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Carnevale, Galluscio Running for Water/Fire Commissioner

Augie Carnevale has announced that he is running for re-election to the position of Commissioner of the Garden City Park Water-Fire Commissioner for a third term.

Carnevale said, “Using the knowledge I gained from my previous terms, I was able to ensure that the new fire headquarters building was constructed under budget.

“This year we have replaced all the fire department portable two-way radios proving a “mayday” button for all firefighters who are trapped and replaced all self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with new state-of-the-art Drager SCBAs which allow firefighters trapped in a fire to buddy-breath to safety.

“Further, we have increased training for our firefighters and rescue personnel by utilizing professional, outside instructional services ensuring the highest level of emergency services by our volunteers.

“Even with all of these improvements and levels of protection. Taxes were kept under the 2 percent New York State tax cap and the water district has not increased the cost of water service in more than 17 years.

“The Garden City Park Water District was successful in a Class-Action suit against large oil companies who have contaminated the ground in the community. The DEC is currently remediating a chemical plume from this contamination on Armstrong Road. Funds for this cleanup came from the oil giants and not the taxpayer. In addition the district received $1.5 millon from the settlement for the taxpayers of Garden City Park.”

Carnevale continued, “I have been serving as a firefighter since 1977, and also have served the department as an Advanced EMT and as chief from 1986 to 1990. I have lived in this district for more than 47 years and have coached Little League girls softball, coached as an assistant for St. Aidan basketball. When I was approached to speak out against an accessory apartment law the town was trying to pass, I stood with the parents and taxpayers to relate our concerns.

“Therefore, I ask the voters of the Garden City Park Fire-Water District to come and vote on December 13 at the fire house, 2264 Jericho Turpike or at the Denton Avenue School, so that I can continue to fight to keep taxes low and the water supply safe.”

Jerome ( J.J.) Galluscio, of New Hyde Park, has announced that he is running for Garden City Park Water/Fire Commissioner.

Galluscio is a graduate of Hofstra Law School and practiced law in matrimonial, divorces, custody and orders of protection.

Currently he works at the Nassau County Legislature as a legislative aid for the majority.  He said, “I often am asked to aid several legislators in a day or give an opinion regarding legislation or a contract on the calendar.”

It was there, he said, he learned his duties. Galluscio continued, “While doing my duties there was when I first learned about the duties of a water department and how a nitrate removal plate needs licensed workers to operate.  This is the reason well No. 9 in Garden City Park does not operate.  The price to hire around-the-clock licensed workers rendered the facility useless. This knowledge should have been known by our commissioner but he does not do any research and he thinks he is only a fire commissioner.”

Galluscio said he has 15 years of proven community leadership and is experienced in balancing budget demands.

Galluscio further states that he is committed to no rate increases and with no reduction of services and he feels he could modernize both fire protection and ambulance services.

In addition he has pledged to preserve and protect clean and affordable water for the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park community.

He is married with three young children. He has been the president of the New Hyde Park Kiwanis Club twice; is a member of the PTA for both the Center Street Elementary Street where one of his daughters attends and Denton Avenue where his other children attend.  He is also a member of S.E.P.T.A. and the Boosters Club of Herricks.