Peconic Baykeeper actively searching for new president

Former Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Peconic Baykeeper, Inc. remains “actively engaged” in its search for a new president after ex-baykeeper Kevin McAllister told The Riverhead News-Review last week that he’s fighting for his job back.

“It is unfortunate that Kevin McAllister and Ms. [Barbara] Matthews have chosen to use the press as their mouthpiece,” a statement from Peconic Baykeeper said. “The Peconic Baykeeper, Inc. reiterates that it does not discuss personnel issues in public.” 

In an interview last week, Mr. McAllister said Brendan McCurdy, chairman of the board of Peconic Baykeeper Inc., fired him due to “allegations of improper behavior with another employee,” and “allegations of alcohol use.”

But he said those “allegations” had never been fully investigated.

In its statement, Peconic Baykeeper said: “The organization is actively engaged in a search for our next president. We continue our fight with N.Y. State DEC on the renewal of 1,300 pollution elimination discharge permits and the N.Y. State Parks Dept. on their ongoing use of outlawed septic systems.”

Mr. McAllister had served as president of the nonprofit advocacy group for the past 16 years.