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Manhasset-Lakeville Water and Fire District Candidates

Three challengers, John Nash, Joseph Renta and Daniel Ross have entered the race for the position of Manhasset-Lakeville Fire and Water District against incumbent Andrew DeMartin. The election will be held on Dec. 13.

Andrew DeMartin

The candidate issued the following statement.

Andrew DeMartin, a veteran firefighter, a staunch advocate of firefighter safety issues on the state and local level, and currently North Hempstead’s commissioner of Public Safety, is running for Water/Fire Commissioner of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District with a strong record of both executive and legislative experience. The North Hempstead Town Board appointed Mr. DeMartin in May of 2008 to replace a retiring commissioner.

Mr. DeMartin is also currently the commissioner of Public Safety for the Town of North Hempstead, managing and overseeing six municipal departments including Code Enforcement, Division of Harbor & Marine and North Hempstead’s Animal Shelter among others.  As commissioner, Mr. DeMartin has revamped dated policy and operation procedures to ensure that the highest caliber public safety work force responds to safety concerns of Town residents.

As a member of the Legislative Committee for the Long Island Water Conference, Mr. DeMartin has been a vocal supporter for legislation that promotes a clean water supply in the district and throughout Long Island.

A 28-year volunteer firefighter with the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company, Mr. DeMartin is a past chief and current board chairman of the Board of Trustees for the fire company. A lifelong resident of Great Neck, Mr. DeMartin has been a fire officer of the Vigilant Fire Company and a member since 1983. For five years, he also served as chairman of the 8th Battalion, which includes the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District. Mr. DeMartin was also the chairman of the Emergency Operations Center of the 8th Battalion of Nassau County.

He describes himself as “community-minded...I am running for re-election because I have devoted my life to public service. Through the years, I have filled a variety of different roles within public service, and my special knowledge and experience if I am re-elected commissioner will benefit all residents. I would like to continue to serve with the utmost degree of dedication and commitment to the job.”

Mr. DeMartin has also served as chairman of the Nassau County Fire Commission, overseeing a $13 million budget in the Fire Marshal’s office. He has worked closely with the county legislature to protect important training funds for firefighters, studied the needs of fire protection in the county, and made recommendations for improvement in fire protection for individual departments. Mr. DeMartin is a member of the American Water Works Association, the New England Water Works Association, and the Water Environmental Federation.

In 2006, Mr. DeMartin received the prestigious Nassau County Bronze Medal of Valor for saving the life of a Great Neck resident during a car fire.

Married for 23 years, he is a devoted husband and father of three children. Mr. DeMartin is an active member of the Lakeville School Safety Committee and spends time coaching his daughter’s sports, including lacrosse.

John Nash

The candidate issued the following statement.

“I have been a home-owner in Manhasset for over 20 years and have  raised three children here. I am an active Manhasset-Lakeville Firefighter, EMT, Member of the ML-FD Police Unit and Member of the Board of Governors of Company 2 ML-FD.

“I am a member of the Manhasset American Legion and a Navy Vet, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001 in the rank of Navy Captain after 31 years of active and reserve service. I was commanding officer of a Reserve Submarine Repair Unit in New London, and of a Destroyer Reserve Repair Unit in Norfolk.

“I have a bachelors degree in biology from St. Francis College Brooklyn and a Law Degree from Brooklyn Law School. I am a partner in the Garden City law firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, and have been with the firm since 1980.

“I am the father of a former ML-FD Firefighter who is presently serving on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. I am the president, Long Island Chapter, Association of the U.S. Navy; trustee, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and a ‘Blue and Gold’ U.S. Naval Academy interview officer assigned to Manhasset High School, Chaminade High School and Great Neck North and South High Schools. I have been married to my wife Denise for 25 years.

“I have never run for elective office before. I will bring to the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire & Water District the managerial, budgetary and administrative skills drilled into me during my years in the naval service, skills based on honesty and integrity.

