SUNY Old Westbury well represented in 2020 'Long Island Power 100' list

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The “Long Island Power 100” released this week by City and State magazine and its affiliates had a bit of SUNY Old Westbury flair. In all, four of the leaders recognized are associated with the College.

According the publishers of City & State, the “Long Island Power 100” list highlights the most powerful political figures in Nassau and Suffolk counties – elected officials, government appointees, business and labor leaders, academics and advocates.

Two alumni were included:

  • Ranked at number 36 is 1982 graduate Theresa Sanders. Sanders, as president and CEO of the Urban League of Long Island, was recognized as a driving force for a new state law making police disciplinary records public, and her effort to highlight the socioeconomics compounding the impact of the pandemic within communities of color.
  • Ranked at number 84 is 2002 graduate Lionel Chitty. As executive director of the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, Chitty was noted for his work to promote diversity through government contracting and for such COVID-19 pandemic efforts as setting up testing sites in minority communities and distributing information to the public about the virus.

SUNY Old Westbury Officer-in-Charge Teresa A. Miller, ranked 67th, is feted for her leadership of the College through the fall semester while continuing to wield statewide impact through her work as SUNY’s senior vice chancellor of strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer.

SUNY Old Westbury College Council Member Theresa Regnante, ranked 58th, is recognized for her leadership in developing the United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19. Created through the United Way of Long Island, of which Regnante is president and CEO, the fund helps Long Islanders who became unemployed, furloughed, or were forced to take pay decreases during the pandemic pay for utilities, food and childcare.