Author: James Bertsch

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James Bertsch grew up in Sayville and continues to live there with his children and wife. James grew up on the Great South Bay, working for the Sayville Ferry Service, and his children sail at Wet Pants. James studied philosophy and history at St. John’s University in Minnesota before serving children in the Archdiocese of Chicago as a volunteer. James studied American history, culture and literature at Colorado State University. There, he also taught composition before teaching English and Social Studies in Long Island high schools. For the 17 years, James has served as building administrator in the Connetquot and Patchogue-Medford Schools and now in the Special Education division of Nassau BOCES. James earned his doctorate in Education from St. John’s, N.Y. James’ goal as an activist is to bring the civility and inquiring nature of the classroom to the public sphere. James is one of the founding members of the Greater Sayville Civic Association. He also works on teams to support local charitable causes and writes periodically for the Suffolk County News. Joining with others to create environments that encourage citizens to take a more active role in civic, political and community life continues to direct his efforts.

Sewering Oakdale

OAKDALE—Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay met with residents at the Oakdale Civic meeting last week regarding plans to sewer parts of Oakdale using New York State storm relief funds.  Lindsay shared the tentative boundaries and timeline for the project including news there would be an Oakdale sewer referendum vote in the future.  This vote would impact those residents located within the area to receive sewers, and it would take place after a sewer district was established.  The county plans to use $26.4 million of previously allocated storm recovery money to do the work.

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A Letter To The Great River Community

Attention Great River residents! You can help your community, help The Great South Bay, and help lead The South Shore to a better future by voting YES January 22nd on the sewering ballot. The money is there to spend from federal Sandy Relief funds, but this is our one chance. Cesspools are destroying the bay. Other communities will have their votes coming up. Let's start with a YES to a healthy bay and to a more vibrant South Shore!

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