“We, Manhasset Fire and Water District customers living in Great Neck, North New Hyde Park, Lake Success, Manhasset  and North Hills are entitled to the safest and  highest quality water, water service and fire  protection services available. Our outstanding  firefighters and EMTs keep our taxes low as they volunteer their time and services without pay. Imagine what our taxes would be if we had a paid department? Also, our property insurance rates are based on the quality and effectiveness of our fire department. Thus we must spend our fire service budgets wisely and equip our volunteer firefighters and EMTs with the best, most efficient and safest equipment available so they can continue to serve and protect our life and property in the outstanding manner they have to date.

“Our drinking water must also be of the highest quality. Our families lives depend on it.

“I will bring to the commissioner’s office a new energy and focus based on my prior managerial, budgetary and administrative experience.  It is my goal to serve the customers of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire & Water District with honesty and integrity, clarity and openness, free of any conflicts of interest.”

Joseph Renta

The candidate issued the following statement.

“As a resident of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water and Fire District for over 20 years, an employee of the Garden City Park Water/Fire District for over 23 years, and a community leader for many years with Merillon Athletic Association as current president, New Hyde Park Knights of Columbus as Past Grand Knight and recently appointed to the Notre Dame RC Church Pastoral Staff, I am uniquely qualified to be your next Water and Fire Commissioner.

“Along with my wife Carol, son Brian and daughter Kristen, I have lived in and served our community for more than two decades. Working for the Garden City Park Water/Fire District, I have attained extensive knowledge of water treatment procedures and insight into the day-to-day challenges facing a water and fire district in these challenging times. My wife, Carol, works for the Great Neck Public Schools as a teacher assistant at Parkville; my son, Brian, is a senior at Great Neck South High School; and my daughter, Kristen, is in seventh grade at Great Neck South Middle School.

“My vast water and fire experience coupled with my community leadership, give me unique insight into the expectations and operations of our public utilities. With my extensive knowledge of water treatment and distribution, as well as my background in sound fiscal management, I can ensure the efficient, economical provision of safe drinking water and a fire and rescue service that is second to none, while keeping rates down. 

“I decided to run for commissioner of the Manhasset- Lakeville Water/Fire District, because I feel that my experience and knowledge can be used to enhance the productivity of the district for years to come. We should look into the infrastructure of our water district to see if upgrade is necessary, since it’s over 100 years old, in order to avoid costly future repairs. The fire department should have state-of-the-art equipment to maintain their excellence in serving the community. Our firefighters risk their lives for our community, and should never be overlooked, but thanked! Upgrading fire trucks and equipment as needed, will keep the fire departments thriving.

“We need a leader that can provide the highest quality water and fire services to our community, while keeping taxes to a minimum. I hope you agree that I have the experience and leadership necessary to serve the Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire District as its next commissioner.”

Daniel Ross

The candidate issued the following statement.

“I am a long-time resident of Manhasset and a graduate of Manhasset High School. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business and I am currently acting as First Lieutenant of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. I have nearly 10 years of experience serving the district.

“Presently, I manage a local automotive dealership where my daily responsibilities are wide-reaching. Administration and oversight of all personnel, coupled with financial accountability, are all under my scope.

I have multiple years of experience working, domestically and abroad, in the financial industry at a major global institution. After leaving the financial industry, I continued my entrepreneurial pursuits and co-founded DarkHorse Investors, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to a new generation of entrepreneurs.

“Other interests of mine encompass exploration and international relations as represented by my experience and time spent in Europe and the Middle East. Further education includes training related to a Merchant Mariner Captain’s License and participation in counter-terrorism programs with the United States Department of Homeland Security in Alabama and New Mexico.

“I am running for the position of Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire Commissioner to continue to service my community, as I have done for many years. I am dedicated to maintaining a secure water supply for the community, and to providing a high quality fire department.

“These times demand fiscal responsibility as Commissioner, so as to allow for a stable future, including sufficient capital for investment in infrastructure improvements.  Additionally, I will work to maintain the high quality of our water and service from the district.

“In my nearly decade long service with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, I realize there is a great need to ensure appropriate membership levels in order to guarantee rapid emergency response. Lastly, it is imperative to conduct an audit of the existing firefighter pension program to assess funding as required by actuary tables – something, as commissioner, I will make certain occurs.”