Albert J. Krupski Jr. is a fourth-generation North Fork farmer whose roots and deep knowledge of the area have made him a solid representative for his district and the East End in general.

The 55-year-old Democrat from Cutchogue worries the North Fork could lose its character as pressures to develop rise. He is working with county officials to develop high-tech but affordable septic systems to improve water quality, and wants the recent upgrade of Riverhead's sewage treatment plant to be a model countywide.

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Krupski opposes proposed cuts in bus service; he wants to expand the system, especially for the disabled, funded via a general fund property tax increase or a fare hike. He also has sounded alarms about the county budget, and the use of borrowing for operating costs; he should continue loudly in that effort.

Republican opponent Remy Bell, 60, of Riverhead, who works at the Suffolk Board of Elections, is not actively campaigning.

Newsday endorses Krupski.