John Cronin



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For 37 years, John Cronin has dedicated his career to water and environmental affairs. For his accomplishments, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and People magazine described him as “equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate.”

Cronin is known internationally for his 17 years as Hudson Riverkeeper, a position that has inspired a legacy of 200 Waterkeeper programs that fight pollution on six continents. For this work, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and the Wall Street Journal called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways.”  Cronin also served as an aide to Republican Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. and as an aide to Democratic Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey.  He was the lead environmental negotiator for the New York City Watershed Agreement, and was the author and lead lobbyist of three state environmental laws.

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