Noting Riverhead’s long farming tradition, Beyrodt said he wants to represent small businesses and farms in local government. “Having someone from the business world and the farming community will be helpful in making decisions that impact farmers and businesses going forward,” said Beyrodt, a fiscal conservative. He said he also wants to help the town manage taxes and finances in “common sense” ways.
Beyrodt, 50, of Riverhead, is a third-generation farmer who is executive vice president of DeLea Sod Farm, which has farms on Long Island and in southern New Jersey and Rhode Island. Beyrodt is making his first run for public office and is campaigning for a seat on the town board. He previously served as president of the Long Island Farm Bureau and is on the board of directors of Bethpage-based food bank Island Harvest. Beyrodt is married with three children.