Yesterday, with a unanimous vote, the Suffolk County Legislature appointed current Board Member Charles A. Lefkowitz to serve as the Chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority. Mr. Lefkowitz will begin serving his 5-year term immediately. Mr. Lefkowitz has served since May 2022 as a Water Authority Board Member.
“I’m honored to be appointed Chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority. I am proud of my contributions as a Board Member and look forward to the opportunity to lead the SCWA and take on the challenges we will face as Chairman.” Mr. Lefkowitz succeeds Patrick Halpin who served on the Water Authority Board for the last seventeen years, the last five years as Chairman.
Mr. Lefkowitz served as a Brookhaven Town Councilman from 2000-2003 and was a long serving member of the Brookhaven IDA where he helped attract hundreds of jobs to the town’s Empire Zone, as a councilman he led the upgrade of the town’s website and technological capabilities and played a key role in the relocation of Town Hall to a modern facility. He currently serves as President of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and has served on the boards of various community organizations, including the Port Jefferson Business Improvement District and cofounder of the Setauket Harbor Task Force. He was named Person of the Year by the Three Village Historical Society in 2015 and by The Village Times/Beacon in 2017, as well as Member of the Year by the Three Village Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Mr. Lefkowitz is a Setauket resident and serves as the president of CAMCO Services of New York and Louis Lefkowitz Realty, LLC. since 1994. In total, he now leads five companies, owning and managing millions of square feet of commercial properties and oversees a portfolio of more than 3,000 multi-family units. The companies’ combined have an estimated value of more than one billion dollars under management.
A 1980 graduate of Ward Melville High School, Mr. Lefkowitz went on to earn an A.A.S. in hospitality management from SUNY Delhi, a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Florida International University and graduate studies in Real Estate from New York University.
“Having had the opportunity to serve alongside Mr. Lefkowitz for the last year, I welcome his appointment as chairman, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and my fellow board members on behalf of the Suffolk County Water Authority and its customers,” said Suffolk County Water Authority Board Member Timothy Bishop.
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.