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Fire districts around the state hold elections today. District voters will elect the commissioners who run the fire districts, establishing their budgets and setting district tax rates.

A fire district commissioner’s term of office is five years. Commissioners serve without pay. All registered voters as of Nov. 19 who reside within the fire district are eligible to vote in today’s elections.

Incumbent commissioners are running for re-election unopposed in the Riverhead and Wading River fire districts. Edward Carey Jr. is seeking re-election in Riverhead and Joseph Moreno is seeking re-election in Wading River.

In Jamesport incumbent Commissioner John Newman is facing a challenge by Nate Eddington.

Wading River fire district voters will also decide the fate of a proposition on the ballot approving the purchase of a pumper and quint vehicle at an estimated cost of $1.75 million. The purchase would be financed through a 10-year installment contract, with interest at an estimated rate of 3.75%. The Wading River Fire District commissioners on Oct. 15 approved a resolution authorizing the purchase, which is subject to a mandatory referendum.

In Jamesport, voters will decide whether to change the position of district treasurer from an elected position to an appointive position.

Polls are open at fire district headquarters from 3 to 9 p.m. today in the Riverhead and Jamesport fire districts. In Wading River, polls are open from 2 to 9 p.m. and in Flanders, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Correction: This article has been amended to correct an error about the Jamesport Fire District election. Incumbent John Newman has a challenger, Nate Eddington.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.