About Legislator Sarah Anker:
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker was elected to serve Suffolk County's 6th Legislative District in a special election in March 2011, and was re-elected in November of that same year for a full term. Prior to being elected, Sarah was a longtime community leader, public servant, and working mom with a track record of standing up for our community and getting results.
Sarah, the daughter of a disabled Navy veteran, has lived on Long Island for the past 30 years. As a Mt. Sinai resident and mother of three children, she continues to be a strong voice on issues of concern. Following the death of Sarah's grandmother, who died of breast cancer, and in response to the staggeringly high breast cancer rate in the local area, Sarah founded Community Health and Environment Coalition (CHEC). Serving as its director, she led CHEC, advocating that our environment directly impacts our health. Her advocacy was critical in advancing a New York State investigation to determine why our area had elevated cancer rates.
Her leadership was recognized by the Times Beacon Newspaper as their Woman of the Year in Environment. She has received the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award, Rotary Club Community Service Award, and both Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County Service to Community Citations. In addition, she has served as a member of a congressional Breast Cancer Advisory Board, New York State Environmental Roundtable, Suffolk County’s Cancer Prevention and Health Coalition, Brookhaven National Laboratory's Executive Roundtable, Mt. Sinai School Board and Mt. Sinai Civic Association Board.
Along with her friends and neighbors, she stood up to powerful developers and longtime politicians to help advocate for the creation of Mount Sinai's North Shore Heritage Park, which shines today as a community jewel rather than yet another large retail big box store.
Before joining the County Legislature, she served as the Director of the Town of Brookhaven's Office of Energy, spearheading job creation programs and initiating pilot programs to reduce government spending through energy efficiency initiatives. These efforts put Long Islanders to work, made government facilities energy efficient, and cut energy costs for Long Island residents.
Sarah provides strong leadership and a powerful voice for our community. She is fighting to create an effective and efficient government process by reducing government spending while balancing community quality of life needs.