Meet the Legislative Candidate: Al Krupski

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.

Mr. Krupski, whose family owns and operates a Peconic pumpkin farm, served as a Town Trustee for 20 years and has now been a Town Board member for eight years. He said the issues he’d face at the county level are similar to those he’s already dealing with as a Southold Town Councilman and Deputy Supervisor.

“In many ways this is the same as the Town Board,” he said. “I understand land preservation, transportation and quality of life issues, plus controlling the size and cost of government. Those are East End issues that should translate well to the rest of the the county.”

If Mr. Krupski were to be elected, county Democrats would have a veto-proof majority in the Legislature. Mr. Krupski pointed out that, as the only Democrat on the Southold Town Board, he had a long history of bipartisan cooperation.

“Once you get elected, you don’t worry about party. You worry about people,” Mr. Krupski said. “I don’t buy into Democrat versus Republican, east versus west. You’re never going to go anywhere in government if you toe the party line.”

“I want to represent the East End,” he said in a debate we sponsored. “I’m not the sort of person who, when something’s broken, you smash it. I like to take it apart, fix it and make it better.”

He also noted during his campaign that he’s be the first Southold Town resident and the first farmer to represent the 1st District in the Legislature.

Born and raised in Peconic, he lives with his wife Mary and three children in Cutchogue. He holds a degree in plant science from the University of Delaware.

He has served on the Peconic Land Trust Board of Directors and is a member of the North Fork Chamber of Commerce.

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  • My tax bill would increase by a total of approx. $3700.00 over the next 20 years for this bond referendum only. This DOES NOT include our year to year budget’s which is $110 million next year. On top of this we still have our town taxes and our school taxes each year. What are these administrators thinking? Wow, as far as I’m concerned these buildings should have been taken care of a little at a time over the last 20-30 years. Instead the past school boards have done nothing but fatten the pockets of the teacher’s and administrators. Six figure salaries for working 180 days. Good luck getting this bond to pass. There is no way in hell it will pass.

  • You’d BETTER NOT fund your “PR Campaign” with our tax dollars.

    Vote NO! The school population in Riverhead is expected to continue to decline, but they never seem to mention that.

  • Yes, they give you the simplistic example of a house “worth 270,000″, which in Riverhead-land, means it would sell for 210,000. In reality most peoples’ tax bills will go up more like yours. Fight to defeat this bond. And of course, as soon as it went to the BOE, they add more “stuff” to the bond.

  • It is most curious that Ann Cotton-Degrasse now understands that the District’s physical campus needs very overdue repairs. And she is correct. But the question that should be asked of this BOE president is where was she 2 years ago when plans for similar changes/renovations were discussed almost every BOE meeting? Where was her voice in opposition to the alleged “wants”- well it was with the group of District employees charged with defeating that bond in order to obtain the resignation of the District superintendent. Not once did she offer any insights into the process- and only once did she show up at a public meeting to answer questions about the original proposal- oh no, she had another agenda in mind and she succeeded! The public needs to watch very carefully this BOE president- for behind that red lipstick ,low cut dresses, and Miss Texas smile is a very crafty individual who if all read the RCFA contract stands to benefit with her health insurance subsidy- a minor point, but a clear conflict of interest.

    Also, the $3 mil repair/maintenance fund was created to address emergency repairs- this is what Mr. Singleton stated and what Superintendent Carney also stated. It is not to be used to offset the $78 mil bond; it was never intended for such application. The public needs to watch how unallocated fund balances are being steered to other venues other than a hold/and/or reduction in their tax levy.

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