Bridgehampton, Southampton And North Sea Fire Districts Hold Commissioner Elections

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Fire district commissioner elections will be held in the Bridgehampton, Southampton and North Sea fire districts next Tuesday, December 10.

In Southampton, Commissioner Tom White is up for reelection and is unopposed for his seat. The Southampton Fire District encompasses all of Southampton Village and most of Water Mill, Tuckahoe and Shinnecock Hills. Voting will take place at the Tuckahoe School library from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In North Sea, Commissioner Michael Behringer is seeking reelection and is also unopposed. Voting in North Sea will take place at the North Sea Fire Department headquarters on Noyac Road from 6 to 9 p.m.

In Bridgehampton, Commissioner Steve Halsey is also running unopposed, though a would-be challenger whose petition to be placed on the ballot was ruled invalid is expected to mount a write-in campaign.

Voting will take place at the Bridgehampton Fire Department headquarters on School Street in Bridgehampton from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Halsey is seeking election to his second five-year term on the board. He’s been on the board for six years, the last five as the board’s chairman.

Former commissioner Bruce Dombkowski submitted a petition to be a candidate for commissioner as well, but it was declared invalid by the district’s newly hired attorney, Brad Pinsky, because Mr. Dombkowski’s name was not on the candidate application, and the sheets of signatures by district residents were not signed by the person who collected them.

Last week Mr. Dombkowski said he would be encouraging residents of the district to write his name on their ballots rather than vote for Mr. Halsey, an approach that has been used to unseat commissioners in the district in the past.

Mr. Dombkowski was critical of Mr. Halsey and the other commissioners for their decision to strip longtime district secretary and treasurer Charles Butler of most of his powers and salary and turn over most of his duties to Mr. Pinsky.

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