CONCERNED CITIZENS OF MONTAUK INC

Keeping Montauk Montauk since 1970

aka CCOM   |   Montauk, NY   |  www.preservemontauk.org

Mission

TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY OF MONTAUK THROUGH EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, AND GRASSROOTS CITIZEN ACTION.

Ruling year info

1981

President

Ms. Laura Tooman

Main address

Po Box 915

Montauk, NY 11954 USA

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EIN

11-2517191

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For nearly than 50 years, CCOM has led the effort to protect Montauk's precious environment, successfully preserving over 70% of Montauk's land. Thanks in large part to the work of CCOM members and volunteers, we can all enjoy Montauk's trails, beaches, scenic vistas and rugged beauty. Today; however, there are new threats to Montauk's environment. CCOM is focusing our efforts on addressing three urgent priorities: cleaning up Montauk's water, protecting its beaches and coastline, and advocating for sustainable development. We need your help to succeed. The outcome of our joint efforts will determine what our town is going to look like for generations to come. Let's Keep Montauk Montauk!

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CCOM's Environmental Initiatives

WATER QUALITY
Montauk has 23 bodies of water – some of which are threatened. What does it take to clean up Montauk’s polluted waters? You! Fort Pond and parts of Lake Montauk are unsafe for swimming and recreation. Since 2013, CCOM’s team of highly trained volunteers and partners have worked year-round collecting and analyzing water samples. The results are clear: Montauk’s water quality is getting worse, but it’s not too late. Working together, we are reversing the damage and cleaning up Montauk’s water.

COASTAL RESILIENCY
We have 115 miles of shoreline in Montauk, and caring for our most precious resource is of the utmost importance. Rising sea level, erosion and increasingly powerful storms are accelerating impacts to Montauk’s coastline and built infrastructure. Our community must develop a site-specific, scientific understanding of these changes to craft responses that protect ecological and economic resources.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Montauk’s ecology and economy are inextricable linked. Whether it’s new development or re-development within our community, CCOM believes that short-term financial gains cannot outweigh long term environmental impact. A truly sustainable community is achieved through thoughtful planning, code enforcement and adherence to environmentally responsible practices.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CCOM chairs the East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC), a coalition of 23 local environmental organizations.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Between 1975 and 2005, CCOM has preserved over 3500 acres in Montauk, NY. Over 70% of Montauk is preserved as State, County or Local park land for the public to enjoy for generations to come.

Number of multi-year grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CCOM's Environmental Initiatives

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Water Quality Improvement Grant - EH Town Floating Wetlands Pilot Program - Ft. Pond, Montauk

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The underlying goal of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) is to preserve and protect the unique ecology of Montauk through education, advocacy, and grassroots citizen action. More specifically CCOM is advocates for conservation and habitat preservation, promotes drinking water protection, teaches environmental responsibility, supports strengthened environmental legislation, opposes the sales of public parks and opposes inappropriate and environmentally damaging development.

Coastal Resiliency
*Lead Community-Based Planning
*Advocate for Strong Coastal Policies
*Support Sand Replenishment on Beaches
*Encourage Relocation of Vulnerable Infrastructure

Water Quality
*Advocate for Upgrades to Septic Infrastructure
*Educate Residents & Business Owners
* Use testing data to create opportunities for local water quality remediation projects

Environmental Sustainability
*Assess Environmental Impacts of Development
*Support a comprehensive portfolio of renewable and alternative energies
*Monitor Code Enforcement
*Push for Comprehensive Environmental Planning

WATER QUALITY:
Montauk has 23 bodies of water – some of which are threatened. Over the past several years we have introduced and sustained multiple scientifically based water quality testing initiatives not just in Montauk, but throughout East Hampton Town. Our ongoing water testing enterococcal bacteria and harmful algal blooms is critical to water quality improvement efforts; it provides the data needed to assess current conditions, and to monitor and track the impacts and effectiveness of new projects.

COASTAL RESILIENCY:
Rising sea level, erosion and increasingly powerful storms are threatening Montauk’s coastline and built infrastructure. Our community must come together to protect ecological and economic resources. CCOM lead the effort for the creation of a Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan (CARP) which:
*Expedites public funding for environmentally responsible climate adaptation planning
* Creates a plan that preserves Montauk’s natural coastline, developed areas and infrastructure
* Protects our community and environment by preserving our natural resources

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:
Montauk’s ecology and economy are inextricably linked. Whether it’s new development or redevelopment within our community, CCOM believes that short-term financial gains cannot outweigh long-term environmental impact. A truly sustainable community is achieved through thoughtful planning, code enforcement and adherence to environmentally responsible practices.

As such the environmental priorities and objectives outlined in the Montauk Hamlet Plan for both the downtown and harbor area address important, timely and critical environmental issues facing the Montauk Community, (surface and groundwater pollution, beach erosion, climate change and sea level rise) and CCOM actively participates in the committees working to achieve these priorities and believes their continued work and evolution will help drive both the immediate and long term changes that are needed and outlined in the Montauk Hamlet Plan.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk also believes a comprehensive portfolio of renewable and alternative energies must be combined with extensive energy conservation in order to address the climate crisis resulting from our region’s dependence on fossil fuels. We must, however, pay particular attention to, and minimize to the maximum extent possible, any known, unknown, or even unforeseen environmental impacts, including those related to the fishing industry and environmentally sensitive and preserved lands associated with the installation, operation and maintenance of these technologies.

Thanks to the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, 70% of Montauk is now preserved for present and future generations to enjoy. CCOM has also successfully:

1971 – 1978: Protected Montauk from the threat of oil drilling off the Montauk coastline
1971 – 2001: Opposed marina development which threatened water quality in Lake Montauk and Fort Pond Bay
1984 – 2005: Led the coalition to stop high speed ferries from docking in Montauk
1992: Worked for the inclusion of Peconic Bay into the National Estuary Program
1993 – 2004: Stopped the dumping of toxic dredge spoils in LI Sound and the NY Bight
1998: Joined forces to create the Community Preservation Fund (CPF), a land bank funded through a 2% real estate transfer tax
2014: Saved Ft. Pond House from public sale; renamed as Ft. Pond House at Carol Morrison Park in dedication to CCOM’s 1982-1991 President
2016: Advocated for referendum passage to extend the CPF through 2050 and to allow 20% of its proceeds to be used for water quality improvement.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Local population of East Hampton Town residents.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CONCERNED CITIZENS OF MONTAUK INC

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Freudenthal

Celine Keating

CCOM

Edward Braun

CCOM

Jessica James

CCOM

Raymond Cortell

CCOM

Richard Kahn

CCOM

Shirley Katz

CCOM

Andy Harris

CCOM

Rich Silver

CCOM

Karen Legotte

CCOM

David Freudenthal

CCOM

Tom Creel

CCOM

Robert Stern

CCOM

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/13/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/13/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.