Gary Pollakusky for County Legislature (LD-06)

gary_pollakusky.jpgGary Pollakusky is the Republican candidate for Suffolk County Legislator in the 6th Legislative District.

Meet Gary Pollakusky

Gary Pollakusky is a life-long Long Islander. He was born in Baldwin to a father who was a high school chemistry teacher and a mother who was a college administrator at Adelphi University. Their commitment to education, knowledge and community service was ingrained in Gary at an early age as he achieved many accolades and awards for outstanding performances and academic achievements.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Upon graduation, he served in management roles for Bernard HODES Group, Unilever HPCNA, Columbia Business School, and AHL Services, Inc.

Gary married his wife Jeanine (also a lifelong Rocky Point resident) and they settled in Long Beach. After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, destroying their home and business, they decided that they would rebuild and reclaim their future in the town where Janine grew up, Rocky Point, surrounded by family and friends that call North Brookhaven home. Here they have built two successful businesses and a home along with their dog, Bailey.

Gary's self-started and self-funded Media Barrel LLC, an organization that operates as a company's "one-stop shop" for New Media strategy, implementation, and management. His team works with large and small corporations across multiple industries and sectors. Gary also created a subsidiary company, Travel Barrel LLC, as a business opportunity creating travel experiences--getaways, activities and tours-- with portions of proceeds going to cancer awareness charities.

Gary Pollakusky is an accomplished award-winning Marketing & Communications executive and entrepreneur. As he has stated, "I am a problem solver and I follow through on my ideas. This is what I do for a living. I help businesses solve problems by giving them solutions that attract a pipeline of customers and talent."

He is a rapidly becoming one of Long Island's leading New Media gurus and has produced and directed high-profile celebrity projects for best-selling author Deepak Chopra, actor / comedian Jim Belushi, and actress Lisa Kudrow. He was recently honored with the Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award for 2016 and the 2017 Long Island Business News Forty Under Forty Award.

Gary also believes it his duty to give back and serve his community. He has used his proven business talents as a board member of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) working with large and small businesses to maximize growth and create jobs. Through his involvement, in 2016, Gary helped the board bring in $189 million investment into the Town of Brookhaven economy by securing 10 new business resulting in the creation of more than 800 new jobs. This year alone the IDA is working to secure over $500 million in new investments resulting in over 2,000 more new jobs for the Town of Brookhaven and has helped to convince business to expand within the town rather than to relocate.

He also is an active member of the Brookhaven Local Development Corporation, Society for Human Resource Management, North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Long Island Limousine Association, the Long Island Association, Rocky Point Business Owners Group and is a founder of the North Shore Community Association.

Additionally, Pollakusky uses his talents and business acumen to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and assist the jobless and students in high school and college to find employment. He lectures at colleges throughout Long Island to help folks get ready to join the workforce and to help motivate them to market themselves through social media. Similarly, he has spoken at job fairs & conferences on how to effectively use social media in/for the workplace. More about Gary

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