The Peconic Institute has recently received approval from the Internal Revenue Service to be classified as a not-for-profit 501 C3 organization.
In addition to the institute’s new nonprofit designation, it has appointed Acting Executive Director John Botos to be permanent executive director.
Mr. Botos received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Stony Brook Southampton, and holds a master’s degree in marine conservation and policy from Stony Brook University.
New York Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. acknowledged Mr. Botos’s contribution in a statement: “The Peconic Institute was nothing more than a dream a little more than a year ago. Now, it is a reality. The Peconic Institute has a Board of prominent community leaders, a well defined mission to make the East End a sustainable place to live in the 21st century, and a new home at the Southampton campus. All of these accomplishments are due to the hard work and perseverance of John Botos. John was a member of the first undergraduate class at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton and led the student charge to keep the campus open, including successful litigation declaring the closing of the campus to be illegal. He has never wavered in his goal to make the Southampton campus a center for sustainable studies. The Peconic Institute will fulfill that goal, which we all share. There was only one choice for Executive Director: John Botos. I look forward to continuing to work with John to make the Peconic Institute an indispensable part of policy making and problem solving on the East End.”