Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
(Editor’s note: Frank Vasile and Richard Roseo are running for the position of Syosset Fire Commissioner. The Fire District election will be held on Tuesday, December 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Syosset Fire District Headquarters on North Broadway. The candidates submitted the following statements.)
Commissioner Frank Vasile is running for his second five-year term as Syosset Fire Commissioner.
In his first five years as Commissioner, Vasile helped reduce the fire district’s budget by 28 percent. He has also been heavily involved in the ongoing efforts to keep annual increases in the budget below 2 percent, complying with the spirit of Governor Cuomo’s tax cap law passed in Albany this past year. “We implemented our own 2 percent guideline here in Syosset several years ago, before Governor Cuomo proposed this new law,” said Vasile. He believes one of his recommended changes to the district’s budgeting process was a significant factor in helping maintain control over costs while still delivering all the services the community needs.
While serving as chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Vasile implemented an annual series of detailed budget workshops. At these open public meetings, the commissioners and district staff closely examine every individual category of expenditure in the budget, allowing them to maximize efficiencies and closely manage costs.
“The budget workshop process has helped us keep the overall budget increases within the state cap, despite significant increases in certain mandated costs beyond our control, such as 15-20 percent increases in areas like insurance and pension contributions for our volunteers and staff. I worked very hard with the rest of the board to hold the line on the budget again for 2012, while not compromising the safety of the members of the fire department or the 35,000 residents we have all sworn to protect.”
Vasile added, “I have enjoyed working with my colleagues on the Board of Fire Commissioners and the Chiefs of the Fire Department over the last five years and look forward to the opportunity to continue this important work over the next five years. I believe that my combination of fire service, business, financial and community service experience have helped me make an impact on behalf of the residents of our district and the dedicated men and women of our fire department.”
Vasile grew up in the Woodhaven section of Queens, where he was very active in community groups including the local chamber of commerce and St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He attended St. John’s University, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance. He spent 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the banking industry, focusing his efforts in mortgage banking and related finance areas. This experience has proven very helpful in managing the daily operations of the Syosset Fire District. In 2004, Vasile left the banking arena to become a founding principal in Precision Land Services, a firm specializing in title insurance and transaction settlement services.
He and his wife, the former Alicia Camacho of Muttontown, have three children and have lived in the Syosset Groves section since shortly after their wedding 21 years ago. Vasile has served as a volunteer sports coach for his children over the years and has been an active member of the Syosset Fire Department’s Engine Company No. 5 on South Oyster Bay Road for the last 19 years. He has been a member of St. Edward’s Parish since 1991 and is an active member of several parish committees.
Richard Roseo, a candidate seeking the position of Syosset Fire Commissioner, has been an active member of the Syosset Fire Department since 1987. During his 24-plus years as a member of the fire department, Roseo has earned merit badges and certifications for his efforts as a firefighter and EMS provider. He was elected to the position of second Lieutenant of his fire company in 1991 by his fellow company members, and was subsequently elected to the positions of first lieutenant and Captain in the following years.
In 1997, he was elected as third deputy chief of the Fire Department by the department members, and successively was elected to the higher positions of second deputy chief and first deputy chief up until 2003 where he was elected as chief of the department. As chief of the department, he was responsible for every aspect of firematic operations. From organization and training, to fire, rescue, and EMS responses to emergencies, Roseo successfully ran the department operations. He was instrumental in changing the structure of the fire department by opening it to volunteers who wished to join the Syosset Fire Department for ambulance operations as medical technicians, rather than firefighters, and started an EMS member program that was designed to utilize the efforts of those volunteers.
As a 33-year resident of Syosset, Roseo graduated from Syosset High School in 1986. Upon graduation, he attended, Stony Brook University, where he obtained his bachelors degree. Soon after, he formed a partnership and opened a small business on Long Island. At the same time, he worked full time as an advanced medical technician with an emergency ambulance agency that operated in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In 1994, Roseo joined the Suffolk County Police Department, where he has received numerous awards and commendations for excellent and meritorious service. He has also been involved in emergency medical service training at the Suffolk County Police Academy, holding a position as an EMS evaluator for police officer recruits. He currently holds the rank of sergeant within the police department, where he manages police officers and the work they do.
Living in Syosset with his family, he believes that these tough economic times are a hardship to many residents of the Syosset‐Woodbury area. His opinion is that in times like this, costs need to be contained and taxes need to be kept as low as possible, but without adversely affecting the safety of our residents. He knows that with his business background, his experiences as Chief of the Fire Department, and his current leadership in the Suffolk County Police Department, he is uniquely qualified to determine what is indeed required for effective firefighting, rescue, and EMS services. He believes in making the most of your tax dollars and eliminating unnecessary expenses while assuring that the community receives the best possible services that they have come to expect from the Syosset Fire Department.