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Presiding Officer - Legislator Robert Calarco
Rob Calarco has represented the 7th Legislative District, which stretches from Blue Point and Patchogue to Medford and Gordon Heights, since taking office in 2012 and has defined himself as an energetic leader who will deliver solutions to the communities he serves. He was elected Presiding Officer in 2020 after serving for years as the Majority Leader and Deputy Presiding Officer. Under his leadership, the Legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee convened a working group to review Suffolk County’s spending on outside contract agencies and make recommendations on improving the contracting process. He has delivered a number of victories including legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the over-prescription of opiate drugs, passing campaign finance reform, promoting an open and transparent government with initiatives like the Open Data Portal and increased oversight of the county’s asset forfeiture fund, and passing consecutive balanced budgets without raising General Fund property taxes.
Deputy Presiding Officer - Legislator Kara Hahn
Legislator Kara Hahn has represented the residents of the 5th Legislative District, which encompasses the northwest section of the Town of Brookhaven, since taking office in 2012. She was elected Deputy Presiding Officer in 2020 after years serving as her caucus’s Majority Leader. She has made government more open and responsive by spearheading legislation that strengthens the county’s central mission of protecting public health and safety. She has been a tireless advocate for the environment, parks protection, open space preservation, and victims of domestic violence. Her legislative accomplishments include increasing access to opioid overdose antidotes, preventing toys with toxic chemicals from being sold to unsuspecting consumers, banning the sale of products containing microbeads, and requiring that single-use beverage straws and stirrers be distributed by “request only” with plastic types of each prohibited except for medical reasons.
Majority Leader - Legislator Susan A. BerlandLegislator Berland represents the 16th Legislative District, which encompasses portions of the Towns of Babylon, Huntington and Islip. She is the Chairwoman of the Veterans & Consumer Affairs Committee and Vice-Chairwoman of the Economic Development, Planning & Housing and Ways & Means Committees. Susan has distinguished herself as an effective advocate for Suffolk County residents. She pioneered a revolutionary law requiring affordable housing units in perpetuity, introduced and championed legislation requiring water and amusement parks report criminal offenses directly to law enforcement, established a free County sunscreen dispenser program and developed the “Know the Difference” asthma education campaign. Prior to being elected to the Suffolk County Legislature, Susan served as a member of the Huntington Town Board from 2001 until 2017. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany and Hofstra University of Law, where she currently serves as an adjunct professor. She lives in Dix Hills with her husband and four children.
Minority Leader - Legislator Kevin J. McCaffrey
Legislator Kevin McCaffrey represents Suffolk County’s 14th Legislative District, which encompasses the Villages of Lindenhurst and Babylon, the hamlets of West Babylon and North Lindenhurst, portions of Copiague, North Babylon, and Babylon’s barrier beach communities. He is Chair of the Legislature’s Education and Labor Committee and serves on the Economic Development, Planning & Housing Committee as well as the Government Operations, Personnel, IT & Diversity Committee. In his 30 years of government service, Legislator McCaffrey previously served as Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Lindenhurst, where he had oversight of the department of public works and the fire department.
As Minority Leader, Legislator McCaffrey will lead a strong and vocal Republican caucus. He will continue to be a budget watchdog to cut back on County borrowing and continue to push the Legislature to make smarter fiscal decisions. Legislator McCaffrey is a staunch supporter of the men and women of law enforcement and has drafted and passed legislation aimed at increasing public safety – including a bill to monitor the effects of bail reform on Suffolk County. Using his experience as a labor leader, Legislator McCaffrey will continue to fight for fair wages and making Suffolk County an affordable place to live and raise a family.