John Capobianco was elected new chief of the Syosset Fire Department.
The Syosset Fire District is considering a plan to build a small storage facility for its woodland rescue and related equipment at the Stillwell Woods site. It would be located next to the existing Town of Oyster Bay restroom facilities on the premises. The Fire Department, which is responsible for providing fire protection and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in and around this area, responds to emergencies that often take place in difficult-to-reach sections of this property.
The Syosset FD believes having its Gator all-terrain vehicles, specially-equipped All Terrain Vehicles, and off-road capable bicycles stored right on the Stillwell Woods site would dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes for its volunteers to get to an emergency. Currently, all of the FD's unique resources designed to facilitate easy and safe access to Stillwell Woods are stored across all three of the Fire District's firehouses.
The Fire District will host a community meeting to present its proposed plans for the storage facility on Thursday, May 14 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Syosset Fire Department Headquarters at 50 Cold Spring Road.
In other business, the Syosset Volunteer Fire Department recently elected its new officers for the 2009-10 term. The 130 men and women of the Department elected Syosset native and longtime resident John Capobianco to serve as the SFD's 49th Chief of Department. They also selected their Assistant Chiefs and Department and Company Officers for this year.
With the exception of a brief period after his wedding to his wife Janet 16 years ago, Chief Capobianco has lived in Syosset his entire life. "I love this area and missed it a lot during those 18 months we lived out East," he says. His parents still live here in town, as well.
John is a graduate of the Syosset school system and he draws great pride from the fact that his 6- and 9-year-old daughters and their friends now walk the same halls at Village elementary school that he did as a child.
Ironically, it was a teenage friend from the neighborhood who led him to join the fire department a quarter of a century ago.
"I had this friend whose brother had recently joined and he just couldn't stop talking about wanting to follow his big brother into the fire department," says Capobianco. "We were 18 and it was a fairly popular thing to do - joining the fire department." But "Caps", as he is known around the firehouse, had some initial reservations. "At the time, I wasn't completely sure this was for me," he says.
Twenty-five years later, both his teenage friend and the older brother have long left the SFD, but John is still there and is very glad he made the choice to join. He went on to serve two terms as Captain of Syosset Fire Co. No 1, before being elected as Third Assistant Chief in 2003.
"I really enjoy being a firefighter and in particular, being a member of this fire department," said Capobianco. "We do an important job and we get to help the community. In the course of our work together, we build up a tremendous camaraderie among the members. While this is serious work, our members also have to enjoy themselves if they are going to continue to volunteer their time with us. One of my goals as Chief is to make sure that the fun and friendships I enjoyed as a young firefighter continue for all our current and new members."
John manages a concrete plant in Brooklyn and previously worked for Petro for 16 years as a truck mechanic. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Lighthouse Harley HOG (Harley Owners' Group) chapter in Huntington. He can often be seen on nice days tooling around town on his Harley and looks forward to charity rides benefiting a variety of worthy causes with his fellow 'HOG' members.
"In my new role as Chief of Department, I look forward to working with all of the Department and Company officers as we continue to do our best in protecting the people and property of the greater Syosset-Woodbury area," said Capobianco. "And, I am thrilled to welcome the newly-elected officers to our team."
The Syosset Fire Department & Company officers for 2009-10 are:
Chief John Capobianco
1st Deputy Robert Kaplan
2nd Deputy Peter Silver
3rd Deputy Mark Mianulli
Dept. Secretary Joe Kennedy
Dept. Treasurer Jim Johnson
Asst. Treasurer Giovanni Graceffa
Captain Don Russo
Zero_Treasurer Chris English
Captain Kevin Lee
1st Lt. Chris Eysser
Secretary John Garcia
Treasurer William Stuart
Captain Paul Voight
1st Lt. Robert Gianino
2nd Lt. Greg Kurnicki
Secretary Robert Fitch
Treasurer Vincent Dorsa
Captain Roy Dhawan
1st Lt. Edward Judge
Secretary Louis Fasano
Treasurer Giovanni Graceffa
Captain Joe Connolly, Jr.
1st Lt. Robert Leonard
Secretary Tom Cushing
Treasurer John Farraday
Captain John Kurt
1st Lt. Melissa Froelich
Secretary Carol Auleta
Treasurer Chris Ang