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South Huntington Water's Board of Commissioners
 
(Left to Right - Ciro DePalo, Paul Tonna, Dominick Feeney)

Board Meetings Are Open To The Public And Are Held Tuesday Mornings At 8:30 AM

 

Proudly Serving The Huntington Community With A Clean and Plentiful Water Supply Since 1925

 

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In Memory Of
On October 15, 2017 the South Huntington Water District lost a beloved Commissioner,
Dominick Feeney. The Board felt it fitting to observe a moment of silence in recognition and
 appreciation of his distinguished career, not only to the South Huntington Water District, but to
  the Town of Huntington and for his military service during the Korean War. The Water District
will fly the flag at half-staff all week in honor of his service.                                                      

Born in Far Rockaway, Mr. Feeney was one of four children. The family moved to Huntington,
where he attended Huntington High School. He left school before graduation to enlist in the Army
 to serve in the Korean War in 1951.                                                                                        

Mr. Feeney was in the 25th Infantry Division, rose to the rank of sergeant and was wounded by
 mortar fire, according to family members. He was taken to Okinawa for treatment where he was
 told he would never walk again. “He was determination personified and proved them wrong,” said
his son Dominick Jr. of Melville.                                                                                                  

When he returned home, he went to work at the Northport Veteran Administration Hospital as an
  attendant and worked there about a year. He also married his high school sweetheart, Mary, and
 the couple remained married for 65 years. She still lives in Huntington Station.                               

Mr. Feeney then began his career at the Huntington Highway Department, where he rose to Director
  of Operations over the course of three decades. “He was a quintessential old-school public servant,” 
said Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman. “He remembered everyone’s birthday, knew how
   to make everyone feel important and never forgot how to get even the smallest of problems addressed.”  

His son said family was the center of his life, and every year he threw himself a birthday party to 
celebrate with friends and family. He will be missed by all who knew him.                                      

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THE LONG ISLANDER

Dominick P. Feeney Sr. Dies at 85  

            Dominick P. Feeney Sr., 85, of Huntington Station, died October 15th at the Long Island State Veterans Home following a long battle with cancer.  The patriarch of a family with deep roots in Huntington, Mr. Feeney was a proud Irish-American who once led the St. Patrick’s Parade as grand marshal, and a Democratic Party supporter since the Kennedy era.

             Born in Rockaway, Queens, Mr. Feeney joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, serving during the Korean War.  Wounded by mortar fire, Mr. Feeney was told by doctors he would never walk again without braces, said his son Dominick Jr. of Melville.

             “He proved them wrong, which was typical of him,” Feeney Jr. said.

             When he returned stateside, he married his wife Mary, who he had met in high school.  He landed a job with the Town of Huntington, working his way up to Director of General Services, and later, Director of Operations for the Highway Department under William Naughton.

             Following his career with the town, Mr. Feeney served as Chairman of the Board of the Suffolk Off Track Betting Corporation leading efforts to open a video betting parlor at Jakes 58 in Hauppauge, and also as a Commissioner for the South Huntington Water District.

             Mr. Feeney was active on many fronts throughout his lifetime.  As a veteran, he joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active in the organization for many years.  He later served on the town’s Veteran’s Advisory Board.

             Politically, Mr. Feeney was proud to be “a good Irish Democrat,” Feeney Jr. said.  He recalled one of his father’s favorite stories from when John F. Kennedy, campaigning for President, needed a ride to the airport.

             “He drove Kennedy from a rally at Commack Arena back to the airport,” Feeney Jr. said.  “He needed a ride and dad said, “I’ll take him’.”

             Mr. Feeney remained active in Democratic politics throughout his life, serving its leadership as a committeeman, strategist and fundraiser.

             “He was probably active through his entire adult life,” said Jim Gaughran, a former councilman and county legislator.  “He had a sharp political mind.  He always had an opinion and he was usually right.”

             While his loyalty was to the Democrats, party lines dissolved when he got together with friends, many of whom were prominent Republicans.  “Friday nights at Finley’s he practically held court.  He had friends on both sides of the aisle; they would fight politically and were best friends afterwards.”

             Many of those friendships were forged through the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish-American fraternal organization that sponsors the St. Patrick’s parade in Huntington.

            Mr. Feeney Sr. was president of the organization after Judge Harry Brown, with whom he organized the annual parade for years.  Mr. Feeney ran the parade until 1979 – the year he led it as grand marshal.  Dominick Jr. took over his father’s parade tasks and continues them today.

            Mr. Feeney was particularly proud when his son followed in his steps to serve as grand marshal in 2014, the third member of their extended family to lead the parade.

            “The Feeney family for years were the guys who made us relevant,” said AOH president Greg Kennedy, adding that this year he was to be recognized as a 50-year member.

            “He was a tough guy: Golden Gloves champ, war, hero, he was the real deal.  And he was a true Hibernian.  He was so happy he lived to see his son Dominic Jr. become Grand Marshal – you could tell there was so much fatherly pride when they marched that year.”

            In addition to his wife of 65 years, Mary, and son Dominick P. Jr.; Mr. Feeney Sr. is survived by children Michael, Patricia Vella and David; grandchildren Kristy, Kerry, Tara, Michael, Patrick, Shannon, Madalyn, Thomas, and Daniel; and great-grandchildren Shane, Patrick, Lucy, Dahlia, Violet, Dylan and Sasha.  His grandson David pre-deceased him.

 

 
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Back to Back --
The South Huntington Water District Wins Best
Tasting Water In Suffolk County For Second Year In A Row
And For The Tenth Time
Overall


 
The South Huntington Water District is celebrating being voted Best Tasting 
Water in Suffolk County for the second year in a row and tenth time overall.

Long Island residents voted South Huntington Water District as the winner of the 
 Long Island Water Conference Annual Best – Tasting Water Contest. The District received 
 the most ballots during the taste contest that was held on April 27th at SUNY Farmingdale.

The competition is a tradition in celebration of National Drinking Water Week each year. The
 week long initiative aims to educate people about their own water supply and helps them to
 realize the importance of protecting it. 

The trophy will again be on display at the administration building for the remainder of this
year and who knows, perhaps the District can keep it longer by way of a "three-peat"


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 QUICK NOTES

* The District is proud to announce that our complete modernization of Well Site #9 will begin early this Summer. This valued well on Gwynne Road has capably and reliably served the West Hills and Lower Melville area with fresh drinking water for almost a half-century. As part of our pro-active maintenance program, it is now time to bring it back to its full production capacity along with adding state-of-the-art water quality treatment measures. Our pre-construction community meeting was held on May 12, 2014 at the Half Hollow Hills Library. We showed plans and renderings of the facility and received welcome input from our neighbors. Existing building demolition and  the well re-construction are now out for bid and should begin in mid-Summer. Building construction will  then follow in the Fall and continue through the Winter of 2014/2015. With a bit of luck, we may be producing water for the early Summer of 2015.

*  We want to thank our customers for participating in our voluntary but important "Help Even The Odds" water conservation campaign. That alternate day, odd-even address irrigation program is a great help to us during the peak demand  days of Summer. With the advent of the cooler and shorter Fall days - an ideal time for lawn seeding and lawn renovation - please feel free to now water as you may require. Thanks again and we look forward to your participation  in that conservation effort next Summer.


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The Ten-Time Winner of Suffolk County's "Best Tasting Water"

Board of Water Commissioners

Paul Tonna       Ciro DePalo     Dominick Feeney
                                                                             

75 Fifth Avenue South
PO Box 370
Huntington Station, New York  11746

631-427-8190


 

 

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