- Al Krupski
- About Al
Al was born and raised on the North Fork and is a fourth generation farmer. He owns and operates Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm, where in addition to growing pumpkins, he grows corn, tomatoes, and a variety of other row crop vegetables.
After receiving a BS in Plant Science from the University of Delaware, Al returned to the North Fork where he met his wife Mary. He and Mary live in Cutchogue where they raised three children, Nicholas, Colleen and Kimberly.
Al has a long history of public service, first being elected to the Southold Town Board of Trustees in 1985. He served for 20 years, the last 14 of which as Trustee President. During his tenure as president, he saw that the overdevelopment of Southold’s shoreline had adverse effects on the environment and quality of life, so he successfully spearheaded the effort to rewrite the town’s 30-year old Wetland Code, affording the Town better environmental and legal protection.
After two decades of service as a Trustee, Al successfully ran for Town Board where he served until he was sworn in as a Suffolk County Legislator in January of 2013. While on the Town Board, Al worked on and supported a town wide drainage code, which reduced road runoff into creeks and estuaries while meeting New York State mandated requirements. He was instrumental in enacting “Big Box Store” legislation which limited size of stores in Southold and protected small business owners. Al was closely involved in developing Southold’s first Wind Energy Code and the Town’s Cellular Tower Law. In addition, Al played a significant role in initiating the Southold’s Comprehensive Plan and he was the most ardent proponent of rezoning Plum Island so it would not be developed with residential housing, golf course or casinos, but will be preserved with over 600 acres of open space and habitat while retaining the ability for research to be conducted on the island.
In his 28 years of public service, Al has established a strong record of bipartisan leadership. As a Southold Town Board member, he was asked by his colleagues from different parties to serve as Deputy Supervisor. He is proud to have worked with his fellow Town Board members to limit and then decrease the size of government, saving taxpayer dollars.
Al is the recipient Amherst Davis Memorial Farmer Citizen Award, 2009. He served on the Peconic Land Trust Board of Directors and is a member of the North Fork Chamber of Commerce.