Stark Flips North Fork Legislative Seat, Welker Keeps South Fork in Dem Hands

Republicans flipped one of two open Suffolk County legislative seats on the East End in Tuesday’s elections, helping increase the chamber’s GOP majority just as Republican Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine won the county executive’s race.

Catherine Stark, the Republican aide to outgoing Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), beat Democratic former Riverhead Town Councilwoman Catherine Kent by a margin of 53% to 46% in the first county legislative district representing the North Fork, according to unofficial early election results tallied by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.