Clean Air Annual Meeting Saturday, February 3rd

What a year it has been at Clean Air! Our organization has made a tremendous impact in our communities and, most likely, right in your own neighborhood. We’ve won a commitment from the DEC to begin cleaning up the former American Axle site on East Delavan, which has been leaking PCBs for more than 20 years. We engaged with 1,000 residents and workers to create Tonawanda Tomorrow, a comprehensive economic development plan to rebuild Tonawanda’s economy following the Huntley coal plant closure. And we facilitated a second round of participatory budgeting in Buffalo’s Niagara District. These are just a few among many highlights.

Now, it’s time to celebrate another year of exciting victories and developments at Clean Air. Without the investment and work by members — and the belief in the power and possibility of organizing our communities — none of our work in 2017 could have been possible.

Join us at our Annual Meeting to celebrate these successes and prepare for another year of smart, grassroots organizing. Our membership and partners from across the region will come together to learn from each other, and share their successes and challenges from the past year. Our meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend, however only members are able to vote on this year’s incoming board of directors. If you wish to become a member, or renew your membership – do so online today or call our office at 716-852-3813.

The member meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 11am to 1:30 p.m at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, UB Gateway Room – 77 Goodell St. in Buffalo. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available by request (Call Rebecca at 716-862-3813 by January 22nd to request).


All board members serve 3 year terms. Board members fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • To provide guidance and assistance in implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization
  • To fundraise and build organizational capacity
  • To evaluate the Executive Director
  • To participate actively on at least one board committee; events, personnel, finance or sustainability and attend organizational events and membership meetings as able

New Board Candidates (the following board candidates are up for their first three year term)

Andre Mayes Andre is a lifelong resident of the City of Buffalo. Andre was born on the east side, raised in Allentown and currently resides on the west side with his wife Sara. Andre is eager to learn more about grassroots organizing, fundraising, and how he can apply his skills and passion to build power in his community.  An avid musician, he is the lead singer of the band Electric Salmon. He currently works as a Sheet Metal CAD Designer for JW Danforth and is a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 71.

Nick Reed Nick has been a member of Clean Air since 2015. Nick has played an active role working for a Just Transition in Tonawanda in the wake of the Huntley coal plant closure, and has supported members organizing in Seneca Babcock for the enforcement of Battaglia Recycling. An active member of the Labor movement for 11 years, Nick has a background in health, safety and chemistry and wants to bring his expertise to affect positive changes in the communities that both he and our membership live and work. Nick formally worked at Honeywell as a Research Technician and currently works as Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at the Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA). Nick is a resident of Grand Island where he lives with his wife and two children.

Returning Board Candidates (the following board candidates are up for a second three year term)

Lindsday Amico Lindsay Amico grew up in the City of Tonawanda and now lives in Buffalo, NY. She’s been involved with Clean Air since 2010, originally working on campaigns such as Tonawanda Coke and the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process for the Tonawanda Coke criminal fines in 2014. Lindsay has served as the Vice President of the board for the last two years and headed up our Buffalo Brunch Fundraiser this past fall. Lindsay graduated from Northeastern University with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is passionate about environmental justice and social equity and strives to create change locally. She currently works as a Youth Coordinator at Tobacco-Free Erie Niagara at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where she organizes youth to fight big tobacco and prevents young people from starting to smoke. She’s also a life and wellness coach and loves to read and practice yoga.

Thomas Roulley Thomas Roulley has been on the Board of Directors at Clean Air for the past three years, served as board Treasurer for the past two, and is current chair of Sustainability Fund Committee. An active member of Communication Workers of America (CWA), he serves as the Political and Legislative Committee Chairman for Local 1122 and the Treasurer and Political and Legislative Committee Chairman for the Western New York CWA Council where he coordinates CWA’s Western New York endorsements and the E.J. Mays Scholarship Fund. Tom also acts as Treasurer and Niagara County area Chair for the Western New York chapter of the Working Families Party, which fights for progressive legislation and policies across New York State.  He is on the board of the George J. Woloszyn Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Tom was born and raised in Niagara Falls and now lives in Lewiston.

Catherine Zweig Cathy has been a supporter of Clean Air since 2013, and a board member for the past three years. Cathy grew up in a family with autoimmune disorders and asthma and has been concerned about the impact of pollution on human health and the environment for a long time. Cathy currently works as a social worker providing therapy to people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other anxiety problems at the Erie County Medical Center’s outpatient behavioral health program on Main Street in Buffalo. She has a Masters of Arts in psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW-R). Experienced in board governance, she is a former board member of the Prochoice Network, Mercy Hall, Pick of the Crop Dance, and the Aurora Waldorf School. Cathy is the mom of three children and is honored to be a part of Clean Air.


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