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Oyster Bay holds meeting about fire departments

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto will chair a meeting May 3 on the whether the consolidation of the hamlet’s two independent fire companies would save money.

The meeting will include town officials and attorneys for Oyster Bay Fire Co. No. 1, Atlantic Steamer Fire Co. 1. and the villages the departments serve.

Venditto's spokesman Jim Moriarity said the participants will devise a process for analyzing whether there would be savings from combining some or all operations of the volunteers.

Venditto promised last month to schedule such a meeting when Peter MacKinnon, attorney for Cove Neck and Oyster Bay Cove, urged the town board to push for a merger to reduce costs from redundancies.

The villages served by the two companies - Cove Neck, Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow and Mill Neck - pay almost half of their costs and have pushed for a merger for more than a decade.

The town supplies the balance of their budgets. Each department has supported a merger in the past but agreement could not be reached on one plan.

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