Colitti elected as Wading River fire commissioner

An incumbent commissioner was defeated by two votes in the Tuesday’s Wading River Fire District election, and Manorville elected a new commissioner and approved the creation of a reserve fund.

Other than that, local fire commissioner elections were uncontested. 

Challenger and former Wading River fire chief Tom Colitti defeated incumbent commissioner James Meier by a vote of 188 to 186 in the race for a five-year term on the Wading River Board of Fire Commissioners.

Mr. Meier said Wednesday he does not plan to challenge the vote result.

Commissioners oversee the fire district, which is a taxing district, and the volunteer fire department. Fire commissioner elections where held across Long Island Tuesday.

In the Manorville Fire District, incumbent commissioner Richard Schmidt did not seek re-election and former fire chief Dennis Hendrickson was elected to a five-year term, defeating Albert Laindahl by a vote of 154 to 108.

Manorville voters also approved the creation of a vehicle reserve fund, although that exact vote total was not available.

In the Flanders Fire District, incumbent commissioner David Scaffauer stepped down with three years remaining on his term, and incumbent Mike Spano was elected to complete that term, receiving 21 votes in an uncontested race.

Running unopposed to complete Mr. Spano’s five-year term was Jason Roche, who was elected with 23 votes.

In the Riverhead Fire District, incumbent commissioner Ed Carey was elected to another five-year term, receiving all 71 votes.

In the Jamesport Fire District, incumbent commissioner John Apicello was also elected to a five-year term, receiving all 27 votes.

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