Board of Comissioners

The Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners is comprised of three individuals who live in the district's service area. They are each elected by the public to serve a three-year term, during which time they jointly oversee all operations of the 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 professionals 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.

 

Current Water Commissioners

 

John R. Sullivan, Chairman

A lifelong resident of Bethpage, John Sullivan is committed to public service and to making this community a safe and enjoyable place to live. In addition to his responsibilities with the Bethpage Water District, Mr. Sullivan is President of the Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners' Association and an active member of both the Long Island Water Conference and American Water Works Association.

A union plumber/foreman by trade, Mr. Sullivan is able to bring his professional knowledge and expertise to make sound decisions that will benefit the community for years to come. He currently serves as an officer on the Finance Board of Plumbers’ Union Local 200 and has been an instructor in the union apprentice training program. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Bethpage High School and attended the City College of New York. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, Rachel, Brendan and Drew.

 
 
John R. Sullivan,
Chairman

 

John F. Coumatos, Treasurer

Commissioner Coumatos is a Bethpage High School graduate, a Bethpage resident and local Bethpage business owner. After attending Nassau County Community College and Hofstra University, Coumatos began working at and eventually became the owner of B.K. Sweeney’s Parkside Tavern, a vital part of the Bethpage Downtown for decades serving generations of Bethpage families.

The commissioner continues to be an active volunteer in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, being named “Man of the Year” by the chamber in 2010 and Grand Marshall of the Bethpage St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2007. He continues to give back to his community as a frequent donor to St. Martin of Tours Church, St. Vincent De Paul Society and as host of the B.K. Sweeney’s annual Thanksgiving feast for over 100 veterans from the Veteran’s center in Northport, NY and St. Albans, NY for many years.

His past experience also includes volunteer efforts with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The commissioner’s experience as a volunteer, business owner and resident will aid him as he works to protect the community’s water supply. 

 
John F. Coumatos,
Treasurer

 

Teri M. Black, Secretary

I have given my adult life to the betterment of Bethpage through my years of community service. My family has been here for four generations and have all owned businesses here. Having attended the Navy RAB meetings, as well as other community meetings on this matter for nearly 20 years, I have monitored this situation as a resident, business owner and owner of a building on Broadway in Bethpage. I believe the Bethpage Water District has been moving in the right direction with the work they have done in bringing the Navy and Northrup Grumman into the remediation process. I believe that this situation is remediable, but I believe it should be done via direct negotiations with the involved parties. I am a skilled negotiator and I hope to assist the water district at this vital time.

 
Teri M. Black,
Secretary

 

 

Past Water Commissioners

Harry Stolz ...................................1923 - 1926 & 1955 - 1956
George Baldwin ............................1923 - 1930
Robert Chapal ..............................1923 - 1943
Charles Romscho, Sr. ...................1926 - 1932
Henry Holzmacher ........................1930 - 1951
Albert Lang ..................................1932 - 1955
Sal Greco, Sr. ..............................1943 - 1970
Hans Benkert ...............................1951 - 1957
Gustave Bernhardt ........................1956 - 1979
Peter Curcio .................................1957 - 1973
Sal Greco, Jr. ..............................1970 - 2002
Gerard Donlon, Sr. .......................1973 - 2003
Anthony Mancini ......................... 2003 - 2006
Gary S. Bretton ............................2007 - 2015
William Ellinger.............................1979 - 2016

Past Water District Superintendents

George Baldwin ............................1926 - 1951
E.O. Davis ...................................1951 - 1955
Edward Skellington .......................1956 - 1981
Ronald Krumholz ......................... 1982 - 2002
Andrew Musgrave .........................2003 - 2008