Brookhaven Town Republican chairman Jesse Garcia Thursday recommended Assemb. Dan Losquadro as the party's choice for town highway superintendent.
"We had a strong stable of candidates, but what jumped out to me is that he demonstrated leadership in the private sector and as an elected leader," Garcia said.
He said Losquadro (R-Shoreham) has proposed a plan to reconstruct the department, which will be unveiled during his campaign.
"It is in poor taste to run for office and not serve one day of his [new] term. I take it very personal because I represented the district that he was just elected to," Alessi said.
Losquadro, who in November won a second term, defeated Alessi for an Assembly seat in a 2010 upset.
The vacancy was created after town highway Superintendent John Rouse was elected a Suffolk County Court judge in November. He will officially leave his position Monday, after which Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine will have between 60 and 90 days to set a special election date.
Garcia said Losquadro's experience in fleet management, managing budgets and protecting families against insurance fraud made him the top choice among five candidates.
"My experience will allow me to provide a better product at a lower cost to the taxpayers," Losquadro said in a statement.
Alessi contends his party is looking at three candidates, but only two have a real shot at getting the Democratic recommendation, expected the first week of 2013.