Upcoming fire commissioner elections

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Local fire districts throughout Islip Town will hold their annual elections on Tuesday, Dec. 14 this year. The candidate in each fire district with the highest votes will be elected fire commissioner. They will remain in that position for a five-year term, commencing Jan. 1, 2022 and ending Dec. 31, 2026. Please take note that only those persons who have registered with the Suffolk County Board of Elections on or before the 22nd day before the fire district’s election shall be eligible to vote.

CENTRAL ISLIP

The annual election of the Central Islip Fire District will take place between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Central Islip Fire Headquarters at 97 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip. Incumbent Jim Sodergran is running against Bob Sutton. There are no propositions.

BAY SHORE

The annual election of the Bay Shore Fire District will take place between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Incumbent William F. Murray is running unopposed. There are no propositions.

EAST ISLIP

The annual election of the East Islip Fire District will take place between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Incumbent Tom Drywa is running unopposed. There are no propositions.

ISLIP

The annual election of the Islip Fire District will take place from 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Incumbent Michael Leo is running unopposed. There are no referendums or propositions.

WEST ISLIP

The annual election of the West Islip Fire District will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Incumbent Victor Paduano is running against Richard Marrone. There is one resolution to vote on in the West Islip Fire District. On Oct. 25, 2021 the Board of Fire Commissioners of the West Islip Fire District approved an amendment to the length of service award program which is administered by the fire district and established for active volunteer firefighters. The resolution extended the maximum years of service credit for which a participating active volunteer firefighter may earn a service award from 40 to 50 years, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

According to the resolution, the calendar year 2021 contribution for the program is approximately $470,000 which includes an average contribution for each participating volunteer firefighter that earns service credit of approximately $2,000. The annual contribution for the amended program will not increase as a result of the amendment and is therefore estimated to remain at $470,000. The average contribution per participating volunteer firefighter that earns service credit will also remain at approximately $2,000. The district pays additional annual administrative costs of approximately $9,000 which will not change as a result of this amendment. Residents who reside in the West Islip Fire District can vote on if the resolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners should be approved.

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