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.


Louis P. Savinetti, Chairman

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)


Patricia Peterson, Treasurer

With a long career in banking, Locust Valley resident Patricia Peterson has extensive knowledge and experience with local government. She has participated as a board member of a variety of organizations where she has served on audit, compliance and advocacy committees. As a member of the Board of Governors of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association (NYGFOA), she serves on the Banking & Investment Management and Annual Conference committees. In addition, Mrs. Peterson previously served on the association’s Long Island Region Council and co-presented numerous cash management training programs to government finance professionals across the state.

As a member of the Long Island Water Conference for more than a decade, she is familiar with Long Island’s strict drinking water quality standards, the regulations established by our federal, state and local governments and is acutely aware of the issues and challenges facing public water suppliers today. She is committed to continuing to provide the residents of Locust Valley with affordable, clean and quality water for many generations to come. (back to the top)


Peter Brown, Secretary

In his commitment to public service, Peter Brown has a long history as an active member of the Locust Valley community, where he has lived his entire life. As the Director of Highway Operations for the Town of Oyster Bay, he brings more than 30 years of experience in heavy construction, road maintenance and repair.

Peter has volunteered his time as a coach and travel team manager for the Grenville Baker Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Bayville / Locust Valley little League, where he also sits on the Board of Directors. He also serves as head coach for the St. Gertrude’s Church CYO basketball team. He is an exempt member of the Bayville Fire Company, where he served for 10 years as a volunteer firefighter. Peter and his wife Pam are proud parents of their son Kyle. (back to the top)