East Hampton Fire Commissioner Races Set For December 10

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The polls will be open this Tuesday, December 10, for the annual fire commissioner elections in East Hampton Town. Terms begin January 1.

Montauk features the only contest this year, with Richard Schoen, a former commissioner and the current fire chief, and Dave Ryan, a 16-year member of the fire department, vying for one open seat. The vacancy was created by Dick White stepping down. The term is five years.

Chief Schoen, who declined to provide his age, said he would like to continue the district’s paid medical program, push for better preparation for a cataclysmic storm and maintain the ambulance company’s Advanced Life Support status in the face of more stringent state training requirements. “I think I can do the job,” he said. “I’ve been wearing a white hat for the last several years, and in that capacity, I’ve offered advice and ideas. With Dick stepping down, I’d like to continue that way.”

Mr. Ryan, 52, who is also an ambulance driver and a real estate agent, said he would like to continue the paid paramedic program. “If elected, I’d be making sure men and women of the Montauk Fire Department have the equipment to carry on the tradition of protecting our community,” he said.

Voting in Montauk will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse at 12 Flamingo Avenue.

In Springs, incumbent Kenneth Brabant Sr., who has served 20 years on the board of commissioners, is running unopposed for another five-year term. Mr. Brabant, 59, a home improvement contractor, said he is running because he feels he can serve his community, although he said he was not yet sure of future goals for the board. He is an ex-fire chief and active firefighter in Springs, as well as a member of American Legion Post 419.

Voting in Springs will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse at 179 Fort Pond Boulevard.

In Amagansett, chairman Daniel Shields II, a 15-year veteran commissioner, is running unchallenged for another five-year term. Mr. Shields, 53, an ex-fire chief, works in excavating. “I would like to maintain a good tax base for taxpayers,” he said. The board will decide its next chairman at its first meeting in January.

Polls in Amagansett will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse at 439 Main Street.

In East Hampton Village, the Village Board serves as the board of fire commissioners, with each board member assuming that duty when sworn into office after Village Board elections. There are no separate elections for fire commissioner seats in the village.

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