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Romaine Earns GOP Nod in Brookhaven Supe Race

Suffolk County Legislator from Center Moriches will go up against Brian Beedenbender, Mark Lesko's chief of staff.

One week after Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine announced he was in the race for Brookhaven Supervisor, he said Modnay he had secured support of the Republican party.

The former Suffolk County clerk will face Democrat Brian Beedenbender, the chief of staff of current Supervisor Mark Lesko, on Nov. 6. Lesko to take a job leading Accelerate Long Island.

The Brookhaven Town Republican Committee's executive committe made the decision unanimously at the committee's headquarters in Medford on Monday evening.

In an interview with Patch last week, Romaine, a Center Moriches resident, said the decision to leave his current post was a tough one, though one he made with a couple of factors in mind.

"First, Brookhaven has huge fiscal problems and would be a challenge. Second, my son - he was a councilman, and cared deeply about the town," Romaine said, referring to his son Keith, who died at the age of 36 during his tenure as a Brookhaven councilman.

Beedenbender, 32, has served as Lesko's chief of staff since the beginning of 2010. He previously served one term in the county legislature before losing a race to Legis. Tom Muratore, R-Ronkonkoma.

joe insider August 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Ed is a good man who will win this race. The people of Brookhaven will be fortunate to have him as their Supervisor. We will be poorer for it in that he will no longer represent Southold. I wish him well.
North Fork Bob August 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Ed helped the County to a 530 Million dollar deficit while sticking his face in every publicity photo he could find.He's been in County politics for as long as I can remember.Yet I can't think of one distinguished thing he's done.All the sharpies in Brookhaven will love to see him coming.Maybe they'll form another ring to steal Mack Trucks and sell them to Brookhaven Town at top dollar.I still can't believe that happened.I expect more when Ed hits Town
JOMAC August 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Bob Fraser, I was going to reply, but your obviously slanted position makes you too easy of a mark. Your words speak for your ignorance. Ed is a good man, who tries hard to do the right thing. You on the other hand, are a JERK.
Tom August 28, 2012 at 01:16 AM
A win for Brookhaven. A loss for Southold & Riverhead. Good luck Ed, and thanks for all your hard work.
Justin Time August 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM
They are all "good men" until they get into office
Edbo August 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM
No doubt about it, Romaine has name recognition and will probably win on those attributes. Thanks Mark for turning the Town back to the GOP.
Armand De Luca August 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Ed Romaine is one who loves what he is doing and his performance reflects that. He will be good for Brookhaven.
Justin Time August 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Depends what side of the fence you are on!
mike foley August 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Ed's tireless work to "Save what's left" has been instrumental in keeping the Historic Sound Avenue Corridor Strip Mall Free. I had the pleasure of working with Ed to prevent a Strip Mall from infesting the entrance to Reeves Park,keeping our Tom Kelly Memorial intact. Ed never asked my Party affiliation--a lifelong proud Democrat--when listening + working to keep our beautiful Open Space. I'm sure many Democrats feel the way I do--Ed's worthy of our support + vote. Good Luck,Ed--our loss of you will be Brookhaven's gain!!
Archie Bunker August 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Name calling, really?
majortom1981 August 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I do not mean anything by this but there is no requirement that the town supervisor live in the town he wants to work for?
Archie Bunker August 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Romaine lives in Center Moriches, part of Brookhaven
Bill L August 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
A career politician with no interest to help, only self serving
Archie Bunker August 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Which makes up about 99.99% of all politicians. to think otherwise would be naive.
Justin Time August 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I am sure "Ed" doesent do everything by himself. Let's see what magic he works going forward!
crookhaven September 05, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Whoever wins please get rid of the beach educator making 52k per year and living in a taxpayer owned beach house at west meadow beach. Eileen Gerle is just an act of nepotism by fiore-rosenfeld. A waste of money.

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