Heroin and Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel

As the legislative building remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pubic portion of the Heroin and Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel meeting is suspended. However, members of the public may participate remotely in the panel meeting by emailing comments to ContactLegislatorAnker@suffolkcountyny.gov.

Fill out the online form to speak via Zoom at the upcoming Public Hearing

2020 Meeting Dates
(Friday from
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(Public Hearing -
Wednesday from
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Public Hearing -
Thursday from
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Report is due Thursday, December 31st

Hauppauge Auditorium: William H. Rogers Legislature Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead Auditorium: Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018


  • Legislator Sarah S. Anker, acting Advisory Panel Chairwoman and designee of the Presiding Officer Robert Calarco of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Legislator Tom Donnelly, Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Legislator Sam Gonzalez as the designee of Sarah Anker, Chair of the Seniors and Human Services Committee
  • Legislator William Spencer, Chair of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, Chair of the Education and Labor Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County Sheriff
  • Geraldine Hart, Suffolk County Police Commissioner
  • Andrea Neubauer, Director of Suffolk County Department of Probation
  • James Tomarken, MD Suffolk County Health Department Commissioner
  • Michael J. Caplan, MD., Chief Medical Examiner, Suffolk County
  • Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Ph.D, CEAP, SAP, President/CEO Family and Children’s Association (FCA)
  • Antonette Whyte-Etere, LCSW-R, CASAC, Regional Coordinator, NYS OASAS Long Island Regional Office
  • Ann Marie Csorny, LCSW, Director of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Community Mental Hygiene
  • Tim Sini, Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Dr. Julie Lutz, Ph.D Chief Operating Officer for East Suffolk BOCES and panel representative for the Suffolk County Superintendent’s Association
  • Dr. Kristie Golden, Ph.D, LMHC, CRC, Associate Director of Operations for Neurosciences at Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Dr. Richard Rosenthal, MD., Stony Brook University Hospital Division of Psychiatry
  • David Cohen, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Addiction Services at Eastern Long Island Hospital
  • Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC, Executive Director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD)
  • Mary Silberstein, LCSW-R, CASAC, Chair of Suffolk County Communities of Solution
  • Anthony Rizzuto LMSW, CASAC, Executive Director & Founder of Families in Support of Treatment (FIST)
  • Patricia Ferrandino, LCSW, CASAC, President of the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County
  • Janine Logan, President and CEO of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC)
  • Pamela Mizzi, MS, CASAC, LMHC, Director of Prevention at the Long Island Prevention Resource Center
  • John Venza, LCSW-R, LMHC, Director of Outreach House
  • Michael Chiappone, LCSW, representative from Hope House Ministries
  • Janene Gentile, Executive Director of the North Shore Youth Council (NSYC)
  • Veronica Carrier, member of the general public appointed by the Suffolk County Legislature, CN Guidance and Counseling
  • Robert McConville, President of the Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council
  • Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Catholic Health Services of Long Island


Resolution 704-2017