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Millwood Fire Commissioner Puszka Runs Unopposed For Re-Election

The new Millwood firehouse.
The new Millwood firehouse. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MILLWOOD, N.Y. -- The race for a Millwood Board of Fire Commissioners seat is uncontested, as incumbent Dan Puszka is the only candidate running for re-election, fellow Commissioner Alan Schapiro told Daily Voice.

The fire district is the entity that oversees the Millwood Fire Company.

Commissioners' seats carry 5-year terms; in this case, the seat's upcoming term is from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Voting is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This is year it will be held at the new Millwood Station No. 1, which is located off of Route 133 and to the east of downtown Millwood.

Less of a surprise, however, is what will happen with the commissioner's seat currently held by Hala Makowska, who has been elected to a council seat on the New Castle Town Board.

Schapiro added that Makowska will resign her seat as of Dec. 31; her council term begins the following day. Makowska cannot serve in both offices, Schapiro added.

A search is currently underway to find someone for the board to appoint to Makowska's seat.

"Several candidates have been identified to replace her on the Board and the District is in the process of interviewing and vetting these candidates," Schapiro wrote. "This will be an individual new to the Board who we hope will bring the needed skill set to complement the current members of the Board."

Schapiro added that someone will be appointed in January.

Makowska's seat will be up for an election next December, Schapiro added, which will be to fill the remainder of its unexpired term.

This year's regular election, along with the planned appointment, follow the move into a new firehouse, which took place in late October.

The Millwood Fire District includes the western neighborhoods of New Castle. Residents who are not sure which fire district they live in can check their property tax bills or search here on the county's GIS mapping program.

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