Fire District Elections Are Tuesday

The only contested race is in Bridgehampton where two are going for one seat.

Throughout Long Island on Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to elect fire district commissioners whose job it is to oversee tax dollars that are spent on fire services, emergency medical care and other district duties.

In eastern Southampton Town, there are elections in the Southampton, North Sea and Bridgehampton fire districts, but the only contested race is in Bridgehampton.

Two longtime Bridgehampton Fire Department volunteers, Tom Dombkowski, who was appointed as a commissioner in September, and Philip Cammann, the department's only paramedic, are vying for one seat on the board.

The district includes Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Wainscott and parts of Water Mill.

Dombkowski, a Sagaponack resident, and Cammann, a Bridgehampton resident, are looking to fulfill the last two years of John Muse's unexpired term.

Meanwhile, Dean Foster, a Sagaponack resident and a former firefighter, is running for his first full five-year term on the Bridgehampton Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners. Since September, he has filled a vacancy left by Jeffrey Louchheim, who stepped down before his term was over at the end of this year. Foster, the son of a former longtime commissioner Cliff Foster, is running uncontested for that seat.

Voting will take place at the Bridgehampton Fire Department on Tuesday between 6 and 9 p.m. All registered voters living in the fire district are eligible to cast a ballot.

In North Sea, John Washabaugh, a former chief of the North Sea Fire Department, is running for his second five-year term as a fire commissioner.

North Sea Fire District residents may vote between 6 and 9 p.m. at the North Sea main firehouse at 149 Noyac Road.

In the Southampton Fire District, former Southampton Fire Department Chief Brian Cooke is running unopposed for his first full term. He was elected in 2010 to complete the unexpired term of former Commissioner Fred Andrews who moved out of the district.

Cooke is the vice president of operations for Hampton Jitney.

Voters in the Southampton Fire District, which roughly consists of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Tuckahoe, Shinnecock Hills and parts of Water Mill may cast their ballots between 5 and 9 p.m. at the Tuckahoe School library.


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