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Friends of the Bay Welcomes Three New Board Members

Friends of the Bay Welcomes Three New Board Members:
Bill Bleyer, Betsy Lawrence and John Taylor

Bill Bleyer, of Bayville, a Newsday staff writer for 33 years, is the author of four Long Island history books including the upcoming Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History. An avid sailor, he is also an adjunct professor at Webb Institute in Glen Cove. Bill was a co-founder and is vice president of the Coalition Against An UnSound Crossing.

Betsy Lawrence, of Centre Island and New York City, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst practicing in Manhattan. An artist, she is the founder and president of the New York School of the Arts and THE HUB at the New York School of the Arts, a not-for-profit art school and cultural center. Betsy and her husband Hunt founded Oakcliff Sailing Center, a high-performance training facility in Oyster Bay.

John Taylor, of Bayville, is a retired advertising executive who worked for top national advertising agencies before co-founding his own agency in 1986. He now is engaged in funding and advising startup companies. He was Village of Bayville trustee from 2014 until this year. Taylor chaired the Bayville Anti-Tunnel Committee and was also a co-founder and is secretary of the Coalition Against an UnSound Crossing. Taylor was founder and president of The Windmark Sailing Foundation, a non-profit foundation that supports competitive sailors, and was a founding trustee of Oakcliff Sailing Center.