The Concerned Citizens of Montauk this week announced that the organization’s president, Jeremy Samuelson, will be leaving his position at the end of March to become to join The Nature Conservancy as director of Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mr. Samuelson has been at the helm of CCOM since 2012 and has overseen its growth from an all-volunteer group to a professionally staffed environmental advocacy organization. Prior to joining CCOM, he was a staff member at the Group for the East End.
“Montauk is a place of unparalleled beauty. It has been my honor to be a part of the Montauk community and to work with CCOM’s members and board of directors in protecting our natural resources,” Mr. Samuelson said in a release. “The environmental threats facing Montauk and the entire Peconic Estuary are complex and require long-term, comprehensive solutions. I will miss working each day in Montauk but look forward to continuing to partner with CCOM and the many organizations working to ensure Montauk remains a natural wonder.”
Ed Braun, the chairman of CCOM’s board of directors, said, “CCOM has come a long way under Jeremy’s leadership. Together, we have been entrusted with upholding and advancing CCOM’s decades-long legacy of environmental leadership. CCOM is proud of our work protecting Montauk’s fragile environment and look forward to continuing our leadership in cleaning up Montauk’s local waters and developing a long-term coastal resiliency plan that protects Montauk’s natural shoreline and our economy.”
Mr. Braun said CCOM had already begun the search for a new president “Jeremy will be missed,” he said, “but we understand that his new position is an opportunity he could not pass up. We wish him success and look forward to continuing to work with him, albeit in a different capacity, to Keep Montauk Montauk.”