Republican Rudolph A. Sunderman, 50, of Mastic, had been doing a creditable job in his first term when he was indicted in July by a Suffolk County grand jury. The charges — five felonies, four misdemeanors — detailed a scheme to circumvent a county Board of Ethics ruling that upon joining the legislature he would have to give up two fire district jobs that paid him nearly $200,000 a year. The indictment charges that he created a corporation with his wife as its head, signed $10,000 monthly checks to it from the Centereach Fire Department, lied after a whistleblower complaint triggered a probe, and failed to report the payments on a financial disclosure statement.
Sunderman, who pleaded not guilty, declined an interview with the editorial board. He emailed a list of accomplishments, but doesn't mention the ethical lapses that disgraced his office. Sunderman should have resigned. Unfortunately, Democrat Daryl Edelstein, 53, of Bellport, is not actively contesting the seat.
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