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.
Karl Schweitzer, Chairman
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.
William Schuckmann, Treasurer
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.
Nicholas Brigandi, Secretary
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
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 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
|William I. Magill||1921-1933|
|August P. Deppisch||1921-1938|
|Laurence Bevan, Jr.||1949-1951|
|Frederick “Rollie” Davidson||1943-1962|