Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00Voters will go to the polls on Dec. 8 to elect a fire commissioner for the Levittown Fire District. The election will be held at 120 Gardiners Ave. in Levittown from 4 to 9 p.m.
Levittown Fire Commissioner and Chairman Frank Scarangella, who has served five terms as commissioner, is running for re-election.
Commissioner Scarangella has been an active member of the Levittown Fire District for 39 years where he served as a firefighter before being elected commissioner.
He has lived in Levittown for 46 years with his wife Patricia and has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Among Commissioner Scaran- gella’s affiliations is his position as volunteer board member of the Nassau County Fire Academy Vocational Education Extension Board and volunteer President of the Town of Hempstead Employees Federal Credit Union, where he is Chairman of the Board. He received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army and is a retired Deputy Commissioner of the Town of Hempstead Highway Department after serving 39 years in the department.
Running for commissioner against Scarangella is Fire Chief George W. Anderson, whose term expires at the end of the year.
Anderson joined the department in 1991 and has served as treasurer, lieutenant, captain and 3rd deputy chief of Ladder 6. He was also the chairman of the Sixth Battalion Mutual Aide Chief’s Association from 2006 to 2007. Starting as a T-ball coach in Island Trees baseball, he now coaches his son’s team in the major league.
He is a lifelong resident of Levittown, where he and his wife Missy live with their son and two daughters.
Registered voters will also have the opportunity to decide on Proposition #1, which asks, “Shall the office of Fire District Treasurer of the Levittown Fire District, presently an elected office, become a position appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners effective January 1, 2011.”
Currently, the Levittown Fire District is one of only a few volunteer districts in the surrounding area where the district treasurer is an elected position. “When we learned that District Treasurer Vincent Raab, who is licensed in New York State as a CPA, would not seek re-election for the office in December of 2010, after 22 years of service, we became concerned about how that decision may ultimately impact the district’s bottom line,” Commissioner Scarangella explained.
“If the community elects a successor who does not have the necessary credentials to handle this huge responsibility, the fire district will be forced to retain the services of an outside CPA firm to meet the needs of the district,” he said. “In today’s difficult economic times, we will be hard-pressed to find the financial resources to cover the added expense.”
“The professional requirements have evolved since the position was initiated in 1950 and today requires tremendous knowledge about accounting as well as municipal laws and regulations,” Commissioner Scarangella added. “We are fortunate to have been served for more than 21 years by an individual with tremendous experience as a CPA and many other state and federal certifications on his resume.”
“The board is of the opinion that, with a thorough search, the district will be able to find an individual who meets the criteria for the job, should the public approve the referendum to make it an appointed position,” he said. “If fire district treasurer remains an elected office, there is no guarantee that an individual with the necessary skills will seek the office or be victorious in his or her bid for election.”
Scarangella urged voters to be present for this referendum saying, “Ultimately, the choice will be that of the voters.”