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Hicksville Commissioner Gil Cusick

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Gil Cusick, former Hicksville Water District Commissioner.  He served the District for 28 years from 1975 to 2003.

Gilbert (Gil) Cusick passed away in the early morning of February 3, 2023, at the age of 90.  He was born in Manhattan and raised by his adoptive parents, Fred and Marion Cusick, in Hempstead, NY. Gil first met his future wife Marilyn Simpson Cusick at Jones Beach and through their mutual interest in artistic roller skating, in which they had great success skating as a pair, including winning a NY State championship in dance.  Gil and Marilyn were married in 1953 and settled in Hicksville.

Gil was a life member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers union Local 580, a trade which gave him the opportunity to help build some of New York City’s most iconic structures. Gil joined the Hicksville Fire Department in 1967 and served as Captain of Hook & Ladder Company 6.  For many years, Gil was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Fire Department’s annual Labor Day tournament. In 2012, he was honored with the designation of Honorary Chief in recognition of his service to the HFD.  In 1975, he was elected to the position of Commissioner of the Hicksville Water District, a position he would hold for 28 years. Gil and Marilyn were long-time devoted members of the Hicksville United Methodist Church.

Gil was predeceased by his siblings Fred Cusick and Betty Cusick Mayo.  He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Marilyn, his daughter Susan Cusick-Carpenter and son-in-law Jeff Carpenter, his grandson Matthew Carpenter and great-granddaughters Isabella and Charlotte, and grandson Evan Carpenter and his wife Alyssa.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit Monday, February 6, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 47 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville 11801.  A funeral service will be held at Hicksville United Methodist Church, 130 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville 11801, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, with burial at Plain Lawn Cemetery in Hicksville immediately following the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Gilbert’s memory may be made to the Hicksville United Methodist Church.

Can Spring Be Far Off?

Despite some of the the coldest temperatures seen on Long Island for many years, Spring, 2023 is fast approaching. One sign of spring is Major League Baseball spring training  getting under way over the next week or so. With the advent of spring and warmer weather, conservation of water, Earth’s greatest natural resource, takes on a great priority.  Here are some very important conservation tips to observe:

  1. Check all outside hoses and connections against leaks and winter’s ravages.
  2. Planting your garden to start the season?  Start off right. There are many beautiful groundcovers that require less watering including lavender, daylilies, forget-me-nots, aloes, marigolds, and zinnias.
  3. Avoid wasting water by installing a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle on each garden hose to avoid water waste.
  4. When sprinkling your grass and flower or vegetable beds, try to avoid watering the driveways and sidewalks.
  5. Water retention in your garden is enhanced by compost, not to mention a wealth of nutrients.  Start a compost pile and add it to your garden.  Mix in some along wood chips or peat moss and your water retention will be boosted.
  6. A slow-drip irrigation system will help avoid over-watering, and also save money on your water bill.
  7. Watering lawns and gardens at the most opportune times conserves our precious resource. Water generally evaporates most rapidly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Restrict watering to before or after those times and you’ll likely use less.
  8. Most people overwater lawns.  Keeping the length of your lawn approximately 2 inches long.  This will help reduce evaporation and require less water.
  9. Cycle watering in areas where runoff occurs, especially on slopes or compacted dry soils.
  10. Hate raking?  When you’re finished mowing, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. This will boost water retention and help grass grow thicker.

Commissioner Bill Wieck Passes

Former Greenlawn Water Commissioner William Wieck has passed away. When the long time Greenlawn Water Commissioner’s term ended in 2017, he left in place a legacy of public safety, fiscal control, water supply protection…and 26 years of meeting the needs of an expanding population.

A proud US Army veteran, ex-chief of the Greenlawn Fire Department and Past President of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council, Bill shepherded the cost-effective refurbishment of Greenlawn Water District infrastructure through a dedicated preventive maintenance program that began in 1992. The NSWCA sends its deepest sympathies to Bill’s family, friends and professional associates.  He will be greatly missed.

Visitation: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 Greenlawn Fire Department Headquarters: 23 Boulevard Avenue, Greenlawn, NY 11740  2:00pm – 9:00pm

Firematic Services: 7:00 pm

Prayer Service: Wednesday January 11, 2023 10:00 am

Interment: at Calverton Cemetery  to follow prayer service.

Happy New Year 2023!

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association wishes all our members, supporters and the public we are elected to serve a most healthy and prosperous new year in 2023. May the new year 2023 bring abundant rainfall to assist all NSWCA member districts in our public education and  conservation efforts!

Services For Ernestine Falco

The NSWCA has learned of the passing of Ernestine Falco, wife of former Commissioner Lenny Falco, Sr. of the Franklin Square Water District.

Arrangements:

Franklin Square Funeral Home, 42 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY

  • Thursday, December 1, 2022,  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm
  • Friday, December 2, 2022,        4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mass:   St. Catherine of Sienna

9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022, 33 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY

Services for Cameron “Cami” McLaughlin

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Cameron “Cami” McLaughlin, wife of Greenlawn Water Commissioner John McLaughlin. The NSWCA extends condolences to the McLaughlin family.

