Losquadro tapped for Brookhaven highway post

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Assemblyman Dan Losquadro at his former office in Calverton in 2011.

Well, that was fast.

Less than two months after he won re-election to the state Assembly, Dan Losquadro is hitting the highway. It was announced Thursday, one week before Mr. Losquadro (R-Shoreham) is scheduled to be sworn in for a second term in Albany, that he has received the recommendation of town GOP chairman Jesse Garcia for the Republican nomination for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the nominee for Highway Superintendent in the Town of Brookhaven,” Mr. Losquadro said in a prepared statement. “It has been my privilege to represent residents of this town for the past nine years and know my experience will allow me to provide a better product at a lower cost to the taxpayers.”

The post opened up in November after previous Highway Superintendent John Rouse won a county judge’s seat. Mr. Rouse, a Democrat, had held the post since 2004.

Brookhaven Town Republican Chairman Jesse Garcia said in his announcement that he believes Mr. Losquadro, a former insurance salesman and County Legislator, is the right man for the job.

“He has demonstrated the experience and leadership both in the private sector and as a successful elected official to lead the Brookhaven Highway Department well into the future,” he said. “Dan’s vast experience in fleet management, managing budgets and protecting families against insurance fraud is exactly what’s needed to reform, restructure and improve the Brookhaven Highway Department.”

Mr. Losquadro knocked off incumbent Marc Alessi in 2010 to earn his seat in the Assembly. He had served in the Legislature since 2004.

No date has been set for the special election. Democrats have not yet announced their nominee.

The special election will be held after the Jan. 15 vote to elect a new county legislator in Suffolk’s first district, which is located within Mr. Losquadro’s Assembly district. Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Southold Councilman Al Krupski are facing each other in that race.

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