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Accomplishments

Dr. William Spencer has spent a career treating patients in a private
practice as a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon. Now as our legislator, he’s
used his experience as a doctor and small-business owner to hold the line on
taxes and cut through government red tape to help local business owners.

As our legislator, Dr. Spencer has:

•Successfully fought for over $4.68 million in government grants to help with mandated sewage treatment upgrades to the Village of Northport, thus saving taxpayer money.

•Sponsored groundbreaking new legislation to protect children from the health risks associated with harmful energy drinks. Through this he banned Energy Drink Manufacturers from marketing to kids in Suffolk County

•Helped keep children off the street during those vulnerable after-school and vacation hours. Sponsoring “Lead by Example,” he has partnered students and businesses in creating internship opportunities. He’s also a key sponsor in after-school mentoring programs and works with local nonprofits to get children the resources they need for success.

•Worked with AT&T and Harborfields School District to launch “Don’t Text and Drive Awareness Day” on September 17th and brought in a virtual reality driving simulator to “drive home” the message that texting while driving is a potentially deadly habit.

•Negotiated a public/private partnership to preserve the DeForest Williams property in Cold Spring Harbor. Newsday touts this partnership as a new model and one worth emulating for future acquisitions. This land is now set to be used as passive parkland for current residents and future generations.

•Revived the popular HealthSmart education program to teach children how to cope with stress, address bullying, & improve self-esteem. He then reconfigured the program, which saved 85% of the original cost, then secured $75,000 in funding to expand the program into more schools.

•Created a registry for pool maintenance businesses and expanded the current Home Contractor’s License to include the installation and servicing of swimming pools and spas in Suffolk County.

•Established the Long Island Commission on Aquifer Protection, a bi-county commission that will address groundwater issues and formulate a plan to protect Long Island’s only source of drinking water.

•Created and hosts an annual Women’s Health and Information Fair in March, at the Dolan Family Health Center. Women are provided with information about issues relating to education, health care, self-esteem, anti-bullying, internships, housing, & more.

•Sponsored legislation to extend the Narcan Pilot Program that arms Suffolk Police with a drug called “Narcan”, a drug administered to opiate overdose victims. The original program was limited to three precincts. Legislator Spencer fought to make Narcan available in all seven precincts.
Beach opening: Aggressive water quality clean-up efforts in Northport Harbor lead to the re-opening of a Centerport beach which was permanently closed by the state for over 5 years due to water quality concerns. This marked the first opening of a permanently closed beach in over a generation! A big part of the progress can be attributed to the upgrades to the Northport Sewage Treatment Plant, led by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, which brought more than 4.5 million to upgrade the plant. These efforts have yielded positive results that the beach and the entire harbor complex are benefitting from. In the last three seasons, there has been no red-tide in the harbor and the amount of nitrogen that was being released, which had been 19.4 lbs. per day, has been reduced to as low as 5 lbs. per day.

Suffolk County has joined the growing list of municipalities across the nation passing laws to increase the tobacco purchasing age in Suffolk County to 21. IR 1039-2014, sponsored by Legislator Spencer, prohibits the sale of all traditional and non-traditional tobacco products to individuals under 21. Such products include cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine, rolling papers, and smoking apparatuses. This change will help us reduce smoking among teens by limiting access to products, as it has been shown that legal purchasers 18 to 20 are the largest source of cigarettes for adolescents under 17.

Co-sponsored a bill prohibiting the sale of the highly potent and dangerous stimulant, powdered caffeine, to minors in Suffolk County. Since being approved, the bill has opened up conversations on the national level. Legislator Spencer and his colleague, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, joined a delegation in Washington D.C. in December of 2014 to meet with five United States Senators and to lobby the FDA on the dangers powdered caffeine poses to our youth. As a result, in September of 2015, the FDA took enforcement actions to protect consumers from the product.

Aggressive water quality clean-up efforts in Northport Harbor lead to the re-opening of a Centerport beach which was permanently closed by the state for over 5 years due to water quality concerns. This marked the first opening of a permanently closed beach in over a generation! A big part of the progress can be attributed to the upgrades to the Northport Sewage Treatment Plant, led by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, which brought more than 4.5 million to upgrade the plant. These efforts have yielded positive results that the beach and the entire harbor complex are benefiting from. In the last three seasons, there has been no red-tide in the harbor and the amount of nitrogen that was being released, which had been 19.4 lbs. per day, has been reduced to as low as 5 lbs. per day.