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4 Nassau County Water Districts Observe 100 Years of Service Anniversary

NSWCA Members Bethpage, Jericho, Franklin Square and Oyster Bay Water Districts commemorate 100 years of dedicated service to their respective communities

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association has announced that four of its 21 member Districts will celebrate a century of service in 2023, according to NSWCA President Patricia Peterson.

“This is an historic industry achievement right here on Long Island that is very likely unprecedented in the United States,” stated NSWCA President Patricia Peterson, who is also a Chairwoman of the Locust Valley Water District. “The fact is that the Bethpage, Jericho, Franklin Square and Oyster Bay Water Districts are voter-elected and commissioner-run Districts is a testimony to a system that has been perfected over time and guarantees local control.”

The Bethpage Water District, Jericho Water District, Franklin Square Water District and Oyster Bay Water District all have different plans to commemorate the historic events. These range from special events and historic timelines dating from the presidency of Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) to open houses, archival photography and web-based educational columns and articles for children and adults.

Providing an uninterrupted supply of quality water generally goes unnoticed, President Peterson added, “because water is taken for granted, especially on Long Island. Whenever you turn the tap, the spigot or the shower knob, the water is there, and it meets all the local, federal and ultra-stringent New York State standards.”

The four centenarian Districts epitomize the uninterrupted provision of billions of gallons of water to consumers and businesses year in and year out for a century despite hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms and even Superstorm Sandy.

As the populations of each District have grown, all four have adapted technology to meet the increased demand, infrastructure management and quality challenges, an unwanted legacy from previous era.

NSWCA Elects New 2023 Board

Locust Valley Water District Chairwomen Patricia Peterson named Board President

January 16, 2023, Carle Place, New York, USA – At a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting sponsored by the Plainview Water District, the Association elected a new governing Board for the 2023 term which runs through December 31, 2023.

The newly elected NSWCA 2023 Board includes returning President Patricia Peterson of the Locust Valley Water District; 1st Vice President Ralph Atoria of the South Farmingdale Water District; 2nd Vice President John F. Coumatos of the Bethpage Water District; Secretary Joseph Perry of the South Huntington Water District; and Treasurer Michael Kosinski of the Roslyn Water District.

“This new Board consists of an experienced group of talented and dedicated voter-elected commissioners from local water suppliers,” President Peterson stated. Our 21 members districts within Nassau and Suffolk Counties have the important responsibility of providing quality water that meets or exceeds all local, state and federal standards, to the 620,000 consumers we serve, without interruption and without compromise. I am confident in the leadership of our association as we fulfill our mission of being an authoritative voice in water supply by educating the public regarding sustainability, conservation, and the health of our aquifer.”

Safeguarding LI’s Water Supply

The home to one of the world’s greatest aquifer systems, Long Island’s water has come under great scrutiny in recent years due to emerging contaminants. As stewards of the water served to over 620,000 people, the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioner’s Association (NSWCA) member water districts have long been out front in the fight to safeguard Long Island’s water supply and sole source aquifer.

These emerging contaminants, sometimes referred to as ‘forever chemicals’, are in large part a pervasive legacy from Long Island’s industrial past, including WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Space Race that resulted in the United States becoming the first nation to put a man on the moon. Other emerging contaminants are byproducts of everyday household products such as non-stick kitchenware, food packaging and detergents, even paints, cleaning products and water-resistant clothing.

The presence of such contaminants is not limited to Long Island, this is a nationwide concern. New York State’s aggressive stance on emerging contaminants and definitive corrective actions began with the implementation of some of the country’s strictest regulations, and progress is being made.

NSWCA President Patricia Peterson stated, “Each of the NSWCA’s 21 member districts has different situations and different needs, but all emerging contaminants are being addressed with proper engineering, technology and filtration treatment systems. The single most significant fact for the public to understand is that all the water that goes into the distribution systems of all of our 21 NSWCA member districts meets or exceeds all local, New York State and federal MCL regulations, all of the time.”

