No Surprises In Uncontested Fire District Elections


Four incumbent fire commissioners, and one newcomer, were voted into office during Tuesday’s annual fire district elections in western Southampton Town. All of the races were uncontested.

Longtime Flanders firefighter Frank Belson, who originally had an opponent but that person dropped out shortly before Tuesday’s election, secured a seat on the five-member board after receiving 11 votes. Current fire commissioner Joseph Cavaluvzi, who is finishing his first five-year term, decided at the last minute to not seek reelection.

In Hampton Bays, incumbent Fire Commissioner Kevin Connoly, who also ran unopposed, retained his seat after receiving 55 votes. He won his second five-year term on the five-member board.

Over in Westhampton Beach, incumbent Fire Commissioner Daryl Schunk also had a free run for reelection. He secured his second five-year term on the five-member board with 52 votes. In that race, ballots were cast at the fire district’s temporary offices on Mill Road in Westhampton as work continues on the new firehouse in Westhampton Beach.

Randy Crennan, the longtime chairman of the Eastport Fire District, also ran unopposed. He received 29 votes en route to securing his seventh five-year on the five-member board.

And in East Quogue, incumbent Fire Commissioner James Schaefer, a 15-year veteran of the five-member board, secured his fourth term on Tuesday. He finished with 21 votes.

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