Taylor's Island Cabin at Dawn

The Taylor's Island Foundation - Preserving "A Place to Enjoy"


  • P.A.T. Hunt
  • Maryann Koch
  • Jim Mitchell
  • Jim Polychron
  • Harriet Reilly
  • Charity Robey
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In March 2006, The Taylor's Island Committee, with the pro bono help of Edward Shillingburg, began the process of creating the Taylor's Island Foundation to assist the Town with fundraising for the restoration and preservation of the Smith-Taylor Cabin. Supervisor Alfred Kilb, Jr. and the Shelter Island Town Board voted to support the creation of the Foundation, as reported in the Shelter Island Reporter. The Foundation was incorporated on May 30th as a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Since its creation the Taylor's Island Foundation has:

The Taylor's Island Preservation and Management Committee

Working with the Committee, our Town has:

  • Replaced the Island's two critical bulkheads
  • Received a $110,600 matching grant for the Cabin
  • Installed an electric generator at the Cabin
  • Received a grant for the Historic Structure Report
  • Signed a lease with the Taylor's Island Foundation

Committee Members

  • Amber Brach-Williams, Town Liaison
  • Gerry Siller, Town Liaison
  • Keith Clark
  • Kathy Gooding
  • P.A.T. Hunt, Co-Chair
  • Steve Lenox
  • Kevin Sanwald
  • Richie Surozenski, Co-Chair
  • Linda Zavatto

The Taylor's Island Preservation and Management Committee, created in 2005, exists as an official Town Committee to advise the Shelter Island Town Board on the preservation and use of Taylor's Island. The Committee meets at Town Hall at 9:00 A.M. on the second Tuesday of every month.

Original Taylor's Island Committee - Mike Laspia not in photo Original Taylor's Island Comm. (Mike Laspia not in photo)

The Town adopted its Parks Master Plan in 2006 listing Taylor's Island as the number one park priority.

The S.I. Town official website posts recent minutes of the Committee; a complete archive of the minutes is here.

Join Taylor's Island's Volunteers

Volunteers clean debris from porch project Volunteers clean up debris
as part of the porch restoration.

All of the restoration projects on Taylor's Island have been made possible, in part, by the generous contributions from our community.

Volunteers prep the food for the kettlebake Ed Clark and Richie Surozenski cook the lobsters Jaime Cogan prepares the chicken for the kettlebake

Our annual events are made possible by the all volunteer crews who transport the guests, prepare the food, and set up the Island. Please volunteer your time and talent to Taylor's Island.

Recently Departed Friends of Taylor's Island

Larry Tuthill on the cabin porch
Larry Tuthill
Greenport, NY
Andrew Arkin speaks at the gathering "All about Andrew"
Andrew Arkin
New York, NY
Photo of George Costello on a fundraising cruise in 2011
George Costello, Sr.
Greenport, NY