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05.02.24

Help us Pass Skip the Stuff in Suffolk County

While the Eastern Long Island Chapter is still excited about the recent success of our first Skip the Stuff campaign in East Hampton Village, we have an even bigger effort that just came about at Suffolk County! This is a huge opportunity to make a difference in single-waste plastic reduction!

How can you help??

Plan to attend the next public hearing and give a verbal testimony! DATE TBD

EDIT: While we spoke at the first hearing on Tuesday, 5/7, we are still waiting to find out a date and time for the next hearing date. Until then you can prepare your testimony! You are given three minutes at the podium and can read right off a paper. Not sure what to say? Check out the resources in our toolkit. The meeting will be held in the Rose Caracappa auditorium, also called "the horseshoe room" in the William H. Floyd Building. The address is 725 Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown. You can also search "Suffolk County Legislature" in Google Maps.

If you can't make the hearing, you have two other options to complete by 5/30 at 12:30 pm - choose one of these two:

  1. Email written testimony to frank.tassone@suffolkcountyny.gov and jenna@easternli.surfrider.orgYou can use this template, and use our toolkit for guidance! 

    Make the subject “Written testimony for IR 1371” and the letter can go in the body of the email.

  2. Call (631) 853-3685 and leave a voicemail up to three minutes long. It can be shorter, though. Here's a short and sweet example of what you could say or make your own:

"Hello, my name is ___ and I am a Suffolk County resident, living in ____.  I am calling to leave a message for the Health Committee to provide a public comment in support of Introductory Resolution 1371. As a volunteer for the environmental nonprofit, The Surfrider Foundation, I support a Skip the Stuff law to prevent waste from single-use plastic in take-out orders. Thank you to Legislators Englebright and Legislator Welker for co-sponsoring this important resolution."

If you'd like to follow along, you can watch the live stream of the meeting here. Here’s the link to the proposed policy. There's a good chance the hearing stays open, which means there could be another opportunity to submit public comments next month, but we would highly encourage your action now to increase our chances of success!