Commissioners and Management

Commissioners of the Hicksville Water District

The Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners is comprised of three individuals who live in the district’s service area. They are each elected by the public to serve a three-year term, during which time they jointly oversee all operations of the water district.

They are active members of professional public drinking water organizations such as the Long Island Water Conference, the American Water Works Association and Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners Association, where they work to maintain the quality and quantity of Long Island’s drinking water. This includes the constant exchange of information with other water professional as well as working with local elected officials to ensure that they best represent the area’s interests on a state and federal level — among other activities.

William Schuckmann, Chairman

William Schuckmann, Chairman

William “Bill” Schuckmann joined the Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners in September 2014.

Commissioner Schuckmann worked his way up the ladder, starting as laborer, then foreman and eventually superintendent of the Hicksville Water District. As superintendent, he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations providing the community with more than 2 billion gallons of clean, portable water. Commissioner Schuckmann has been an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) and New York State Water Conference throughout his tenure as superintendent. Even in retirement, he has remained a member of these organizations to stay abreast of the Long Island water industry, its issues and industry news.

Since 1971, Commissioner Schuckmann, a third-generation Hicksville resident, has served and volunteered within the community. A member of the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department for the past 43 years, he has served as Company Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. Commissioner Schuckmann was elected to serve three five-year terms as Fire Commissioner following his tenure as Chief. Today, he serves as Lieutenant to assist younger firefighters in Heavy Rescue Company 8.

Commissioner Schuckmann has been fundamental in fundraising for the Hicksville community, assisting in local charity golf outings and raising funds for various community nonprofit organizations and local families in need through the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club. He is an active member of the Hicksville Community Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Hicksville Rotary Club, for which he previously served as president in 2001 and 2006. In addition, for the past two years he has been a dedicated committee member for the Special Olympics held at Cantiague Park.

Karl Schweitzer, Secretary

Karl Schweitzer, Secretary

“Environmental Health and Safety” has been the centerpiece of Commissioner Schweitzer’s professional career, as well as his tenure with the Hicksville Water District. A certified utility safety administrator professionally, Karl’s focus with the district continues to be the safety and security of the environment as well as the employees and the residents he serves.

Elected in 2003, it came as no surprise when Schweitzer assumed yet another civic-related responsibility, since he had already devoted a significant amount of time to the community. As a third-generation firefighter, he has served in a multitude of leadership positions with the Hicksville Fire Department including chief from 1996 to 1997. He has been an active member of the department for more than 33 years.

Commissioner Schweitzer has been involved in the restoration of the Gregory Museum, the fire department’s centennial celebration, as a committee member of the Old Courthouse Centennial Celebration and as co-chairman of the 350th anniversary celebration of the Robert Williams Purchase. The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce also honored him as Citizen of the Year in 1998 and by the Hicksville Community Council in 2006.

Karl is currently employed by Con Edison, where he is on its environmental health and safety team. Previously, he worked for KeySpan Energy (formerly LILCO) as power plant safety supervisor and for Grumman Aerospace in its corporate safety division.

A 1981 graduate of Hicksville High School, Karl Schweitzer’s family ties to the community date back to 1928. He resides in a house that has been in his family for more than half a century.

Karl holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering and is affiliated with many professional organizations including the AWWA where he received appointments at a national level to the Health, Safety and Security Committee, the Public Officials Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is also past-president of the Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioner Association and past chairman of the Long Island Water Conference.

Karl and his wife Lynn have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of their daughter Jennifer.

Nicholas Brigandi, Treasurer

Nicholas Brigandi, Treasurer

When Commissioner Brigandi received the Hicksville Community Council President’s Award in 2004, it was another proud moment for this Hicksville native who has given so much back to his hometown. A member of the Board of Water Commissioners since 1980, Nick has accumulated a long list of accomplishments in the community.

He is a Community Council Director as well as a member of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club. In addition, Nick has been Sergeant of Arms of the Hicksville Fire Department where he has served as a volunteer firefighter with Engine Company #7 for more than 50 years. He has been on the department’s Finance Committee, Welfare Committee and Labor Day Parade and Drill Committee, where he served as chairman. Commissioner Brigandi is also past-president and a trustee of the Volunteer Exempt Benevolent Association for more than 25 years. Before retiring as highway maintenance supervisor, he worked for the Nassau County Department of Public Works for 37 years.

A lifelong Hicksville resident, Nick and his wife Veronica are the proud parents of two children, Theresa and Michael, and have four grandchildren.

Paul Granger, Superintendent

Paul Granger, Superintendent

Paul Granger, P.E. has over 32 years of experience dealing with water supply systems. As Superintendent of the Hicksville Water District, Paul oversees all day-to-day operations of the District. He has been instrumental in developing and executing the HWD’s plans to install treatment for emerging contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane and PFOA(S).

He began as a staff engineer in 1988 with H2M Architects and Engineers and held the position for eight years. He then became the Superintendent of Engineering and Business for the Plainview Water District, which he held for 11 years. Paul then rejoined H2M in 2007 as their Department Manager of Water Resources Planning and Development and was ultimately promoted to Vice President. He was also the Superintendent of the Port Washington Water District from 2016 to 2019.

Paul is a graduate of Polytechnic University and is a licensed New York State Professional Engineer and a Grade IB Certified Water Plant Operator. In addition to his education and certifications, Mr. Granger is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Long Island Water Conference’s legislative council, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a member of the New York State Drinking Water Quality Committee and a recent recipient of the American Water Works Association’s 2020 John M. Diven, Jr. Award.

Vincent Abbatiello, Treasurer

Vincent Abbatiello, Treasurer

Vincent Abbatiello was appointed to the position of Treasurer at the Hicksville Water District in February 2020.

Vincent brings an enormous amount of experience to the District given is background in governmental accounting. His leading roles and responsibilities are overseeing the District’s financial and business operations. Vincent has more than 13 years of experience performing audits for not-for-profits, labor unions and ERISA funds, including four hears at the Nassau County Comptroller’s office, four years as the Assistant Director of Field Audit and five years as the Controller of the Bricklayers Fringe Benefit Funds.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Abbatiello has served 13 years as a water & fire district commissioner and spent more than two years as trustee at the Village of Westbury. For 23 years, Vincent has served as a member of the Westbury Fire Department, a position he still holds today.

Vincent is a graduate of Holy Trinity High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and minor in Finance from Hofstra University

Past Commissioners and Superintendents

Those who have served on the board of commissioners and in the role as superintendent of the Hicksville Water District have had a significant impact on the utility’s history as well as the quality of the product and service provided today.
Commissioners

William I. Magill 1921-1933
Ernest Francke 1921-1928
August P. Deppisch 1921-1938
John Puvgal 1928-1943
William Rennie 1933-1942
George Kopp 1938-1941
Harry Borley 1941-1980
Laurence Bevan 1942-1949
Charles Colthurst 1943-1955
Laurence Bevan, Jr. 1949-1951
William Cisler 1951-1972
George Kunz 1955-1969
Arnold Jeanson 1969-1975
Stanford Weiss 1972-1984
Edward Schluter 1975-1975
Gilbert Cusick 1975-2003
Nicholas Brigandi 1980-Present
Richard Humann 1984-2008
Karl Schweitzer 2003-Present
Warren Uss 2008-2014
William Schuckmann 2014-Present
Superintendents

Shirley Hicks 1924-1943
Rollie Davidson 1943-1962
Harold Hawxhurst 1963-1974
Louis Dettloff 1975-1982
Richard Woodwell 1983-1998
William Schuckmann 1998-2010
Anthony Iannone 2011-2019
Paul Granger 2019-Present
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