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Kost chosen to join Lindenhurst Village board

A look at Village Hall, where the board

A look at Village Hall, where the board of trustees, planning board and zoning board of appeals meet. Lindenhurst is New York State's fourth-largest village with more than 28,000 residents. (June 7, 2011) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

The mayor of Lindenhurst Village has chosen the replacement for a village board member elected to the Suffolk County Legislature.

Mayor Thomas Brennan has picked village assessor Darrel J. Kost for the trustee position held by Kevin McCaffrey, a Republican who has served on the board since 1990. He will leave for the county next month, and his four-year board term ends in March.

Kost, 68, has held the part-time assessor post since May 2009. He is also on the zoning board of appeals, a position he has held since September 2007.

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Kost said he has lived in Lindenhurst more than 60 years, that his father was a trustee in the 1950s and his uncle was mayor for more than a decade in the 1980s. “So I guess I’m going to continue to carry the torch,” he said.

Kost, an engineer, runs his own consulting business, Kost Environmental Services. He worked for the state Department of Transportation for more than 40 years before retiring in 2008.

A registered Republican, Kost said he wanted to join the all-GOP Lindenhurst board to “give back” to the village, adding that he does not vote strictly along party lines.

He said he is not sure whether he will run when the term is up in March. Brennan said he has not decided who will take Kost’s place as assessor or on the zoning board.

Kost makes $8,100 annually with no health benefits.

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