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Suffolk gets 800-plus mail-in ballots for today's 1st district Leg. race

Jan
15
2013

While vote counting is still hours away, the Suffolk Board of Elections has already received 802 absentee ballots in the special election to fill the vacancy of former GOP Legis. Edward Romaine in the first district.

Today’s contest pits Republican Sean Walter, the Riverhead supervisor, against Democrat Alfred Krupski, a Southold town board member, to succeed Republican Romaine, who was elected Brookhaven supervisor in November.

Although election officials cannot say for whom absentees cast ballots, 323 were from Democrats, 291 were from Republicans and 157 who are not aligned with any party. There were also 14 Conservative and 17 Independence Party members, who cast absentee ballots, Walter has the Conservative and Independence Party lines.

Originally, about 1,300 applied for absentee...| read more ››

Meet the Legislative Candidate: Al Krupski

Jan
15
2013

Name: Al Krupski

Age: 52

Current Job: Southold Town Councilman

Current Salary: $32,567 (plus $2,000 as deputy supervisor)

Legislative Salary: $93,958

Al Krupski is the Democratic and Working Families candidate to replace Ed Romaine as 1st District Suffolk County Legislator in tonight’s special election.| read more ››

Q&A: Al Krupski For County Legislature

Al Krupski
Jan
11
2013

Al Krupski has been a Southold Town Councilman for eight years and a town trustee beginning in 1985 for years before that. He is also a successful farmer on the North Fork as the head of Krupski’s Vegetable Farm, a business that he bought from his parents after receiving a degree in plant science from the University of Delaware.

And now that his three children are grown and either working or still in college themselves, Krupski, 52, is running on the Democratic ticket to fill a seat on the Suffolk County Legislature left vacant by Ed Romaine last November. He is running against Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter for the seat.

After Monday night’s debate at Martha Clara during the short...| read more ››

An open letter to 1st LD residents from candidate Al Krupski

Al Krupski
Jan
10
2013

To the Residents of Suffolk's First Legislative District:

My campaign for Suffolk County Legislator in the 1st district has been an incredibly positive learning experience.

I have met many people throughout the entire district who have a strong understanding of what is important to their community. My record of land preservation, environmental protection, and having a business friendly attitude has resonated to those who do not know me personally but favor that kind of government.

With a history of 20 years serving the as town trustee and seven-plus years as town board member it can be attested by those who know me that I have forged a legacy of not serving one political party or faction, but rather the entire...| read more ››

Endorsement: Al Krupski for County Legislature

Jan
10
2013

Sean Walter has spent the better part of the past six weeks hammering home to residents on the North Fork that his is the type of voice they need in the Suffolk County Legislature, where he’s argued his opponent would be little more than an extra vote for the Democratic super majority.

That opponent, Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski, has run a quiet campaign, knocking on doors and letting his record of bipartisan cooperation and fiscal conservatism speak for itself.

It’s been exactly the race one might expect, reflecting the general nature of each candidate and the communities they represent: the vocal vs. the tranquil, Riverhead vs. Southold.

Style and personality should play a major role in determining who you...| read more ››

Krupski vows to serve East End district

Al Krupski
Jan
10
2013

Al Krupski said protecting the interests of Suffolk's East End doesn't need to create clashes with county legislators hailing from more-populous western districts, closer to Jamaica, Queens, than Jamesport.

The Democratic Southold town board member -- a fourth-generation farmer -- is seeking to represent the legislature's 1st District, which is Suffolk's largest, stretching from Fishers Island to Center Moriches. A special election will be held Tuesday, two months after former Republican Legis. Edward Romaine was elected Brookhaven Town supervisor.

"I know the issues are different in Huntington than in Orient, but you build relationships and work with people," Krupski said. "I'm also interested in what the issues are in Huntington, so I'm not just going to be yelling for my...| read more ››

Walter, Krupski spar over party politics, role of county government in Riverhead debate

Debate
Jan
9
2013

The two candidates seeking to succeed Ed Romaine as county legislator for the First Legislative District faced off in a debate last night at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

Southold Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Al Krupski, a Democrat, and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, fielded questions about land use and development, agriculture and farmland preservation, the role and structure of county government and what it takes to best represent the East End in the County Legislature.

Supporters of both candidates packed the Gallery One barn at the vineyard — with each camp filling the seats on separate sides of a center aisle — for the 7 p.m. debate hosted by Times/Review Newsgroup and moderated by its executive editor Grant...| read more ››

Long Island Federation of Labor Endorses Krupski

LI Fed
Jan
8
2013

Today, Suffolk County Legislature candidate and Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski claimed a major endorsement when the Long Island Federation of Labor, the largest labor organization on Long Island with more than 250,000 members announced its support in the January 15 Special Election. This adds to a number of other important labor endorsements for Krupski including the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association and Suffolk County Community College Faculty Association/NYSUT.

“The Long Island Federation of Labor is proud to endorse Al Krupski who will stand up for Eastern Suffolk County's working families,” Long Island Federation of Labor President John Durso said. “As a small businessman and a bipartisan consensus builder on the Southold Town Board, Al has a proven record of...| read more ››

Environmental group endorses Krupski for county legislator

Al Krupski
Jan
7
2013

The L.I. Environmental Voters Forum has endorsed Al Krupski in the First Legislative District race.

"A healthy environment and economy are key to the quality of life in this legislative district,” LIEVF chairman Richard Amper said in a news release. ”Al Krupski is by far the more environmentally-responsible candidate for this position."

Krupski faces off against Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter in the Jan. 15 special election. The seat was vacated in November when Leg. Ed Romaine became Brookhaven Town supervisor.

In the release announcing the endorsement, the L.I. Environmental Voters Forum also criticized Walter for “his dreadful record on the environment.”

Amper went further: “Mr. Walter has been running a one-man war against the environment, fighting with the New...| read more ››