WHO WE ARE

A team of multi-discplined professionals coming together to keep Long Island's water safe and plentiful.

Since its inception in 1951, the Long Island Water Conference has touched all phases of water supply and management in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Members include the major water suppliers, both public and private, on Long Island. Together they serve virtually 90 percent of the bi-county area, which has a population greater than 20 states.

While membership was originally limited to commissioners and officials of districts, villages, cities, towns, authorities and investor-owned companies, the Water Conference was expanded to include water superintendents. Further growth brought in attorneys, consulting engineers, officials of various governmental regulatory agencies, representatives of Nassau and Suffolk Health Departments, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, United States Geological Survey and manufacturers and contractors connected with water supply operations. Each makes a vital contribution to the complete water supply industry.

Members of the Long Island Water Conference possess extensive knowledge and experience in the five major phases of public water supply:

  1. Pumpage from deep wells to approximately two and one-half million residents

  2. Storage for fire fighting purposes and meeting maximum day demands

  3. Treatment and quality control;

  4. Distribution for commercial, industrial, residential and firematic use

  5. Administration and water resource management

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 (Click on name to view bio)

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Ty Fuller

Chairman
Suffolk County Water Authority

Ty Fuller brings 19 years of environmental project management, with a specialization in construction and reconditioning of water wells and groundwater monitoring to the LIWC Board of Directors. Mr. Fuller joined the SCWA following completion of his undergraduate studies in 2000, where his keen insight into conservation and maintenance of water wells led him to the role of Lead Hydrogeologist in 2015 and Director of Strategic Initiatives in 2016. In these roles, Mr. Fuller works directly with the SCWA CEO on matters related to implementing the Authority’s Ten Year Strategic Business Plan – 2025, further developing and implementing the Authority’s water conservation initiative, participating as a project assistant on the implementation of the mobile workforce initiative, and coordinating the activities of the GIS division as it relates to data gathering and water use.

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Richard Passariello

1st Vice-Chairman
Roslyn Water District

Rich Passariello has been the superintendent of the Roslyn Water District since 1998. Rich started his career in 1989 working for the Garden City Park Water District where he worked up to the position of supervisor of Water Plant Operations. He currently holds a 1A and D New York State Operator Certification. Rich has also served on the New York State chapter of the American Water Works Association’s education committee and is currently the chairman of the Long Island Water Conference’s comprehensive planning committee.

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Andrew Bader

2nd Vice-Chairman
Plainview Water District

Andrew Bader is an enrolled agent at Mercury Tax Service, Inc. by trade, but he has been involved with the water industry for nearly a decade. In 2010, Mr. Bader was elected as a Commissioner at the Plainview Water District—a position that he still holds today. He is also the former President of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioner’s Association and a member of both the American Water Works Association and Long Island Water Conference.

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Jim Edgette

Secretary
South Farmingdale Water District

Jim Edgette began his career in water when he joined the South Farmingdale Water District in 2002. He currently serves the District as the assistant superintendent, a position he has held since 2016. In this role, Jim helps facilitate day-to-day operations of the District and oversees backflow prevention testing throughout the South Farmingdale service territory. Prior to his tenure as assistant superintendent, Jim worked as the supervisor of water plant operations at the District. He currently holds a 1B and D New York State Operator Certification and membership to numerous professional development organizations such as the New York State chapter of the American Water Works Association.


 

Chuck Savinetti

Stan Carey

Ralph D. Pugliese

Michael O'Connell

Arnold Palleschi - Treasurer

Sue Jannace - Corresponding Secretary