Raia, Conte Unveil ‘Potiphian’ Facility at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

July 17, 2006

Assemblymen Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport), left, and James D. Conte (R,C-Huntington Station), right, joined by state Sen. Carl Marcellino, second from left, congratulate Tony Caserta and his son, Charles, at a ceremony unveiling a “pontiphian” construction facility in Syosset. The state-funded plant will be used to construct a prototype pontiphian, a vehicle capable of traveling on land and water. Tony Caserta, a now-retired Grumman engineer who worked on development of the lunar module, believes his company would be able to equip school buses with the new technology so they could serve as viable evacuation alternatives for Long Island residents in case of natural disasters or emergencies. Officials believe pontiphian vehicles could evacuate up to 2.7 million people in less that 24 hours.