Two Candidates Seek Commack Fire Commissioner Seat

Voting is set for Dec. 11 at the Commack Fire Department's main station on Jericho Turnpike.


A 20-year veteran firefighter will run for the Commack Fire Department's title of fire commissioner against the incumbant, Thomas McFadzen, on Dec. 11. 

Mary Francis Ryan, a Commack resident for 19 years, will be running for a seat as Fire Commissioner. Ryan grew up as part of the Centerport Fire Department family, following in her father's footsteps by joining as a junior firefighter at age 14. Throughout her firefighting career, Ryan has held the titles of lieutenant, captain and in 1995 was elected to the Board of Directors. She later served as president of the corporation from 1999-2000. 

"I am now ready to service this community, which I call home as a Commissioner of the Commack Fire District. Being a Commack Commissioner is being part of a team that works together to maintain the safety of the fireman and provide them with the equipment that they need to help you the Commack Community in a time of emergency," Ryan wrote in a letter. 

Ryan will be running against incumbent commissioner Thomas McFadzen, who is running for his second full five-year term. McFadzen was first elected to office after the standing commissioner moved out of the Commack Fire District. He ran a successful campaign to be elected to his first full-term. 

McFadzen has lead the Commack Fire Department in responding to hundreds of community calls and alarms through two major storms: Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He believes under his guidance the firefighters were well prepared and did everything possible, including sheltering out-of-state utility workers to help get power restored quickly. 

"My reason for running is continue the training and have the best equipped district in education, and maintain a balanced budget," McFadzen said. 

A public election will be held on Dec. 11, from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Commack Fire District's main headquarters at 6309 Jericho Turnpike in Commack. 

Frank December 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Why dont you tell everyone why the FD members are not supporting McFazn if what you say is true? Spell out the grievances 1 by 1 like is he not buying new trucks? not allowing free party's in the req room? Not buying new big screens? Doesn't want to build a new fire house? or is he letting stuff fall into disrepair? put it in perspective for us so we know how to vote.
Howie G. December 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
cfd member, You say "after 5 disapointing years, it's time for a change" WHY. I would appreciate it if you would clarify that comment. From what I have heard from "cfd members" that I have spoken to is that Tommy has done a great job, putting the best interests of the tax payers first. Best of luck Tom!!
I care about Commack December 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Congratulations Tom! Commack got it right! Tommy won by over 200 votes! The best person won and best of all Tom ran a clean campaign. No accusations and no stealing of signs! Tom, you are a selfless and caring father and I'm so happy you won!!
pbug56 December 12, 2012 at 04:25 AM
We voted for the first time at CFD today, and the election seemed to be honestly run, with Suffolk BOE equipment and materials being used. My first time inside the HQ; what little we saw was very nice looking. Nothing wrong with that, of course, unless that's taking up too much of the budget; hopefully this is not the case.
Rat Squad March 18, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Well it's a good thing that Tom was reelected, now he can keep a close eye on his wife!! That leash can't be short enough!!!


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