Earth Day is every day

By Wendy Ladd

On a chilly, but sunny day, 85 National Grid employees descended on the Village of Patchogue filled with gusto to make a difference in a day. Earth Day on Long Island was going to be a good one, despite the strong winds. Volunteers worked in four different locations planting trees on Main Street, cleaning and clearing along a quarter mile of Great Patchogue Lake, planting at Foley Square and at the YMCA.

Crews set out to work in what looked like a sea of Power to Serve green shirts. Aggressive clearing, planting, and mulching took place with the Patchogue Garden Club ladies supervising, keeping everyone in line. 

John Bruckner our new President of New York kicked off the morning with inspiring words of giving back along with the Patchogue Village Mayor Pontieri. The Mayor was thrilled that Patchogue was getting a jumpstart into spring.

(l-r) Village of Patchogue Mayor Pontieri, John Bruckner, President of National Grid New York, Keith Rooney, Director of Community and Customer Management, National Grid; Trudy Fitsimmons, Co-Chair of Board of Vision Long Island; Kathy Wisnewski Manager Community and Customer Management; Neela Lockel, CEO of American Red Cross Long Island

The American Red Cross of Long Island, Vision Long Island, the YMCA executive director and elected officials all came out to thank the volunteers for their hard work.

National Grid is nearing the end of a main replacement project down Main Street in Patchogue. Although the project has impacted businesses, the community and the Mayor have been very supportive.

“Earth Day is every day for us. We are at our best when we are giving back to the communities where we work and live,” said John Bruckner, President of National Grid, New York. “The work we are doing in Patchogue with the main replacement is what we do, but to come back into a community and take the time like today makes a huge difference. This is what makes National Grid a great organization.”


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