JAMES F. GAUGHRAN, Chairman, term as Member expires in March 2018. Mr. Gaughran is an attorney in private practice, having begun his practice in 1984. He is admitted to practice in the New York State and U.S Eastern District of NY Courts. He has held a number of public sector appointments over the years including service as counsel to the Huntington Community Development Agency, Village of Northport, Town of Babylon and staff service to Congressman Gary Ackerman and the New York State Senate. From 1984-1987 he was an elected member of the Huntington Town Board, which included service as a Commissioner of the Dix Hills Water District. From 1988–1993 he was an elected member of the Suffolk County Legislature, representing the 17th District, during which time the Legislature aggressively supported and funded the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program. Mr. Gaughran received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stony Brook University and a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law
PATRICK G. HALPIN, Secretary, term as member expires in March 2021. Currently a Managing Director in the New York office of Mercury Public Affairs, Mr. Halpin served for nearly two decades as Executive Vice President for External Affairs for the Institute for Student Achievement, beginning in 1994. Mr. Halpin also had an extensive career in local and state politics, which began in 1979 when he was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature. In 1982 he was elected to the New York State Assembly and served three terms in that office. In 1987, Mr. Halpin was elected to the office of Suffolk County Executive, and at age 34 became the youngest ever elected to that office. He served as County Executive from 1988 through 1991, managing a budget of more than $1.4 billion and supervising more than 12,000 employees. During his tenure, Mr. Halpin instituted a comprehensive anti-domestic violence program, a nationally recognized open space and environmental protection program and an extensive affordable housing initiative. He also persuaded Computer Associates International, Inc. to establish its worldwide headquarters in Suffolk, creating more than 10,000 jobs. Mr. Halpin, the host of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders television program, serves as a director with the Long Island Housing Partnership, a director of Vision Long Island and on the advisory board of the Long Island Index. Mr. Halpin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Old Dominion University. He is a member of the Long Island Hall of Fame.
JANE R.DEVINE, term as member expires in June 2017. Ms. Devine has held a variety of positions in public service both on the town and county level. Most recently, she has served on the Town of Huntington Planning Board and from 1988-1991, she served as Commissioner of Consumer Affairs for Suffolk County. From 1978-1987 she represented the former 17th Legislative District as an elected Suffolk County Legislator and, for a portion of that tenure, was the first female leader of the minority caucus.
Ms. Devine’s professional career spans a wide range of posts dedicated to education and protection of consumers, including Director of Consumer Education and a member of the Consumer Protection Board for the Town of Huntington, and consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board. She was a founding partner of a small public relations company and served for a time as pastoral consultant to a Long Island AIDS- care organization. In addition to graduate work at the Fordham University School of Law, studies in sociology and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the Nassau County Medical Center, Ms. Devine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Arts degree from the C.W. Post - Long Island University College of Management.
ERROL D. TOULON, Jr., term as member expires in May 2020. Dr. Toulon is a Lake Grove resident who served for 25 years in various capacities at the New York City Correction Department before retiring as Deputy Commissioner of Operations. Dr. Toulon is certified through the Department of Homeland Security in Emergency Planning, Radiological Emergency Management, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, WMD Threat and Risk Assessment and State Disaster Management. In addition, Dr. Toulon is certified to teach Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, NIMS, Domestic Terrorism Awareness and Hate Crimes Awareness.
Dr. Toulon received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Dowling College, an Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University and completed his Doctorate in Education at Dowling College. He has attended several leadership courses at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
MARIO R. MATTERA, term as member expires in March 2019. Mr. Mattera is a St. James resident and currently serves as business agent for Plumbers Local Union #200 of Ronkonkoma. In that capacity, Mr. Mattera serves as trustee for union funds and is responsible for the management of $150 million in pension funds, welfare and annuity. He provides management and supervision over more than 1,100 members, 80 signatory contractors and 100 general contractors. Mr. Mattera also served as the union’s Executive Board Officer from 1999-2003; Examining Board Officer from 1996-1998; Sentry Officer from 1994-1996; and General Foreman from 1994-2003.
Mr. Mattera also has numerous business affiliations. He has served on the Suffolk County Workforce Housing Commission since 2008; the Suffolk County Consumer Affairs Plumbing Licensing and Fire Protection Board since 2009; the Riverhead Empire Zone since 2010; the Apprenticeship Board since 2003; and Helmets to Hardhats for returning veterans since 2007. Additionally, Mr. Mattera was named 2012 Labor Leader of the Year for PBA Columbia and volunteers for the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead and the Long Island Partnership for Hurricane Sandy Relief Program for Boilers and Water Heaters.