The NSWCA is extremely proud to announce that our commissioner-led water districts have taken the top prizes for Best Tasting Water in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties at the Tap Water Taste Contest.
In Nassau no one has better tasting tap water than the Oyster Bay Water District, according to the the tasters who sampled and voted at the Campus Center at SUNY Farmingdale May 7th through May 10th. And in Suffolk, the Greenlawn Water District’s tap water tasted best and the District took home the trophy for the eighth time .
Congratulations to the dedicated staff and superintendents of both winning districts, to Oyster Bay Commissioners Robert J. McEvoy, Richard Niznik and Michael F. Rich II, as well as to Greenlawn Commissioners John McLaughlin, Jim Logan and John H. Clark.
To Syracuse and Beyond!
Both winners will be entered into the regional competition which eventually culminates in the New York State Fair in Syracuse to determine the best tasting water in the entire state! Winners at the regional and State Fair competitions receive recognition plaques from the judging body, the Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee (WWEOC).
The Suffolk County Trophy.
Above Right: Left to right: Greenlawn Water District Commissioners John McLaughlin, Jim Logan, John H. Clark, and Superintendent Bob Santoriello.
Oyster Bay Water District receiving the Nassau County Trophy from Chuck Savinetti, Superintendent of Locust Valley Water District and Chairman of the LI Water Conference.
Above Right: Left to right: Oyster Bay Water District Superintendent John W. Walsh, Mr. Savinetti, Oyster Bay Commissioners Robert J. McEvoy, Richard Niznik and Michel F. Rich III.
Locust Valley WD Commissioner Pasquale J. “Pat” Eliseo has passed away at age 85.
Locust Valley Water Commissioner Pat Eliseo lived and worked in Locust Valley all his life, and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. A member of the Locust Valley Board of Water Commissioners since 1997, Pat helped oversee the rapid growth and changes in the north shore communities that the District supplies, including Locust Valley, Lattingtown, and areas of Mill Neck and Matinecock. Commissioner Eliseo was also an active member of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), where he held various leadership positions, including the position of President.
With deep roots in the community, Pat was a volunteer member of the Locust Valley Fire Department for 65 years, including serving as Treasurer of its Emergency Medical Rescue Squad. He also held the positions of Department Treasurer, Company Captain and District Fire Commissioner, and was a member of the Locust Valley Exempt and Benevolent Firemen’s Association.
Pat Eliseo’s community involvement was extensive. A charter member of the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, he was a member of the Matinecock Neighborhood Association, and served as Vice-President for over 20 years. He was also a member and past-president of the Locust Valley Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, the organization’s highest award.
In his business life, Pat was well known and respected as the proprietor of Marquis Wines and Liquors for over 30 years. His guidance, professionalism and good humor will be missed.
The LIWC Legislative Breakfast held on March 9, 2018 was a packed house, with standing room only for several dozen late arriving attendees. The NSWCA was well represented with commissioners from virtually all Districts and many District Superintendents in attendance.
After welcoming remarks by Chuck Savinetti, Chairman of the LI Water Conference and Locust Valley Water District Superintendent, and legislative agenda remarks by Port Washington Water District Superintendent Paul Granger, Keynote speaker NYS Senator Elaine Phillips gave her views on matters of vital importance to loud applause.
The opening and primary topic of the day was funding, including discussion of Drinking water infrastructure funding, as well as funding for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Region 1 Water Division, and NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Water Supply Protection.
Other important topics discussed were monitoring well registration and water quality data sharing, clarification of the NYS Superfund law to financially protect public water ratepayers, and clarification of the One Call Notification System law.
Joe Roccaro, from Suffolk County Water Authority narrated a detailed discussion on 1,4-Dioxane followed by a lively Q&A session.
NSWCA President and Westbury Water Commissioner Vin Abbatiello, provided closing remarks and quips as he expressed appreciation for the meeting’s outstanding attendance.