Town Of Huntington’s Fire And Water Commissioner Races

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, December 4

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Taking a look at the 2014 races for fire and water commissioner seats around the Town of Huntington.

From left: Peter Paccione, Carlo Conte, Bedel Saget, Ciro DePalo and more inside!
From left: Peter Paccione, Carlo Conte, Bedel Saget, Ciro DePalo and more inside!

Melville Fire District

The Melville Fire Department’s commissioner race is an unopposed one, District Secretary James Milazzo said. Candidate Max Lituchy will run for the department’s one open seat that once belonged to Steven Silvestri who will not seek reelection.

Lituchy, should he be elected, will come into a five-year term. Voting will be held from 1-9 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Melville district headquarters at 531 Sweet Hollow Road.

There are no other propositions on the voting ballot, Milazzo said. Lituchy did not respond to an interview request prior to press time on Monday.

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; A2)

Chief Peter Paccione Looking To Fill
Commack’s Fire Commissioner Seat

Peter Paccione
Peter Paccione

There’s only one seat to be filled on Dec. 9 when voters take to the polls for the Commack Fire Department’s fire commissioner election. That seat, which sports a five-year term, is sought by one man: Peter Paccione, current Commack fire chief.

“I just want to keep involved with the fire department and help,” Paccione, a Commack resident, said. “I think [as commissioner] I can offer the experience and knowledge I’ve gained from being a chief.”

The election – which opens its doors to voters at the department’s main house between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 6309 Jericho Turnpike in Commack – will not see any propositions added to the ballot.

“I know the department, I know its needs,” Paccione said. “I think the community can depend on an honest and fair guy to make smart decisions with their taxpayer dollars.”

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; A5)

Incumbent Faces Challenge For
Huntington Manor Fire Commissioner’s Seat

In one of the three Town of Huntington fire commissioner races that’s contested this year, Huntington Manor Fire Department will see either incumbent Carlo Conte or newcomer Bedel Saget win a five-year term Dec. 9.

Carlo Conte
Carlo Conte

Conte, a firefighter for 23 years and commissioner for five, is a lifelong Huntington Station resident. He has been a department secretary, second lieutenant, lieutenant and captain during that time and has also worked in the South Huntington School District as both a mathematics teacher and chairperson, and varsity soccer coach.

“The role of a Fire Commissioner is to ensure our residents are provided the highest quality fire protection while aggressively safeguarding their financial interest as taxpayers,” Conte writes in a public letter he released prior to the election. “It is clear to see that I am extremely dedicated to the community and possess a unique set of qualifications for this position.”

Bedel Saget
Bedel Saget

Saget, a resident of Huntington for nine years, is also dedicated to servicing the community. He has been a part of the Huntington Manor Fire Department; Huntington Community First Aid Squad; the Huntington NAACP; the YAM Community Resource; and other civic groups, as Saget wrote in a similar letter he also released to the public. Saget also coaches youth basketball, has mentored within the South Huntington School District with Project Excel and has a corporate background as a senior consultant with Inside Management Ltd., a consulting group that provides customized training to fire districts in management, leadership and sensitivity.

“[Saget] has first-hand knowledge and insight into the challenges and issues confronting fire districts throughout the state, as well as innovative ways to address and solve these issues,” the letter reads. “A vote for [Saget] is a vote for an experienced, knowledgeable, caring professional with the vision, integrity and resources to make a positive impact on the Board of Fire Commissioners.”

Voting will take place from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at Huntington Manor Fire Department Headquarters, at 1650 New York Ave. in Huntington Station.

 Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; A14)

Incumbent Unopposed In Centerport

The race for the open fire commissioner seat at Centerport Fire Department is an unopposed one. Incumbent Kurt Martin, a former chief of the department, will not have a challenger on the ballot on Dec. 9.

A Centerport community man, the option to vote Martin in for another five-year term will be the only item on this year’s ballot. Voting will be from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at the fire department, located at 9 Park Circle, Centerport.

 Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; A14)

DePalo Unopposed In Water Commissioner Race

Ciro DePalo
Ciro DePalo

For the second time – after completion of his second three-year term as a commissioner for the South Huntington Water District – Ciro DePalo is running unopposed for reelection.

Elected to a second term in 2011, DePalo has served as a commissioner since three years prior to that – but has been a businessman in Huntington for nearly 45 years. In seeking reelection, DePalo hopes to keep up with the district’s most important goal: clean water.

“We have to constantly keep our eyes fixed on making sure water quality is absolutely perfect,” he said. “Basically what we’re trying to do is be No. 1 in water quality by constantly updating our instruction – everything from pipes in the ground to purification.”

The South Huntington Water District, on of Long Island’s largest, has prided itself on being able to charge the “lowest water rates” on the island – dating back to DePalo’s first reelection.

Should he win, DePalo would once again earn a three-year term. Voting will take place on Dec. 9 from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at the district’s main office, located at 75 5th Ave. South in Huntington Station – and the King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church’s ante-room, at 2601 New York Ave. in Melville.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, December 4, 2014; A15)


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