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Al Krupski Will Run for Seat on Suffolk County Legislature

Longtime Southold Town Councilman tells fellow local Democrats that he’s running for the seat soon to be left vacant by Ed Romaine.

It’s official — longtime Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski is running on the Democratic ticket for a seat in the Suffolk County Legislature that will soon be left empty by Ed Romaine, who won the race for Brookhaven Town Supervisor last Tuesday.

Krupski announced the move at a meeting of the Southold Town Democratic Committee Tuesday night at the First Universalist Church of Southold.

“It seemed like a good opportunity to serve everyone in Southold and a little more, going in to Riverhead and Brookhaven,” Krupski said.

On Election Night Rich Schaffer, the chairman of the County Democratic Committee who also won big in his bid to complete County Exec Steve Bellone's term as Babylon Town Supervisor, mentioned Krupski as one person he'd like to see in the county legislature. Krupski, a former Town Trustee who runs Krupski's Vegetable and Pumpkin Farm, said Tuesday night that this is a good time in his life to run for a higher office.

“It’s just been a matter of timing — I have been offered to run for this and that over the years, but with my kids being so small, there just was not enough time between running to concerts and little league games,” he said. “Now that they are older, there is more time to devote to the job.”

The legislature will hold a special election for the seat in January or February, and if elected Krupski said he will have to run again next November for a full two-year term. With his eight years of experience on the Southold Town Board and a lifetime of farming on the North Fork, Krupski said he believes he’s seasoned enough to spread his wings and get things done at the county level.

“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.”

jks November 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I think Mr. Krupski will be perfect for the job! Good luck.
Karen B. Leshin November 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I would love to see a Suffolk County farmer serving in the county legislature!
forward thinking November 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
YES! HE SHOULD RUN WE WOULD SEE JUST WHAT AN EAST ENDER CAN DO AGAINST THE "WESTIES".
Linda Auriemma November 14, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Good for all of us on the East End!
ed finnegan November 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
good luck to Mr. Krupski...Southold's loss, Legislature's gain although i suspect he will find that the quality of elected officials, their personal honor and commitment to the commonweal in lieu of Party advancement pales in comparison to what has been his experience on the local level. hope i'm wrong but don't think i am
Jackie Baker November 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
This is the greatest thing that could ever happen to Southold Town having Al Krupski take Ed Romaine's place in the County Legislature. I've known Al for years and he will make a great asset to the Legislature and more importantly to Southold Town.
joe corso November 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
A great choice. You cannot find a more dedicated person who will work across party lines to acommplish what is good for Southold and the East End. Good Luck Al
not a farmer November 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM
IS HE GONNA RUN ON THE YELLOW GARBAGE BAG PLATFORM ?... I DONT THINK HE WILL GET 5 VOTES IF HE DOES. NOT IN THE REAL WORLD...

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