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One Contested Fire District Race

Thu, 12/07/2023 - 10:13

Voters in fire districts across the South Fork can head to the polls Tuesday to elect commissioners who will oversee budgets, provide equipment, maintain facilities and trucks, and support training for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

The only contested race locally is in Bridgehampton, where Robin Murphy and Zach Broadmeadow are running for a single open seat. Bruce Dombkowski, a current commissioner, is not seeking re-election.

Ms. Murphy grew up in Sag Harbor and said she has been a resident of the Bridgehampton Fire District for 45 years. She has spent about 28 years as an E.M.S. volunteer, has served on numerous department committees, and has owned the Hampton Motorsports dealership since 2011.

Robin Murphy

“I definitely do my due diligence and am fiscally responsible, and will be, to our taxpayers. I would be very happy to serve on the board,” Ms. Murphy said by phone on Tuesday. She described herself as a “type-A person” who operates “by the book.”

Mr. Broadmeadow could not be reached for an interview this week. Voting hours are 6 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse, on School Street. Registered voters in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, as well as some parts of Wainscott and Water Mill, are eligible to vote.

In Montauk, Rich Schoen, the current chairman of the board of fire commissioners, is running unopposed for re-election.

Timothy Taylor and David Allen, both sitting commissioners, are the candidates for two seats on the Springs Fire District board.

Martin Mahar is the lone candidate for one open seat on the board in Amagansett.

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