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Nassau fire district voters to go to polls

Hicksville's Station 1 houses the Citizens Engine Company.

Hicksville's Station 1 houses the Citizens Engine Company. (July 14, 2011) Credit: Frank Posillico

Voters in more than 120 fire districts across Long Island will go to the polls Tuesday to select commissioners who collectively control more than $320 million in annual 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.

In the wake of a 2005 Newsday series that revealed excessive and unaccountable spending by some fire districts, state laws were passed 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 were allowed to hold their elections in July.

Nearly half of the district commissioner seats up for grabs are contested, with more than 270 candidates running.

Following is district-by-district information about budgets adopted by commissioners for 2012, the names of candidates running, and polling times for Nassau County districts. Information on Suffolk County districts will appear in Monday's paper.

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

 

BALDWIN

Baldwin adopted a $4.43 million budget, a 2.07 percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent Frank Esposito is running uncontested for one seat. Polls are open from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

BELLEROSE TERRACE

Bellerose Terrace adopted a $240,095 budget, a 0.24 percent increase over the current-year budget of $239,525. Newcomer Joseph Schwingl Sr. is running unopposed for a five-year seat and newcomer Harold Geisperger is seeking a three-year term for treasurer. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

BELLMORE

Bellmore adopted a $2.71 million budget, a $50 increase in total over the current-year budget. John Curley, Allison DeQuatro, Craig Maltz and John Scalesi are running for one seat. Polls are open from 2 to 9 p.m. There also is a proposition on the ballot to sell, trade or dispose of one 1996 heavy-duty rescue truck.

 

BETHPAGE

Bethpage adopted a $4.04 million budget that is a 0.05 percent increase from the current year. Incumbent Commissioner F. Brian Durr is being challenged by Charles L. DiPrima for one seat. Polls are open from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

EAST MEADOW

East Meadow adopted a $5.54 million budget, a 1.84 increase percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent James Surless is running uncontested for one seat. Polls are open from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

ELMONT

Elmont adopted a $6.81 million budget, a 9.13 percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent Frank Hrbek Jr. is being challenged by Philmon Kempadoo, Pedro Vera Jr. and Frank Lozada for one seat. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.

FRANKLIN SQUARE & MUNSON

Franklin Square & Munson adopted a $2.52 million budget, a zero increase over the current-year budget. Incumbent Dennis G. Lyons is being challenged by John Randazzo for one seat. Polls are open from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

GARDEN CITY PARK

Garden City Park adopted a $2.56 million budget, a 1.99 percent increase over the current-year budget of $2.51 million. Incumbent Augustine Carnevale is being challenged by Jerome Galluscio for one seat. Polls are open from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

 

HEWLETT BAY

Hewlett Bay adopted a $1.78 million budget, a 0.56 decrease from the current year's budget. For commissioner, incumbent Anthony Vacchio is being challenged by Paul Gressin. For treasurer, challenger Joseph Breslin is vying against incumbent Benjamin Moleno. Voting is from 5 to 9 p.m.

 

HICKSVILLE

Hicksville adopted a $6.3 million budget, a 1.94 percent increase over the current year's budget. Four candidates -- Mike Azzue, G. Ray Nami, Scott Skrynecki and Harry J. Single Jr. -- are vying for one open seat. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m. There is a proposition on the ballot to sell a pumper worth more than $50,000.

 

INWOOD

Inwood adopted a $1.52 million budget, a 5 percent decrease over the current-year budget of $1.60 million. Incumbent Tom Havey is running unopposed for one seat. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

JERICHO

Jericho adopted a $3.61 million budget that is a 2 percent increase from the current year. Commissioner Theodore Ketsoglou is running unopposed for one seat. Polls are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

LAKEVIEW

Lakeview adopted a $1.17 million budget, a 1.74 increase percent increase over the current-year budget of $1.15 million. Incumbent Joseph Cipolla is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

LEVITTOWN

Levittown adopted a $3.25 million budget, a 2.20 percent increase over the current-year budget of $3.18 million. Three candidates -- incumbent Joel E. Bearman and challengers Andrew Booth and Matthew Weinick -- are running for one open seat. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

LIDO AND POINT LOOKOUT

Lido and Point Lookout adopted a $881,760 budget, a 0.03 percent decrease over the current-year budget of $882,000. Commissioner Chas Thompson is running unopposed. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

LOCUST VALLEY

Locust Valley adopted a $1.8 million budget that is a 6.5 percent increase from the current year. Commissioner Beverly Banker is running unopposed for one seat, and commissioner Warren Ramskill is being challenged by Gregory Stimola for a second seat. The polls are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE

