N.Y. TWN. LAW § 175 : NY Code - Section 175: Election of fire district officers

Search N.Y. TWN. LAW § 175 : NY Code - Section 175: Election of fire district officers

1. An annual election shall
  be  held in each fire district on the second Tuesday in December, except
  that in the Ocean Bay Park fire district, the Lonelyville fire district,
  the Davis Park fire district and the Fire Island  Pines  fire  district,
  Suffolk county, such annual election shall be held on the second Tuesday
  in  July,  except  that  in the town of Salisbury, Herkimer county, such
  annual election shall be held on the Tuesday next succeeding  the  first
  Monday in November from six o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock in
  the  evening  and  except  that  in  the Belfast fire district, Allegany
  county, such annual election shall be  held  on  the  first  Tuesday  in
  December.  The  board of fire commissioners shall give notice thereof by
  the publication of a notice once in one  or  more  newspapers  having  a
  general  circulation  in  the  district.  The  first publication of such
  notice shall be not less  than  twenty-seven  days  and  not  more  than
  thirty-four  days  prior to the date of such election. Such notice shall
  specify the time when and the place where such election  will  be  held,
  the  officers  to  be elected thereat and their terms of office, and the
  hours during which the polls will be open for the  receipt  of  ballots.
  The  secretary  of  such fire district shall prepare the ballots for all
  elections of fire district officers and the polls shall remain open  for
  the  receipt thereof at all elections of fire district officers from six
  o'clock in the evening until  nine  o'clock  in  the  evening  and  such
  additional  consecutive  hours  prior  thereto  as  the  board  of  fire
  commissioners of such district may have determined and specified in  the
  notice  thereof.  The  board  of  fire  commissioners  shall designate a
  resident fire district elector, who shall be a registered voter  of  the
  town,  to  act  as  chairman  of any election of said district and shall
  designate not less than two nor more than four  resident  fire  district
  electors,  who shall be registered voters of the town to act as election
  inspectors and ballot clerks at such elections. No elective  officer  of
  the  fire  district  shall  serve  as  such  chairman  or as an election
  inspector or ballot clerk. The board of fire commissioners may  adopt  a
  resolution  providing that such chairman, election inspectors and ballot
  clerks shall be paid for their respective services at  any  such  annual
  election  or  at  any  special  election  of  the  fire  district.  Such
  resolution, if adopted, shall fix the amount of  such  compensation,  as
  follows:  if  the  hours  during  which  the  polls will be open for the
  receipt of ballots are from  six  o'clock  in  the  evening  until  nine
  o'clock in the evening, a sum not to exceed thirty-five dollars for each
  such  official;  if additional consecutive hours prior to six o'clock in
  the evening are determined and specified in the notice  of  election,  a
  sum not to exceed fifty dollars for each such official.
    2.  Every  elector of the town who shall be a registered voter and who
  shall have resided in the district for the period of  thirty  days  next
  preceding  any  election of fire district officers shall be qualified to
  vote for such officers. Every  elector  of  the  town  who  shall  be  a
  registered voter and who shall have resided in the fire district for the
  period of thirty days next preceding any election at which a proposition
  shall be submitted, shall be qualified to vote upon such proposition.
    3.  Every  fire district commissioner, treasurer and secretary must at
  the time of his election or  appointment  and  throughout  his  term  of
  office  be  a  resident of such fire district. Membership in a volunteer
  fire company shall not disqualify any such fire  district  commissioner,
  treasurer  or secretary. A person who has been convicted of arson in any
  degree shall not be eligible for election or appointment to  the  office
  of fire district commissioner, treasurer or secretary. Any fire district
  commissioner,  treasurer  or  secretary who is convicted of arson in any

  degree during his term of office shall be disqualified  from  completing
  such term of office.
    4.  There shall be conspicuously placed, by the resident fire elector,
  distance markers at a distance of one  hundred  feet  from  the  polling
  place.  Such  distance markers shall be so placed at least one-half hour
  before the opening of the polls and shall remain until  such  polls  are
  closed.  The  one hundred foot distance shall be deemed to include a one
  hundred foot radial measured  from  the  entrances,  designated  by  the
  resident  fire elector, to a building where such election is being held.
  While the polls are open no person shall do  any  electioneering  within
  the  polling  place, or in any public street within the one hundred foot
  radial, or within such distance in any place  in  a  public  manner.  No
  electioneering  banner,  button,  poster  or  placard on behalf of or in
  opposition to any candidate or issue to be voted upon shall  be  allowed
  in  or  upon the polling place or within such one hundred feet therefrom
  during the election. Any person who willfully violates the provisions of
  this subdivision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
    5. All official ballots  shall  remain  in  the  custody  of  election
  inspectors  within the polling place from the opening of the polls until
  the announcement of the result of the canvass and  the  signing  of  the
  inspectors'  returns  thereof. After the polls shall have been closed at
  any election held for the election of fire district officers or to  vote
  upon  a  proposition,  the  election  inspectors and ballot clerks shall
  immediately canvass publicly the ballots cast and the  chairman  of  the
  election  shall  publicly  announce the result. Within seventy-two hours
  thereafter, the chairman, election inspectors and  ballot  clerks  shall
  execute  and  file  a  certificate of the result of the canvass with the
  board of fire commissioners and with the town  clerk  of  each  town  in
  which said district or any part thereof may be located.
    6.  If  in  any  fire  district the number of voters is so great as to
  render it inexpedient or impossible  to  conduct  the  election  at  one
  polling  place,  the  board  of  fire  commissioners may divide the fire
  district into election districts and provide a polling  place  for  each
  such  election  district, provided, however, that the number of election
  districts in any fire district shall not exceed one for each six hundred
  electors plus one for a remaining  fraction  of  six  hundred.  In  such
  event,  the  notice  specified  in subdivision one of this section shall
  describe the election districts and state where the polling places  will
  be located, and the board of fire commissioners shall designate not less
  than  two  nor more than four resident fire district electors, who shall
  be registered voters of the town, to  act  as  election  inspectors  and
  ballot  clerks  at  each  such polling place. The board of fire district
  commissioners may  adopt  a  resolution  providing  that  such  election
  inspectors and ballot clerks shall be paid for their respective services
  at  any  such  annual  election  or  at any special election of the fire
  district. Such resolution, if adopted, shall  fix  the  amount  of  such
  compensation  as  follows:  if  the hours during which the polls will be
  open for the receipt of ballots are from  six  o'clock  in  the  evening
  until  nine  o'clock  in  the  evening,  a sum not to exceed thirty-five
  dollars for each such official; if additional consecutive hours prior to
  six o'clock in the evening are determined and specified in the notice of
  election, a sum not to exceed fifty dollars for each such  official.  No
  elective  officer  of  the  fire  district  shall  serve  as an election
  inspector or ballot clerk.