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Billy Joel, Guv Clean Up Oyster Bay

LI rocker and Gov. Andrew Cuomo take part in Oyster Bay beach cleanup Saturday.

Oyster Bay resident Billy Joel takes part in beach cleanup Saturday at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Jason Molinet
Oyster Bay resident Billy Joel takes part in beach cleanup Saturday at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Jason Molinet
Billy Joel gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a lift to Oyster Bay's annual beach cleanup Saturday morning, motoring to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the Piano Man's boat. 

More than 200 locals showed up to clean the beach and surrounding harbor as part of the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Joel arrived at the event toting a bag of trash. “This garbage came from right over by where I live,” said Joel, who filled the bag during an early-morning cleanup near his Centre Island home on Oyster Bay Harbor.

Cuomo was greeted by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. The Town expects the day-long event to remove 20 tons of refuse from the ecosystem.

A post-Sandy spring cleanup netted 80 tons of debris. 

"Turns out there are a whole lot of us who feel very strongly about this bay," said Paul DeOrsay, executive director of the nonprofit Friends of the Bay. "It feels good. It's like, 'Hey, I'm doing a little something. A little give back to this bay I enjoy.'"

Volunteers got an early start and divers scoured the beach bottom. One fished out a rod and reel.

"I've had a close relationship with this bay and this harbor for a long time," Joel said. "Back in the 1960s I worked on an oyster dredge. We had some issues with the health of the fishery at that time."

As DeOrsay pointed out, it's a never-ending battle. Conservation is a daily fight.

"This is Teddy Roosevelt Park. Theodore Roosevelt was a great governor of the state of New York," Cuomo said. "He was a great president. And he taught us many important lessons. One of them was how he cherished the environment."

Even with the cameras and media show, TR would have approved.
Joe Dowd (Editor) September 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM
That's the definition of "New York State of Mind" and "You're My Home" in one photo series. Great story and event.
Adina Genn (Editor) September 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Love it!
Robert J. Nebel September 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Think globally, act locally. This is so awesome to see someone use celebrity for a worthy cause-hopefully inspiring millions of citizens to make a difference.
Richard J. Thomas September 21, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Way to go Billy ! I love when people do things rather than talk about doing things. Love his music and his sense of community.
Arthur Schwartz September 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Right on Billy. I'd rather hear an uplifting celebrity story like this than about all the inane celebrity garbage out there that the lame stream media thinks is newsworthy.
Jason Molinet September 21, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Billy Joel wasn't there just for the photo op. This is his home and an issue close to his heart.
Ingeborg Goud September 22, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Billy Joel's dedication to Long Island, N.Y. has been so great and inspiring to all who live on this beautiful Island ... Tks. Billy
D. Rimkunas September 22, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Go Piano Man!!!!!!!!!!!
jenine September 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I agree arthur swartz.
James Gatto September 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Billy's a true Long Islander. Instead of worrying about people in Kenya and other third world countries,he's doing right by his town and his country!!!
Edward Ellis September 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Billy.....BILLY?!...AHHhhhh...
Patrick Crowley September 23, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Tried to select a different story, twice, and this article popped up, twice. I appreciate your music Billy Joel but I've already perused this article.

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