Board of Commissioners


The Locust Valley Water District Board of Commissioners consists of three individuals who reside in the district’s service area. One is elected each year by the public to serve a three-year term. They jointly handle the fiduciary responsibilities and oversee all functions of the water utility’s operating budget. Cooperatively, they work together to provide consumers with a continuous flow and ample supply of water for domestic use and firefighting purposes.

The commissioners are active members of various professional public drinking water organizations such as the Long Island Water Conference, Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners Association, Long Island Special District Association and American Water Works Association. This provides them opportunities to share valuable information with water industry colleagues, in a joint effort to protect the quality and quantity of Long Island’s drinking water supply. Among other activities, these groups work with elected officials to ensure Long Island’s interests are best represented on state and federal levels.


Anker Johansen, Chairman

Louis P. Savinetti, Treasurer

Pasquale J. Eliseo, Secretary


Anker Johansen, Chairman

Born and raised in Locust Valley, Anker Johansen has been a member of the Board of Water Commissioners since 1994 -- only one of many ways he has served the residents of his beloved hometown. After marrying Margaret in 1953, Anker became the proprietor of a local family-owned electrical business, where he is still working part-time after more than 50 years. The business is now operated by their son Craig, who is one of their four children, all of whom grew up in Locust Valley. Prior to that, Anker served with distinction in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War.

He has a long record of community service and active participation in many local organizations. Among others, he is past-president of the Rotary Club and Commander of the American Legion Post, where he is a 50-year member. He was an original member and past-Chairman of the Town of Oyster Bay Electrical Licensing Board for 18 years, holding license # 3.

Anker is also a retired 10-year volunteer for the Locust Valley Fire Department, a member of the Locust Valley Exempt and Benevolent Firemen’s Association, and a past-member of the Old Brookville Police Department.


Louis P. Savinetti, Treasurer

A lifelong resident of Locust Valley, Lou Savinetti has served on the Board of Water Commissioners since 1979. With 25 years as a volunteer coach for the boys’ baseball and football teams of the Grenville Baker Boys’ and Girls’ Club and attendance at hundreds of Locust Valley High School football games, his commitment to youth sports and his hometown are apparent.

Lou has been an active member of the Locust Valley American Legion for more than 50 years. He and his wife Alice, whom he married in 1953, are longtime members and volunteers for the Senior Club as well as other community organizations.

After being drafted in 1945 for World War II, Lou served in the U.S. Navy for one year aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. Drafted again in 1950 during the Korean War by the U.S. Army, he bravely served his country in Korea until 1952. After working on many sewer and drainage projects throughout Nassau County, Commissioner Savinetti retired from the Department of Public Works in 1991 as a Civil Engineer. Prior to his county career, he was a member of the Teamsters Union for 20 years. (back to the top)


Pasquale J. Eliseo, Secretary

Commissioner Pat Eliseo has lived and worked all his life in Locust Valley, with the exception of dutifully serving in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. Strongly rooted in the community, he has been a member of the Board of Water Commissioners since 1997. A volunteer member of the Locust Valley Fire Department for nearly 60 years, where he presently serves as Treasurer of its Emergency Medical Rescue Squad, he has also served as Department Treasurer, Company Captain and District Fire Commissioner and is a member of the Locust Valley Exempt and Benevolent Firemen’s Association.

A member and past-president of the Locust Valley Rotary Club, Pat was awarded their highest award -- the Paul Harris Fellow. Pat is honored as a charter member of the Locust Valley Boys’ and Girls’ Club and is a member of the Matinecock Neighborhood Association, presently serving as Vice-President for the 22nd continuous year. Commissioner Eliseo is also an active member and past-president of the Nassau-Suffolk Water Commissioners Association, where he has held various leadership positions.

Before retiring, Pat owned and operated Marquis Wines and Liquors for more than 30 years. After marrying in 1958, he and his wife Dolores raised their three children in Locust Valley and are blessed with 10 grandchildren. (back to the top)