Two from Hudson Valley Re-Join Beacon Institute Board of Trustees

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, announced Wednesday, June 12 that it has appointed two distinguished professionals to its Board of Trustees.

Michael C. Finnegan is chief executive officer of continental organics, a sustainable agriculture company located in New York’s Hudson Valley. Finnegan co-founded this service-disabled veteran-owned small business in 2012, committed to setting new standards for the aquaponic industry.

One of Beacon Institute’s original board members, now re-joining, Finnegan has been involved with the Institute since its inception under Governor Pataki in 2000, serving as vice chair from 2005-2008.

William J. Florence, Jr., Esq., is a partner in the Florence & Smith law firm in Peekskill. A long-time public servant, Florence served as deputy commissioner, acting executive deputy and counsel for the New York state department of motor vehicles and in charge of the traffic violations bureau for the city of New York and other metropolitan areas. He was formerly corporation counsel for the city of Peekskill, counsel for the New York state committee on insurance rates and regulations, as well as counsel, senate judiciary committee.

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University headquartered in Beacon is a not for-profit environmental research organization engaging scientists, engineers, educators and policy experts in collaborative work focusing on real-time monitoring of river ecosystems.


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