Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00On Thursday, Dec. 14, the North Massapequa Fire District will hold its fire commissioner election. Voting will take place from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay North Massapequa Community Center, 214 North Albany Ave.
Voting is for one 5-year term, lasting on Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2015.
Listed below are candidate profiles for Michael G. Antonucci, the incumbent, and his challenger, John Cassese, Jr.
Michael G. Antonucci has lived in Massapequa for 53 years. “My parents taught me the importance of community and service,” he told The Massapequan Observer when announcing his candidacy. During Antonucci’s years in Massapequa, he has belonged to the Boy Scouts, eventually rising to the rank of Eagle Scout.
At age 19, he volunteered for the Massapequa Fire Department. For eight years, he served as chief of the fire department. For 31 years, Antonucci has been employed by the Wantagh Fire District. For the past seven years, he has been Fire District superintendent. In Massapequa, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and various national and local fire service organizations.
“My experiences, knowledge and background has enabled me to be valued member of the Board of Fire Commissioners for 15 years,” he said. “During my term as Fire Commissioner, I have been able to contribute to the efficient, cost effective operation of the Board. We have been able to improve firefighter training, firefighter communications, purchase new apparatus and equipment, and make modifications to the buildings, all without increasing our budget or burdening the residents and taxpayers with increased taxes.
“I wish to continue serving the residents of North Massapequa as their representative on the Board of Fire Commissioners,” he concluded. “This is your opportunity to voice your opinion regarding the operation and direction of the board.”
John Cassese is a 19-year member and former captain of the North Massapequa Fire Department. He told The Massapequan Observer that his candidacy to the position of fire commissioner is based on a “deep sense of dedication and service to my community.”
“I am a 38 year resident of North Massapequa and a member of the North Massapequa Fire Department for over 19 years where I am a third generation fireman,” he said. “My wife Michelle and I are parents of three children, one in college and one in the Plainedge School District. I am also involved in the Plainedge Sports programs such as football, baseball, and soccer in addition to the various school activities.
“As an officer I gained experience and understanding through working with chiefs and commissioners. Whether it was requesting the most up to date equipment to serve the community or dealing with my chiefs as they addressed issues with the public, I am confident that I will be able to make the right choices for you, this department and the community.
“Volunteering in the fire service takes a lot of time. The dedication and commitment is endless. Electing me as your Fire Commissioner will give you the peace of mind knowing that you have made the right choice,” he concluded. “I will be committed to serving the residents of the North Massapequa Fire District as I have been over the past 19 years. I will work to ensure that the best interest of the residents are met and to keep your tax dollars at a minimum.”