Elections are being held today for the boards of fire commissioners in two of New Castle's fire districts, which affect the Chappaqua and Millwood fire departments. The boards are responsible for overseeing their corresponding fire department and the fiscal integrity of their districts. Mount Kisco's fire commissioners, meanwhile, are appointed by the Village Board of Trustees and do not stand for election.
Below is an election guide:
In Chappaqua, the New Castle Fire District No. 1 (Chappaqua Fire Department) has a contested election. Incumbent Barry Zezze is running against challenger Brian Jabloner.
The two have waged relatively low-key campaigns, although both have sought to get their messages out by distributing flyers. In his, Zezze, a fire commissioner since 1996, touts his experience.
"I bring to the Board of Fire Commissioners more than 38 years of expertise and experience in Emergency services," his flyer reads. "During emergencies that strike our community, most recently Hurricane Sandy, I was there for you. Now I need your support. Please vote!"
Jabloner notes his experience, which includes being a Chappaqua Fire Department captain for five years, a 22-year New York City police veteran and a 12-year Chappaqua resident. In his flyer, Jabloner's goals include making sure the fire department complies with regulations for safety, making sure it is cost effective and remains an all-volunteer organization and making sure it remains effective and professional.
Polls are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chappaqua firehouse at the intersection of Routes 117 and 120.
The Millwood Fire District (Millwood Fire Department) has one seat up for election and it is uncontested. Incumbent Hala Makowska, who also chairs the board of fire commissioners, is running for another term.
Polls are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Millwood Station #2, which is located at 366 Croton Dam Road (Route 134).