Arrangements are  Wednesday, November 16, 2022 as follows:

Nolan’s Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport NY 11768 (631) 754-2400

  • 2:00 – 5:00
  • 7:00 – 9:00

 

In Cami’s memory, donations to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, HDSA.org, would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Financing Water Projects

Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner Robert McEvoy

Each month, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) provides information through its Educational Speaker Series and Training Programs. At a recent meeting, Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner and former NSWCA President Robert McEvoy provided an in-depth look into financing water projects by going to bond through local townships. Mr. McEvoy brings over 35 years of public service experience to the fold and is the current Comptroller for the Town of Oyster Bay.

The presentation addressed many topics including how to initiate a project and develop a timeline, town board requirements, engaging engineers for specifications and conclusions…to SEQRA hearings and determinations, public hearings and bond resolution.

“There are many steps within the process to secure bonding,” commented Commissioner McEvoy. “Larger projects may require planning and development, while other projects have a more seamless and less intrusive approach. The bottom line is to create a calculated plan, ensure all steps are covered, document everything, and create a compelling presentation with all benefits associated at the public hearing.”

“Voter-Elected Commissioners have a profound responsibility to the residents we serve within our respective Districts. We continually maintain our technology and are constructing advanced treatment systems to deliver an uninterrupted supply of quality water,” stated NSWCA President and Locust Valley Water District Commissioner and Chairperson Patricia Peterson. “By going to bond, we are able to secure funding at very affordable rates to lessen the burden on our rate payers. As Commissioners, we are fiscally prudent, and securing grant dollars also helps to pay down the bonds in shorter time.”

President Peterson added, “We are grateful to have Commissioner McEvoy sit as our Committee Chair for Government Relations and Auditing. His continual education on this topic is extremely important given the current climate on Long Island and New York State regarding regulation and compliance. We are thankful for his experience and to provide guidance for all District Commissioners.”

Commissioner Augie Carnevale 1959-2022

The passing of Commissioner Carnevale

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and professional associates of former water commissioner Augustine Paul “Augie” Carnevale, 1959-2022. Augie proudly served the residents of the Garden City Park Water District and was a member of the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) and the NSWCA. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held at the Park Funeral Chapel:

Park Funeral Chapel, 2175 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, New York,

Friday, May 6, 2022

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 Mass Saturday, May 7, 2022

10:30 am

Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 45 Mayfair Road, New Hyde Park, New York

 

Final Resting Place, Saturday, May 7, 2022

11:45 am

Cemetery Of The Holy Rood, 111 Old Country Road, Westbury, New York

Commissioner Intagliata Passes

Long time Franklin Square Water Commissioner Salvatore A. Intagliata passed away on April 27, 2022.  A true gentleman with a deep concern for family and community, Sal was  a member of the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) and the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA). The NSWCA sends its deepest sympathies to Sal’s  family, friends and professional associates.  He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held at The Franklin Funeral Home:

Franklin Funeral Home
42 New Hyde Park Road
Franklin Square, NY 11010

Monday May 2, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mass Tuesday May 3, 2022
10:30am
St Catherine of Sienna Church, Franklin Square

Interment 

St. Charles Cemetery
2105 Wellwood Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735

 

Tips to Reduce Water Consumption

During Spring and Summer

Photo Credit: Hunter Industries

As National Drinking Water Week (May 1 – May 7) reminded us, fresh potable water is Earth’s most valuable resource. The necessity to deliver clean water and to protect Long Island’s aquifer system is of utmost importance.

Here are 10 ways to reduce water consumption, especially during the summer months when lawn and landscape irrigation doubles…even triples!  Water conservation protects the environment, preserves existing resources, and will save you money on your water bill.

  1. Most lawns only need 1 to 2 inches of water per week. Water early in the morning when evaporation loss is minimal.
  2. Observe proper watering days: Odd-numbered homes water on odd-numbered days, even-numbered homes water on even-numbered days.
  3. Monitor potential water leaks by checking hose connections, inspecting washers and repairing leaky exterior spigots.
  4. Create your own water supply to water flowers and gardens by collecting rain runoff in rain barrels. A rain barrel is a project you can tackle yourself.
  5. Make sure soil is absorbing water and not permitting runoff. Many soil types don’t absorb large amounts of water easily. Use short, repeated watering cycles to deliver water at a rate soil can absorb.
  6. Promote growth and use less water with irrigation furrows alongside plants and flowers. Mound soil to form a water collection basin around plants and shrubs.
  7. Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch to planting beds to slow water evaporation from soil. Mulch also helps suppress weeds.
  8. Check underground sprinklers, pools and spas, and repair any leaks immediately..
  9. Help lawns absorb water efficiently by limiting thatch and aerating on a regular basis. Mowing at the proper height for summer growing conditions reduces a lawn’s water needs.
  10. Check your lawn irrigation system to make sure it’s working properly.  When running a sprinkler, set a timer to ensure you don’t forget to turn the water off.