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Krupski Wins Open Legislature Seat in Landslide

Krupski holds 67 percent of the vote with nearly all election districts reporting.

Southold Town will have to find another councilman.

Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski defeated Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter during a special election Tuesday night for a seat on the Suffolk County Legislature.

Unofficial results on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website show Krupski with 6,561 votes to Walter's 3,182 – 67 percent of the vote – with all 65 election districts reporting.

Krupski thanked a crowd of Democrats at Dark Horse Restaurant in downtown Riverhead, though said the upcoming resignation from his current post will be bittersweet.

"It's been a great experience learning the whole district and the whole county," he said, adding later that "it's really hard to have to leave such a good group of workmen. We got so much accomplished, it was hard to leave that seat."

According to Rich Schaffer, chair of the Suffolk County Democrats, it should take about a week to certify the election's vote. Krupski will then officially resign his Southold post.

Walter, who defeated Democrat Phil Cardinale for a second straight term in 2011, called the defeat "stunning," though walked over to Dark Horse – coming from Cody's BBQ and Grill, a few doors down – to shake the victor's hand.

"I'm going to do something I never thought I'd do: cede to Al Krupski," Walter said. "But he won the race. It was a fair race ... in some ways it was a stunning defeat. We did everything we could possibly do to win this race."

Results show more than double the number of Democrats came out to vote in Krupski than Republicans did for Walter – 5,665 to 2,134.

"You can see the Democrats got the Democrats out to vote," said Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy, who serves on the town board with Walter. "The Republicans did not get the Republican voters out ... On the good side he gets to stay as our supervisor. He's a good man and he's doing good things for our town."

The special election follows Ed Romaine's win on Election Night to earn the Brookhaven Supervisor's seat. Walter earned the nod to take his place as the Republican nominee and Al Krupski was endorsed by the state Democratic Committee for the First Legislative District seat.

During the campaign, Walter touted his experience as Riverhead's supervisor as well, as opposed to "someone who just sits as a town board member. Being the CEO of a town, as much as anyone really can be, is a different task."

Krupski, a former Trustee who runs Krupski's Pumpkin and Vegetable Farm in Cutchogue and has been on the Southold Town Board since 2005, was named as County Democrat Chairman Rich Schaffer's candidate of choice on Election Night.

The Riverhead supervisor ended up topping a field of eight GOP candidates who were seeking the seat. The following individuals also screened: Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio; Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy; Bill Faulk, Chief Aide to Romaine; Catherine Stark, Chief Aide to Legislator Jay Schneiderman; Jim Saladino, former Riverhead Conservative Committee chairman; and Frank Seabrook, a ZBA member and publisher of the online New York Liberty Report. 

Krupski said in mid-November that the county's role in preserving the character of the area is one of the biggest reasons he's running for the seat.

“There are so many issues of land preservation and dredging and maintenance of our local waterways that is taken care of by the county,” he said. “I think it’s important to have that kind of balance of representation in the legislature.”

silly-oma January 16, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Congratulations, Mr. Krupski, I know you are the best person for this position and will add much needed input as our new Suffolk County Legislator. You have the pulse of the people and have proven your sincere, strong feelings and care about the people of Southold Town and Suffolk County. Keep your eye on the many issues of land preservation and dredging of our local waterways and other concerns. I saw you put 110% into your position as one of the Southold Town Council and I know you will do the same for the County. God speed Mr. Krupski and again, Congratulations! The best man DID win!!!
not a farmer January 16, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Victory for the YELLOW GARGAGE BAG PARTY.. wow. less than 8000 votes total. thats pathetic.
silly-oma January 16, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Maybe not 8000votes, but, what really matters is he got over 67% of the vote. That speaks volumes for Krupski and his opponent, the people have spoken and the best man won. Just for one's edification: The sarcastically mentioned "yellow bag party".is made up of (predominately) BOTH Democrats AND Republicans btw.....without farmers we would have no produce and I include farmers everywhere, not just on the North Fork.
silly-oma January 16, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Nothing like a sore loser.......typical mud slinging. BTW without farmers, we would have no produce and not just here, but, all of America and they work pretty darn hard and extremely long hours for the little they get in return....just like the fishermen and bay men. God bless those who do these things so that we may have the privilege to purchase their products to nourish our families and ourselves.
joe corso January 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
A great victory for a classy man and for the East End
silly-oma January 16, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Amen!
Melanie Norden January 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I am thrilled that Al, a very seasoned politician with a superb talent for bringing people together to the table to discuss ideas and work out solutions has won this race. He and his family have contributed so generously in countless ways to our East End community and its various institutions. Now Al will have a wider influence and I am sure he will guard, protect and hold sacred the values of all the people he serves. No better candidate for this position. He'll deliver! Melanie

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