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On Monday, March 2, Council staff completed the 14th and final Community Conversation to review the Council’s draft Report, commonly being referred to as The Our Waters, Our Communities Report by many event participants. Productive and lively conversations were held in Fredonia, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Oswego, Geneva, Watertown, Albany, Hempstead, Montauk, Greenport, Stony Brook, Millbrook, and New York City.

In spite of the recognized short lead time for coordination and promotion, the Community Conversations drew over 500 individuals and organizational representatives. The format of the events was uniformly acknowledged as a productive opportunity for participants to discuss their perspectives and issues about the draft.

The events’ success was due in large part to the generosity and hospitality of over 25 co-sponsoring organizations. These co-sponsors supported the events by securing free space, promoting the events, and providing refreshments. This effective and efficient co-sponsorship approach provid es a template for future collaborations.

Council staff is currently in the process of coding and analyzing the participant response sheets, notes from the Community Conversation breakouts, and mailed and electronically submitted comments. In general, responses to the draft Report were positive and supportive, with concerns focusing on action and funding for implementation. The events opened the door to future place-based conversations with stakeholders across New York.

List of Co-sponsors

Meeting Materials:
Meeting Agenda
Draft Ocean and Great Lakes Report
Draft Report Overview

One-Pagers:

Response Sheet for Session A
Session B Information Sheet
Response Sheet for Session B
Session C Information Sheet
Response Sheet for Session C

Planned Events
Date Time City/Town Location Address

2/9

Thank You!

Fredonia

SUNY-Fredonia

http://www.fredonia.edu/maps/shuttle.asp  

2/9

Thank You!

Buffalo

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

2/10

Thank You!

Rochester

SUNY Brockport Metro Center

www.brockport.edu/metrocenter

2/11

Thank You!

Syracuse

Martha Eddy Room

www.nysfair.org

2/12

Thank You!

Oswego

Patz Restaurant

www.patzontheriver.com

2/12

Thank You!

Geneva

The Finger Lakes Institute

http://fli.hws.edu/

2/17

Thank You!

Watertown

Watertown State Office Building

2/23

 

 

Thank You!

Albany

Old Federal Court House

SUNY System

2/24

Thank You!

Hempstead

Hofstra University

www.hofstra.edu

2/24

Thank You!

Montauk

Montauk Public Library

www.suffolk.lib.ny.us/libraries/mntk

 

2/25

Thank You!

Greenport

Floyd Memorial Library

 

http//floydmemorial library.northfork.net

2/26

 

Thank You!

Stony Brook

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)

www.sunysb.edu

2/28

Thank You!

Millbrook

Auditorium
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

www.ecostudies.org

3/2

 

Thank You!

 

New York City

The Urban Center

www.mwa.org