40. Jeff Reynolds | The Long Island Press Power List

40. Jeff Reynolds

Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICAdD)

If sobriety were elevated from a state of mind to a political state, this tireless advocate fighting against Long Island’s deadly heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic would be president. He’s been on the front lines well before federal authorities were rounding up crooked doctors selling prescriptions and local police began proactively combating chemical dependency via public outreach efforts. Although there have been significant advancements—New York State’s passage of the Good Samaritan law granting immunity to drug abusers who call 911 to report overdoses, for example—the epidemic is still claiming lives. And as long as his phone keeps ringing off the hook, Reynolds will continue sounding the alarm and rallying the troops of loved ones left in the wake of this scourge.