Local fire commissioner elections
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Local fire commissioner elections

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
11/30/2017


 

Fire districts across Long Island will hold their annual elections on Tuesday, Dec. 12. 

Blue Point

Douglas Miller, a 25-year veteran firefighter of the Blue Point firehouse, will be seeking election to the sole vacant seat, uncontested. Incumbent Mike Dollop chose not to seek re-election after serving a single five-year term.

There will also be no propositions on the ballot. Community members can cast their vote between 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse on Blue Point Avenue.

Bellport

The current chairman of the board Greg Behl will be seeking re-election after serving for the past seven years, five as chairman. He filled a vacated seat due to the passing of a commissioner in 2010 and continued his service from then on. Behl joined the department in 1976 upon moving to Bellport. At that time, he began the junior explorers program before leaving the department for a brief period of time due to family matters. Upon rejoining in 1999, he was named captain of the Hook and Ladder Company, then lieutenant. Recently, he restarted the junior explorers program in an attempt to start recruits young. He currently lives in Bellport with his wife and has two daughters and a son.

“This is something I enjoy doing and want to continue,” he said, noting that among a list of to-do items he wants to seek the possibility of placing Verizon Wireless cell panels atop the cupola at the firehouse. The modest revenue, he said, would help the department fix their engines and make purchases such as new hoses. The panels, he assured, would be installed to blend in with the building.

Behl will be running against firefighter Paul Newman, who has been with the department for five years and has lived in Bellport for 30. He said he chose to run because, after years of attending the meetings, he feels it’s time to become a member of the board.

There will be no referendums or resolutions on the ballot. Community members can cast their vote between 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse on South Country Road.

Brookhaven 

John Komosinski will be seeking an uncontested re-election to his second term as a commissioner of the board. Komosinski is a 38-year veteran of the department.

There will be no propositions or resolutions on the ballot. Voting will take place between 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse headquarters on Montauk Highway.

Hagerman

Incumbent Randy Miller will be seeking re-election to his third term as commissioner against firefighter Ralph Lettieri Jr.

Miller is a 28-year veteran firefighter and an ex-chief of the department.

Lettieri has been with the department for 12 years and is a former lieutenant and current fire safety officer.

The vote will take place from 5-9 p.m. at the firehouse with no resolutions or propositions on the ballot.

Medford

12-year incumbent and current chairman Richard Piquette will be seeking re-election. He has been with the department since 1996, is a past president, past executive board member, past advisor of the juniors and past member of the Hagerman Fire Department. He said he plans to continue to save the department money. Last term, he said, he secured a $50,000 grant to put a gym in the firehouse, saving the department $12,000 a year in physical fitness memberships, started an LED lighting project, saving $550,000 over 10 years, and began dispatching for Hagerman Fire Department, bringing in $35,000 a year. Piquette has lived in Medford for 28 years with his wife and two daughters.

Eric Rotermund, 28, a 10-year firefighter and former lieutenant and ex-captain, plans to run for the first time against Piquette. As a full-time Brookhaven Town Highway Department employee, he said he feels he has what it takes to better budget the department. He said he also feels he can be a good negotiator when it comes to getting the best price for purchases as big as equipment or as small as toiletries. Rotermund, who started with the department as a junior at the age of 10, said his father is a 50-year member of the department and brother is a 28-year member.

There will be no resolutions or referendums and voting will take place from 3-9 p.m. at the firehouse.

Patchogue

The board will be appointing someone to a vacated seat left by incumbent Andy McCabe. The board is currently seeking any member of the community that lives within the district who may have an interest in serving on the board to send in a letter of interest to the board by today, Nov. 30. After that date, interviews will be given, as this is an appointed position to last from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.

On Dec. 12, longtime commissioner Paul Felice will be seeking re-election, uncontested. Felice has been with the department for over 50 years.

The vote will take place at the firehouse between 6-9 p.m. with no referendums or resolutions up for vote.

Mastic

Incumbent Christopher Del Vecchio has served on board for a total of three years and will seek re-election to his first full, five-year term. Del Vecchio is an ex-captain and has been with the department for 40 years. Next term, he said, he hopes to keep taxes as low as possible. 

John Dolezal, a 55-year member of the fire department and past commissioner and secretary of the board, will run against him. Dolezal is also a U.S. Marine veteran and Willliam Floyd High School Alum. “I want to continue the commitment to my taxpayers,” he said. 

There will be no referendums or resolutions. The election will take place from to 5-9 p.m. at the firehouse.

Mastic Beach

Incumbent Joe Guarino will be stepping down after serving two terms on the board. In his place, Anthony Capersino and George Schuck will vie for his seat. Both are ex-chiefs, who have been with the department for over 20 years.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at the firehouse with no referendums or resolutions on the ballot.