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Letter To Editor - In Support Of Tom Donohue For St. James Fire Commissioner


Dear Editor,  
There is an important election for St. James Fire Commissioner next Tuesday, December 11th.  There are many good reasons St. James residents should consider voting for Tom Donohue.
Besides his 30 years of service in many leadership positions in the St. James Fire Department, perhaps the most important reason to vote for Tom Donohue is that he is his own person. He is independent and not afraid to speak up to correct things that are wrong. He is an intelligent business professional who speaks honestly and and has productive ideas on how to solve the current problems in the Fire District.  Tom wants to heal the current divisions in the Fire Department and move forward in a positive direction.
In addition to being a 9/11 first responder himself, Tom Donohue organized our St. James 9/11 Memorial and remains its Chairman to this day. Tom Donohue chaired the Fire District’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee and brought together community leaders to successfully oppose the sale of our Main Firehouse on Route 25 A.  I was honored to sit with Tom and other St. James on this impactful committee. As a result, all our residents are safer now that the Main Firehouse will remain open for years to come. 
In addition, Tom Donohue spoke out against the whopping 19.8% Fire District property tax increase imposed by the current Commissioners last year.   Thankfully, Tom  is running to replace one of the Commissioners who voted for that unwarranted tax increase.
Finally, in addition to his fire service, Tom Donohue is a tireless volunteer for various community groups. He is an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 7 in St. James, a youth soccer coach and a member of Celebrate St. James. He recently wielded a mean drill setting up the stage props for their successful performance of “99 Minutes to Broadway” at Nesaquake Middle School! 
Tom Donohue deserves your vote for Fire Commissioner next Tuesday. Please take the time to vote between 3pm and 9pm at the Jefferson Avenue Fire Substation. Thank you.
Troy Rosasco
St. James


Reader Comments (5)

Tom Donohue has my vote! He is a great family man, who will do whats Best for his town. Please come vote for Donohue
Wed, December 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRich
I've known Thomas my whole life and even though I can state that his family is filled with people who I respect, he is not among them. Being in the SJFD my whole life I have been around and have witnessed his shenanigans everything from breaking the pavilion at the main house to dressing like a Rabbi as a joke to do the hora at the installation dinner. Thomas has always been a joke and this yet another ploy for the "men" of engine one to keep their play house. The fact that we need a firehouse on one side of town to respond to calls on that side of town quicker is ridiculous and beyond comical. It's a company that does not respond to calls in a timely manner and ultimately does not roll out with a full crew often. He is a family man in the fact that he has a family but not in his attitude.
Mon, December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSmithtown Resident
I've known Smithtown Resident my whole life and even though I can state that his family is filled with people who I respect, he is not among them.
He is a family man in the fact that he has a family, but not in his attitude.
Mon, December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSaint James Resident
Good to see that St. James Resident is as good at copying as Thomas is at lying.
Tue, December 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSmithtown Resident
LOL - You missed the point completely!
My message was not my purpose.
I mimicked your 'name' to show how gutless you were to make
disparaging comments about someone without using your real name.
Tue, December 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJim Andersen

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