New FOB Director
Kyle Rabin, the new executive director of Friends of the Bay with Centre Island Mayor Jack Williams, the FOB board president.
Formerly of Riverkeeper, Inc., He Sees Similarities to Friends of the Bay's Concepts
Kyle Rabin, the new executive director of Friends of the Bay was out meeting members on Sunday, Sept. 19 at their fund-raising barbecue. Held at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club the event was a great family event and children had a great time taking turns on the great amusements offered.
Mr. Rabin will be starting in mid October. He said there is a similarity between Friends of the Bay and Riverkeeper. "The Riverkeeper organization mission is to protect the Hudson Valley watershed and drinking water supply for its 9 million residents. The Hudson River Fishermen's Association is analagous to the Oyster Bay Baymen. In protecting the environment and ensuring a viable local industry you can have both, one doesn't preclude the other," he said.
Mr. Rabin is currently with Riverkeeper, Inc. in Garrison, New York. There he is the senior policy analyst and campaign director. In his job he has dealt with the media, testified before government bodies. He worked on issues such as nuclear safety, nuclear security, radiological emergency preparedness planning and whistleblower protection. He was involved with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission on safety and security matters as well as the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. He assisted Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. with a chapter in his September 2004 book Crimes of Nature. His letters and viewpoints have appeared in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday and Journal News.
Mr. Rabin had personal experience with emergency situations when he worked as a policy analyst for the Council of State Governments located at the World Trade Center between June 2001 and December 2001. He was in Building #5 when the first plane hit.
Before working at the World Trade Center he worked in Albany. Mr. Rabin worked for Environmental Advocates of New York from August 1998 to June 2001. The last year he was there he was the Nuclear Energy Policy Project director. During that time he was also an Air and Energy Program Associate. He graduated from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at SUNY, Syracuse with a Master of Science and a concentration in Environmental and Community Land Planning in December 1997. As a Master's Project he produced an 80-minute documentary that served to educate the viewer about the impacts of economic globalization on indigenous communities in the Malaysian State of Sarawak, Borneo. In early 1998, he continued his documentary film work as a research assistant for a film on folksinger Pete Seeger's life experiences. It explored the historic struggles for increased democracy and social justice in the US over the last half century. In his undergraduate work Mr. Rabin had majored in environmental studies and had minors in biology and cinema.
Mr. Rabin replaces Louise Harrison who resigned from the position to dedicate her time to her own environmental consulting business Conservation & Natural Areas Planning - Consnap for short.