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Losquadro Seeks Nomination for Brookhaven Highway Superintendent

Just weeks after landslide win for second term in the state assembly, Dan Losquadro throws his hat in for a Republican nod to run for head of Brookhaven highways.

Just shy of a month after winning re-election for a second two-year term representing the state’s 2nd Assembly District, Dan Losquadro announced this week that he is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent — a position left vacant by John Rouse, who was elected as a county court judge last month.

Losquadro, a resident of Shoreham who left a seat on the Suffolk County Legislature to run for a seat in the assembly in 2010, was screened by the Brookhaven Republican Party’s executive committee Monday night. He will be running against candidates like Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore but said he believes that, given his background growing up in a family in the construction and mechanic trades and recent experience in government, he’s the best candidate for a job he sees as more important than ever after Hurricane Sandy.

“The highway department plays such a significant role in one of the most fundamental services in town government,” he said. “And Brookhaven is one of the largest suburban townships in the nation.”

In the assembly, Losquadro helped rollback MTA payroll tax and pass pension reform, has been vocal about mandating that helicopters fly east over the water instead of cutting across North and South Fork neighborhoods and was key in keeping the North Fork separate from the South Fork in assembly districts.

Patch asked Losquadro more about this surprising move so soon after a successful Election 2012.

Patch: When did you first consider running for highway superintendent?

Losquadro: Any time before, during or immediately after the campaign, I had no intention of running for highway superintendent — I was entirely focused on the assembly. But after the election and seeing the aftermath of the storm, a lot of people started to call me up, constituents, leaders of different parties, all indicating their support for me if I were to run for this position. I can’t say I was ever interested in running a highway department, but when I sat down and thought about it and my own experience throughout my life — my construction and automotive experience combined with my government experience, examining budgets and the like — it’s almost like I’ve been training for this my whole life and I didn’t realize it. But I think it fits very well.

Patch: The average person who’s not embroiled in the political game day-to-day might view this as a big step backward  … why would a state assemblyman want to give up that seat to run a highway department?

Losquadro: I don’t view it as a step back. The highway department plays such a significant role in one of the most fundamental services in town government — especially during and after a storm, to keep roadways passable, to work with power crews, to keep everyone safe. And Brookhaven is one of the largest suburban townships in the nation, with a half a million people, a $66 million budget and you’re responsible for 2,100 miles of roadway. The district is much larger that even a state assembly district, and Brookhaven provides great challenges, as it runs shore-to-shore. We’ll be involved in restoration efforts on both shores, and whoever wins the seat will have to hit the ground running without the luxury of a transition period.

Patch: You say part of the reason you chose to run is because of constituent support — but what about those who voted for you in Riverhead and on the North Fork? Don’t you think they’ll feel a bit abandoned if you run and win?

Losquadro: I certainly hope not. But I do want people to know that my passion for state issues has not changed. I left the county legislature to pursue the state assembly, because I thought I could do a good thing for that constituency, and I think I have left an important legacy in two short years on the state level. And if the party decides on someone else for highway superintendent, then I will continue to fight for the entire district, as I did when the assembly tried to split the North Fork in half and I got my fellow assemblyman to keep it together. That was the most important thing I did during the past two years.

Patch: So you don’t feel like you’re jumping ship too soon after being re-elected?

Losquadro: I know people are very surprised that I am pursuing this right after the election, but that is when all these calls came in and I have given it a lot of thought. It’s the nature of elected office, but it is very bittersweet, just like when I left the county. The highway position is an executive position, and if I win the seat, I will no longer be part of the legislative debate, something I enjoy so much. I really love those bigger issues and I truly believe that ideas matter.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

