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No one showed up to the polls in a Brookhaven Town ambulance district vote

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Votes like these usually have low turnout, but not this low.

Officials in the Town of Brookhaven said no one showed up to vote on Tuesday for a Tri-Harbor Ambulance District referendum on changes to retirement plans for volunteers. They said votes like these usually have low turnout, but in this case it was not advertised well.

The vote was meant to decide whether to lower the volunteer retirement age from 65 to 60, as well as increasing monthly retirement stipends.

The town’s seven other ambulance districts approved the changes. The Tri-Harbor District serves over 20,000 residents in Port Jefferson, Mount Sinai and Belle Terre.

Officials are now deciding what to do. Since 0-0 is technically a tie, a re-vote will likely be held.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.