On Wednesday, May 11th, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano officially installed nine new Fire Commissioners as well as Incoming Fire Commission Chairman Denis Collins. County Executive Mangano was joined by County Legislator Denise Ford and Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito aksi in recognizing Outgoing Fire Commission Chair James N. Mezey, Jr. for his years of service and dedication.
“I’m honored to swear in members of the Nassau County Fire Commission,” said County Executive Mangano. “Congratulations to all of the incoming officers. You have truly distinguished yourselves and I look forward to working with each of you.”
Incoming Chairman Denis Collins, who’s been a Nassau County Fire Commissioner since May 2012. Denis is also a U.S. Navy Veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam; an Ex-Chief of the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department, where he has served as a member for 54 years; and is retired from the New York City Fire Department. This is Denis’ fourth time serving on the Fire Commission having previously served as a Commissioner in 1981, 1996, and 2005.
County Executive Mangano thanked Denis for his “years of brave and selfless service” and said he looks forward to working with him in his new capacity as Chairman of the Nassau County Fire Commission.
He also recognized and thanked outgoing Fire Commissioner, James Mezey, for “his service, dedication, bravery and leadership in protecting our communities.” Mezey is credited with keeping the Firefighters Endowment Committee active to ensure that the Fallen Firefighters Monument in Eisenhower Park was kept up to date, so that all the Fallen are recognized. He is an Ex-Chief, and 50 year member, of the Carle Place Fire Department and a sworn member of the Nassau County Police Department, where he retired from the K-9 Unit in 1996.