Hicksville Water District Commissioner Participates In Public Safety

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Hicksville Water District’s William Schuckmann among Long Island water commissioners
to receive updates on emergency service, public safety and sexual harassment prevention training policies at NSWCA meeting.

From left: Michael F. Rich III, NSWCA president and Oyster Bay water district commissioner; William Schuckmann, NSWCA first vice president and Hicksville Water District commissioner; Kenneth P. Wenthen, NSWCA second vice president and West Hempstead Water District commissioner; Lawrence F. Zaino Jr, NSWCA treasurer and Carle Place Water District commissioner; and guest speaker Brendan Narell, president of Northside Consulting Group, Inc.
(Photo courtesy of Progressive Marketing Group)

As part of an ongoing Educational Speaker Series, Long Island water commissioners recently received a detailed presentation on New York State Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH) Trainings, along with Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies during a Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), which consists of commissioners representing 21 Long Island water districts, including Hicksville Water District Commissioner William Schuckmann, who is also first vice president of the NSWCA.

Hosted by the Roslyn Water District and its commissioners William Costigan, Michael Kosinski and Dr. Sanford E. Klein, the speaker program is part of the NSWCA’s ongoing Workplace Safety & Training series and was hosted by the Roslyn Water District and commissioners.

The presentation was led by guest speaker Brendan Narell, president of Northside Consulting Group Inc. of North Bellmore, who commented during the meeting, “The need for all municipalities and governments, including water and fire districts, to train personnel is both constant and ever-evolving, and, by law, all must meet federal and New York State standards. This is also time sensitive. For example, in New York, it is mandatory for all such employees to complete interactive sexual harassment prevention training no later than Oct. 9, 2019. Future training is to be completed on an annual basis.”

Drawing from his perspective of more than 15 years dealing with the changing landscape of various programs available, Narell, who is currently chief of department of the North Bellmore Fire Department, an instructor at the Nassau County Fire Academy and teacher as well as administrator for Kellenberg Memorial High School, reviewed other required annual trainings with the water commissioners in attendance. These topics included workplace violence, right to know (HAZCOMM), workplace safety and outdoor worker safety.

NSWCA President and Oyster Bay Water District Commissioner Rich III, commented, “All NSWCA member districts regard the safety and training of water district employees with utmost seriousness and attention to detail. We truly appreciate the depth of Brendan Narell’s presentation regarding both mandatory and additional training programs.”

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