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Commissioner-Run Water Districts Sustaining Uninterrupted Service During Storm

Following the wake of Superstorm Sandy, a full-scale assessment of Long Island’s utility resources and management is still in progress. According to officials at Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners Association (NSWCA), lack of adequate preparation and leadership caused failures in nearly every major utility from power to gas to communications, there were no failures or interruption of service among Long Island’s 21 commissioner-run water districts, including South Farmingdale Water District.  

At a recent NSWCA meeting held in Hicksville, NSCWA President Robert McEvoy commented, “I’m proud to announce that we (locally run water districts) were the only major utility on Long Island that did not fail to service during Superstorm Sandy.”  

McEvoy said that diligent preparations and plans put in place throughout each of the NSCWA’s districts ensured that all consumers have clean, safe water during and after any major crisis situation.  

According to McEvoy, each district was ready for the storm with practiced emergency planning and protocols in place that were supervised by district water commissioners and superintendents. Crews worked around the clock to ensure that the distribution systems were fully operational, backup diesel powered pumps and generators were tested, and additional fuel supply stocked. During and after the storm, wells were carefully monitored to ensure the delivery of clean and sustainable water throughout each district.

NSWCA represents locally run water districts where the water resource is managed and run by commissioners who live within the district.   

“As members of the community, our response and main priorities are to address the needs of our community firsthand,” stated Gary Brosnan, South Farmingdale water commissioner.

McEvoy said that water remains one of Long Island’s least expensive utilities with commissioner-run districts working to protect and conserve this resource at an affordable cost. McEvoy also said that while consolidation continues to threaten the autonomy of locally run resources, the excellent preparedness and response demonstrated by Long Island’s 21 commissioner-run water districts during and after the storm is a testament to the ultimate success that comes from community-based leadership.

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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