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William C. Olson
Chairman

 

 

Westbury Water District Board of Commissioners Chairperson William Olson is a shining example of volunteerism. Serving on the board of commissioners since 1999, Olson has focused his attention on maintaining Westbury Water’s infrastructure to be in compliance with current drinking water standards and to provide enough of this precious resource to meet the demands of customers and all fire fighting needs.

Born and raised in Westbury, Olson formed a hometown commitment early on when he became a volunteer of the Westbury Fire Department soon after graduating from high school. Holding every position from lieutenant to captain, the now ex-chief of the department currently serves as a training instructor.

Following in the footsteps of his father and older brother, Olson was recruited to become a New York City firefighter in 1977 and served as captain of Ladder Company 150 in Hollis, Queens for 25 years before retiring. He was one of the many NYC-based firefighters who provided assistance following the devastating September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Olson enjoys gardening, cooking, playing golf and spending time with his wife, Kathleen. They have two grown children, William and Amy.





Kenneth O. Jones
Secretary

 


In the fall of 2001, Kenneth Jones was elected to serve as a commissioner of the Westbury Water District. Jones’ past civic responsibilities reinforce his desire to establish a comfortable quality of life for his family and fellow residents. As commissioner, his focus is on policies that impact Westbury Water consumers. He actively participates in monthly meetings sponsored by Nassau/Suffolk Water Commissioners Association and the Long Island Water Conference.

Upon his arrival to the Village of Westbury, the former Ohio resident quickly took an interest in the community and began a successful broadcast career as an on-air personality for local radio station WGBB-AM. Jones continued to cultivate a strong relationship with his fellow neighbors, serving as president of the Westbury on the Green Civic Association for 10 years and today, is an active member of the organization.

Jones further demonstrates his commitment to public service as a member of the Code Review Board of the Village of Westbury and the Village Grievance Board.

Aside from his significant role as commissioner of the district, Jones is also president of an affluent design business.

Jones and his wife Diane have lived in Westbury since 1980. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and recording music.

 




Vincent Abbatiello
Treasurer

 


In September 2007, the Westbury Water District welcomed its newest commissioner to the board, Vincent Abbatiello.

A Westbury native, Abbatiello re-affirmed his commitment to his hometown in 1997 when he joined the Westbury Fire Department as a volunteer member. Eager to further this dedication, he became chairman of the Fund-Drive Committee in 2001, where he continues to lead the group in its efforts to obtain charitable donations.

Abbatiello escalated through the department ranks and is now captain of Hook and Ladder Company #1, where his responsibilities include maintaining training records, enforcing company and department rules and regulations, managing fire alarms, company drills and directing meetings. He also serves as senior advisor to Explorer Post “960,” a junior fire department program for boys and girls ages nine through 18.

An accountant by trade, the Hofstra University graduate works as a supervisor at Schultheis and Panettieri, LLP, Certified Public Accountants in Hauppauge. His accounting experience is in the field of labor unions and ERISA employee benefit funds, which includes auditing, accounting and tax services to a broad range of not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, he has utilized his accounting expertise by providing tax assistance to neighboring senior citizens on a pro bono basis.

Residing in Westbury with his wife Heather, Abbatiello enjoys fishing, hunting and working at a local butcher. Despite his busy schedule, he enjoys spending quality time with his family.

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