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Voters Head To Polls in Fire District Elections Tuesday

Commissioner race and referendums on the ballot in Bridgehampton Fire District.

Steve Halsey, left, is running on the ballot, while Bruce Dombkowski, right, has mounted a write-in campaign in the Bridgehampton Fire District.
Steve Halsey, left, is running on the ballot, while Bruce Dombkowski, right, has mounted a write-in campaign in the Bridgehampton Fire District.
Voters will head to the polls in the annual fire district elections throughout Long Island on Tuesday.

While most candidates are running unopposed, there is a race in the Bridgehampton Fire District — which includes Wainscott to portions of Water Mill — and there are three referendums on the ballot. Current chairman Steve Halsey is running for re-election after six years on the board, while Bruce Dombkowski, a former commissioner, has mounted a write-in campaign after his nominating petition was rejected.

The term is for five years.

According to the district’s newly hired attorney Brad Pinsky, one proposition would shift the treasurer position from a three-year elected term to a one-year appointed term. Under the current system, the treasurer is an elected term of office, which would require something akin to an impeachment proceeding to remove the person from office, according to Pinsky.

The ballot referendum on the treasurer’s position comes on the heels of the district’s decision to run an advertisement in The Southampton Press that was critical of longtime secretary Charles Butler, who has been working for the fire district since 1977. Butler was the appointed secretary and elected treasurer. His current term as treasurer ends at the end of 2014. If approved, the shift will not take effect until 2015.

The second referendum to appear on the ballot approves the sale of a 60-by-100-foot vacant plot of land to a private buyer in the amount of $940,000. According to Pinsky, the district-owned land, located at 113 Main Street in Wainscott, is no longer needed. Voters will need to decide on whether the district can go through with that sale.

Finally, another proposition is to establish a capital reserve fund.

Voting takes place at the Bridgehampton firehouse on School Street between 6 and 9 p.m.

With reporting by Matthew McGevna 

Southampton

Commissioner Thomas B. White is running unopposed. Voting takes place at Tuckahoe School on Magee Street from 5 to 9 p.m.

North Sea

Current commissioner Michael W. Behringer is running unopposed for another five-year seat. Voting takes place at the firehouse on Noyac Road in Southampton from 6 to 9 p.m. 

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