The NSWCA member districts have been proactively involved in rectifying the problems even prior to the New York State mandates, standards and regulations. Given the advances in technology and the impetus from Albany, NSWCA member districts have constructed some of the most advanced water treatment systems in the country to ensure a plentiful supply of potable water.

“For example,” President Peterson commented, “Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) systems have been successfully designed, constructed and installed to remove 1,4-dioxane, and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration has proven to be the most effective means of removing PFOS and PFOA substances. Even with the presence of forever chemicals, it is far from a hopeless situation and much more of a hopeful situation. The science and technologies of today, as deployed by our 21 NSWCA member water districts, have proven to be effective remedies to yesterday’s legacies and they ensure the purity, potability and compliance of the water of tomorrow. Our commitment to safeguarding the future is unwavering.”

NSWCA Welcomes Voter-Elected Water Commissioners

2023 Re-elected and Newly elected Commissioners

Carle Place, New York, USA – Re-elected and newly elected water commissioners from 21 local water districts who are members of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) were sworn into office on January 1, 2023 to begin their three-year term. Each local water district is comprised of three commissioners on each board.

NSWCA President and Locust Valley Water District Chairwomen Patricia Peterson commented on the election results, “Local voters came out to cast their ballet in meaningful elections for the men and women of their choice who harness the responsibility of safeguarding our water today, and into the future. This process is a sterling example of local representation by and for each community as water commissioners and voters must reside within their respective district.”

Voter-elected, commissioner-run districts (21 in total) provide water to over 620,000 consumers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Peterson added, “I am extremely pleased to welcome all our new and returning colleagues to the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association.”

Re-elected and newly elected water commissioners from each District are as follows:


Albertson Water District Commissioner Janell Giordano Newly elected
Bethpage Water District Commissioner Theresa M. Catapano-Black Re-elected
Carle Place Water District Commissioner Tim Stellato Re-elected
Cathedral Gardens Water District Commissioner Joseph Corino Re-elected
Franklin Square Water District Commissioner Anthony Boccella Newly elected
Franklin Square Water District Commissioner Ralph Pugliese Re-elected
Garden City Park Water District Commissioner Robert Mirabile Newly elected
Glenwood Water District Commissioner Peter A. Hesse Re-elected
Greenlawn Water District Commissioner John McLaughlin Re-elected
Hicksville Water District Commissioner Nicholas Brigandi Re-elected
Jericho Water District Commissioner James Asmus Re-elected
Locust Valley Water District Commissioner Peter Brown Re-elected
Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond J. Averna Re-elected
Manhasset-Lakeville Water District Commissioner Steven Flynn Re-elected
Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner Michael F. Rich III Re-elected
Plainview Water District Commissioner Michael Chad Newly elected
Port Washington Water District Commissioner Mindy Germain Re-elected
Roslyn Water District Commissioner Dr. Sanford Klein Re-elected
South Farmingdale Water District Commissioner Gary Brosnan Re-elected
South Huntington Water District Commissioner Paul Tonna Re-elected
West Hempstead Water District Commissioner C. John Sparacio Re-elected
Westbury Water District Commissioner Barry Green Re-elected

Passing of Past Supt. Richard “Woody” Woodwell of the Hicksville Water District

NSWCA Members ~

It is with sadness that we report that former Superintendent Richard “Woody” Woodwell has passed away. Arrangements are pending at this time.

Woody served the Hicksville Water District for over 50 years, starting in 1947 as a laborer at the height of the expansion of the Hicksville community. He worked his way through the ranks becoming a meter reader, water servicemen and water plant operator before serving as Hicksville Water District Superintendent from 1983 to 1998.

Woody was a Korean War veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Long Island Water Conference and the American Water Works Association. Woody lived in Syosset and is survived by his son Justin.

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.

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.


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,, 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