William Swiskey sr December 05, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Zero as a legislator, is he for real?
Paul Kersey December 05, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Patch: . why would a state assemblyman want to give up that seat to run a highway department? Losquadro: Like Willie Sutton used to say when asked why he robbed banks - "That's where the money is".
Frank Raffaele December 05, 2012 at 04:23 AM
The voters gave him a job and he decides to abandon it. To me that shows a lack of respect for the public and the oath of office.
forward thinking December 05, 2012 at 11:50 AM
think of it this way ws - not bkhvn has him
knowitall December 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I think it has more to do with having a young family and the time spent away from home in Albany.
Paul Hart December 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I just want SOMEBODY to pave my d**n street.
Michael Allen December 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I couldn't agree more. Seems to be a new way of doing business for the millenium. What makes me think the same thing would happen with the next position.
Richard Roper December 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I am a democrat but i recognize that lasquadro has done a solid job representing the people of Long Island. If you look at his record over the past ten years you would agree. He should have every right to apply for a job that continues to benefit our community while offering himself the opportunity to be close to his family. I wouldn't want to spend my time arguing with those jokers in Albany when I could do more good at home fixing our traffic as well as be close to my kids. He is a good guy with good intentions and should be supported. The bitter complaints above indicate a lack of knowledge about his good background as a legislator. i dont agree with all his politics but i do feel he is good for everyone in suffolk county. Btw, people who throw rocks should look in the mirror to see how they help people.
ed finnegan December 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
the word "opportunist" jumps to mind as do "cynical, grasping,insincere, intellectually dishonest" and what politician wouldn't want his resume blooming with these words
ShawnNuzzo December 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I feel that the position of Highway Superintendent should at least have a minimum qualification, in that the superintendent, especially if appointed, should be a licensed Professional Engineer with a background in civil engineering. While I'm sure John Rouse was a swell guy with great political connections, one only needs to drive, bike or walk on the dilapidated roads of Brookhaven to realize that he was wholly unqualified for the position. Today we need a Highway Superintendent who understands AASHTO guidelines and can hit the ground running. Granted, the current super was fairly elected to the post, but that may speak more to the influence of party politics in Brookhaven than it does to the judgement of its voters. Since Mr. Rouse abandoned his post (a reoccurring theme amongst local politicians) we may now have an opportunity to fill this all so important post based on competence, not political cronyism.
Paul Kersey December 06, 2012 at 01:44 AM
You do realize this is the Town of Brookhaven, on Long Island, in New York State, don't you?
William Blake December 06, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Losquadro's shady past in the town of Brookhaven: http://www.solanaanderik.com/articles/contractsteering.php Newsday :: April 3, 2007 Taken for a ride? Brookhaven vehicle chief gave $1.4M in auto repair contracts to shops that donated to his son's campaign ".....Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham) vigorously insisted that repair shops were never pressured to give campaign donations, nor were they promised town work for doing so. "I couldn't even tell you who's on any town repair list," he said. Losquadro added that the decades his father spent in the auto repair business before taking a town job in 1999 explain why so many contributors come from that field. "It's the industry you've been around and your family knows, and those people believe in me and want to support me," he said. "I can't imagine anybody would even imply there's any nefarious intent there."
Zofia Malisiewicz January 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I fully agree with you. The position is for a qualified , professionally experienced in the field person. Not for a politician.
komodopb February 13, 2013 at 06:27 PM
As a supposed Republican, he also voted for the SAFE Act that severely limits our second amendment rights. Another career politician looking to make bank off of our hard earned money. I'm not sure how he's qualified for this position.
Jon Versheck February 24, 2013 at 05:46 AM
The job description for a highway general supervisor is straightforward and to the point. A general supervisor oversees a number of crews responsible for reconstructing, resurfacing or doing general maintenance work on town highways. In order to fill this post, one must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and served at least three years as a highway maintenance supervisor. Do any of these candidates meet these criteria?
townsrunner February 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Brookhaven is in big trouble more now then ever. Romaine doesn't have a clue and has been a career no show. Now we have another unqualified individual attempting a run for a position that he has absolutly ZERO qualifications for!!!!! It is unbelievable that people keep getting nominated for positions that should go to someone with experience and qualifications. This is nothing more then politics at its worst and the taxpayers of Brookhaven are going to be the ones that suffer if Danny- boy gets elected. It's a shame that crap like this is still happening in this day and age!
Thomas Lynch February 26, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I think this has merit. and is why i am probably going to vote for him!
the Iguana March 03, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Why vote for a politician who does not believe in the 2nd ammendment?

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