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Local heads waterfront Programs

Robert T. Crafa was named director of waterfront programs at SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, N.Y., in October 2004.

“Rob Crafa not only will show the proper respect for Maritime’s tradition of excellence on the water, but he brings new vision as we revitalize the waterfront as a vibrant hub of campus activity,” says sailing commentator Gary Jobson, a school alumnus and chair of the Maritime College

Crafa, a lifelong resident of the north shore of Long Island, holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Technology from Springfield (Mass.) College and a Master of Science in Management and Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Most recently, Crafa served as the executive director of The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, where he helped create and develop the marine education and recreation center that operated the largest sailing school on Long Island. Previously he was a coastal resource specialist with the New York Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources and executive director of Friends of the Bay in Oyster Bay. Crafa lives in Huntington with his wife, Stephanie, and their 2-year-old son, Griffin.

Boasting a 100-percent graduate placement rate, SUNY Maritime College is the nation’s first maritime college.