The Association of Marine Industries (AMI) has been promoting a better quality of life for Long Island boaters for over thirty years. We are a non-profit trade organization consisting of over 135 marine related businesses dedicated to enhancing the Long Island boating public’s enjoyment of our clean coastal waters. The AMI organization and its members join together to exchange ideas and information for the benefit and education of its Long Island boating members, the community and the environment.
Read the Association of Marine Industries Mission Statement to obtain a better feel for what we are all about.
Did you know …
- The AMI established a working relationship with The Governor’s Office with regards to the current NYS “pause” to declare the Marine Industry as “Essential” weeks before other businesses are opened?
- 12,000 copies of the free AMI Boaters Guide are published and distributed yearly?
- The AMI established the nation’s first Marine Service Technician Apprentice Program which obtained a grant of $906K from NYS Workforce Development Initiative?
- Representatives of AMI maintain a presence in NYS through our affiliation with Empire State Marine Trades Association (ESMTA) our Albany lobbyist (Sheridan Hohman & Associates) and locally with Suffolk County’s Marine Revitalization Task Force (MIRAC) which meets monthly to explore issues regarding: Workforce Development, Dredging and Tourism?
- Yearly Pesticide Re-certification classes are held FREE TO MEMBERS?
- The AMI worked with the Governor’s office of storm recovery to obtain grant funds in excess of $24M due to Super Storm Sandy for 295 marine businesses and $3.6M in DEC grants for over 100 marine businesses (this was a three year effort)?
- Distributes two scholarships to AMI member employees annually?
- The AMI’s website, www.boatli.org, offers tips on Long Island boating safety, clean boating, guidelines for seamanship and dealing with commercial vessels, as well as links to marine forecasts?
- The Clean Marina Website was created through the coordinating efforts of New York Sea Grant, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the AMI, and that the site has information on ecologically sound practices for marina owners and LI boaters, as well as access to governmental guidelines and forms?
- Representatives of AMI work with the Peconic Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee, the South Shore Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee, Boater’s Advisory Council of the Office of Parks and Recreation, Long Island Works, BOCES Advisory Committee, Local Waterfront Citizens Advisory Committees, and representation in Albany through the Empire State Marine Trade Association?
- The Riverhead Town Board worked with AMI on proposed revision to docks and bulk heading requirements?
- The AMI actively campaigns for dredging, which improves LI boaters’ safety and the health of the bays?
- Members of AMI have been instrumental in drafting language for, and shaping, policy while fighting for Long Island boating rights and actively attending to boaters’ needs?
- AMI members attend annual “meet your legislator day” in Albany to keep legislators informed of issues important to the marine industry and recreational boaters and employs a lobbyist specifically for Suffolk County issues?
- The AMI provides marine businesses Worker’s Compensation Savings through our Safety Group 517 which typically returns 25% or more over the NY State Insurance Fund – more savings yearly than the cost of dues?
- Camaraderie and communication between our members is encouraged and facilitated to bring together our competitive skills to identify problems our industry may face and to develop win-win solutions?
- The AMI holds periodic meetings with informative speakers discussing timely industry topics?
- The AMI monitors legislative bills, provides language to clarify proposed bills, and is the “go-to” organization in NY State regarding all matters pertaining to marine, marina operations, and recreational boating?
- Education, conservation, and legislation in relation to the marine industry and to Long Island boating are the main priorities of this organization?
- The AMI is a member of ESMTA (Empire State Marine Trades Association), the statewide marine trades association? The ESMTA seeks to promote the recreational boating industry throughout New York State, encouraging the safe and proper use of boats, marine accessories, and facilities through means consistent with the public interest and welfare. By joining ESMTA, your membership is a cooperative partnership advancing the marine trades industry in New York State. As a member, you lend your voice to the common cause of recreational boating and enable the organization to advocate more effectively in support of the industry. Along with our Industry Members, ESMTA is happy to have recreational boaters join our ranks and sign up to receive updates on legislative matters and issues that effect boaters and their rights. Visit www.theesmta.com to learn more
A.M.I. Officers & A.M.I. Board Of Directors
Vincent R. Pesce, President
VRP Insurance Agency
Eric Kreuter, Vice President
Moriches Boat & Motor
Peter Mendelman, Secretary
Debra Tennyson-Feinstein, Treasurer
Amanda Murphy, Executive Secretary
Alcus Marine Technical Services
Moriches Boat & Motor
Port of Egypt Marina
Awlgrip/Interlux Yacht Paint
Lighthouse Marine Supply