County Legislator Sarah Anker was elected to serve the people of Suffolk County's 6th Legislative District in a special election on March 29, 2011 and subsequently re-elected in November of that same year. Prior to joining the legislature, she was a longtime community leader, public servant and working mom with a track record of standing up for the community and getting results. Sarah lives in Mt. Sinai with her three children.
Sarah is the daughter of a naval disabled veteran. She has lived on Long Island for the past 25 years and has continued to be a strong advocate on the issues that matter to our community.
After Sarah's grandmother died of breast cancer and in response to the staggeringly high breast cancer rate on Long Island, Sarah founded Community Health and Environment Coalition (CHEC). Serving as its director, she led CHEC to press for greater awareness of the links between the environment and our health. Her advocacy was critical to advance stalled efforts to map cancer clusters in our community.
Her leadership was recognized by the Times-Beacon Newspaper as their Woman of the Year in the Environment. She has received the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award, Rotary Club Community Service Award, and both Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County Service to Community Citations. In addition, she has served on Congressman Tim Bishop’s Breast Cancer Advisory Board, New York State Senator Ken LaValle’s Environmental Roundtable, Suffolk County’s Cancer Awareness Taskforce, Brookhaven National Laboratory Community Advisory Committee, Mt. Sinai School Board and Mt. Sinai Civic Association Board.
Along with her friends and neighbors, she stood up to powerful developers and longtime politicians to help form the Heritage Trust. Through this advocacy, Mt. Sinai Heritage Park shines today as a community jewel rather than yet another big box store.
Before joining the County Legislature, she served as Director of the Town of Brookhaven Office of Energy, spearheading job creation programs and initiating pilot programs to reducing government spending through energy efficiency initiatives. These efforts put Long Islanders to work, made government facilities energy efficient and cut LIPA and heating oil bills for Long Island residents.
Sarah provides new leadership and a new voice for our community. She is fighting to create an effective and efficient government process by reducing government spending while, balancing community quality of life needs. She is a strong supporter of open space preservation and job growth.