Suffolk fire district vote preview

A firefighter battles a blaze off Wading River

A firefighter battles a blaze off Wading River Road in Manorville during a large brush fire that spread across eastern Long Island. (Credit: Chris Ware, 2012)

Voters in more than 120 fire districts across Long Island go to the polls Tuesday to select commissioners who collectively control more than $320 million in spending and set tax levies.

The districts are independent public taxing agencies, and their commissioners collect no salaries. The commissioners are responsible for drafting district budgets, determining fire protection policies and buying equipment. The districts raise operating funds mostly through property taxes.

Residents in Tuesday's elections do not vote for budgets as they do in school district elections; fire district budgets were adopted by the boards of commissioners last month.

Following a 2005 Newsday series that revealed excessive and unaccountable spending by some fire districts, state laws were enacted mandating more transparency in district operations, including having all districts hold elections on the second Tuesday in December. A handful of barrier beach districts in Suffolk -- Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park, Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines -- were allowed to hold elections in July.

More than 180 candidates are running for more than 130 district commissioner seats up for grabs.

Following is district-by-district information about budgets adopted by commissioners for 2013, the names of candidates running and polling times for Suffolk County districts. Information on Nassau County districts appears here: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/nassau-fire-district-vote-preview-1.4304661.

For polling locations, check district websites or call the districts.

 

AMAGANSETT

Amagansett adopted a $1.29 million budget, a 0.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent William A. Vorpahl Jr. is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

BAY SHORE

Bay Shore adopted a budget of $2.54 million, a 3.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Charles Smith is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

BAYPORT

Bayport adopted a budget of $2.01 million, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Jeff Saperstein is running unopposed for a five-year term and incumbent Raymond Reilly is running unopposed for a three-year term. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

BELLPORT

Bellport adopted a $1.2 million budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Gregory Behl is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

BLUE POINT

Blue Point adopted a $966,960 budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Michael Dollop and Warren C. McDowell are vying for one five-year term. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

BOHEMIA

Bohemia adopted a $2.38 million budget, a 2.1 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Raymond Audett is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

BRENTWOOD

Brentwood adopted a $6.86 million budget, a 3.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Michael P. O'Malley is being challenged by Scott A. Arnett and William R. Menendez. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

BRIDGEHAMPTON

Bridgehampton adopted a $1.69 million budget, a 15 percent increase over the current budget. Dean Foster is running unopposed for a five-year term. Incumbent Thomas Dombkowski, who was appointed to a seat with an unexpired term, is being challenged by Philip Cammann for the final two years of the term. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

BROOKHAVEN

Brookhaven adopted a $2.51 million budget, a 1.94 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent John Komosinski is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

CENTER MORICHES

Center Moriches adopted a $2.1 million budget, a 13.5 percent increase from the 2012 adopted budget. Brian Deedy is running unopposed. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

CENTEREACH

Centereach adopted a $4.4 million budget, a 2.5 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Dominick D'Onofrio is being challenged by Raymond Catapano. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

CENTERPORT

Centerport adopted a $1.72 million budget that is unchanged from the current budget. Incumbent Gus Zeis is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

CENTRAL ISLIP

Central Islip adopted a $3.38 million budget, a 1.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Thomas Walsh is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

COLD SPRING HARBOR

Cold Spring Harbor adopted a $1.57 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Kevin O'Brien and Ann Schwartz are running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

COMMACK

Commack adopted a $4.14 million budget, a 2.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Thomas McFadzen is running against Mary Ryan. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

COPIAGUE

Copiague adopted a $3.32 million budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. Julian Wellington and Carl Lombardo are vying for one seat. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a proposition on the ballot to buy a pumper, a rescue vehicle and an ambulance at a total cost of no more than $1.5 million.

 

CORAM

Coram adopted a $5.4 million budget, a $473 decrease from the current budget. Incumbent Timony Heidrich is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

CUTCHOGUE

Cutchogue adopted a $1.3 million budget, a 2.1 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Sandy Friemann is being challenged by Jeff Smith. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

DEER PARK

Deer Park adopted a $3.3 million budget, a 4 percent increase over the current budget. Christopher Schiavo is running unopposed for a five-year term. Michael DelBalso is running unopposed for a one-year term to fill the spot Thomas Donnelly left vacant when he became a Babylon town councilman. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

DIX HILLS

Dix Hills adopted a $4.7 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Todd Cohen and Salvatore Vitellaro are vying for one seat. There is a proposition on the ballot to increase from 30 to 40 the number of years for which a firefighter can get credit for the length of service award program; the district estimates the annual cost of the program would go from $200,000 to $260,000 annually. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST BRENTWOOD

East Brentwood adopted a $1.07 million budget that is unchangedfrom the current budget. Incumbent Steve Grammenos is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST ISLIP

