O’Brien Defeats Cammann in Bridgehampton Fire Commissioner Race



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John O’Brien


In the re-vote for Bridgehampton fire commissioner, former Chief John O’Brien easily defeated paramedic Phil Cammann for the five-year term in voting on Tuesday.

Mr. O’Brien received 138 votes to Mr. Cammann’s 106 votes.

Another six ballots were held aside as “pending,” according to District Clerk Barbara Roesel. Those votes were cast by people who were not listed on the Suffolk County voter rolls but showed identification with addresses in the district or valid voter identification cards, she said. Those votes will be sent to the county Board of Elections before being certified.

“Good luck to John and the rest of the commissioners,” said a disappointed Mr. Cammann, who was on hand at the Bridgehampton Firehouse to await the results along with three reporters. Mr. O’Brien was not at the firehouse.

Mr. Cammann, who has lost three times in his effort to be elected to the fire district’s governing body, said he would continue to offer his volunteer services to the fire department, where he serves on the ambulance company, and would be willing to assist the department in its efforts to hire a paid emergency services responder, if asked to do so.

Tuesday’s vote was a far cry from the results on December 9 when a confusing ballot with three different propositions left poll workers scratching their heads as they tried to determine the outcome.

In that race, Mr. O’Brien was first declared the winner by a single vote after poll workers met in the district office the next day to review questionable ballots. But within a half hour, they withdrew that result, saying they had discovered two ballots cast by people who owned property in the district but not longer lived there. After discussing the matter, both candidates agreed to hold the second election.

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Phil Cammann