• william and his four daughters
    William and his four daughters
    I was raised in East Patchogue. Upon graduating, I moved to Hampton Bays and started my landscaping business which I continue to this day. I joined the Hampton Bays Rotary and became its President. I then received the “Paul Harris Award” for reformation of the Interact Program at the High School, which made it stronger and continues to this day. I served as a board member of the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Hampton Bays beautification committee. I assisted with town, county and state agencies in the redesign of the entrance to Hampton Bays off Route 24 from Sunrise Highway to Montauk Highway. I also helped establish, as a Charter Member, the Southampton Town Business Alliance, assisting with housing developments, condominiums, beach erosion and restoration projects.
  • I moved to the Hamlet of Jamesport in 2007 and became a member of the board of the North Fork Chamber of Commerce. Additionally I am a board member of the North Fork Promotional Council, serving as Treasurer. I have served on the Riverhead Energy Committee, helping residents get NYSERDA certified.
  • I am a member of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.
  • I am a member of the board of directors of the Vail-Levitt Music Hall in Riverhead.
  • I taught an adult evening course at BOCES for five years.
  • I also served on Riverhead’s 225th Birthday Committee.
  • In 2012 I joined the Greater Jamesport Civic Association. I subsequently became the president and reformed quality of life issues facing the community. I helped preserve Sharper Hill, a 37-acre Main Road rural parcel in Jamesport (the last remaining burial grounds of Native Americans predating the United States).
  • I have worked with the Shinnecock and Montauk Indian tribes, along with local government and county officials.
  • As a member of the EPCAL watch group, I’m proactive in land preservation and spoke against the sale of EPCAL to a non-transparent company for below market value and a land giveaway, speaking on News 12 and various other media outlets.
  • It is a passion of mine to share in the community and Riverhead’s history is one them. I approached Riverhead Town Board and got approval in 2017 to create “Let’s Relive Riverhead’s Past Thru its History.” I sponsor advertising on two local radio stations that inform the listeners’ about Riverhead and what it was like in its past.
  • On a personal note, I have four daughters and two grandchildren. I am very active in my church, serving as a Eucharistic minister, usher, lay reader, and on the vestry.

William C. Van Helmond