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Oct 3, 2015 9:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jennifer Garvey To Lead New Water Quality Research Center At Stony Brook

Oct 7, 2015 10:48 AM

Hampton Bays native Jennifer Garvey has been chosen as the associate director of the newly created New York State Center for Water Quality Technology, a research center based at Stony Brook University that will focus on developing septic treatment technology and water quality improvement strategies.

Ms. Garvey, who is currently Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst’s deputy chief of staff, played what Ms. Throne-Holst said was a major role in the conception, planning and fundraising to create the center.

Ms. Garvey has held the town post since Ms. Throne-Holst was elected supervisor in 2009. Before that Ms. Garvey worked for the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. She will be leaving her position at Town Hall on October 16.

“You couldn’t find anyone better,” Ms. Throne-Holst said on Saturday afternoon at a water quality forum in Montauk. “She has been an amazing partner in this whole endeavor. It’s a great next step for her, and it’s a great opportunity for the center to have someone of her caliber running it.”

Ms. Garvey could not be reached for comment this week, and her new salary is not a matter of public record.

The center was the brainchild of Ms. Throne-Holst and her staff. The supervisor and Ms. Garvey pitched the idea for a technology incubator—and, eventually, a manufacturing hub—based on the East End just two years ago to the state’s Regional Economic Development Council.

Governor Andrew Cuomo included $2 million in seed money for the center in his 2015 budget and another $1 million has been pledged by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

With offices and laboratories at SBU, as well as the expertise of the university’s marine biologists, the center’s research will focus on identifying and developing new technology to improve the removal of nitrogen from wastewater from residential septic systems, and to make the systems more affordable.

Two Stony Brook professors, Christopher Gobler, Ph.D., a marine biology professor, and Hal Walker, Ph.D, an engineering professor, will be co-directors of the center.

Research by scientists from Stony Brook University has connected the proliferation and spread of harmful algal blooms in Long Island’s bays and ponds to high nitrogen levels caused by wastewater leaching out of residential septic systems.

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And where in this article does it state her qualifications?? I mean besides being a political appointee
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Oct 4, 15 7:28 AM
BS Business Admin.Geneseo.MS Public Relations Syracuse University.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 4, 15 7:54 AM

By Jpal (5), hampton bays on Oct 4, 15 8:47 AM
No you would't want to put a scientist in a position that is investigating the biology of wastewater. I'm sure this lady is a hardworker, and did a great job for ATH, but this is another example of put our pals in a job. This is not a case of the best person for the job. A bs in business, and public relations has nothing to do with wastewater. When do we stop doing the same nonsense in government?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 4, 15 10:47 AM
Did you even read the article before you started spewing your usual ignorant political hatred? It says two phd scientists are the co-directors. i don't know this woman but if she's anything like ms holst i'm sure she's organized and hard working which is what they would need to manage a team of scientists. go back to bed.
By em (51), sagaponack on Oct 4, 15 2:22 PM
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Never going to change. This is why college grads cannot get employment in the field they went to school for.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Oct 4, 15 1:13 PM
another reader who can't read. if this watchdog person is right, this woman has a job that is exactly what she went to school for. i smell backstory to your comment.
By em (51), sagaponack on Oct 4, 15 2:28 PM
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Zero science background. I guess there were no other candidates
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Oct 4, 15 5:54 PM
No, do you know how the game is played
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Oct 4, 15 6:30 PM
ms Garvey is well qualified to run this Center and she has already appointed to sceincetist/engineers to be directors
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Oct 4, 15 7:26 PM
"to" as in "two"?
"sceincetist" ??
Oh my God . . .
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Oct 5, 15 5:34 PM
It's like a person with no legal back ground running a law firm. It's absurd, but that is why govt moves at such a slow speed no one knows what the hell their doing, and doesn't care. ATH can never win the congressional seat so now she has to employ friend's and family before the music stops. TRUMP for president!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 5, 15 12:25 AM
I had been wondering for the last few weeks what type of person would really want Donald Trump in the White House. Now it is crystal clear.
There is a BIG difference between administration, leadership and "nuts and bolts" work, Chief. Ms. Garvey is a perfect fit for this scenario.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 15 11:59 AM
Congratulations, Jennifer! Wish you all the best and I am sure you will make all of us proud.
By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Oct 5, 15 12:18 PM
Some how a man that made ten billion dollars, and put together an empire can't be president. Our current president the community organizer who has accomplished very little is some sort of genius. Maybe we are so use to mediocrity we don't realize how a successful man can change this country.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 5, 15 4:30 PM
He is a carnival barker, Chief, if my daddy had sent me to college and I graded with a $200,000.00 play money account I would be king as well. He is an idiot and it is people like you who are keeping the candidate from addressing the real issues.
Now do you car e to address the topic at hand which addresses the fact that she is being put in a position as an administrator. Shouldn't the scientists be working on the intent, and not keeping books?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 15 5:02 PM
an accountant should be keeping the books
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 5, 15 5:34 PM
Co-directors will be a scientist and an engineer. Water quality badly needs public relations, which is Ms, Garvey's educational background. On top of all that, anyone who has observed Ms. Garvey as I have for the past six years knows she will excel at anything she undertakes. Congratulations and all the best to Jennifer Garvey.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 5, 15 5:41 PM
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Oct 5, 15 6:27 PM
Congratulations Jennifer! You have performed admirably in Anna's office and I am sure you will do well in the Stony Brook job. All the very best.
By bluelightning (21), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 15 8:06 AM
The rats abandoning a sinking ship? Who knows, Washington DC might have been an eminently more exciting destination than studying septic tanks, human waste, wastewaters, runoffs, e coli, sewers, toxic shellfish and bays?

What's that, a pipe dream? Never mind then.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Oct 11, 15 5:26 AM
Best of success in your new endeavor.
By Brad (28), Northampton on Oct 15, 15 12:58 PM