Manhasset-Lakeville adopted a $6.46 million budget, a 13.44 percent increase over the current-year budget of $5.69 million. Incumbent Commissioner Andrew DeMartin is being challenged by John Nash, Joseph Renta and Daniel Ross for one seat. The polls are open from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

MASSAPEQUA

Massapequa adopted a $5.75 million budget that is a 1.99 percent increase from the current year. Commissioner Sheldon Moskowitz is stepping down, and Justin McCaffrey is the only candidate. Polls are open from 2 to 9 p.m. There also is a proposition on the ballot to increase the maximum credit that may be earned by a volunteer firefighter participating in the district service award program from 30 years to 40 years, at an estimated annual program cost of $669,231, up from the current cost of $484,232.

 

MEADOWMERE PARK

Meadowmere Park adopted a $690,984 budget, a 0.46 percent increase over the current-year budget of $687,803. Challenger Kevin Benet and incumbent Ruth Samuelson are vying for one seat. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

NEW HYDE PARK

New Hyde Park adopted a $3.6 million budget, a 1.47 percent increase over the current-year budget of $3.54 million budget. Three candidates are vying for one seat: incumbent Richard A. Stein Jr. and challengers Anthony Vaglica and James Devane. Polling is from 1 to 9 p.m.

 

NORTH BELLMORE

North Bellmore adopted a $4.53 million budget, a 0.67 percent increase over the current-year budget of $4.5 million. Newcomer Edward Kraus is running uncontested for one seat. There is also a proposition on the ballot to sell a heavy rescue vehicle valued at more than $50,000. Voting is from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

NORTH MASSAPEQUA

North Massapequa adopted a $2.17 million budget, a zero percent increase over the current-year budget. Marc Timpano is running unopposed for an open seat. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

NORTH MERRICK

North Merrick adopted a $2.1 million budget, a 6.60 percent increase over the current-year budget of $1.97 million. Newcomer James McCauley is running unopposed for one seat. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

OCEANSIDE

Oceanside adopted a $5.13 million budget, a 1.79 percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent Craig P. DeBaun is running uncontested. Polls are open from 3 to 9 p.m.

 

ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt adopted a $2.03 million budget, a 6.28 percent increase over the current-year budget of $1.91 million. Garland Moore and Donnell Raye are running for one seat vacated by Derrick Fennell. John Whitchett is running uncontested for treasurer. There also is a proposition on the ballot to purchase a new ambulance for $265,000 to be financed over 60 months. Polls are open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m..

 

SEAFORD

Seaford adopted a $1.77 million budget, a 2.31 percent increase over the current year's budget. Frank Allaire is running unopposed for one open seat. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

SOUTH FARMINGDALE

The South Farmingdale Fire District adopted a $1.62 million budget for next year that is a 0.1 percent decrease from the current year. Commissioner Thomas P. Mastakouris is running unopposed for one seat, and Joseph A. Frigerio is unopposed for a second that was vacated by Kevin G. McClorey. The polls are open from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

SOUTH HEMPSTEAD

South Hempstead adopted a $748,122 budget, a 1.55 percent increase over the current-year budget of $736,724. Steven Morelli is running unopposed. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SYOSSET

Syosset adopted a $6.68 million budget that is an 8.35 percent decrease from the current year. Incumbent commissioner Frank Vasile is being challenged by Richard Roseo for one seat, and Commissioner Robert Swanson is running unopposed for a second seat. The polls are open from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

UNIONDALE

Uniondale adopted a $4.14 million budget, a zero percent change from the current-year budget. Incumbent Mervyn Campbell is being challenged by Nicholas Wingfield and Stanley DeBoe for one seat. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

WANTAGH

Wantagh adopted a $6.51 million budget, a 1.88 percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent John J. Gillen is running unopposed. Voting is from 2 to 9 p.m.

 

WEST HEMPSTEAD

West Hempstead adopted a $1.11 million budget, a 1.83 percent increase over the current year's budget. Incumbent Ronald Magarie is being challenged by William D'Alessandro for one seat. Voting is from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

WESTBURY

Westbury adopted a $3.65 million budget, a 1.95 percent increase over the current-year budget of $3.58 million. The district did not return repeated calls asking for information about candidates, polling times and ballot propositions, if any.

 

WOODMERE

Woodmere adopted a $2.23 million budget, a 0.90 percent increase over the current-year budget of $2.21 million. Incumbent Timothy Pastor is running unchallenged. Voting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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