Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00Joseph Tricarico has been serving the people of Massapequa for many years. He recently retired from the Town of Oyster Bay, where he most recently held the position of deputy commissioner of highways. After giving 36 years of service to the town, it might be expected that Tricarico would relax and enjoy some time for himself. However, the desire to serve has not left, so now he will be serving Massapequa in a different way. Tricarico was appointed on Sept. 4 to the Board of Commissioners of the Massapequa Water District, replacing Vincent Guadagno.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to serve this community,” said Tricarico about his appointment. “I do live, work, and play here. Working for the town, I’ve done a lot for these people.”
Tricarico has lived here in Massapequa or Massapequa Park for 46 years. Currently, he and his fiancée, Joanne, reside in Massapequa Park. In addition to his time working for the town, Tricarico is also a former president of the Massapequa Republican Club.
As he enters his new role, Tricarico will be dealing with serious issues that are facing the water district. The Grumman Plume is threatening Massapequa’s water and the water district is also trying to get cell phone carriers to remove their equipment from one of its towers so that repairs can be made. So why would Tricarico accept this role when there are serious issues to face?
“I saw these issues as a challenge,” he says.
Tricarico says he is doing research into the issues facing the water district. He says it is a learning process, but now that he is retired from the town, he has more time to devote to the issues.
“We’re looking to restore the tower that needs repair,” Tricarico says of the water tower issue. “The water tower is important. We need the cooperation of the utilities. We’re waiting for them to move their equipment. We’re in the process of trying to get that clear.”
As for the plume, Tricarico says that it is one of his primary concerns. He also adds that the water district is considering preventive action to keep it from spreading to Massapequa’s water supply.
“It’s not good,” he says of the plume. “We’re in negotiations in trying to get money to put in wells to stop the plume from contaminating our water, As of right now our water is fine. I’m here to make sure that it stays that way.”
For 36 years, Massapequans have been the recipients of Joseph Tricarico’s service. It seems that is going to continue with his new role at the Massapequa Water District.