Walter, Krupski spar over party politics, role of county government in Riverhead debate


The two candidates seeking to succeed Ed Romaine as county legislator for the First Legislative District faced off in a debate last night at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

Southold Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Al Krupski, a Democrat, and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, fielded questions about land use and development, agriculture and farmland preservation, the role and structure of county government and what it takes to best represent the East End in the County Legislature.

Supporters of both candidates packed the Gallery One barn at the vineyard — with each camp filling the seats on separate sides of a center aisle — for the 7 p.m. debate hosted by Times/Review Newsgroup and moderated by its executive editor Grant...| read more ››

Long Island Federation of Labor Endorses Krupski

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Today, Suffolk County Legislature candidate and Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski claimed a major endorsement when the Long Island Federation of Labor, the largest labor organization on Long Island with more than 250,000 members announced its support in the January 15 Special Election. This adds to a number of other important labor endorsements for Krupski including the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association and Suffolk County Community College Faculty Association/NYSUT.

“The Long Island Federation of Labor is proud to endorse Al Krupski who will stand up for Eastern Suffolk County's working families,” Long Island Federation of Labor President John Durso said. “As a small businessman and a bipartisan consensus builder on the Southold Town Board, Al has a proven record of...| read more ››

Environmental group endorses Krupski for county legislator

Al Krupski

The L.I. Environmental Voters Forum has endorsed Al Krupski in the First Legislative District race.

"A healthy environment and economy are key to the quality of life in this legislative district,” LIEVF chairman Richard Amper said in a news release. ”Al Krupski is by far the more environmentally-responsible candidate for this position."

Krupski faces off against Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter in the Jan. 15 special election. The seat was vacated in November when Leg. Ed Romaine became Brookhaven Town supervisor.

In the release announcing the endorsement, the L.I. Environmental Voters Forum also criticized Walter for “his dreadful record on the environment.”

Amper went further: “Mr. Walter has been running a one-man war against the environment, fighting with the New...| read more ››