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Contested Election for PW Police Commissioner

Paul Faulk Challenges Commissioner James Duncan

Until recently, it was anticipated by many Port Washington residents that Commissioner James P. Duncan would be running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District. However, Paul N. Faulk, an 18-year-old student at Nassau Community College, has filed the necessary paperwork to be included on the ballot for the election that will occur on December 13.

Commissioner Duncan was first elected to the Board in 1997 and has served continuously since then. He is the chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Faulk is making his first run for public office. He said that he is fifth generation Port Washington and is running as a way to give back to the community. He is hoping that his run will “get young people involved.”

Because of his youth, Faulk’s challenge drew a reporter and photographer from Newsday to the November 10 Board of Commissioners meeting. The Newsday photographer was denied permission to take pictures during the meeting on the grounds that it would be disruptive of the proceedings. The Newsday reporter protested what he referred to as the “closure of the meeting.” The commissioners did not agree that disallowing the photographs amounted to closing the meeting to the public.

As part of the election process, the order of the candidates’ names on the ballot is determined by lot. Sal Zimbardi, who served as Police Chief from 1999 until 2010 was on hand to draw the names out of a hat held by current Chief of Police William J. Kilfoil. Faulk’s name was drawn first so his name will appear in the A position on the ballot with Commissioner Duncan’s name appearing in the B position. The Newsday photographer was allowed to take pictures as the names were drawn.

During the meeting, Chief Kilfoil reported on the September 29 Drug Take Back Day. In Port Washington, 236 pounds of drugs were turned in. Throughout the island 2,865 pounds were recovered. “We have made Port Washington a safer place,” said Chief Kilfoil. The purpose of Drug Take Back Day is to allow residents to dispose of no longer needed prescription drugs in a safe manner. Removing unused drugs from the home ensures that they will not be inappropriately used.