About Legislator Sarah Anker:
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, a Mt. Sinai resident and mother of three children, was first elected in a special election to the Sixth District in March of 2011. Sarah is the daughter of a Navy Veteran and has lived in Suffolk County for more than 30 years. She is a longtime community advocate, public servant and working mom with a history of improving her community. She continues to be a strong voice on many issues including children’s health and safety, economic sustainability and environmental protection and preservation.
After Sarah's grandmother lost her battle to breast cancer, Sarah was compelled to take an active response to the staggeringly high breast cancer rates on Long Island. She founded Community Health and Environment Coalition (CHEC), and led the organization to raise awareness about how our environment affects our health. Sarah’s advocacy was vital in advancing New York State Department of Health’s efforts in researching and investigating cancer cluster causes in our community.
Along with her friends and neighbors, she helped advocate to create a community park on property slated to be developed. Through this advocacy, today’s Heritage Park in Mount Sinai shines as a community jewel. www.msheritagetrust.org.
Prior to being elected, Sarah helped spearhead the creation of Brookhaven Town’s first Energy Department. As Director of the department, she implemented the Green Homes Go Solar programs, which provided energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for Brookhaven Town residents.
Sarah’s leadership has been recognized by the Times-Beacon Newspaper, who named her as the newspaper’s Woman of the Year in the Environment category. She has been honored with the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award, Rotary Club Community Service Award, and citations from both the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County for community service. She has served on United States Congressman Tim Bishop’s Breast Cancer Advisory Board, New York State Senator Ken LaValle’s Environmental Roundtable, Suffolk County’s Cancer Awareness Taskforce, Brookhaven National Laboratory Community Advisory Committee, Mt. Sinai School Board and the Mt. Sinai Civic Association Board.
Currently Legislator Anker serves as the Chairwoman of the Suffolk County’s Seniors and Consumer Protection Committee, Vice-Chair of the Veterans Committee, Chairwoman of Suffolk County’s Opioid Addiction Advisory Panel and Chairwomen of the School Traffic Safety Commission. Her legislative accomplishments include: the initiation of the SAVE Hotline (School Active Violence Emergency), an emergency notification system to improve school safety; increasing bullying awareness with the creation of Suffolk County’s first bullying awareness website www.SuffolkStopBullying.org; enhancing the county’s efforts to keep young people on Long Island through the creation of the Jobs Opportunity Board (JOB) that connects our graduating seniors to local jobs; and supporting land acquisition for the preservation of Long Island’s open space and groundwater protection.
Additionally, Sarah is an advocate and supporter for many local non-profit organizations including historical societies, local children’s sport associations, school organizations, veteran’s support groups, business organizations, community service not for profits, civic associations, environmental organizations, senior services support groups, educational museums, cycling/sports clubs and health related support groups.