11/15/12 5:00pm
11/15/2012 5:00 PM
Suffolk County Legislature, Sean Walter, Ed Romaine

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Sean Walter at a Town Board meeting earlier this year.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter admitted Friday that his is one of several names being thrown around as the Suffolk GOP seeks candidates for the legislative seat being vacated by Republican Ed Romaine.

While Mr. Walter stopped well short of saying he would be interested in the position, he did say his party will need a strong candidate if it’s going to retain the seat — as longtime Southold Councilman Al Krupski, who is popular in the town, has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee.

“Al Krupski is going to be a formidable candidate and Republicans have to realize that,” he said. “And if the Republicans want to win that seat, they’re going to have to find somebody to carry Riverhead.

Al Krupski, Sean Walter, Riverhead, Southold, Suffolk County Legislature

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Al Krupski announcing his legislative candidacy Tuesday night.

“To me, it’s got to be an elected official from Riverhead because I think in the end, as a Repbulican, you don’t want to throw in the towel. If you can’t carry Riverhead, you can’t carry out a win.

“That’s why all these names are being thrown around.”

Asked if he would want to serve the county’s First Legislative District, Mr. Walter said only that he’s focused now on running Riverhead Town.

“I have not been formally asked to do it, so I’m focusing on what I’m doing in the town and that’s it,” he said.

Mr. Romaine is now the supervisor-elect for Brookhaven Town and will step down soon from the Suffolk County Legislature.

A special election — which offers no primary opportunities — to fill the remaining year on Mr. Romaine’s term will likely be held in February.

Mr. Walter is serving his second two-year term as Riverhead supervisor.


11/13/12 8:26pm
11/13/2012 8:26 PM

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Al Krupski announcing his legislative candidacy Tuesday night.

A week after his name was first mentioned as perhaps the Democrat’s best hope to capture the Suffolk County Legislature seat Ed Romaine is leaving, Al Krupski ended all speculation Tuesday night.

He’s going for it.

Mr. Krupski, a Peconic farmer who has served in elected office in Southold for 28 years, announced his decision during a meeting of the town’s Democratic Committee.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Mr. Krupski, one of only two Democrats in town government. Should he gain the seat, he said, “I’ll still be serving Southold, only in a different capacity.”

The Legislature’s First District includes Southold, Riverhead and part of southeast Brookhaven. Mr. Romaine, a Center Moriches Republican, will leave the Legislature once he’s sworn in as Brookhaven Town’s next supervisor.

Shortly after the Romaine victory last Tuesday, County Democratic Chairman Rich Shaffer named Mr. Krupski, who’s in his eighth year as a town councilman, as his choice to run in the special election, expected to take place early next year.

He said he’d welcome the opportunity to represent the North Fork in county government, which in addition to continuing its land preservation program is responsible for dredging local waterways.

“There are a lot of things the county does that affects Southold,” he said.

Read the full story in this week’s News-Review.

11/09/12 4:09pm
11/09/2012 4:09 PM
Bill Faulk, Ed Romaine, 1LD, Suffolk County

COURTESY PHOTO | Bill Faulk of Manorville has served as Ed Romaine’s chief aide for seven years.

Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine’s longtime chief of staff, Bill Faulk, said he’s delighted with his boss’s big win in running for Brookhaven Town supervisor on Election Day.

“But I’m not ready to leave [the district],” he told the News-Review on Friday.

Mr. Faulk is among a pool of potential Republican candidates, including Riverhead Town councilmembers Jodi Giglio and John Dunleavy, who’ve publicly expressed interest in the seat.

“Right now I plan on staying in the district and serving the people,” said Mr. Faulk. “My heart’s here with the district and this is where I want to be, to make sure this the district remains the way it is, through preserving farmland and open space, protecting the estuaries, holding the line on taxes.

“These are things I believe in.”

Mr. Faulk, 35, of Manorville is a Southampton College graduate who earned a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in public policy. He ran unsuccessfully for the state Assembly in 2006.

He’s served as Mr. Romaine’s chief aide for seven years, since Mr. Romaine, of Center Moriches, took office in 2006.

Before that, he served as an aide to Joseph Caracappa while Mr. Caracappa was the presiding officer of the Legislature.

The only name mentioned out of the Democratic camp since Election Day has been Southold Councilman Al Krupski, who this week told the News-Review he would consider a run.

It’s not clear yet how, exactly, the respective nominees will be picked, but since the race for the First Legislative District seat will come in the form of a special election to fill the remaining year on Mr. Romaine’s term, there are no options to run a primary.

Party leaders on both sides would likely pick the candidate. The district includes parts of Brookhaven, and all of Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island.

The vote will likely take place in February.

Mr. Faulk believes his knowledge of all issues of importance to Mr. Romaine’s constituents makes him a strong candidate.

“I know his district as well as he does,” he said. “And I think his sucessor should be someone who could carry on the mission of the district, and be a strong voice for its residents.”

“Ed was elected supervisor and he has leave, but I’m not ready to go,” he continued. “There’s still work to be done and I believe I can get it done.”


11/08/12 12:00pm

JOHN GRIFFIN PHOTO | The crowd goes wild at Suffolk County Democratic Committee Headquarters as they hear Obama won Tuesday night.

Times/Review contributing photographers John Griffin and Robert O’Rourk documented election night with their cameras Tuesday.

Griffin shot the Democratic gala at the Islandia Marriott. O’Rourk was with the GOP at its gala at Emporium in Patchogue.

Below are some photos from the events they covered:

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