Ed Romaine Elected Suffolk County Executive

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine won the race for Suffolk County executive race, declaring victory late Tuesday night to make him the first Republican to win the top-elected position on eastern Long Island in 20 years.

Romaine won 57% of the vote over Democratic candidate David Calone, who won 42%, with most of the election districts reporting, according to unofficial early returns reported by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Calone conceded the race. Romaine will replace outgoing Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who was term limited from running for re-eletion.