Manna Jo Greene

Legislator,
District No. 19 - Town of Marbletown, Town of Rosendale

Contact Information

Where: 
148 Cottekill Road,
Cottekill, NY 12419
Phone: 
(845) 687-9253

Legislative Information

Party Affiliation: 
Democrat
Working Families

Background -+

Manna Jo Greene is the Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Formerly the Recycling Coordinator/Educator for Ulster County for ten years, and a Registered Critical Care Nurse for 22 years, Manna is a lifelong environmental professional and community activist. As a teenager Manna worked with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders of the day to lobby for the passage of the Civil Rights Bill, an event that has empowered her for life. She currently serves on the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, Citizens for Local Power, is a member of EPA's Community Advisory Group for remediation of Hudson River PCBs and EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee. Manna has also served as Chair of the Rosendale Environmental Commission and Vice-Chair of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council, helped found the HV Green Building and Renewable Energy Working Group, was on the board of the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange, help start the Hudson Valley Biodiesel Coop, and is a long-standing member of the Mid-Ulster League of Women Voters and numerous other civic organizations. She has also served on the Hudson Valley Regional Packaging Task Force, the NY State Battery Task Force and the NYS Roundtable for Consensus on Tire Management, the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Planning Consortium and for five years hosted a local weekly environmental call-in radio show, the Recycling Hotline & Environment show on WGHQ. She avidly supports collaborative land use planning and problem-solving.

Working with Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network (which has since become Sustainable Hudson Valley or SHV) to promote sustainable agriculture and green building and landscaping practices, Manna helped create the Finding Common Ground process to restore a healthier working relationship between area farmers and environmentalist, which resulted in a Hudson Valley Harvest "buy local" campaign and a genuine shift in agriculture in the region. Modeling green building and landscaping practices, she built a solar-powered Sustainable Living Resource Center to host seminars and workshops and house a large collection of resources on a variety of sustainability related projects. As a sustainability educator Manna teaches communities how to balance environmental preservation, economic prosperity (based on quality of life indicators) and social equity using effective communication. Manna has studied to become a trainer for the Natural Step Framework, a sustainability methodology for businesses and institutions.

In 1996, Manna was nominated as "Woman of the Year" by the Ulster County YWCA, received the prestigious "Spirit of the Universe" award in 1997 for her commitment to Earth and to her community, Mohonk Consultations' award for Distinguished Service and Environmental Sensitivity in June 2000 and the US EPA's Environmental Quality Award in 2011. Graduating with an AAS in Nursing from SUNY/Ulster in 1976, Manna was certified as a childbirth educator and in critical care. She earned a B.A. in biology (premed) from SUNY/New Paltz, Magna Cum Laude, in 1986, and completed course work towards a Masters in Environmental Studies at Bard College.

Manna also practices yoga and enjoys dancing, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. She has two grown sons, one, a world class rock climber, Ivan Greene, runs a cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, called Pudge Knuckles and the other, Solomon, graduated from Yale Law School and works for the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.

In February 2003, Manna made a trip to Iraq for two weeks with two other women as peace delegates in the Hudson Valley Peace Brigade of the Iraq Peace Team/Voices in the Wilderness. Their intention was to bring a message of peace and friendship to the people of Iraq, and to return to bring the faces of the people of Iraq, their hopes and dreams, to the people of the Hudson Valley.

Prior to joining the Ulster County Legislature, Manna served as a Councilperson on the Rosendale Town Board for eight years. She also publishes a bimonthly calendar which is emailed to over 3,000 people in the Hudson Valley.

Manna is committed to the belief that humans can live in harmony with each other and the Earth, and that if your cause is just and you are persistent, you will eventually triumph.

Terms Served

2014-2015, 2016-2017

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2017 Attendance

Attended

Meeting of the
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Wed, Apr 5, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Mar 7, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Wed, Feb 1, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Absent

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Attendance from previous terms

Attended

2014-2015

Meeting of the
Tue, Dec 15, 2015
Meeting of the
Wed, Dec 9, 2015
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Mon, Nov 16, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Meeting of the
Mon, Nov 9, 2015
Thu, Nov 5, 2015
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Absent

2014-2015

Meeting of the
Thu, Nov 6, 2014
Wed, May 20, 2015
Tue, Jun 2, 2015
Meeting of the
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

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2017 Votes

Yes Votes

Tue, Apr 18, 2017 Vote to Amend Resolution No. 149
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 Vote to Refer Resolution No. 149 Back to Committee
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 145
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 139
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 150
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 151
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 152
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 153
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 154
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 155

Abstained

No votes recorded

Sponsored legislation from previous terms

  • Adopting Proposed Local Law No. 6 of 2014, A Local Law To Establish A Sustainable Energy Loan Program In The County Of Ulster
  • Reappointing - Commissioner Of Elections
  • Setting A Public Hearing On Proposed Local Law No. 6 of 2014 (A Local Law To Establish A Sustainable Energy Loan Program In The County Of Ulster) To Be Held On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 At 7:15 PM
  • Authorizing The Chairman Of The Ulster County Legislature To Convey Two Parcels Of County-Owned Real Property Previously Owned By The Lower Esopus River Watch, Inc. To The Town Of Rosendale – Department Of Finance
  • Confirming Appointment To The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency
  • Confirming Appointment To The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency
  • Authorizing The Chairman Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute An Agreement With The Social Security Administration, Or Other Designated Federal Entity, To Provide Office Space To The Social Security Administration For The Continuation Of Services
  • LATE: Urging The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) To Postpone Indefinitely Its Order Issued August 13, 2013 And Halt The Creation Of The New Capacity Zone
  • In Support Of House of Representatives Legislation H.R. 1494, An Act Cited As The “Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability Act”, Which Would Direct The Secretary Of Defense To Review The Operation Of Certain Ships During The Vietnam Era
  • In Support Of House of Representatives Legislation H.R. 543, An Act Cited As The “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013”, Which Would Clarify Presumptions Relating To The Exposure Of Certain Veterans Who Served In The Vicinity Of the Republic of Vietnam

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Votes from previous terms