August 15, 2013 - Centerport, NY – Last month, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution, sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D., appointing long-time Huntington resident Patricia Bishop-Kelly to the Suffolk County Board of Health. A veteran member of the Department of Health Services, the Division of Preventative Medicine, and the Office of Health Education, Mrs. Kelly was appointed to the Board of Health to fill a vacancy left by Dr. David Parkinson.
“Suffolk County is very fortunate to have Pat Bishop-Kelly serving on the Board of Health with us,” said Legislator Spencer, who, as Chair of the Legislature’s Health Committee, also serves on the Board. “Her experience in the field of public health and preventative education will, without a doubt, have a positive influence on the Board’s efforts to make our communities safer and healthier. The fact that she is a Huntington resident will ensure that there will be a local on the Board to advocate for the issues that directly affect the Huntington community.”
A graduate of Hofstra University, Mrs. Kelly has spent her career as a public servant and health advocate, working many years at the Nassau County Department of Social Services and serving as Director of Advocacy for the American Cancer Society’s Long Island Division before joining Suffolk County.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to continue to work on behalf of public health for Suffolk County!” said Mrs. Kelly. “I look forward to working alongside Legislator Spencer and Dr. Tomarken, and my colleagues on the Board, to uphold Suffolk's tradition of being in the forefront of safeguarding our public health standards.”
During her tenure as the Director of Public Information and Education in the Office of Health Education, Mrs. Kelly worked tirelessly to educate the public, as well as our children, about a wide variety of health issues. One of her main goals was to create a better public understanding, especially among young people, of the dangers associated with tobacco use. Nation-wide restrictions on cigarette and tobacco use can be attributed to Mrs. Kelly’s efforts on Long Island, where some of those restrictions were first enacted years ago.