Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
The Levittown Fire District will be holding elections for Fire Commissioner on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The polls will be located at the Gardiners Avenue Firehouse, just north of the Levittown Post Office, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Registered voters of the Levittown Fire District are eligible to vote for fire commissioner, it’s not just for firefighters. This is a non-salary position. There are five commissioners, and each year one completes a five-year term. There are three candidates running for election this year.
He submitted the following statement:
“My name is Andrew Booth and I am seeking your support.
“Before you head to the voting poll at 120 Gardiners Avenue also known as the Gardiners Avenue fire house, before you cast your vote, I would like you to know a few things about myself.
“My wife, my son and I moved to Levittown in 1976. We first rented a home and we got to love Levittown so much we bought our first, and only home on Circle Lane where we still reside. I started to work for the sheriff’s department as a cook in 1978. I was hoping to work there until my retirement but due to an incident I had to retire.
“In 1978 I joined the Levittown Fire Department were I am still a member of Engine Company 3 for over 33 years and counting. As a member of an engine company I have earned numerous awards.
“While serving two years as captain, the first order from the chief’s office was to see if the hydrants in the Levittown’s Fire District could supply water using 1,500 gallon pumpers. After many hours the men and women from Engine Company checked almost all the hydrants and the answer was ‘yes.’
“The second order from the chief’s office was to get trained in the large diameter hose, don’t forget Levittown Fire Department never used large diameter hose before. The commissioners of the Levittown Fire District then purchased the two items, the 1,500-gallon pumper and the large diameter hose.
“I am also a member of the Fire Prevention Committee. Once I was out of office as the captain of Engine Company 3, the chief’s office asked if I would serve with the Department Training Committee. The members of Engine Company 3 along with the chief’s office went as far as Miller Place to train other departments in the use of large diameter hose.
“After two years of working with the training committee I was asked by the chiefs if I would consider becoming the department’s commander of the training committee, I was honored and accepted and stayed for another four years.
“A recommendation was made that we teach our members C.P.R. and save the tax payers the cost. It works so well that it is now part of the training manual. We trained the staff in our school district.
“I have also volunteered to serve on a committee known as budget review for the past seven years. What is a budget review committee? It’s a committee, made of residents who live in the Levittown school district. The committee meets with all the heads of all the departments and looks for ways to save tax money. With the experience I have learned as a budget review member, keeping a budget under control has been one of my proudest moments.
“I am also a member of C.S.E.A. Union, Long Island Region Veteran’s and Human Rights Committee.
“I am a member of the Levittown Kiwanis were I am chairperson of the Terrific Kid Award.
“Before I close this letter I have one request. We live in the greatest country ever know to man. That’s thanks to our veterans. Please say a prayer for our veterans. Without them who knows what this country would look like. For God and country, your neighbor and friend, Andrew Booth.”
He submitted the following statement:
“My name is Matt Weinick. I am a Levittown homeowner, taxpayer, and volunteer firefighter. On Tuesday, Dec. 13 I am running for commissioner of the Levittown Fire District. This year voters face an important choice at the polls. I ask for the community’s support because in these tough economic times, I am the candidate who will bring fresh innovative thought to the commissioner’s office so we can provide fire protection services in a cost-effective manner.
“The fire department provides essential services to the community, but it must be done in a cost-effective manner that does not break the backs of taxpayers. With the rising cost of living and stagnant wages, the fire service should not add any additional burden on our residents’ wallets. I have the background and experience to ensure that our volunteer firefighters have reliable equipment, top-notch training, and current technology in a cost-effective manner.
“I have been a dedicated volunteer for nearly 18 years. I am currently an active firefighter with Levittown Ladder Company One. I am also an advanced level Emergency Medical Technician capable of delivering life saving medications and advanced cardiac monitoring to our residents.
“Before joining the Levittown Fire Department, I served as chief of a volunteer ambulance company. The ambulance company responded to as many emergency calls per year as the fire department. We received no tax dollars and we successfully operated on a budget that was a fraction of the fire district’s budget. I know I can employ the same ingenuity with the fire district to maintain our fire department’s high level of service on a tighter budget.
“Additionally, I have received seven years of higher education, including three years at Hofstra Law School where I graduated with honors. Before entering private practice, I served in government as a Nassau County Deputy Attorney, representing employees such as police and corrections officers. As a practicing attorney, I use critical thinking everyday to develop creative solutions for my clients’ problems. I will use the same problem solving techniques as your commissioner.