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Fire Island fire districts eye merger

Lonelyville fire department is consolidating with Fire Harbor.

Lonelyville fire department is consolidating with Fire Harbor. (Oct. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz

Two small fire districts on Fire Island have taken the first step toward consolidation - a move made possible, they say, by new measures passed last year to make it easier to merge and dissolve special districts.

Fair Harbor Fire District commissioners voted Sunday to merge with Lonelyville Fire District. The vote will effectively dissolve the Lonelyville district, which had already approved the merger. Lonelyville residents will be able to vote in Fair Harbor commissioner elections and will receive the same fire service as now.

The consolidation effort is the first for fire districts since the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act went into effect in March.

>> Read Stacey Altherr's full story

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