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Chief Elected Commissioner in Montauk

Richard Schoen will join the Montauk Board of Fire Commissioners in January, right after he ends his term as chief.

Richard Schoen, now the fire department's chief, will join the fire district in January. Credit: Alan Burke
Richard Schoen, now the fire department's chief, will join the fire district in January. Credit: Alan Burke
The Montauk Fire Department's current chief will trade in his white hat for a seat on the board of fire commissioners come 2014. 

Richard Schoen, who will step down as chief at the end of the month, was elected commissioner for a five-year term in the annual district election on Tuesday. 

He received 102 votes, while opponent Dave Ryan received 43, according Terri Czeczotka, the district secretary. There were two spoiled ballots. 

Dick White did not run for re-election.

Schoen, who did not seek re-election in the department as chief after three years at the helm, has been a commissioner before — he served two and a half years, filling an unexpired term. 

Ryan, also a longtime member of the fire department, ran once before for commissioner. 

Schoen will join current chairman Joseph Dryer, vice chairman Carmine Marino, Edward Sullivan, and Mike Mirras, who was appointed to the board to fill an unexpired term, on the board. 

In the Springs Fire District, current commissioner Ken Brabant Sr. was re-elected with 19 votes, according to district secretary Danna Miller. He ran unopposed. 

The Amagansett Fire District did not report the results of their election on Tuesday night. Commissioner Dan Shields, who is also the chairman, was running unopposed. 

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