Blueprint for Our Future: Creating Jobs, Preserving the Environment : the Report to Governor Mario Cuomo by the East End Economic & Environmental Task Force of Long Island, New York

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This innovative study, commissioned by Governor Mario Cuomo, examines the economic and environmental future of eastern Long Island, including the towns of Southampton, Riverhead, East Hampton, Southold, and Shelter Island. Developed as a paradigm for the interaction of a local community with state government, the report was approached with one goal in mind: to strengthen the East End economy without adversely affecting its environment. The 4-member volunteer task force, the first of its kind in New York State history, included public officials, farmers, bank presidents, fishermen, environmentalists, motel and marina operators, vineyard and restaurant owners, and real estate brokers. After five months of intense work they made 44 specific recommendations covering the agricultural, fishing, winery, and recreation/ second home industries, which are the backbone of the rural East End economy. The complete report was delivered to the Governor on November19, 1993. This is the only full-length publication of the report in book form.

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An East End Agricology Institute Should Be Created
More Agricultural Parcels Should Be Eligible

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About the author (1994)

Tom Twomey, Series Editor of the East Hampton and Riverhead Historical Collections, is the President of the East Hampton Library and former East Hampton Town Historian. Having spent his childhood at the family's summer home on the North Fork, Tom began practicing law in Riverhead shortly after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1970. In 1993, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve as chairman of the East End Economic and Environmental Task Force to boost the local economy and to preserve the rural character of the East End. Twomey, Latham, Shea & Kelley is the largest law firm in eastern Suffolk in Long Island, New York.

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