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Fire district votes, commissioner elections set for Tuesday

Wading River Fire Department

People in fire districts throughout New York State will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 13, to vote on fire commissioner elections — and in some cases, special propositions specific to their districts.

Commissioners are the elected governing body of the fire district, a taxing district that funds equipment, buildings and, in some instances, employees.

The fire district shouldn’t be confused with the fire department, which is mostly volunteer-based and handles day-to-day operations, such as responding to blazes.

Below is a rundown of what will be voted on locally.

Wading River

There are two seats up for re-election, as well as a capital repair proposition.

One of the seats is for a full five-year term; the other is to fill the remaining term of Tom Lateulere, who died earlier this year.

• For the five-year term, incumbent John McManus is being challenged by former Commissioner Tim Deveny.

• For the one-year term, Randy Hintze, who was appointed to fill the vacancy when Mr. Lateulere died, is being opposed by former Commissioner Michael Harrigan.

• The proposition concerns a $6.8 million capital improvement project that calls for making repairs to both the North Country Road fire headquarters and to Station 2 on Hulse Landing Road. The proposal also calls for the construction of a new building adjacent to Station 2.

Voting will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. at fire department headquarters at 1503 North Country Road in Wading River.

Manorville

• Incumbent Thomas Campanaro is opposed by Richard Kohn for a five-year term. There are two propositions on the ballot.

• Proposition One is to authorize the establishment of a capital reserve fund for the purchase and repair of equipment.

• Proposition Two is to authorize the establishment of a capital reserve fund for the construction, renovation and/or repair of buildings.

Voting will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse on 14 Silas Carter Road in Manorville.

Jamesport

This ballot contains an uncontested commissioner seat and a proposition.

• Former Commissioner James Kane is running unopposed for a five-year term being vacated by incumbent Tom Brady.

• The proposition seeks approval to change the district treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one.

Voting will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse on 25 Manor Lane in Jamesport.

Riverhead

Incumbent Bill Kelly is running unopposed for a new five-year term. Voting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at fire headquarters at 540 Roanoke Ave. in Riverhead.

Flanders

Incumbent Brian Williams is running unopposed for a five-year seat. Voting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse at 19 Firehouse Lane in Flanders (off Flanders Road).

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File photo: Wading River Fire Department. (Credit: Grant Parpan)