About the CAG

The Newtown Creek Superfund Site Community Advisory Group (CAG) is a diverse group of concerned residents, affected property owners, local governments, community groups, environmental groups, public health experts, the business community, and others from Brooklyn and Queens who have an interest in the cleanup of Newtown Creek. CAG members believe that the cleanup is an important opportunity to increase access to the Creek for recreation, restore wildlife habitats and the ecosystem of the Creek, and keep the channel as a working waterfront.

The CAG meets approximately once a month with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others.  The CAG’s meetings are open to the public.  Members share information, hear presentations from city, state, and federal agencies, discuss options to proceed, and build community consensus about decisions affecting clean-up of the site. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings.

Leadership

The Newtown Creek CAG is led by two co-chairs and a steering committee, consisting of individuals and organization representatives who are recognized as community leaders interested in remedial activities at the Newtown Creek Superfund site. The CAG co-chairs organize and lead the CAG’s efforts. Co-chairs serve one-year terms and are eligible to serve an unlimited number of terms.

For further details on the roles and responsibilities of co-chairs and steering committee members, and for an explanation of how steering committee members and co-chairs are nominated, see the CAG’s operating procedures (new document coming soon, old operating procedures available here.)

Current CAG Co-Chairs

  • Willis Elkins
  • Ryan Kuonen

Past CAG Co-Chairs

  • Kate Zidar (2012-2013)
  • Mike Schade (2013-2016)

Current Steering Committee Members

  • Leah Archibald
  • Lisa Bloodgood
  • Mike Dulong
  • Willis Elkins
  • Quincy Ely-Cate
  • Christine Holowacz
  • Ed Kelly
  • Ryan Koenen
  • Rich Mazur
  • Paul Pullo
  • Mike Schade
  • Mitch Waxman

Current Membership

  • Leah Archibald, Evergreen*
  • Tony Argento, Broadway Stages
  • Erik Baard, HarborLAB
  • Patterson Beckwith, North Brooklyn Boat Club
  • Tanya Bley, Resident
  • Lisa Bloodgood, Newtown Creek Alliance*
  • Mike Dulong, Riverkeeper*
  • Sarah Durand, LaGuardia-CUNY
  • Willis Elkins, Newtown Creek Alliance**
  • Katie Ellman, Green Shores NYC
  • Quincy Ely-Cate, Maspeth Industrial Business Association (MIBA)*
  • Stephen Fabian, Evergreen
  • Ted Gruber, LIC Boathouse
  • Michael Haskell, North Brooklyn Boat Club
  • Michael Heimbinder, Newtown Creek Alliance
  • Brett Herman, Resident
  • Laura Hofmann, Barge Park Pals/NCA/NCMC
  • Michael Hofmann, Barge Park Pals/NCA/NCMC
  • Christine Holowacz, NCA/NCMC*
  • Ed Kelly, Maritime Association of the Port of NY/NJ*
  • Bradley Kerr, North Brooklyn Boat Club
  • Louis Kleinman, Waterfront Alliance
  • Ryan Kuonen, CB #1 Brooklyn, North Brooklyn Neighbors**
  • Steve Lang, LaGuardia-CUNY
  • Michael Leete, Resident
  • Nicholas Leete, Resident
  • John Lipscomb, Boat Captain/River Keeper
  • Rich Mazur, North Brooklyn Development Corporation*
  • Dorothy Morehead, Queens CB 2 Env. Comm. Chair, NCA HarborLab
  • Jan Mun, Resident
  • Johanna Phelps, Resident/Landscape Architect
  • Paul Pullo, United Metro Fuels*
  • Lori Raphael, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Chrissy Remein, Riverkeeper
  • Mike Schade, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, North Brooklyn Neighbors*
  • Jason Sinopoli, Resident
  • Dewey Thompson , North Brooklyn Boat Club
  • Teresa Toro, Resident
  • Mitch Waxman, Newtown Creek Alliance*
  • Charles Yu, Long Island City Partnership
  • Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance
  • Marina Zurkow, Resident

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* Steering Committee Member

** Steering Committee Chair

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