Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00
At the January meeting of the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees, there was a mutual exchange of thanks among the BOT and village residents.
The BOT honored Frank Flood, the retiring Commissioner of the Massapequa Water District for his decades of public service. Frank and a group of his neighbors from Spruce Street honored in turn the BOT for its repaving efforts on that street. The citation for Frank read: “Frank Flood was recognized for his dedicated service as Commissioner of the Massapequa Water District; and is honored for his years of service since 1995 when he was first elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Massapequa Water District.”
In turn, the residents’ plaque recognized the BOT for “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”
But that’s what Frank Flood has always loved about Massapequa, a village that he and his wife have called home for the past 50 years: his neighbors are like family and local government is responsive to the needs of the village’s residential neighborhoods.
Frank moved to Massapequa in 1962 from Hempstead. A graduate from Manhattan College, Frank was already employed at the Nassau County Department of Health, where he served from 1957 to 1967. Later, Frank worked at the Department of Public Works, where he served as the director of Environmental Engineering from 1975 until he retired in 1992.
When Frank and his wife moved to Massapequa, they were parents of a family that had already totaled three children. Living in their Cape Cod-style home on Spruce Street, that number grew to seven youngsters. Frank was also involved in his local parish, St. Rose of Lima, where he now serves as an Ordained Deacon. At St. Rose, Frank was friends with Jim Doran, a board of trustee member. In 1975, Jim invited Frank to join the Planning Commission. So, for the next decade, Frank served on that body. With Bob Thompson, the commission’s chairman, Frank and his colleagues worked on the Southgate Development and did surveys on the Whitewood Drive property.
“It was an interesting time,” Frank told The Massapequan Observer. “I made a great number of good friends,” recalling such colleagues as Walter Vshok, Martin Pescow, Mary Capobianco, and especially Jim Morris, the attorney for the Planning Commission who later became Village Justice and now has the village courthouse named for him.
“As with anyone’s career, it’s not the person, but the persons that you deal with,” he said, adding that the Southgate Development has being a great asset to the village.
A decade later, in 1985, another aspect of Frank’s public service began, as he became a member of the BOT. He also served as deputy mayor, a position, as he recalled, performed on a rotating basis as then prescribed by Mayor George Nussbaum.
As a BOT member, Frank fixed poor drainage in certain areas of the Roosevelt Boulevard neighborhood. He also recalled various road-rebuilding projects, which he deems as a necessary service for any village government.
From the BOT, Frank advanced next to the Water District, where he eventually served as commissioner. The Water District is currently circulating as an online petition concerning the spread of groundwater contamination from the Northrop Grumman Navy site in Bethpage. Frank feels this is one of the most vital issues facing the village and he urges community involvement on it.
Looking back on his career in Massapequa and his current life, Frank is most proud of his neighbors, many of whom “feel like family” to him. He has seen generations growing up in the village and staying in Massapequa too, to start their own families. His neighbors do more than share the same residential streets; many are also parishioners at St. Rose of Lima, where Frank has also been actively involved for decades and hopefully, will be for many more years to come.