Halpern said he is running to provide constituent services and bring attention to various issues -- from homeowner concerns about the high water table and area flooding to the expansion of sewers and a waste treatment facility that will improve downtown Smithtown. He also wants to bolster business and residential development. "I'm very concerned about Smithtown really falling behind, losing its appeal," he said. Also high on his agenda is creating high-tech and high-paying jobs to keep young people on Long Island and preserving the environment and land.
Halpern, 56, of Hauppauge, is running on the Democratic line. Halpern is an assistant Suffolk County attorney. He was appointed to that post in 2013 and was assigned as the supervising prosecutor for the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency. Previously, Halpern worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County from 1985 to 1988 in the family court and law guardians bureau. He worked as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney from 1989 to 1994, until opening his own general law practice, which he ran from 1994 to 2012. Halpern also was appointed as a part-time village prosecutor for the Village of Ocean Beach, where he worked from the late 1990s to 2012. In August 2012, he was appointed as a district court judge, serving until December 2012. Halpern graduated from Huntington High School in 1977. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Stony Brook University in 1980 and a law degree from St. John's University in 1984. He is single.