Longtime Sea Cliff resident Joe Krupinski will be running for Sea Cliff Village Board Trustee, he and his campaign manager announced in a press release last week. Mr. Krupinski said that he is seeking the seat formerly held by Mayor Ed Lieberman, who rose to his current office after the resignation of Bruce Kennedy in late November. On December 12, Mr. Lieberman appointed resident Jeff Vitale to fill out the remainder of his term as Trustee, which will end on April 3. Mr. Vitale’s seat and a second Village Board seat currently held by Trustee Dina Epstein, as well as the office of Mayor, will be on the ballot when the next Village election takes place on March 21.
Mr. Krupinski 's campaign committee has chosen "The People's Voice" as the name he will run under.
"It's because that is what Joe has always been for the residents of Sea Cliff," said.resident Rob Rich, his good friend and campaign manager.
Mr. Krupinski, a regular at the monthly Village Board meetings at which he has addressed the trustees and mayor on a variety of issues, has been a resident of Sea Cliff for 52 years since arriving in 1964. A professional journalist, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Hofstra University and is a retired sportswriter for Newsday. While serving in the U.S. Army in West Germany during the so-called "Berlin Crisis," he wrote for the Stars And Stripes newspaper that reached every military person stationed in Europe.
In 1992, Mr. Krupinsky was honored with the Sea Cliff Civic Association’s Whitecap Award, given to those citizens who represent exceptional volunteerism in the village. He was nominated for the honor by former postmaster Margaret DeRancy. He was founding secretary of the Sea Cliff-Glen Head Lions Club, a director of the Landmarks Association, a member of the Beach Committee, and a founding member of the Sea Cliff Auxiliary Police in the '90s.
Perhaps his biggest contribution, the candidate says, was in being Sea Cliff's Santa Claus at the post office for 25 years.
"How's that for longevity," commented Mr. Rich.
If elected, Mr. Krupinski says he would like to be the trustee liaison to the Fire Department and/or Public Works Department. He also says that he would like to address issues such as parking around the village, and a “pet project” he has in mind is a Sea Cliff dog park with a possible location already picked out. He also supports additional events for the pre-schoolers and parents who have contributed to what he calls “Sea Cliff's Baby Boom.”
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