01/14/13 8:00am

Al Krupski or Sean Walter, we want to know who our readers plan to vote for in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st District seat in the Suffolk County Legislature.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday as Mr. Walter, the Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor, and Mr. Krupski, a Democratic Southold Councilman square off for Ed Romaine’s seat, which he vacated after he was elected Brookhaven Town Supervisor in November.

Voters who are unsure of their polling place can look it up here.

The district stretches from Middle Island to Fishers Island and includes Shelter Island (until the district lines change next year).

Who will you vote for in Tuesday’s special election

01/10/13 8:00am

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski at a debate hosted by Times/Review Newsgroup Monday night.

Sean Walter has spent the better part of the past six weeks hammering home to residents on the East End 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.

Style and personality should play a major role in determining who you vote for in Tuesday’s 1st District special election. It is this newspaper’s belief that Mr. Krupski’s calm demeanor and cooperative approach make him better suited to serve out the remaining nine months of former legislator Ed Romaine’s term.

Despite being the lone Democrat on Southold’s Town Board, he’s proven himself an adept conciliatory voice capable of shoving partisan politics aside for the good of his constituency.

Mr. Krupski’s a true fiscal conservative who questions the cost of every plan that involves spending money, consistently asking “is it needed?” and “who will pay for it?”

Mr. Walter has often suggested during this race that he’d be the squeaky wheel that would get the oil the East End needs from its county government, but sometimes a squeaky wheel ends up leaving you with little more than a headache. In a legislative body where representatives meld 18 different opinions into one vote, Mr. Krupski’s style could be a better fit.

Perhaps the silliest stunt in Mr. Walter’s otherwise strong campaign was his attempt to portray Mr. Krupski as the type of Democrat who would favor party interests and Western Suffolk ideals over the traditional values of the East End. A champion of open space preservation and an opponent of big-box development, it’s hard to imagine Mr. Krupski abandoning his reputation in the interest of party politics.

If we sense he’s voting for his party over his constituents, though, we’ll be the loudest voice calling for his ouster come November.

Truth is, we can benefit from a legislator serving in the majority and, despite what Mr. Walter has said during the campaign, he can do more for the people of Riverhead as town supervisor — a role in which he’s been mostly effective — than he can as a county legislator.

Still, Mr. Krupski will need to learn when to turn up the volume if elected to champion causes that are essential to preserving Shelter Island’s way of life.

Mr. Krupski is a good choice for the 1st District seat in the Suffolk County Legislature.

01/07/13 6:45pm
Southold Councilman Al Krupski, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, Martha Clara Vineyards.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Southold Councilman Al Krupski and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter at Monday night’s Times/Review-sponsored debate at Martha Clara Vineyards.

Times/Review Newsgroup hosted a legislative debate at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Monday night, pitting Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, against Southold Councilman Al Krupski, a Democrat.

The candidates are running in a special election, set for Jan. 15, to fill the county’s 1st legislative seat vacated by Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches), who was elected supervisor of Brookhaven Town.

Staff writer Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting. Click the play button in the blog box below to see what happened.

01/07/13 7:30am
Times/Review Newsgroup hosts legislative debate

GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Christian Helck put the finishing touches on a new sign at Martha Clara Vineyards in August. A legislative debate is now set for Jan. 7.

Times/Review Newsgroup is hosting a legislative debate tonight, Monday, at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. The debate will put Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, against Southold Councilman Al Krupski, a Democrat.

The debate is open to the public and doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the debate starting at 7 p.m. First come, first serve for seats with about 150 seats available but plenty of standing room.

Times/Review executive editor Grant Parpan will be moderating the debate and asking prepared questions.

Guests will also get a chance to ask questions.

The candidates are running in a special election to fill the county’s 1st legislative seat vacated by Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches), who was elected supervisor of Brookhaven Town Nov. 6.

The special election is being held on Jan. 15 at locations throughout the 1st district.

Times/Review’s newspapers and news websites cover most of the legislative district, including Southold, Riverhead and Shelter Island. The company publishes The Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review and Shelter Island Reporter newspapers, as well as the papers’ affiliated websites.

The district also reachers into eastern Brookhaven Town.

Prior Coverage:

Walter, Krupski to square off in special election

Editorial: Winter election will be heating up the North Fork

AL KRUPSKI   and   SEAN WALTER

12/28/12 12:04pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Polls will be open at the Shelter Island School for the special County Legislature election on January 15.

In less than two weeks, Shelter Island voters will join others in District 1 in choosing a new Suffolk County legislator to replace Ed Romaine, who was elected in November as Brookhaven Town Supervisor.

Democratic Southold Town Councilman Albert Krupski Jr. faces off against Riverhead’s Republican Supervisor Sean Walter in the special January 15 election.

Despite efforts by Mr. Walter and Republican State Senator Ken LaValle to postpone the election until February to give voters more time to learn about the candidates, county legislators set the date for the special election  this month, forcing both candidates to campaign through the holiday period.

Shelter Island residents, who are to be moved into District 2, currently represented by Jay Schneiderman, as of January 2014, will continue to be represented by the winner of the District 1 election this month.

But time is closing fast on the window to register to vote in the special election or vote via absentee ballot.

If you’re not registered to vote, you can still register for the special election, but that would have to be done by visiting the Suffolk Country Board of Elections in person by January 4.

Registered voters who aren’t planning to be on Shelter Island on January 15 may still seek an absentee ballot from the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 700 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, through next Tuesday, January 8.

Applications are available online at www.suffolkvotes.com/absenteevoting.asp.

The completed application can be mailed to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank, N.Y. 11980 or hand-delivered to the Board of Elections by January 8. The application will be processed immediately and the voter will received a letter of validation and an absentee ballot by mail.

Mr. Walter is a Wading River resident and a former town attorney first elected supervisor in 2009. Mr. Krupski, whose family owns and operates a Peconic pumpkin farm, served as a Town Trustee for 20 years and has been on the Southold Town Board for eight years.

Mr. Walter has stressed economic and tax issues in his campaign, saying businesses have returned to Riverhead’s Main Street during his tenure. He argues that’s he’s best prepared to follow Mr. Romaine’s example in providing a strong voice for the North Fork in a county government dominated by western Suffolk interests.

As one of only two elected Democrats in Southold government, Mr. Krupski said he’s proven his ability to cross party lines to work on issues such as land preservation, transportation and containing the size and cost of government. He said he would give the agricultural community its first representative in county government.

The two will appear in the campaign’s only face-to-face debate, sponsored by the Times/Review Newsgroup, at Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Riverhead on Monday, January 7, at 7 p.m.