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Brian Beedenbender

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Brian Beedenbender
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
OccupationPolitician, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Lesko, Former Suffolk County Legislator

Brian Beedenbender (born May 11, 1980) is an American politician.

He is a former Suffolk County, New York Legislator, and former Chief of Staff to Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko.

Early life and education[edit]

Beedenbender grew up in Selden, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and his Master's degree from the University of Delaware.[1] Beedenbender started as an intern to Congressman Tim Bishop and later served as an aide to County Executive Steve Levy.[2]

Political career[edit]

Suffolk County Legislator[edit]

Beedenbender won his election for Suffolk County Legislature for District 4 in 2007 at age 27.[1] During his term as Suffolk County Legislator, Beedenbender sponsored legislation to create Suffolk County Open Access, a website where residents and constituents can view financial and ethical information for governments and elected officials.[3] He focused on veterans issues, creating a program to help veterans facing foreclosure and secured funding for a veteran's monument, and also worked on quality of life issues such as roads and parks.[2] Beedenbender served as Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee.[1]

Brookhaven Chief of Staff[edit]

In 2010, Beedenvender was appointed Chief of Staff in the Town of Brookhaven to Supervisor Mark Lesko.[2] He worked with Lesko on economic development projects like the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development.[4] Beedenbender also made proposals to the Brookhaven Town Board to streamline Town services and encourage public-private partnerships to save the Town money.[5]

Beedenbender was selected as the Democrat nominee to run for Brookhaven Supervisor after Mark Lesko vacated his seat to become the Executive Director of Accelerate Long Island in September 2012.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Beedenbender lives in Centereach, New York.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Newsday Staff (2009-10-29). "Suffolk County Legislature District 4: Brian Beedenbender". Newsday.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "40 Under 40 Awards 2012". Long Island Business News. 2012-01-26.
  3. Dan Janison (2011-11-06). "Suffolk Legislature Starts Open Access Site". Newsday.
  4. Rick Brand (2012-06-05). "Suffolk OKs $21M sewer project for Hub". Newsday.
  5. Patrick Whittle (2012-03-01). "Brookhaven weighs restructuring agencies". Newsday.
  6. Rick Brand and Deon Hampton (2012-08-20). "Brian Beedenbender backed to replace Mark Lesko". Newsday.
  7. "Mark Lesko statement on planned resignation". Newsday. 2012-08-15.


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