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Fire District Elections: Board Chair To Run Unopposed

Greenville Fire District Board Chair Robert Bruckenthal will see no contest in this year's board elections.
Greenville Fire District Board Chair Robert Bruckenthal will see no contest in this year's board elections. Photo Credit: Greenville Fire District

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Current board chair Robert Bruckenthal will be unopposed in this year's Greenville Fire District board of commissioners elections .

One of five commissioners is elected every five years in each of Greenburgh's three fire districts, Hartsdale, Fairview and Greenville, putting one member in each district up for re-election each year. District elections turnout is generally low, less than 5 percent.

All fire district elections for commissioners will take place between 2 and 9 p.m. Tuesday. For Greenville elections, residents can vote at Greenville Fire District Headquarters, 711 Central Park Ave.

Bruckenthal joined the Edgemont Community Council and other fire district officials in speaking out against consolidating Greenburgh's three fire districts in 2009, saying the need to create a town-appointed "watchdog" to interpose between Edgemont residents and their elected board members "insults the Edgemont community," according to the Greenville Fire District Board response statement.

One main role of the commissioners is establishing the yearly budget and implementing the tax rate. Among the three fire districts — Greenville, Hartsdale and Fairview — Greenville proposed the lowest budget for 2013 at $8 million, as well as a tax rate increase of 3.3 percent.

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