East Islip adopted a budget of $2.45 million, a 1.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Michael Montuori is being challenged by Richard Fox and Peter Peluso. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST MARION

East Marion adopted a $610,783 budget, a 5.4 percent increase over the current budget. Laura Fauteux is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST MORICHES

East Moriches adopted an $800,000 budget, a 1.9 percent increase from the 2012 adopted budget. Thaddeus T. Brandt III and Glenn M. Maningo are vying for one seat. John S. Hulse and Eugene R. Smith are vying for another. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST NORTHPORT

East Northport adopted a $3.7 million budget, a 2.1 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Nicholas Macedonio is being challenged by Michael Vespier. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST QUOGUE

East Quogue adopted a $1.23 million budget, a 2.94 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Jonathan Erwin is being challenged by Michael Kohler. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

EASTPORT

Eastport adopted a $1 million budget, a 4.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Harry Pomasanoff is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

EATONS NECK

Eatons Neck adopted a $584,008 budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Phil Whiter is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

FAIR HARBOR

Fair Harbor adopted a $445,200 budget, a 12.6 percent increase over the current budget. Information on candidates and voting hours was not available.

 

FARMINGVILLE

Farmingville adopted a $3.63 million budget, a 21.8 percent increase over the current budget. George Tierney is running unopposed for a one-year seat and Joaquim Da Silva is running unopposed for a five-year seat. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

FISHERS ISLAND

Fishers Island adopted a $395,200 budget, a 0.3 percent hike over the current plan. Vote from 6 to 9 p.m. Details on candidates were not available.

 

FLANDERS

Flanders adopted a $674,050 budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent David Schaffauer is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

GORDON HEIGHTS

Gordon Heights adopted a $1.27 million budget, which is about the same as the current budget. Incumbent James Kelly is running against James Freeman and Joyce Bourne. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

GREAT RIVER

Great River adopted a $301,610 budget, a 0.2 percent decrease over the current budget. Timothy Ursprung and James Bishop are vying for one seat. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

GREENLAWN

Greenlawn adopted a $2.5 million budget, a 2.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Lawrence Ancewicz is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

HAGERMAN

Hagerman adopted a $2.39 million budget, less than a 1 percent decrease from the current budget. Incumbent Randy Miller is running unopposed. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

HALESITE

Halesite adopted a $1.6 million budget, a 7.8 percent increase over the current budget. Wayne Jeno is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

HAMPTON BAYS

Hampton Bays adopted a $2.93 million budget, a 3.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Kevin Kenny is being challenged by Jeremy Brandt. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

HAUPPAUGE

Hauppauge adopted a $3.72 million budget, about a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Scott D. Munro is being challenged by John Marek. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

HOLBROOK

Holbrook adopted a $3.45 million budget, a 1.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Michael J. Timo is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

HOLTSVILLE

Holtsville adopted a $2.33 million budget, a 2.6 percent increase over the current budget. Joe Asaro is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

HUNTINGTON

Huntington adopted a $2.9 million budget, a 10.3 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Edmund M. Erickson is running unopposed. There is a proposition on the ballot for a $4.5 million bond for construction and repairs. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

HUNTINGTON MANOR

Huntington Manor adopted a $4.9 million budget, a 1.5 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Dane R. Martin is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

ISLIP

Islip adopted a $3 million budget that is unchanged from the current budget. Incumbent Frederick Herrmann is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

ISLIP TERRACE

Islip Terrace adopted a $2.47 million budget, a 7.3 percent increase over the current budget. Robert Schmidt is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

JAMESPORT

Jamesport adopted a $815,841 budget, a 2.02 percent increase over the current budget. Robert Sikora is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

KINGS PARK

Kings Park adopted a $2.89 million budget, a 2.6 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Peter Laura is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

KISMET

Kismet adopted a $151,861 budget, a 2.3 percent decrease from the current budget. Incumbent Gary Leone is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

LAKE RONKONKOMA

Lake Ronkonkoma adopted a $3.15 million budget, a 6.8 percent increase over the current budget. Brian Cook, Richard Baake and Gerald Rudolph are vying for one seat. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

LAKELAND

Lakeland adopted a $2.59 million budget, a 5.1 percent decrease from the current budget. Incumbent Gerald V. O'Mara is being challenged by Theodore Imbasciani. Voting is from noon to 9 p.m.

