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Riverhead planning board chairman elected to head L.I. water organization

Riverhead's new Planning Board Chairman Stan Carey chairing his first meeting Thursday night. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town Planning Board chairman Stan Carey has been elected chairman of the Long Island Water Conference.

Carey, a Riverhead resident, is superintendent of the Massapequa Water District and has been an active member of the L.I. Water Conference for 25 years.

Carey has more than 30 years experience working with public water supply systems. He started his career at the Riverhead Water District, moved to the Suffolk County Water Authority, where over the span of 24 years, he worked as a senior water treatment operator and deputy director of distribution. He has been superintendent of the Massapequa Water District for six years.

“I’m extremely honored to have been elected chairman and thank my fellow members for the vote of confidence,” Carey said. He previously served the organization as first vice chairman.

“Water is the most vital and essential commodity available and I’m dedicated to continue supporting our members and advancing our agenda to ensure Long Islanders continue receiving water of the highest quality.”

The L.I. Water Conference, founded in 1951, represents over 50 water suppliers regionally. The organization aims to provide and maintain an adequate and safe water supply today, while anticipating the water concerns of future generations.

Aside from his responsibilities at the Massapequa Water District and the L.I. Water Conference, Carey is actively involved in the New York section of the American Water Works Association and serves as the chairman of the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection. Carey has an Applied Science degree in public water supply and maintains certifications as a Grade 1B Water Treatment and Distribution System Operator issued by the New York State Department of Health. In addition to his professional experience, Carey has been an active volunteer firefighter in the Riverhead Fire Department for the past 28 years.

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Denise Civiletti
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