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Some incumbent fire commissioners ousted

A sign for McDowell for Commissioner sits on

A sign for McDowell for Commissioner sits on a lawn on Bayview Avenue in Blue Point. (Dec. 6, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

Supporters of paring the Gordon Heights Fire District's budget -- which levies on residents the highest fire taxes on Long Island -- scored a major coup Tuesday with the election of challenger Joyce Bourne.

Her victory means the five-member board is now controlled by a group that wants to rein in costs in the district.

Unofficially, Bourne got 268 votes, challenger James Freeman 169 and incumbent James Kelly 55, according to Bourne. District officials did not provide vote totals Tuesday.

"It doesn't make sense that we have to pay these high taxes," said Bourne, who lost by a single vote when she ran last year.

Among other fire district elections across Long Island, South Farmingdale commissioner Richard Bylicki was ousted by opponent John Boklak.

"It was an amazing turnout by the taxpayers," board chairman Thomas Mastakouris said. "They spoke loud and clear."

Bylicki, 53, is fighting fire board allegations that he wrongly received Length of Service Awards Program disability benefits while also serving as the program's administrator.

Boklak, 42, an attorney and a two-year South Farmingdale firefighter, said he "got a lot of support from the department members here."

Wading River voters rejected a $4.75 million bond referendum to rebuild a substation. Huntington voters approved a $4.5 million bond for construction and repairs.

Here are winners of some other contested elections:

Bethpage: Incumbent Gregory Patsos

East Meadow: Incumbent Scott Farber

Hewlett Bay: OKd a proposition to change the elected treasurer's position to an appointed one starting at the end of 2014.

Hicksville: Michael Azzue

Lido and Point Lookout: Bernard Paz

Locust Valley: Paul Long

New Hyde Park: Challenger John Waldron

North Bellmore: Edward Kraus

Oceanside: Biagio Rosano

Syosset: Thomas Feeney.

Wantagh: Incumbent Jay Cohen

West Hempstead: Challenger Avraham Z. Rosman


Blue Point: Michael Dollop

Brentwood: Challenger William Menendez

Bridgehampton: Incumbent Thomas Dombkowski

Centereach: Challenger Raymond Catapano

Commack: Incumbent Thomas McFadzen

Copiague: Julian Wellington. Proposition to buy pumper, rescue vehicle and ambulance passed

Cutchogue: Incumbent Sandy Friemann

Dix Hills: Todd Cohen. A proposition to increase the number of years for which a firefighter can get LOSAP credit passed.

East Islip: Incumbent Michael Montuori

East Moriches: Glenn M. Maningo a five-year term, John S. Hulse a three-year term.

East Northport: Incumbent Nicholas Macedonio

East Quogue: Incumbent Jonathan Erwin

Great River: James Bishop

Hampton Bays: Incumbent Kevin Kenny

Hauppauge: Incumbent Scott D. Munro

Lake Ronkonkoma: Brian Cook

Lakeland: Incumbent Gerald V. O'Mara

Medford: Incumbent Richard Piquette

Melville: James Schuler

Nesconset: Incumbent Ed Swenson

Orient: Richard Milligan

Port Jefferson: Herb Reckenbeil a five-year term, Kevin Bates a four-year seat

St. James: Incumbent Lawrence Montrose

Selden: Challenger Robert White

Setauket: James Makarius Jr

Smithtown: Challenger Thomas F. Duckham

West Islip: Challenger Michael Mercurio

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