Stillwater Fire District

 

 Fire District Commissioner Profiles

Stillwater District Fire Commissioners for 2016

Stillwater District Commissioner Profiles

Anthony Ponzillo

Board member Anthony Ponzillo was recently re-elected to a 5 year term  and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.

Anthony or “Ponzi” as he is known to his friends and family, has been a member of the Arvin Hart Fire Company for 31 years and has served as Company President, Lieutenant and is currently a certified Safety Officer.

Anthony’s recently retired as a Project Craftsman, welder with Momentive Materials in Waterford where he worked for 40 years.  Ponzi graduated from the Mechanicville Public School in 1972 and has an Associates Degree in Agricultural Mechanics from SUNY Cobleskill.  Anthony brings a knowledge of mechanical engineering, welding, building construction and equipment maintenance to his position as a Board member.  Ponzi has also served the community by assisting the Community Center in its early days by assisting in the engineering and building of the popular Halloween haunted house exhibits.  He is also a member of the Harley Owners Group and is a member of the Association of Fire District’s Capital Area.

When Ponzi is not working he enjoys cruising on his special edition Fire Fighter Harley and boating with friends on the scenic Hudson River or tinkering with his home build hot rod.

Anthony has been a town resident for 36 years and resides on Dorchester Drive with his wife Barbara.

Barb Comitale

Secretary Barb Comitale has served on the Board for 19 years and is one of two paid positions.  Barb works approximately 20 hours a week and also serves as Deputy Treasurer of the Fire District.  Barb retired as a Secretary in the Guidance Office at Stillwater Central School and brings a wealth of knowledge of the community as well as an understanding of personnel issues.  When Barb is not working she enjoys gardening and vacationing.

Barb has been a town resident for 26 years and resides on Towpath Road with her husband Joe.

Barb has great respect for the community’s fire fighters and is often heard saying, “ I don’t know how you guys do it!”

Mike Handerhan

Commissioner Mike Handerhan has been a member of the Arvin Hart Fire Company for 20 years and served 5 years with the Round Lake Hose Company before moving to Stillwater.  Mike has served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for several years and is in his third 5 year term.  Mike serves as a safety officer with the fire company.

Mikes full time job prepares him well for service as a Board member.  Mike has been a Buildings and Grounds Supervisor with the Town of Clifton Park for 25 years.  Mike is responsible for the supervision of staff as well as purchase of equipment and material.  As a Board member Mike is well positioned and has been appointed to the Buildings and Grounds Committee.  Mike holds an Associate’s Degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

Away from the fire station Mike’s hobbies include camping with his family and drumming.

Mike has resided in the Town of Stillwater for 20 years and currently resides in the Gurba Drive South with his wife Lori and 2 children.

Nick Maciariello

Nick Maciariello was a Commissioner for 8 years and in January of 2013 was appointed as Treasurer of the Fire District to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of long time Treasurer Dave Waters.  Nick has been an active fire fighter for 33 years, beginning his service with the Riverside Fire Department which was merged into the Stillwater Fire District in 2002.  As a member of the Riverside department Nick held every line officer position except Chief.  Nick also served as the Riverside Fire Department treasurer for 24 years.  As a member of the Arvin Hart Fire Company Nick currently serves as Company Vice President.

Nick’s full time job as Project Manager and Chief Estimator with Multi Phase Construction Corp, prepares him well as the District Treasurer with experience with budgets, estimating projects, dealing with the bidding process as well as experience with bonding and insurance.  Nick has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and worked closely with Dave Waters on District financial matters.

When he gets some time away from the fire station Nick enjoys golf and a round of darts as well as traveling with his family.

Nick has resided in the Town of Stillwater for 36+ years and currently resides in Riverside with his wife Marybeth.

Tom Rinaldi

Commissioner Tom Rinaldi is a second term commissioner and is chair of the Apparatus Committee.  Tom has been in the fire service for 48 years, serving the Arvin Hart Fire Co, the Forestville Fire Department in Forestville, MD and the Glenn Dale Fire Association in Glenn Dale, MD.  Tom also served as a career fire fighter with the Bethesda Maryland Fire Department.  As a member of the Arvin Hart Fire Company he has served as Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief.

Tom’s full time positions prepared him well for the fire service having retired with 27 years of state service, 12 of those years with the State Emergency Management Office and 12 years as a Fire Safety Technician and Codes Coordinator with SUNY Albany.  Having a building code enforcement background Tom served as the Code Enforcement Officer, 911 Coordinator and has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Boards for the Town of Stillwater.  Tom also sold fire apparatus for a major manufacturer for several years.

Currently Tom is a part time code compliance inspector for Chazen Engineering at the Global Foundries semiconductor facility and serves on the County Fire Advisory Board.  Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Niagara University with a Certificate in Fire Science from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.  Tom serves as 1st Vice President of the Capital Area Association of Fire Districts and is a Vice President of the Association of Fire Districts of New York State.

When Tom gets away from duties around the fire house, he enjoys traveling and seeing his grand children in Virginia, growing fresh tomatoes, cooking and just relaxing.  He also pens an occasional article for fire service journals and is the editor of the weekly Capital Bulletin reaching over 300 fire service members.

Tom has resided in the town for all but 7 of 66 years and currently resides on County 76 with his wife and son Tony.   Tom’s other son TJ Jr. is a Paramedic with the Albany Fire Department.

 

Bill Ritter

 

Bill was appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fill the unexpired term held by Nick Maciariello and won re-election to a five year term in December of 2013.   Bill previously sat on the Board for many years and is a former Chief of the fire company.  For the past several years Bill has been a valuable asset by assisting the Board with several tasks around the station including seeing that the apparatus is in top working condition and attending to several projects during the day while others are at work.  He also serves on several fire company committees, including By Laws and apparatus purchasing and is the fire company’s Sergeant at Arms.  Bill is retired from GE Silicones in Waterford and lives on Kellogg Road with his wife Janice.

 

Bob Carson

Bob was first appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners to fill an unexpired vacancy in 2016.  Bob then ran for the remaining four year position and taking the oath of office in December of 2016. 

Bob has been a member of the fire company for 48 years, joining in 1968 and has served as a lieutenant, captain, President and treasurer of the Fire Company.

Graduating from Stillwater Central School in 1968 he went on to join the Navy in 1969 and spent three years stationed in Guam.  After achieving the rank of E-5, he was discharged in 1973.  Bob attended HVCC and subsequently worked for GE Silicones for 28 years retiring in 2006.  After retiring he started his second career as a bus driver for Stillwater Central Schools which he continues to do part time.

Bob has also been active in the community coaching both baseball and soccer, as a 43 member of the Veterans Post 490 and a member of the BPOElks for 19 years.

As a lifelong town resident, Bob and his wife Diane have two sons and 7 grandchildren.  Bob also enjoys playing cards, car shows and driving his Corvette.