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Supestorm Sandy: Lessons Learned, Forging Policy for the Future
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Touro Law Center
9 am - 5 pm

Hosted by Touro Law Center and Health and Welfare Council of Long Island.
Funded through a generous grant from Reva and Martin Oliner.

In the years since Superstorm Sandy impacted Long Island many lessons have been learned about the way a community responds to a disaster. The strong advocacy efforts of our local, state and federal representatives partnered with a prepared and organized community organization response have been nationally recognized as effective and a model for other communities.

This conference will examine our united response from preparation long before the storm to its lingering effects today and how the multi-layered interaction of all aspects of our region worked to make the difficult recovery more effective.

Participants from all levels of government and many community groups will highlight what was successful and what needs improvement and plan to grow our partnership for future disaster response.

It is our hope that with the ever increasing need to manage crisis the participants in this conference will be part of a solution that fashion model policies to be implemented on Long Island, in New York and throughout the nation.

To R.S.V.P. or for additional information, please email events@tourolaw.edu or call (631) 761-7066.



9:00 AM  Welcome
               Harry Ballan- Dean of Touro Law School

9:10 AM   Remarks On Long Island Disaster Preparedness
                Rebecca Sanin, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island

9:20 AM   Video (Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath) (5 minutes)

9:30 AM   Introduction of Keynote Presentation
                In the Eye of the Storm—Reflections on Local and Federal Experiences in the Immediate Aftermath of the Storm
                Thomas Maligno, Touro Law Center

9:35AM     Keynote Presenter/Panel
                 Jack Schnirman- Nassau Comptroller, Former City Manager of Long Beach
                 State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo 
                 Long Island Congressional Office

10:15 AM   National Perspective
                  Bryan Koon, Vice President of Homeland Security And Emergency Management- IEM

11:00 AM   Panel- Disaster Preparedness/Community Engagement
                  Lori Andrade, HWCLI- Moderator
                  Robert Greenberger, KeyBridge Systems
                  Gwen O’Shea, CDCLI
                  Diana O’Neill, LIVC- Volunteer Management
                  Elizabeth Treston, Long Beach COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
                  Representative from PSEG-Emerging Planning

11:45AM    Government & Future Resiliency
                  Duwayne Gregory (Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer) - Moderator
                  Representative from NYS OEM – Patrick Beckley 
                  Edward Schneyer, Suffolk County FRES
                  Dave Calone, Jove Equity Partners LLC
                  Dorian Dale, SC Economic Development and Planning
                  Jane Brogan, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Chief Policy and Research Officer
                  Jennifer Casey, Resiliency Chair Person Suffolk Sandy Task force

12:45 PM  Lunch Break
                 Presentation by Dave Stearrett- FEMA Flood Advocate Office

Afternoon Panels

2:00 PM   The Response and Partnerships of Philanthropy
                 Martin Oliner- Moderator
                 Marian Conway, New York Community Bank – (UNR)
                 Suzi Epstein, Robin Hood
                 Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones, LI Community Foundation
                 Theresa Regnante, United Way

3:00 PM    Legal Panel
                 Benjamin R. Rajotte - Moderator
                 Melissa Luckman, Touro Law Center
                 Amy Bach, United Policyholders (via Skype)
                 Jessica Penkoff, Probono.net
                 Jeanne Ortiz, Probono.net

4:15PM    Closing Remarks- Recommendations for the Future
                 Rebecca Sanin & Tom Maligno