News Roundup

Nov
11
2021

A new clothing drive is seeking donations to provide inmates leaving the Suffolk County prison system with dress attire so they can pursue career and educational goals.

Suffolk law enforcement and local nonprofit officials gathered Wednesday at Legis. Bridget Fleming’s (D-Sag Harbor) office on the East End to help announce the launch of the clothing drive, spearheaded by Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon’s office through its Sheriff’...read more ››

Oct
26
2021
Rob Calarco

Robert T. Calarco has emerged as a leader with a solid record since his first election to the seat a decade ago.

Seeking a sixth and final term, Calarco, 42, of Patchogue, says his top district priority is the sewer project to connect 500 homes in south Patchogue. He vows to assist the county's effort to acquire and preserve part of the Avery Homestead in partnership with Brookhaven Town and continue striving to improve housing and...read more ››

Oct
26
2021
Jason Richberg

Jason A. Richberg has hit the ground running in his time in the legislature.

The 39-year-old West Babylon Democrat took office in a 2020 special election to replace the departing DuWayne Gregory, but Richberg had already served in various aide roles in the same body, experience that is paying off now. Richberg knows the importance of expanding access to sewers in his southwest Suffolk district, creating a better and fairer housing...read more ››

Oct
26
2021
Susan Berland

Democrat Susan A. Berland, seeking a third term, tries to avoid predictable bromides and takes clear positions on what she sees as the merits of issues.

Berland, 60, of Dix Hills, says when asked, without waffling, that she'd favor a county COVID-19 vaccine mandate for county police officers. She acknowledges the inevitability of a cannabis trade but speaks out against recreational drug use.

Berland knows hard fiscal choices lie...read more ››

Oct
26
2021
Thomas Donnelly

Even with important budgetary and development issues looming, often a county legislator's top job is to support and serve his constituents. And that's a task Deer Park Democrat Thomas P. Donnelly fully embraces.

Donnelly, 55, now completing his second term, said he sees his responsibilities through a "pragmatic" lens, with attention to public safety, quality of life and other resident concerns. Donnelly lauds the progress at Wyandanch...read more ››

Oct
25
2021
Al Krupski

Among the most crucial local issues for the North Fork is protecting water quality, and Albert J. Krupski Jr. knows that well.

Chronically poor drainage on roads during even moderate storms can lead to flooding and an endangered aquifer, and the solutions are expensive and time-consuming improvements to our drainage systems — the kind of work for which Krupski is well-prepared. The 61-year-old Cutchogue Democrat comes from a...read more ››

Oct
25
2021
Bridget Fleming

Bridget M. Fleming, 61, of Noyac, understands the risk that climate change presents to her ocean-adjacent district that stretches from Montauk to East Moriches, along with Shelter Island. That means pushing for ways to reduce Suffolk’s reliance on fossil fuels, including by expanding solar energy, and to mitigate the impact of extreme weather now by building up wetlands to help stem disastrous flooding from rising seas.

Her focus on...read more ››

Oct
25
2021
Dawn Sharrock

Republican Nichols J. Caracappa made news two years ago for the wrong reasons.

Caracappa, 54, was arrested at his Selden home in December 2019, and faces criminal charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident. He says he expects to be exonerated.

Selden Democrat Dawn Marie Sharrock, 46, a Middle Country school board member, is a dynamic presence with fresh ideas such as developing more union worker apprenticeship...read more ››

Oct
25
2021
Kara Hahn

Karina Hahn works and pushes nonstop on many fronts at once.

The Setauket Democrat, 50, chairs two important committees — economic development and planning, and environment, parks and agriculture. Recently, she advanced smart legislation to assure opioid company settlement funds will start and expand addiction programs, rather than reimburse the county for past expenses. Her proposals for capital improvements are realistic, taking into...read more ››

Oct
25
2021
Sarah Anker

If Sarah S. Anker wins her sixth full term, it will be her last, a tenure during which the 57-year-old Mount Sinai Democrat has become more knowledgeable and effective over time.

One of her biggest efforts, the North Shore Rail Trail, will soon be completed. Her efforts to combat drug addiction, starting with her role on the Suffolk County Addiction and Prevention and Support Advisory Panel, are tireless. Her district knowledge...read more ››