This year, parks district election with twist

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Normally, voting for a commissioner in the Mattituck Park District is a simple thing.

That's because only one of the three members on its board runs for a three-year term each year.

But this year, a series of twists turned the voting process into a drawn-out affair.

A second seat opened up when one commissioner -- Nicholas Deegan -- was removed from the board because he failed to take his oath of office. Then, five days before the election Tuesday, Michael Ryan announced he was running a write-in campaign.

The district uses paper ballots, and each had to be read, and every write-in had to be recorded. The polls closed at 8 p.m., but the final totals weren't known until 10:25 p.m.

And, at the end, Deegan managed to squeak past Ryan 164-141 in their contest for the time left on his old seat.

In the other race, for a full three-year term, Russell Williamson defeated George Lomaga 166-143.

Charles Zaloom, the incumbent, decided not to run.

The vote, at park headquarters, took four hours. But, after all the ballots were cast, it turned out some people had written names in for both races, adding to the time it took to tally the vote.

Formed in 1941, the Mattituck Park District covers about 63 acres in Mattituck and runs from Long Island Sound to Peconic Bay.

The Mattituck district is the largest of four special park districts in the town, with a budget of $581,610. It operates parks, ballfields, beaches, a boat launch ramp, and a community room at its Veterans Memorial Park headquarters, which can be leased for private receptions.

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