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Stephen Searl beside Gardiner’s Creek at Sylvester Manor.
Pre-Revolutionary-era houses held by the same family, and largely un-renovated are scarce on the East End of Long Island.
The fact that Stephen Searl, executive director of Sylvester Manor, grew up in one and now has his office in another testifies to his commitment to preserving the history, the land and the resources of the East End. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO East End legislators Bridget Fleming and Al Krupski were renominated by Suffolk Democrats Monday
The Suffolk County Democratic Committee renominated East End county legislators Al Krupski and Bridget Fleming — who represents Shelter Island — Monday night, but held off on a decision on the high-profile positions of district attorney and sheriff.
Both those countywide offices will be left vacant by retiring incumbents. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay is calling for a radical shake up of the governing body.
A Suffolk County legislator is calling on county officials to let the public vote on reducing the size of the legislature, a proposal that has received mixed reaction from East End officials. (more…)
The red districts voted against holding more meetings further east, while the green areas voted for it. (Credit: Paul Squire, Suffolk County district map)
The Suffolk County legislators’ reasons for voting ‘no’ varied: the inconvenience of moving staff, the cost of added mileage or a reluctance to mess with a government they say already works.
But there was one thing universally true for all the legislators who voted against a proposal holding more meetings on the East End: they all represent districts far west of here. (more…)
The first person Legislator Al Krupski placed on his staff since taking office last week may be new to the intricacies of county government, but he’s no stranger to public service or the business world.
Mr. Krupski chose John Stype, a senior partner in the Neefus Stype Agency, an insurance and financial planning company, as his legislative aide.
“The reason I asked him to help me is I needed someone who knows the district and someone I can trust completely,” Mr. Krupski said.
The two have been friends for years. During the busy harvest season, Mr. Stype has helped out at the Krupski family pumpkin farm in Peconic by driving the hayride tractor.
“I have confidence that I could send John anywhere and he could represent the district well,” Mr. Krupski said. “With me just starting out, that’s important.
Mr. Stype is a member of Southold Town’s Economic Advisory Council, created to strengthen the sometimes strained relations between the town and area merchants. That’s based largely on a perception held by some that town building codes and the permit review process is often lengthy and cumbersome and so anti-business.
Southold Supervisor Scott Russell believes the new legislator made a good choice in hiring Mr. Stype, but fears the town could lose the benefits of his experience and business acumen.
“John is a key part of my Economic Advisory Council and I certainly hope he stays in some capacity,” the supervisor said. “If he has to curtail his role to some extent given his new responsibilities I would understand that. He’s been an absolutely outstanding member.”