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Update: Biggs Elected Patchogue FD Commissioner, Fire Truck Bond Passes

J. Carter Biggs will succeed H. Daniel Gilette as commissioner, three new fire trucks will be purchased.

J. Carter Biggs will be a commissioner and the department will be purchasing three new fire trucks as a result of Tuesday night's .

"I'm pretty relieved right now," Biggs said. "I have a lot of ideas about what I’d like to do and what I’d like to accomplish in the next five years. Hopefully with the cooperation of the other four commissioners we’ll be able to take care of business."

Biggs won his election to the five-seat board, 213-109, against challenger Michael Partridge for the commissioner seat being vacated by H. Daniel Gillette.

A proposition for $1.5 million in funding to purchase three new fire trucks also passed. They will come at a cost of $491,000-$497,000 each to replace two trucks that are 18 years old and one truck that has been in service since 1983. The proposition passed 188-130, with one vote considered ambiguous.

Biggs also talked about his desire to add more property to the district, specifically at the .

"I think that’s that only fire house on Long Island that doesn’t have a parking lot – everybody parks on the street and it’s not fair to the neighbors," Biggs said.

Overall Biggs was excited about his new tenure as commissioner.

"I’m pretty good at forging relationships between various factions within the department so I should be able to handle that very well," he said.

JOSEPH ARABIA December 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM
COMMISH. DONT FORGET ABOUT OUR AGING MAIN FIRE HEADQUARTERS BUILT IN 1970, ANF COSTING TAXPAYERS ALOT TO MAINTAIN.
Carter Biggs December 14, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Yes, Chief. That was part of our conversation but it didn't make the print!
Joe December 15, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Mr. Arabia, If we're spending lots to maintain the old firehouse, why did you spend a million dollars for a addition for a radio room?
jared December 18, 2011 at 02:36 AM
they should give the exterior a facelift if their going to keep using the building.
greatsouthbay December 18, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Congrats to Carter!!

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