The Sachem community is primarily served by four fire departments: Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville and Ronkonkoma. Today, all departments are slated to hold their elections for fire district commissioner positions. The elections will be held at the respective fire houses from 3pm-9pm today. Here's a quick look at some of the candidates running for elected office. The Holbrook and Holstville departments did not return calls for comment and their websites did not yield any information.
Running for a 5-year Commissioner position in the Farmingville Fire District is retired FDNY Captain Joaquin DaSilva. DaSilva retired from the department after 9/11 according to a spokesperson at the Farmingville FD. He is running for the slot uncontested.
Also running uncontested for a 1-year Commissioner slot is George Tierney, a former chief of the Lynbrook FD. Both DaSilva and Tierney are members of the Farmingville FD and they are both running for office for the first time.
The polls will be located at the main Farmingville Fire House, located at 750 Horseblock Road in Farmingville.
Three candidates are running for two Commissioner positions in the Ronkonkoma Fire District. The candidates are:
- Brian Cook
- Richard Baake
- Jerry Rudolph
Cook and Baake are both members of the Ronkonkoma Department, while Rudolph is an honorary member and a former dispatcher. According to an election flyer printed by Rudolph, he is a 40-year Ronkonkoma resident and a retired member of the NYPD. He was also a VFW Commander at Post 9486 in Ronkonkoma.
The polls will be at the Ronkonkoma Fire House, located at 177 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma.
The Fire House is located at 390 Terry Boulevard in Holbrook.
The Fire House is located at 1025 Waverly Avenue in Holtsville.