June 7, 2023 10:00 AM
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The Suffolk County Legislature has appointed John M. Porchia, III of Wading River to the Board of the Suffolk County Water Authority. The unanimous vote came at the June 6th general meeting of the Legislature. Mr. Porchia will serve the remainder of a five-year term that expires on May 28th, 2027. The seat was vacated by Charles Lefkowitz when he was appointed as Chairman of the SCWA Board.

“I am honored to be chosen by the Legislature to serve in this important position and am excited to get to work, serving the customers,” said Mr. Porchia. “We live in a great place that I am proud to call my home. We need to keep Suffolk County affordable for everyone and maintaining the already very low rates on our water bills is a part of that. I also know there are huge tasks ahead for SCWA to keep our water free of contaminants and protect our aquifer for future generations. I plan to bring my experience and knowledge to help tackle those challenges.”

Mr. Porchia is a practicing personal injury attorney with 20 years of experience. He specializes in motor vehicles accident, premise liability and job site accidents. He was recognized with an award for personally negotiating three of the top 50 settlements for his clients in New York State history.

“John is going to bring an important perspective to the SCWA Board with his extensive experience,” said SCWA Chairman Charles Lefkowitz. “He has a record of success throughout his professional career, and I am confident he will bring that skill with him to SCWA. I look forward to seeing his contributions to the organization.”

Mr. Porchia graduated with Honors from North Babylon High School in 1996, where he served as class president. He graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 2000 with a degree in economics and finance. He then graduated Cum Laude from Touro Law School in 2003 and went into private practice at the Law Office of Lite & Russell. He lives in Wading River with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons.

The Suffolk County Water Authority is an independent public-benefit corporation operating under the authority of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. Serving approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents, the Authority operates without taxing power on a not-for-profit basis.

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