 

MANORVILLE

Manorville adopted a $1.68 million budget, a 3 percent increase over the current budget. Thomas Costello is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

MASTIC

Mastic adopted a $1.70 million budget, a 2.61 percent decrease from the current budget. George Zaglool and Michael Malone are running unopposed for two seats. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

MASTIC BEACH

Mastic Beach adopted a $1.33 million budget, a 1.5 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Joseph Guarino is running unopposed. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

MATTITUCK

Mattituck adopted a $1.82 million budget, a 1.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Lloyd H. Reisenberg is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

MEDFORD

Medford adopted a $2.86 million budget, a 0.54 percent decrease from the current budget. Incumbent Richard Piquette is being challenged by Michael Cicero. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

MELVILLE

Melville adopted a $4.9 million budget, a 1.7 percent increase from the current budget. Donald Barkley and James Schuler are vying for one seat. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

MIDDLE ISLAND

Middle Island adopted a $3.29 million budget, a 3.7 percent decrease from the current budget. Anthony Rempel is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

MILLER PLACE

Miller Place adopted a $2.2 million budget, a 0.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Stephen Rasweiler is running unopposed. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

MONTAUK

Montauk adopted a $1.65 million budget, a 5.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Carmine Marino is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

MOUNT SINAI

Mount Sinai adopted a $1.45 million budget, a 2.65 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent James Hansen is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

NESCONSET

Nesconset adopted a $2.52 million budget, a 5.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Ed Swenson is being challenged by Todd Hutchinson. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

NORTH PATCHOGUE

North Patchogue adopted a $4.01 million budget, a 3.8 percent increase over the current budget. John Kirshey is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

NORTH SEA

North Sea adopted a $1.26 million budget, a 5.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent John Washabaugh is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

ORIENT

Orient adopted a $602,920 budget, a 3.1 percent increase over the current budget. Richard Milligan and William Wysocki are vying for one seat. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

PATCHOGUE

Patchogue adopted a $1.88 million budget, a 0.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Paul Felice is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

PORT JEFFERSON

Port Jefferson adopted a 1.72 million budget, a 3.4 percent increase over the current budget. Tom Coyle and Herb Reckenbeil are vying for a five-year seat. Kevin Bates, an appointed commissioner, and James Makarius are vying for a four-year seat. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

RIDGE

Ridge adopted a $3.42 million budget, a 2.4 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Lewis Morgenstern is being challenged by David Hellberg Jr. There also is a proposition on the ballot for a $7 million bond for the renovation and replacement of the fire department's headquarters at 20 Frances Mooney Dr. The bond vote did not pass in October. Voting is from noon to 9 p.m.

 

RIVERHEAD

Riverhead adopted a $4.66 million budget, a 1.6 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Mark Conklin is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

ROCKY POINT

Rocky Point adopted a $3.77 million, a 3.9 percent increase over the current budget. Eugene Buchner and Ann Logan are vying for one seat. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

ST. JAMES

St. James adopted a $2.11 million budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Lawrence Montrose is being challenged by Glen Itzkowitz. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

SAYVILLE

Sayville adopted a $2.31 million budget, a 1.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Donald Corkery is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

SELDEN

Selden adopted a $5.99 million budget, a 2.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Scott Nowakowski is being challenged by Robert White. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

SETAUKET

Setauket adopted a $5.1 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. James Makarius is running against Lawrence Germano. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

SHELTER ISLAND

Shelter Island adopted a $831,286 budget, a 2.4 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Richard Surozenski is unopposed for a five-year term, and incumbent Andrew Reeve is unopposed for the remaining three years of an unexpired term. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

SMITHTOWN

Smithtown adopted a $5.29 million budget, a 2.9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Joseph M. Gardella is being challenged by Thomas F. Duckham. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

SOUND BEACH

Sound Beach adopted a $1.44 million budget, a 1.4 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Robert Pulick is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton adopted a $1.7 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Brian P. Cooke is running unopposed. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

SOUTHOLD

Southold adopted a $1.83 million budget, a 1.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent H. William Sawicki is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

SPRINGS

Springs adopted a $1.03 million budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. Michael Benton is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

STONY BROOK

Stony Brook adopted a $2 million budget, a 5.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Peter Gustafson is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

TERRYVILLE

Terryville adopted a $4.61 million budget, a 0.7 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Eileen Antignano is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

WADING RIVER

Wading River adopted a $2.08 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Tom Lateulere is running unopposed. There is a proposition on the ballot to bond for $4.75 million to rebuild a substation. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

WEST BABYLON

West Babylon adopted a $3.69 million budget, a 2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Matthew Smith is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

WEST ISLIP

West Islip adopted a $4 million budget, a 1.2 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Kevin Shaughnessy is being challenged by Michael Mercurio. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

WEST SAYVILLE-OAKDALE

West Sayville-Oakdale adopted a $2.83 million budget that is unchanged from the current budget. Incumbent Joseph Mandanici is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

WESTHAMPTON BEACH

Westhampton Beach adopted a $1.89 million budget, a 1.8 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Frederick D. Overton is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

YAPHANK

Yaphank adopted a $2.06 million budget, a 9 percent increase over the current budget. Incumbent Charles Mapes is running unopposed. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

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