Before his passing, Muratore spearheaded adding fire hydrant in Farmingville to improve safety

Pictured (left to right) are Maureen and Marcel Bruszewski, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore, and Farmingville Fire Commissioner Sal Russo.

FARMINGVILLE, NY ( / — Earlier this year, when a fire broke out on Hetty’s Path in Farmingville, the volunteers from the Farmingville Fire Department encountered a problem. There was no hydrant close enough to the location in distress. 

OnSachem was on scene covering the May 17 fire at 98 Hettys Path. As Publisher Jim Green wrote from his observations that day, “accessing the property required going deep into the neighborhood. Firefighters ran an extensive length of firehose from the hydrant at the corner of Hetty's Path and S. Coleman Road.”

The fire was extinguished, despite the challenges faced by the department.

Following the fire, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Selden) of the Fourth Legislative District received a call from a constituent on Hetty’s Path, Maureen Bruszewski, to express concern about the lack of a fire hydrant further up the long block.

Muratore responded to the safety concern. He reached out to Farmingville Fire Department’s Fire Commissioner, Sal Russo. In turn, Russo met with his Board of Commissioners to address the need. After a favorable vote and coordination with the Suffolk County Water Authority, Hetty’s Path now has a new fire hydrant installed on the block.

“I am so grateful for the cooperation of the Farmingville Fire Department and the Suffolk County Water Authority for hearing the needs of the community,” Muratore said. “I also commend Mrs. Bruszewski for reaching out to bring this matter to my attention. Keeping the public safe is a top priority.”

Muratore died on Sept. 8. The 75-year-old reportedly had cancer. The Fourth Legislative District he represented includes Centereach, Farmingville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Selden, and parts of Coram, Holbrook, Holtsville, and Port Jefferson Station.

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