Port Jefferson Fire Department has two new fire commissioners, as vacancies gave voters the opportunity to choose between four candidates for the open seats.
Kevin Bates captured a 4-year position, one he held since being appointed as fire commissioner to replace Joe Erland who passed away this fall. He beat his opponent James Makarius Sr. by a vote of 218-156.
In an email to Patch, Bates outlined his position saying that he wanted to help the Port Jefferson Fire Department be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers and to ensure that the fire department has the best equipment and training that taxpayers can buy.
Herbert Reckenbeil beat his opponent Tom Coyle to win a 5-year seat as fire commissioner. He won over Tom Coyle by a vote of 186-177. The position was vacated by Arthur Olsen who retired after his years of service.
In an interview with Patch, Reckenbeil said that he is well qualified for the position because he is familiar with the needs of the village and the fire department. He also pointed to his years of service as a New York City fireman, volunteer in the Port Jefferson Fire Department and member of village government on the public safety advisory board.
For our summary of all the candidates please click here.Five-Year Term Votes Herbert Reckenbeil 186 Tom Coyle 177 Four-Year Term Kevin Bates 218 James Makarius 156
* Data from the Port Jefferson Fire Department.