Commissioners of the Hicksville 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.
Nicholas Brigandi, Chairman
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 60 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.
William Schuckmann, Treasurer
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 50 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.
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 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.
Karl Schweitzer, Secretary
Paul Granger, Superintendent
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 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 years at the Nassau County Comptroller’s office, four years as the Assistant Director of Field Audit and five years as the Comptroller 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
|William I. Magill||1921-1933|
|August P. Deppisch||1921-1938|
|Laurence Bevan, Jr.||1949-1951|
|Frederick “Rollie” Davidson||1943-1962|