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New names in B'khaven highway sup't mix

A new Democratic name — Kirk Cronk — has emerged as a possible contender for Brookhaven highway superintendent.

Cronk, 59, the $77,674 a year director of business services the Department of Labor, was interviewed along with town board member Connie Kepert and Peter Zarcone, state political director for Laborers Local 66 a little over a week ago, said Marc Alessi, town Democratic chairman. Party sources also said that Lori Baldassare appeared.

Alessi said Kevin Gleason, head of the Huntington highway department union and Eastport South Manor school board president, and possibly Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, will be interviewed next weekend at which time the party expects to make a decision. Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia has said he hopes to have a decision later this week.

Cronk, a long time Democratic activist, made headlines 2010 when was fired from a $69,000 a year job in the county attorney office for allegedly disclosing cofnidential informaiton to a county legislator about lawmakers financial disclosure statements. Legis. DuWayne Gregory said that county emoployee told him that Levy learned that some lawmakers had filed their disclosure statement late and he was going to make an example of them. at the time, Cronk declined commebnt.

Cronk said he has “an outside shot,” and acknowledged he does not have much experience raising money needed o for a townwide race. "I put my name forward,” he said, “But I’d say I have as much chance as Mitt Romney.”

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