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Germain Appointed Commissioner to Port Washington Water District

She will continue serving as executive director at Residents for A More Beautiful Port Washington.

Mindy Germain, a Port Washington resident, has been appointed as a commissioner of the . She will join current Commissioners David R. Brackett and Peter Meyer.  

Germain, who will serve as treasurer, replaces Thomas J. Murray, who retired after 22 years of service to the community. The term of appointment runs through the end of 2012.  

"I am honored to serve the community in this expanded role," Germain said, who will continue to serve as executive director at Residents for More Beautiful Port Washington. She added, "I do plan to run for election when the term [as water commissioner] ends."

“Mindy Germain brings energy, vision and a deep dedication to environmental awareness and sustainable conservation practices to the position of Commissioner,” Brackett said, in a statement.

Germain noted that Residents and the PWWD "share the common goal of preserving and protecting our water supply," she said.

At Residents, Germain has played a key role with the Peninsula Aquifer Committee, which she described as a group that created "a model to predict future stresses on the Manhasset Neck aquifer and raise funds through local water districts for data collection to fill in the where the county left off." Here, Germain referred to $170,000 worth of funding that Nassau County stopped providing in 2010, as reported by Newsday.

In her role at Residents, Germain also played a role in the Peninsula Tree Protection Committee, and the Upper Main Street Revitalization Program. In addition, she helped to develop an environmental education and leadership program for Grades 1-5 in the .

Craig Baines June 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
And she will be challenged in the December election and exposed as an insider who is pushing the Town rezoning and overdevelopment of Main Street in her capacity as an (over) paid employee of the RFAMPW and has just been rewarded for her efforts with an appointment by the Town Board. What has the RFAMBPW done in the last 20 years besides a few do-gooder PR stunts with no real impact on the community and dole out big saleries to hacks like Mindy. Let the race begin........
Craig Baines June 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Two open seats on the PWWD this December, both will be contested. No free ride this year Bob Brackett, gee do you think it was an accident Brackett was just honored by the RFAMBPW at its annual Gala event? First the Board of Commissioners spent 600,000 for a driveway on Longview road and now they have a new appointee on the board who is committed to raising water rates to fund another liberal do-gooder "data collection study". Look at the gravy train that is the RFAMBPW and how they have lost site of its original mission and created a mini-government on tax deductible donations. http://www.charitiesnys.com/RegistrySearch/show_details.jsp?id={4F77CD6C-1472-4908
Michael Neil June 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I'm glad to see that Mindy Germain intends to run for election when her current term ends. Democracy is all about choices, and I'm glad that we'll have the ability to vote for someone who is concerned about preserving the integrity of our vital aquifers, working to prevent salt water infiltration and other contamination.
Craig Baines June 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Choice is good and I am certain that well qualified challengers will emerge who have better qualifications and will be elected on merit not appointed in an insider deal between pandering politicians on the town board and a civic group who is more concerned with pushing overdevelopment on people who do not want it, in a town that does not need it, and how does that square with conserving precious resources, or is it do as I say, not as I do? Thank you.
John Landon June 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Inside deal, who promised who what?
John Landon June 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
What are Mindy Germain's qualifications, really?
Michael Neil June 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Choice is good. As for "overdevelopment," Residents' is not the only group to propose an overlay district. Sen. Jack Martins said he's" a big fan" of overlay districts right here on a video on Patch http://portwashington.patch.com/articles/the-quest-to-save-north-hempstead-s-main-streets, Watch at about 2.34. Thank you.
Local Resident June 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
@Michael Neil Choice is good, but Sen. Martins presentation (at least what is shown on the video) is regarding development in Mineola which is unrelated to Port Washington. Port Washington, being on a peninsula, has it's own set of challenges when it comes to development (or overdevelopment as in the Model Blocks case) of Main Street. What worked in other towns will not necessarily work in Port Washington. Sen. Martins states that no one lives in the downtown areas, so after 5:00PM no one is there and businesses can not be supported. This statement with regards to Port is false. Main Street is already a very dense residential area, especially when compared with other towns. My family and I live just off of Main Street, so people do in fact live in the downtown area. "Residents" may not be the only group to propose an overlay district, but in the case of the Model Blocks plan being proposed for Main Street, so far "Residents" are the only ones voicing their support of such a plan. On the other hand, there has been a tremendous negative response from the local community. So what are Mindy Germain's qualifications for this position? Other than being the point person for a poorly planned Model Blocks proposal I don't know if she is qualified. And it turns out that Fred Pollack was appointed to the BID...seems like a lot of connected people are getting appointed to positions that affect life in Port Washington, even if they have been voted out of office.

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