Morris running unopposed in Manhasset-Lakeville Water District election

Harrison Marder

Incumbent Manhasset-Lakeville Water District Commissioner Brian Morris will be running for re-election unopposed when voters can cast their ballots on Dec. 8.

Morris, a commissioner for the past six years and a former chief of the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, said he is focused on the needs and safety of the residents of the district.

“We continue to provide water infrastructure improvement projects and to oversee the updating of the finest fire and rescue apparatus for the safety and protection of our residents and community,” Morris said in an email. “I look forward to serving the community.”

The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire and Water District covers Manhasset and portions of Great Neck and north New Hyde Park.

Polling places for the election will be at four Manhasset-Lakeville firehouses: Company 1, 35 Bayview Ave., Manhasset, Company 3, 25 Prospect St.,Great Neck, Company 4, 97 Jayson Ave, Great Neck and Company 5, 21 78th Ave., New Hyde Park.

Voting will take place between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Morris, who worked for decades as a Great Neck firefighter, is seeking his third term as commissioner.

The water district has three commissioners: Morris, Donald O’Brien and Mark Sauvigne.

Each commissioner serves a three-year term. One commissioner’s position is up for re-election every year.

The water and fire districts’ combined 2016 budget is more than $17.7 million.

Construction of a Manhasset-Lakeville Water District-owned water tower in the Village of Munsey Park began in July 1.

The new tower will replace a 165-foot-tall tower was constructed in 1929 and is one of the district’s two elevated water tanks that distributes water across Manhasset-Lakeville’s 10.2 square miles across Manhasset and parts of Great Neck and New Hyde Park.

The riveted tower was last rehabilitated in 1998, and water district officials have since made regular repairs to curtail its corrosion and deterioration.

Village of Munsey Park officials had criticized district commissioners for what they termed was a lack of notice about the new tower.

The village at one point in 2014 obtained a temporary restraining order against the water district, saying Manhasset-Lakeville officials had not adequately sought alternatives for the project.

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