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 .