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Following his re-election as Brookhaven Town Superintendent of Highways, Dan Losquadro was sworn in for his second full term on Jan. 7, 2016. Since first being elected on March 5, 2013, he has undertaken a comprehensive strategy of reconstruction for the Highway Department, implementing several initiatives that have brought accountability and transparency to the forefront, while saving tax dollars.
With a budget of more than $110 million, Dan is responsible for a department with nearly 300 employees and 3,500 lane miles of road in an area larger than Nassau County. Faced with several historically harsh winters that wreaked havoc on Town roads, Dan has made emergency management his top priority, working tirelessly to keep Brookhaven’s roads safe and clear. He has moved forward many storm-damaged projects that have languished since major storms, including Sandy and even Irene. The experienced administrative staff he assembled has continually and efficiently led the Town through any adverse weather conditions.
During his tenure, Dan has successfully advocated for millions of dollars in additional state and federal funding to improve Brookhaven’s infrastructure. He also revolutionized Highway Department operations by instituting a new, paperless work order system and bringing in technology that tracks resources and expedites the work order process. Having the capability to track this information visually, online and town-wide, allows problem areas to be identified quickly and resolved cost-effectively.
Dan has successfully upgraded the Highway Department’s previously aging and failing fleet, adding more than 60 new, reliable trucks and pieces of equipment, all of which have been used to address work year-round and are well-equipped to handle snow removal. These trucks, which assist the Highway Department in better serving residents’ needs, have been dispersed equally among crews responsible for covering four different zones within Brookhaven.
In addition, Dan brought the Highway Department into compliance with the New York State labor law on prevailing wage, while simultaneously ending its past practice of no bid contracts. By going out to bid on drainage, concrete and tree work, Dan has increased transparency and accountability while also taking an important step in lowering the costs of this type of work to the benefit of all town taxpayers.