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NY/NJ Baykeeper Celebrates 25 Years Protecting the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary

Distinguished guests include Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, and Tammy Murphy


(JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 14, 2014) - NY/NJ Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, Thursday, November 13.

Baykeeper's Anniversary Celebration honored Tom Moran of the Star Ledger, in recognition of superior journalism. Moran worked closely with Baykeeper when writing editorials regarding the cleanup of the Passaic River. Wendy Neu was presented with the Spirit of Baykeeper Award for her dedicated time as a NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Member and environmental advocacy work. Bill Simmons, formerly of the Monmouth County Health Department, was honored in recognition of outstanding public service. 

Distinguished guest, Tammy Murphy presented NY/NJ Baykeeper with a resolution from Former Vice President Al Gore.  

"It is through the dedicated efforts of [organizations like Baykeeper] that we can reverse the degradation of our planet and restore the quality of our precious natural resources for generations to come. Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary, keep up the good work, and God bless," wrote Gore.  

"Our environment is paramount to everyone in this room and on this planet. It's because of organizations like NY/NJ Baykeeper that we continue to persevere," said Murphy. 

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D) presented NY/NJ Baykeeper and honorees with resolutions commending their dedicated work, detailing each honoree's accomplishments.

Anthony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University and NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Member highlighted the organization's accomplishments throughout the past 25 years. "Baykeeper's oyster restoration program has enormous potential for the NY/NJ Harbor. We can restore the bay in ways that people haven't even imagined," said MacDonald. 

Additional distinguished guests included Senator Gerald Cardinale (R), Bloomfield Councilman Nicholas Joanow (D), and Michael Murphy. 


"While we celebrate our successes tonight, there is still much work to be done. I look forward to working with all our supporters and partners for the next 25 years and beyond," said Debbie Mans, Baykeeper and Executive Director of NY/NJ Baykeeper. 

"Baykeeper shows that we must be brave and fearless. We can make a difference together...You can do well and do good at the same time," said Honoree Wendy Neu.

Event sponsors included HugoNeu Corporation, Sims Metal Management, Fedway, Frenkel and Company, PRCG Haggerty LLC, Timothy and Virginia Millhiser, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Withum Smith & Brown, and Senator Joseph Vitale.

The anniversary celebration featured passed hors'doeuvres, drinks, a live jazz duo, and various silent auction items including tickets to the New York Philharmonic, Liberty State Park, wine baskets, original Baykeeper kayak, Baykeeper Eco Cruse tickets, and more. 

Pictured left to right: Michael Murphy, Honoree Tom Moran, Mary-Jo Moran, and NY/NJ Baykeeper Deputy Director Greg Remaud
Honoree, Wendy Neu accepts the Spirit of Baykeeper Award
NY/NJ Baykeeper Executive Director Debbie Mans honors Bill Simmons with an award.

About NY/NJ Baykeeper

NY/NJ Baykeeper is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary and greater New York Bay. Baykeeper is well known for its oyster restoration, land preservation and environmental advocacy in northern New Jersey and southern New York. To learn more, click here

The NY/NJ Baykeeper Board of Trustees includes Don Abrams, Stanley Alpert, William Cahill, John D'Amico, Terry Doss, Felicia Grant, James Haggerty, Ben Longstreth, Tony MacDonald, Fatema Raza, and Andrew Willner. 

Honoree Wendy Neu

Philanthropist, Business Leader, and Environmental Advocate
Spirit of Baykeeper Award

Wendy Kelman Neu has been a leader in recycling and other environmentally conscious businesses for nearly two decades.  As CEO of Hugo Neu Corporation, Wendy is a senior executive of an internationally known company that builds, operates and invests in innovative recycling, energy, real estate, [water transportation] and other cleantech ventures. Wendy is also Chairperson of Hugo Neu Recycling (HNR), a Hugo Neu company based in Mt. Vernon, New York, that recycles used and obsolete electronics into clean, valuable commodities that can be utilized in U.S.-based manufacturing or exported to industrial companies around the world. In all of her work, Wendy has focused on building businesses that are both environmentally and fiscally sound. 


Honoree Tom Moran
The Star Ledger
In Recognition of Superior Journalism

Tom Moran is an editorial page editor and columnist at the Star-Ledger. Moran has been covering New Jersey politics for 25 years. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Moran lives in Montclair with his wife, Mary Jo and daughter, Grace.


Distinguished Guest Tammy Murphy

Tammy Snyder Murphy is a native of Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., English and Communications, 1987). Tammy Murphy has been married for more than 20 years to Ambassador Philip D. Murphy.  The Murphy's recently returned home after four years of representing the United States in the Federal Republic of Germany. 

 Tammy is a co-founder of New Start New Jersey, Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy Andover, Secretary of The Climate Reality Action Fund (an organization founded by Al Gore), and a board member of each of the American Council on Germany and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. 

Honoree Bill Simmons

Monmouth County Health Department

Environmental Health Coordinator (retired)

In Recognition of Outstanding Public Service

William Simmons supervised and performed Public and Environmental Health investigations for almost 34 years before retiring from the Monmouth County Health Department in 2013.  He had served as the County's first Water Pollution Program Coordinator from 1986 to 1991, when he became the Environmental Health Coordinator for all environmental programs. He led or significantly implemented a number of programs and initiatives, as well as managing the elimination or privatization of several post-recession. He is now a member of the Middletown Environmental Commission and the NJ League of Women Voters, blogs on the Middletown Patch, and really likes Twitter. He is married for 30 years with 2 sons and 2 grandsons.




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