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PW Police Commissioner James B. Duncan Wins Re-Election

Low voter turn out is disappointing

James B. Duncan won re-election to the post of Port Washington Police Commissioner on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Duncan, a retired Nassau County police officer and decorated war veteran has held the post of Police Commissioner for the past 15 years. The Commissioner ran a highly visible campaign using newspaper advertising and signage all over town. After the results were announced, Duncan said that he was honored to be elected and he pledged his full support to the community.

Paul Faulk, the 18-year-old community college student waging his first political campaign, was proud of his showing and said that he would remain in public life. Faulk’s campaign was low-key and illness caused him to miss the public debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

The surprise of the evening was the large write-in vote for local resident Thomas Rice. It was reported that Rice engaged in a last minute telephone campaign. Many local residents at the Polish Hall awaiting the results of the vote wondered why Rice did not join the race earlier, asking questions such as, “Why did he not put himself out there for public questioning the way the other candidates did?”

Although there are approximately 12,000 voters eligible to participate in the election of police commissioners, only 914 votes were cast. Duncan received 514 votes. Faulk and Rice each received 200 votes. The turnout was less than 10 percent. One of the commissioners noted that local elections are where people get to make their voices heard and it is unfortunate that more people do not take advantage of the opportunity.