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Suffolk’s Republican Comptroller Joseph Sawicki made taped automated calls thanking several Democratic county lawmakers for backing a November referendum to merge the comptroller and Treasurer’s office.

The unusual robo-calls — 10 weeks before Election Day — went out about a two week ago in the districts represented by Freshman Legis,. Alfred Krupski(D-Southold) and Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue).

Krupski said he only learned of the robocalls when he heard from constituents but he later talked to Sawicki. “If we can save $800,000 we have to do something.” Carlarco said he was surpised by the calls, but added, “I guess I’m appreciate the comptroller’s support.”

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“I’m disappointed to say the least,” said Legis. John Kennedy (R-Nesconet) minority leader who is hoping to narrow the Democrats' 13-5 edge inthe legislature.  “As someone who has served in the Republican party for 30 years I’m quite frankly shocked.”

“This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but a taxpayer issue,” said Sawicki, a former Southold GOP chairman. “I did the robocall thanking legislators for standing up for taxpayers and to set the record straight in response to the inaccurate, misleading and anonymous robocalls” made before the vote.