Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Irving Like as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Irving will be honored on Wednesday, February 6th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
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A summary of Irving Like's impressive list of accomplishments:
Mr. Irving Like received his LLB degree from the Columbia University Law School in 1949 and has been a practicing attorney in Babylon, New York for more than fifty years. His legal practice has dealt with complex litigation, environmental law, land use, zoning, commercial and residential real estate, and many other areas of the law.
Mr. Like has served as Special Counsel in high profile complex controversies involving Suffolk County, and its citizens, including the licensing of the proposed Shoreham and Jamesport Nuclear Plants, Long Island Lighting Company rate cases, the replacement of the Long Island Lighting Company, by the creation of the Long Island Power Authority intended to be governed by a rate payer elected board of directors, the Shoreham Settlement Agreement, the proposed oil company mid Atlantic off shore oil drilling project, the Agent Orange litigation, leading to $180 million settlement, in which he was Chair of the Law Committee, the drafting of the Conservation policy articles in the New York State Constitution, and the Suffolk County Charter.
Mr. Like participated in the process that led to the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore, in 1964, as a practicing attorney representing the Citizens Committee for the Fire Island National Seashore. He experienced firsthand, the actions of the federal, state and local governments, and economic stakeholders, who were involved in the contested FINS formation. He has also serves as counsel and legal adviser to the Fire Island Association, which represents over 3000 Fire Island property owners to the Villages, and various property owner organizations in Fire Island communities, and was formerly counsel to the Village of Islandia.
Irving Like searched through state and federal laws and carefully constructed the legal framework help making it possible to prevent the construction of the proposed Rye to Oyster Bay bridge across Long Island Sound in 1968. A deed was drawn up, pursuant to which 4860 acres of lands were transferred to the Interior Department, giving it jurisdiction, to maintain a Migratory Bird Refuge, thereby preventing any state project from being constructed, and providing that the land could revert to the donors, if the bridge was built.
Mr. Like was recognized in Newsday as one of the “100 Most Influential Long Islanders of the 20th Century.” He has also received the “Holiday Magazine Award 1970 - Commendable Efforts to Improve, Conserve and Improve Our Environment.
The inaugural ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
When & Where
Science Museum of Long Island
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. SMLI provides teachers and community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically pre-registered hands-on science workshops.