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Posted on: February 8th 2019


Stories from Suffolk, a policy forum on substance use disorders and the opioid epidemic, hosted by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Rockefeller Institute of Government.


Opening remarks by Steve Bellone – Suffolk County Executive

                                     Jay Schneiderman – Southampton Town Supervisor

                                     Steven Skrynecki – Southampton Town Police Chief

                                     Dr. Jim Malatras -  President, Rockefeller Institute of Government

                                     Robert Kent - Chief Counsel, NYS OASAS


The Keynote address was from Timothy D. Sini, Suffolk County District Attorney


  • Panel 1 Prevention, Education, and Environmental Strategies.

  • Panel 2 Treatment and Recovery Strategies.


Panelists included:        

·         Dr. Jim Malatras –

·         Timothy Sini – Suffolk County District Attorney

·         Robert Kent – Chief Counsel, NYS OASAS

·         Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds – CEO, Family and Children’s Association

·         Stuart Cameron – Chief of Department, Suffolk County Police Department

·         NYS Senator Peter Harckham – Chair, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee

·         Judge Derrick Robinson – Suffolk County District Court Judge, Drug Court and Mental Health Court

·         Dr. Leslie Marino – Clinical and Research Fellow, Columbia University

·         Pamela Mizzi – Director, Long Island Prevention Resource Center (LIPRC)

·         Dr. Tomrul Tuzel – Medical Director, Behavioral Enhancement and Substance Abuse Medicine Treatment (BEST)

·         John Venza – Vice President of Residential Services, Outreach Development Corporation

·         Anthony Ferrandino – Counselor, Northport-East Northport Community Drug & Alcohol Task Force

·         Dr. Patricia Strach – Director of Policy and Research, Rockefeller Institute of Government

·         Dr. Ronald Masera – Superintendent of Schools, Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District

·         Lars Clemensen – Superintendent of Schools, Hampton Bays Union Free School District

·         Krystle Stoddard – Sherpa Program Manager, THRIVE Recovery Center

·         Dr. Kristie Golden – Associate Director of Operations, Stony Brook University Hospital


A Special Thank You to Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons for hosting this event and for their continued generosity and support in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic in our communities.

Click here to read the article from the Suffolk Times.